Hidden among junk on the back of a bookcase at the National Media Museum in the UK lay the world’s oldest color film. While other inventors were still trying to get the hang of black and white film, Edward Raymond Turner was filming in color in 1899.
Turner’s solution to filming in color was very ingenious. First he filmed in black and white, but copied each image three times through differently tinted lenses. Then when he splinted the tinted films together and ran it through his machine, voila! Color. You might imagine the all the colors just ran together, but the skin is peach, the trees are green, and so on. How on earth did the colors separate themselves to the proper places?
View the video to find out, and the see these untouched film clips. They really are wonderful.