WOODSTOCK, VERMONT AT NIGHT (1939)


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The year is 1939. To help celebrate a American Photo Colorizing Christmas, here is one of the best-known photographs of one of my favorite photographers, Marion Post Wolcott. Marion was a young woman who took photos for the Farm Security Administration during the 1930s and ’40s. She spent some time in the village of Woodstock, Vermont during the winter of 1939/1940, photographing the life and people of this small New England town.

Today, Woodstock is a popular snow skiing area. This was one of my earlier colorized photos, and Marion’s daughter, Linda Wolcott-Moore requested copies of several colorized versions of her mothers work. Her moral support of my early color work was a great encouragement.

Now, here we are 11 Christmases later, colorizing historical photos for magazines, major museums, authors, and families like yours. It’s been as wild and unpredictable as a Nantucket sleigh ride.

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1939 - Woodstock, Vermont At Night

Christmas is coming on like eight tiny reindeer and St. Nicholas, too. It’s time to look through your family photo collection. A beautifully-colorized image of your ancestors (suitable for enlarging and framing) makes a wonderful keepsake for the entire family. This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH (and it probably isn’t) HERE’S MY FAMILY CHRISTMAS IN 1954 ~ David

ONE-GIRL OPEN SLED (1950)


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The year is 1950. The girl on the sled is then-aspiring actress, Janice Rule. She went on to appear in films, such as “Bell, Book and Candle”, alongside James Stewart and Kim Novak – and on Broadway. She was married to actor Ben Gazzara, and eventually left acting for a career as a psychoanalyst. But, here in the winter of 1950-51, she is as a fresh-faced 19 year-old girl from Norwood, Ohio.

1950 - Actress, Janice Rule at Home at Christmas 4 (R)

1950 - Janice Rule Sledding

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JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1900)


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The year is 1900. This Christmas season, we’ve had no shortage of snow sleighs. And today is another in a series of horse-powered open sleighs. Opting for a Christmas card stylized approach, lightly-falling snow and chimney smoke have been added to this wintery scene. In addition, the decision was made to extend the roof on the building at left – which also meant extending the sky and trees.

Sometimes, I’ll extend the backgrounds in client photos, to center the subject better or provide dimensions that are compatible with standard picture frames. If you’ll look closely at the colorized image, you’ll see that I’ve added a glow to the street lamp, in the tradition of Thomas Kincaid.

We’re including another stocking stuffer for you, after our Christmas advertisement. So don’t scamper off too quickly!

1900 - Horsedrawn Sleigh (O-Sepia)

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1900 - Jingle All The Way

Christmas is coming on like the Polar Express. It’s not too late to look through your family photo collection. We can still give you a 12-hour turnaround time. A beautifully-colorized image of your ancestors (suitable for enlarging and framing) makes a wonderful keepsake for the entire family. This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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We were strolling through Pacific View Mall a couple of weeks ago, and came upon a very cool kiosk at the top of the escalator near the food court. Jerry and his wife, Lorice are here in Southern California from Bethlehem . . . yes, THAT Bethlehem. Jerry is an artisan near the Church of the Nativity, where he fashions exquisite manger scenes, and other Christianity-related handicrafts from olive wood.

The couple are Palestinian Christians living in Bethlehem. Their family goes back many generations in the City of David. They are such delightful people, we couldn’t resist hanging out with them at their little shop. Being Christians, ourselves, Sheryl and I prayed over them.

Before we headed for the food court and teriyaki chicken – Lorice extended an invitation for us to stay at their home, should we ever come to Israel. How cool that would be!

If you’re anywhere near the Pacific View Mall in Ventura, California – you’d be silly not to stop by and purchase a beautiful olive wood manger, cross, or other Christian artifact from our Bethlehem friends. ~David

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CAPITOL SNOWBALL FIGHT (1925)


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The year is 1925. One of my favorite snow scenes, here some Senate pages have a wild snowball fight across from the Capitol dome. I chose to bathe the image in the digital equivalent of a blue wash, to help capture the wintery mood. Well, it has me so convinced, I think it’s time burn a few logs in the fireplace.

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1925 - Capitol Snowball Fight

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CHRISTMAS AT THE COTTON CLUB (1936)


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We’re looking for 10 members of our American Photo Colorizing friends & family to have us colorize 2 family photos for only $105.00 complete – a 50% discount on family photos.

Or, you may order any 2 images from our Photo Gallery for $105.00 complete – a 75% discount on Gallery photos. Help us keep American Photo alive through the coming “lean weeks”. “Your ancestors are counting on you!”.

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The year is 1936. The Cotton Club was the night spot in New York City’s Harlem, owned by gangster, Owney Madden, which eventually moved to the Broadway Theatre district. Though, a restricted club (whites only) – the Cotton Club presented the greatest black entertainers of the 1920s and 1930s, like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. Prominent in the photo are some of New York City’s ever-present Yellow Cabs.

As you can see from the black and white photo, not only did I colorize the image – but, I transformed the scene into Christmastime in the City. As a rule, I don’t doctor photos beyond colorizing them, however, this scene just called out for snow. There’s no better time to present the Cotton Club in a snowstorm – than at Christmastime. Merry Christmas to all from American Photo Colorizing.com!

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1936 - Cotton Club In Snow

FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS DANCING PLEASURE . . .

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MACY’S CHRISTMAS WINDOW (1870)


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The year is 1870. This is the year Macy’s began creating festive Christmas window displays. They also launched another department store first in 1870 – the in-store Santa Claus. Whether he was the same Macy’s Kris Kringle who appeared in “Miracle On 34th Street” seventy-seven years later, is open to speculation. H.R. Macy was a master of marketing. Starting with a small dry goods store in Massachusetts, he moved his location to Manhattan, and today Macy’s is to America – what Mom, Apple Pie, and the Fourth of July are to . . . America. Huh. That sounded so much more profound in my head.

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1870 - Macy's Window, NYC

Christmas is coming on like Gangbusters. It’s time to look through your family photo collection. A beautifully-colorized image of your ancestors (suitable for enlarging and framing) makes a wonderful keepsake for the entire family. This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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1952 - Ronald Reagan Christmas Ad

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1926 - Life Magazine (Christmas)

CAMPBELL’S SOUP (CHRISTMAS 1948)
1948 - Campbell's Soup (Christmas)

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE (1840)


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The year is 1840. We’re traveling back to the very beginning of photography in America. Here we find ourselves at the entrance to Independence Square in Philadelphia. First, we have the original daguerreotype photo of the scene, followed by our colorized creation. It’s a very startling experience to look back in time more than 170 years – and see everything in full color, much as it looked in the winter of 1840. We can do the same for your museum or family photos. Come visit our website today.

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1840 - Independence Square, Philadelphia

Christmas will sneak up on you before you know it. It isn’t too early to start looking through your family photo collection. A beautifully-colorized image of your ancestors (suitable for enlarging and framing) makes a wonderful keepsake for the entire family. This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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