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First Picture taken in Absolute Darkness

Eastman Kodak Co. (American, established 1888) (Attributed to)
First Picture taken in Absolute Darkness
Gelatin silver print
Print Size: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Frank J. Wilstach, 1931.
Photography Collection
Object Number:
MFY 03-4850
Two letters of correspondence and two news clipping: letter addressed to H.M. Lydenberg (former NYPL Director 1934-1941, at the time of the letter, he was the Assistant Director under Edwin H. Anderson) from Frank J. Wilstach on the Motion Picture Producers & Distributors of America, Inc. letterhead, dated October 30, 1931. In the letter he describes the photograph as "the first picture taken in absolute darkness" and thought that the Library should have the photograph. Second letter is on Eastman Kodak Company letterhead addressed to Will H. Hays at Motion picture, dated October 8, 1931 along with a news clipping about the new sensitizing process allowing new negative film to be exposed in absolute darkness.
infared photograph