Freeman’s next Rare Books & Manuscripts auction offers an essential piece of Hollywood history. Invented in 1916, Technicolor film was an industry standard up to the 1970s, with 1932-1955 known as “The Glorious Age of Technicolor.” The early journals of Leonard Troland and John F. Kienninger chronicle their Technicolor research from the years 1919 to 1932. Troland was chief engineer for Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation and was appointed director of research in 1925, while J.F. Kienninger patented several photographic and cinematographic techniques for Technicolor during his tenure. These journals, estimated at $20,000-30,000, detail laboratory work for developing "Technicolor Process Number Two,” which was used in filming The Toll of the Sea (1922) and Wanderer of the Wasteland (1924) as well as colour sequences in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and Ben-Hur (1925).
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