Photography Ads of Yore: Train Spotting with Ektachrome

Posted by on Wednesday May 30, 2018 | Fun

The first issue of PDN was published in 1980. It was a simpler time, when the world worried about nuclear annihilation, MTV was a year away from showing its first music video and Instagram’s founder had yet to be born.

To reconnect with our history and the history of our industry, we descended into the dusty catacombs of the PDN archives, brushed away the cobwebs* and found some of those early issues to bring you a look at what was considered cutting edge at the time. You can browse the growing collection of old photography ads here.


This installment dates back to February 1985, when Kodak was introducing its Ektachrome P800/1600 slide film for low light environments, motion freezing or train spotting. Interestingly, while many of the past products featured in Photography Ads of Yore really have faded into the past, Kodak plans on resurrecting Ektachrome this year.

Old Photography Ads

**In truth, most of our old issues are neatly arranged on a shelf in a brightly-lit conference room.

Find more old photography ads here.