Monday, June 30, 2014

Mid century Kodachrome abundance

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's
a sunny day
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away

The 1960s were colorful. Paul Simon's tribute lines to Kodachrome film could very well apply to daily life in the decade that was the first one for me to remember. The 1950s were no doubt just as rich with colors, but that's before my time.

Colors everywhere. I remember a red Formica kitchen table, with a yellow second level and bright cheerful stools around it. When I close my eyes, I still see the plastic ribbons in the garden door opening, to keep flies and bugs out on the warm days of the endless summers, slowly waving in the wind in all the colors of the rainbow. The Luxaflex was lowered with its grey, yellow and red louvres. A green couch and red brick wallpaper. Actually, wherever you looked, colors in abundance. Life was good. Life was colorful. Lemonade glasses, kitchenware, Tupperware, nothing was black or white.