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11-14-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

Jersson Garcia works at Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood. He's 31 years old, and he's got a total crush on Shirley.

"Beautiful skin tones, beautiful eyes, great hair," he sighs. "She's gorgeous."

Garcia is holding a 4-by-6-inch photo of an ivory-faced brunette wearing a lacy, white, off-the-shoulders top. She has red lipstick and silver earrings, and the photo appears to have been taken sometime in the 1970s or '80s.

For many years, this "Shirley" card named for the original model, who was an employee of Kodak was used by photo labs to calibrate skin tones, shadows and light during the printing process.

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Ahhh, I think everyone has fallen in love with a Shirley.
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That's a great story, and I can see why he's fallen in love with Shirley - she is gorgeous.

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