Sample of Red Clay Wilbur Kurtz showed to Selznick International Pictures’ Art Department
Wilbur Kurtz was Gone With the Wind's historian and technical advisor who ensured the film accurately depicted Atlanta, Tara, and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
Excerpt from his diary:
" … and color, always color, must always be uppermost for GWTW is to be in Technicolor! He [William Cameron Menzies, Art Department] despairs of red soil - must have it …
January 11, 1939
Menzies said the red earth color could be partly solved using ground up bricks - an excellent idea, I thought.”
Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With the Wind exhibition on display at the Atlanta History Center July 2, 2014 - April 4, 2014. More details here: http://bit.ly/1pHpD8i