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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sorry, Paul, about that Kodachrome

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM

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Kodachrome, the legendary color film, has sure enough been taken away — from Paul Simon and everyone else. The last processor still handling the stuff shuts down today in Kansas. The New York Times chronicles the end of an era. It reminds me of one of my many blue-chip stock purchases. Eastman Kodak. How could I lose?

Several have noted an Arkansas angle in the farewell feature as fans made a last run to the final processing company in Parsons, Kan.

In the span of minutes this week, two such visitors arrived. The first was a railroad worker who had driven from Arkansas to pick up 1,580 rolls of film that he had just paid $15,798 to develop. The second was an artist who had driven directly here after flying from London to Wichita, Kan., on her first trip to the United States to turn in three rolls of film and shoot five more before the processing deadline.

The artist, Aliceson Carter, 42, was incredulous as she watched the railroad worker, Jim DeNike, 53, loading a dozen boxes that contained nearly 50,000 slides into his old maroon Pontiac. He explained that every picture inside was of railroad trains and that he had borrowed money from his father’s retirement account to pay for developing them.

“That’s crazy to me,” Ms. Carter said. Then she snapped a picture of Mr. DeNike on one of her last rolls.


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