Galveston Kodacolor Film Restored to Color

The earliest color film of Galveston's 1931 Pageant of Pulchritude, and one of the oldest extant color films of Texas, was discovered in 2016 when the Rosenberg Library submitted the home movies of prominent Galveston businessman George Sealy II to TAMI's Texas Film Round-Up digitization program. Although this film appeared to be black and white, TAMI's archivists realized upon inspection that it was shot on Kodacolor, an early, rare, color film stock produced by Eastman Kodak.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and the Rosenberg Library partnered to receive a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) grant to restore the film. This video is a side-by-side comparison of the pre-restored and Kodacolor versions. The restored color film is now available for online viewing.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is celebrating Archives Month with its award-winning Texas Film Round-Up. From October 1st to 31st, Texans are invited to send in their films and videotapes for FREE digitization. Specifics about the types of media and how to participate are available at

Galveston Kodacolor Film Restored to Color. Texas Archive of the Moving Image.