Celebrating the History of Motion Pictures from 1890 to 1960

The History Of “Aspect Ratio” In Movies

TV Aspect Ratio 4:3

Why the original 4:3 aspect ratio was chosen from the very earliest stage of motion picture development remains something of a puzzle. Although the 4:3 ratio had been used often for 19th Century lantern slides and photographs, there was no “standardized” format at that time.

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