Kinemacolor Film

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Kinemacolor was the first successful color motion picture process. Used commercially from 1909 to 1915, it was invented by George Albert Smith in 1906. It was a two-color additive color process, photographing a black-and-white film behind alternating red/orange and blue/green filters and projecting them through red and green filters. It was demonstrated several times in 1908 and first shown to the public in 1909. From 1909 on, the process was known and trademarked as Kinemacolor and was marketed by Charles Urban's Natural Color Kinematograph Company, which sold Kinemacolor licenses around the world.

Logo (May 1, 1908-July 12, 1912)

Visuals: Over a black background, the custom cursive text "eurlau" is shown above the text


located at the center with the words "REGISTERED" on the upper right of it with "TRADE MARK" below "REGISTERED".

Variant: The logo may appear in a red hue.

Technique: A still printed image.

Audio: None.


  • The logo was known to be seen on The Harvest, one of the first few films using the Kinemacolor process.
  • It might've also resurfaced on other films with Kinemacolor, such as The Letter, Cat Studies, and Sweet Flowers, among others.

Legacy: Perhaps the earliest known technology logo documented on this wiki, as well as the earliest logo documented to be produced in color.

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