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Thursday
Dec302010

Kodachrome Taken Away: Last Photo Lab Processing Landmark Film to Stop

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PARSONS, Kan.) -- They really are taking Kodachrome away, this time for good.

The film, given a famous shout out in Paul Simon's 1973 song and used by countless photographers to document the late 20th century, won't be accepted for processing after Thursday.

Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kan., is the last company in the world developing Kodachrome film, and Thursday is the final day it's taking film. The last roll probably will be processed sometime next week, the company said.

Photographers had until noon Thursday to get their film into the lab, according to the company, and people from all over the world rushed in their final rolls. One woman flew in from England to drop off film in-person, and Dwayne's received 500 packages from FedEx and 18 bags from the Post Office, almost all containing Kodachrome.

"I'm very surprised and maybe a little bit in shock," said Grant Steinle, vice president of operations for Dwayne's Photo and son of owner Dwayne Steinle. "It was really an icon of photography."

The photo lab even had special Kodak-yellow t-shirts printed up to mark the occasion, declaring, "The best slide and movie film in history is now officially retired."

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