Colorama! 'The World's Largest Photographs' Are Back
It was probably the first time many of them had seen a Colorama transparency on display -- and at a whopping, glowing 18 feet high and 60 feet wide, it was indeed a sight to behold. Kodak introduced these phantasmagoric ads in the 1950s, and over the course of 40 years displayed 565 of them at Grand Central. Backlit with more than a mile of tubing, the colorful panoramas often showed impossibly happy people photographing beautiful scenes -- reinforcing the idea that travelers should document the fleeting moments of life (with a Kodak camera, of course).