Â The 1990 renovation of Grand Central Terminal to landmark condition marked the end of the Colorama. The final display was a glittering nighttime view of the New York City skyline, with an oversized red apple nestled among the buildings – the only digital enhancement ever created for the Colorama program. The accompanying copy read, “Kodak thanks the Big Apple for 40 years of friendship in Grand Central.”
Did you work on a Colorama or appear in one of the images? Do you recall experiencing the giant photographs as you walked through Grand Central? If so, we want to hear your story! You can share your story online on Facebook by visiting the Colorama Story page, or by emailing us at . By mail, please address your letter to Colorama Story, George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607.
For those who have seen the uncropped versions of the Coloramas, witnessed are the studio lights and wooden set frames in the periphery-Â proof that the perfect Thanksgiving dinner or summer outing was fictional bliss. But for those passing through busy Grand Central, these scenes were a moment of escapism, as New Yorkers and tourists longed for these Kodak moments to unfold in their own worlds.
Eastman House announced last week Eastman Kodak Company has donated its Colorama archive to the museum.Â The archive gift from Kodak of several thousand items includes display images of all Coloramas, including ones that were intended but not featured, plus research documents, negatives, guide prints, proof prints, model releases, and digital files.Â This archive will join the Eastman House current holdings of high-res scans and a detailed history compiled by long-time Kodak and Colorama photographer Norman Kerr. Â