After 75 Years, Kodachrome Says Goodbye

Kodak released the world's first consumer color film 75 years ago. The final roll of  Kodachrome will be developed Thursday by Dwayne's Photo, a studio in Parsons, Kan. Kodachrome was an enormous hit because of how vividly it reproduced colors.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And today's last word in business is good-bye Kodachrome.

Kodak released the world's first consumer color film 75 years ago. But with cameras going digital, the final roll of�Kodachrome will be developed today by Dwayne's Photo, a studio in Parsons, Kansas. Kodachrome was an enormous hit because of how it vividly reproduced colors. A State Park in Utah, Kodachrome Basin, was even named after the film. And in 1973, Paul Simon sang this ode to Kodachrome.

(Soundbite of song, "Kodachrome")

Mr. PAUL SIMON (Singer-songwriter): (Singing) Kodachrome, you give us those nice bright colors. You give us the greens of summers. Makes you think all...

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(Soundbite of song, "Kodachrome")

Mr. SIMON: (Singing) I got a Nikon camera. I love to take photographs. So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away.

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