CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM (1908)


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The year is 1908. Today we’re featuring a photo taken at the corner of 5th and “C” Streets in the Southern California beach community of Oxnard. In 1908 the building on the right was the new Oxnard Public Library. Today, it is the beautiful Carnegie Art Museum. Just below our black & white and colorized images, you’ll find a photo of the same street corner 106 years later.

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1908 - Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard (720x540 dpi)

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THE SAME STREET CORNER IN 2014
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard (2014)

GREETINGS FROM CALIFORNIA (1929)


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The year is 1929. Here’s Main Street in beautiful downtown Ventura, California – which happens to be the hometown of American Photo Colorizing.com. This area of town looks pretty much as it does today – except the names on the stores are different, and the street traffic let’s you know you’re looking at a summer’s day 85 years ago.

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1929 - Ventua, California (O)

1929 - Ventura, California

MARY CHESNUT (1860)


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The year is 1860. Anyone who has watched Ken Jones’ “Civil War” documentary-miniseries, recalls the diary entries read by actress Julie Harris – of one “Mary Chesnut”. They usually went something like this: “My father was a South Carolina nullifier, Governor of the state at the time of nullification row, and then United States Senator; so I was of necessity a rebel born” . . . . . “Mary Chesnut”.

I often wondered who Mary Chesnut was. Now, of course, with the internet, accessing background on Mary is a simple feat. Mary’s husband, James Chesnut was a U.S. Senator from South Carolina prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Folowing secession, James became an Aide to Jefferson Davis and a Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army. Mary, on the other hand, kept a simple diary – one that would win the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for History.

As Paul Harvey would say, “And now you know . . . the rest . . . of the story”.

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1860 - Mary & Senator James Chesnut

1860 - Mary Chesnut & Senator James Chesnut

HAWAIIAN RAILROAD (1882)


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The year is 1882. Hawaiian Railroad aka Kohala Railroad consisted of track that covered 20 miles near Kohala on the Hawaiian main island. rail cars transported tourists and sugar from nearby plantations.

Gallon upon gallon of fresh water needed to operate the steam engine, Kinau – had to be shipped from Honolulu, then transported by mule team from Mahukona port to the spot where the train refueled.

Though the route looks innocent enough in this photo – in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more harrowing 20 miles of track. At various points, the 36-inch narrow gauge tracks were laid on bare lava, negotiated steep cliffs, and crossed deep gulches. There were sharp curves and trestles suspending the train up to 60 feet in the air. Despite achieving a top speed of only 12 miles per hour, taking a trip on the Kinau had to have been akin to riding Space Mountain or even Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.

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1882 - Hawaii - Railroad

1882 - Hawaii - Kohala Railroad

LINCOLN FUNERAL PROCESSION (1865)


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The year is 1865. This is the Lincoln Funeral Procession winding down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. It’s April 19th – just 4 days after Abe passed away at a boarding house across from Ford’s Theatre.

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1865 - President Lincoln's Funeral (O1)

1865 - Lincoln Funeral Procession (Washington, DC)

CLARA BOW IN “WINGS” (1927)


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The year is 1927. Here is “It” Girl, Clara Bow in a scene from the World War I drama, “Wings”. Miss Bow was Paramount’s top star at the time – and “Wings” went on to win the very first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929.

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1927 - Clara Bow - Wings (O)

1927 - Clara Bow - Wings

LINCOLN CONSPIRATOR (1865)


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The year is 1865. Lincoln assassination co-conspirator, Lewis Powell aka Lewis Payne awaits his fate aboard the monitor USS Saugus. At the same time Booth shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, Payne’s was to kill Secretary of State William Seward at home. Payne succeeded in only wounding the secretary. He was one of four conspirators hanged on July 7, 1865.

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1865 - Lewis Payne, by Alexander Gardner (O1)

1865 - Lewis Payne (RC1)