Kindly forgive my Ancient Brain...
... but if Cibacrhome wasn't the actual first Direct from Positive print technology, than what was?
And before that, one had to somehow get a negative from their color slide, and could only then produce a positive print, be it on photo paper or for some magazine publication or such?
Point of my inquiry though. At a certain juncture, what was on the slide was what you GOT. Period. No pushing Tri-X to 800, no dodging, no burning.
Soup, cut, mount, projector, DONE. Were we better photographers then, just lucky, or (like now) only displayed the best of our efforts to the world?
I do miss the darkroom. The alchemy of the image. Something the digital screen in a well lit room, well... it just lacks.