Check Out this Amazing Color Footage of the 1939 World Series (Video)
People generally assume that, since most of the movies and photographs we have from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s are in black and white, color photography wasn’t even around. But that’s not true. Technicolor (for movies) was invented all the way back in 1916 and radically improved in 1929, and Kodachrome (for photographs) was invented in 1935.
Still, black and white films and photos remained more common for a long time because of the high costs of doing things in color. Remember, during the 1930s the world was still deep in the throws of the Great Depression, and shooting films in color back then was akin to shooting films in IMAX today. Sometimes they did it (as with Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz in 1939), but most of the time they kept it simple and went with black and white. And of course, color home photography an videography was pretty much out of the question.
So all of this makes the recently discovered color footage of the 1939 World Series between the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds pretty freakin incredible. We’re not used to seeing sports footage (or for that matter any kind of footage) from that era in living color. Thus, sometimes those events and people almost don’t seem real. But then you see something like this and can almost imagine what it would be like to be there.
Anyway, the footage is from Games 1 and 2 of the ’39 Series, which the Yankees won 4-0, and was shot at the old Yankee Stadium. Check it out:
Hat Tip – [Business Insider]