This new blog will allow you to keep track of forthcoming developments of Timeline of Historical Film Colors, the most comprehensive resource on technical and aesthetic aspects of historical film colors, their application, contemporary reception and analyses. It was created and is curated by Barbara Flueckiger, professor of film studies at the University of Zurich in the framework of her research project Film History Re-mastered.

Timeline of Historical Film Colors provides a globally available resource for restoration experts, film scholars, scientists, archivists, students, and a broader audience interested in the topic. Since its first publication in April 2012 this project has attracted over 50’000 individual visitors from 150 countries.

In the next few months, Timeline of Historical Film Colors will be redeveloped with a new starting page based on the underlying classification system, grouped galleries, individual fields for restoration case studies, patents, contemporary reception, and selected analyses.

Subscribe to the blog and experience the further development continuously! Be among the first to see newly uploaded images and texts!

Facts and figures:

Chronological overview

  • 230+ entries, starting in the early 19th century with the prehistory of film colors in the theory of color perception and early color photography.

Written information

  • Over 1.000 books, original papers, patents, articles scanned and processed.


  • Over 3.000 photographs from historical film prints and negatives from archives around the world.
  • 600+ photographs will be taken in August 2014 and then be published soon
  • Scans from exhibition prints and negatives
  • Scans from private collections such as the Gert Koshofer collection

Downloads, links, filmographies

  • Texts with cleared copyrights are offered for free download
  • Several hundred PDFs
  • Several hundred patents for download
  • Links to external sources are provided whenever possible
  • Filmographies are being collected and published continuously

The impact

Over 70.000 visitors from more than 150 countries have visited the website. Hundreds of archivists, film historians and students have given enthusiastic feedbacks.

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