NEW JERSEY – MILK MAN (1915)


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The year is 1915. Yes, Virginia, once upon a time in America, we used to have various product and service people who would go house to house delivering their goods. Some folks sold fresh fruits and vegetables from their horse-drawn trucks. Every summer evening after supper, the Good Humor ice cream man would slowly make his way down our street – and whole families would gather around his truck. Once a week the Breadman would stop by with his fresh baked goods – as would the local Milkman. In those days, our family doctor would even make house calls.

Growing up in North-Central New Jersey, where this photo was taken, I remember the milkman would pull into our driveway as the sun came up. The night before, we’d leave our empty milk bottles in a metal milk box by the kitchen door. He’d remove the empties, replacing them with new bottles of milk. My mom would leave him a note stuffed in the top of one of the empty bottles, telling him she’d also like a pound of yellow butter, a dozen eggs, and a container of cottage cheese. He would leave these items inside the metal box with the milk, and we’d rush to get them as soon as we woke up.

In these hectic times, we often get so busy that little things that were such a part of our day-to-day lives suddenly vanish, and we don’t even notice. Then one day, many years later, we’ll be chatting with friends, and someone will say, “Remember when a milkman used to deliver dairy products to our homes?”. We’ll pause for a moment, nod our heads, and say, “Yeahhh…”.

Same can be true of forgetting to remember our ancestors. They remain a part of us, and yet, how will our children connect with these family icons of the past?

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos. Your ancestors are counting on you!

Milk Man 1915 (O2)

1915 - Milk Man - New Jersey

HERE’S A JIVE 1944 TUNE, “MILKMAN, KEEP THOSE BOTTLES QUIET” BY WOODY HERMAN. GOT MILK?

NEW JERSEY – HORSE & BUGGY (1900)


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The year is 1900. What a Courier & Ives moment! This is a backwoods road in Northern New Jersey – the countryside I grew up in more than a half-century later. It’s the tail-end of dirt road-horse & buggy days. This is one of the eras I enjoy colorizing most, the 1890s throuugh 1910s. I like that in many cases, much of what existed at the time remain standing today – but the fashions and modes of transportation have changed.

Don’t know which town this photo was taken in, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find this stretch of road is virtually unchanged. The house and the bridge are probably still there. If any of you Jersey folk come across it on a weekend drive, send us a pic.

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Bridge - North Jersey ca 1900 (O1 - 720 x 460)

1900 - Hose & Buggy On Bridge - North Jersey

NEW JERSEY – BOY & HORSE (1905)


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The year is 1905. Twelve years ago, this image was among the earliest I colorized. The original black & white image was printed from a glass negative – and came to me courtesy of the good folks at “The Antique Photo Store”. A young lad offers a horse what appears to be a ‘salt lick’. This is a quaint slice of rural New Jesey at the dawn of the 20th century.

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1905 - Boy & Horse (O)

1905 - Boy & Horse

NATALI SAMA – VFW DRILL TEAM (1939)


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The year is 1939. Every now and then, I come across a photo in our archives where I can’t recall many of the details. Doesn’t happen often, but all I can tell you is, the girl is Natali Sama and she was a member of a VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) drill team somewhere in America’s heartland.

This was an act of mercy. I saw the photo on Ancient Faces – and decided to restore & colorize it. I posted it on the Ancient Faces Facebook page – but, it slipped under the radar. So, here you go, Natali. This is your day in the sun.

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Natali Sama - VFW Drill Team (1939) (O1)

1939 - Natali Sama - VFW Drill Team

LET’S HAVE A PARADE! IT’S MACY’S 1935 THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.

BI-PLANE ON PARADE (1917)


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The year is 1917. Don’t know too much about this vintage photo, except it shows a biplane being transported through the streets of Detroit, Michigan. To the left of the plane is a Lancia Simplex automobile showroom. The vehicle appears to be a modified Lancia Simplex – so this may be some sort of promotional event for the dealership.

Lancia Simplex discontinued their automobile line in 1917, when the U.S. entered World War I. That being the case, perhaps this scene was part of a Bond Drive. It’s certainly a great photo, whatever the back story.

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Biplane Transported On City Street (1917) (01 - Closeup)

1917 - Biplane - Detroit, MIsimplex_emblem

“BARNSTORMING: CRAZY 1920S AIRPLANE STUNTS”

PSYCHEDELIC PROVINCETOWN (1969)


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The year is 1969. Today is what we like to call “Freaky Friday” on our Facebook posting of the American Photo Colorizing blog. Today’s post fits the description to a “T”. Our colorized photo was taken at Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, in August 1969 – the same month that gave us the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in Bethel, New York.

Provincetown has always been a free-spirited artist and musician colony. However, from the Summer of ’67 through the Summer of ’69, Provincetown exploded into a colorful combination of Carnaby Street-style boutiques and Haight-Ashbury psychedelic poster & head shops. And it sat among the sand dunes, jutting out at the end of the Cape into the Atlantic Ocean (as it still does).

Having been a young teenager during the late ’60s, I have a fondness for Op-Art, Pop-Art, and Dayglo Psychedelic poster art. I used to create my own black lite posters back then. Today’s photo is of a boutique along Commercial Street, known as The Handicrafter. This shop is a perfect example of psychedelic house painting in the late-’60s.

To round off this ode to the days of Flower Children and Hippies – we’ve posted slides taken by my father, along with a couple groovy video clips for your viewing pleasure!

1969 - Provincetown - The Handicrafter (BW)

1969 - Provincetown - The Handicrafter

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ORIGINAL COLOR PHOTOS OF COMMERCIAL ST. – PROVINCETOWN, MA (AUGUST 1969)

Provincetown Slide 1

Provincetown Slide 2

Provincetown Slide 3

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Provincetown Slide 8

Provincetown Slide 11

BELOW IS THE LOCAL “TOWN CRIER”. HE WALKS UP AND DOWN COMMERCE STREET,
RINGING HIS BELL AND PROCLAIMING, “TEN O’CLOCK AND ALL IS WELL!”
THE TOWN CRIER OF PILGRIM DAYS WOULD REPORT THE LATEST NEWS & JUIICY GOSSIP.
YOU MIGHT SAY HE WAS KIND OF A 17th CENTURY “E CHANNEL”. (AUGUST 1968)

Provincetown Slide 10A

Provincetown Corner

HIPPIE BODY PAINTING IN PROVINCETOWN

STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK – “RAINY DAY MUSHROOM PILLOW” (1968)

WORLD WAR II HOMEFRONT (1945)


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The year is 1945. First off, I have to point out the fabulous mid-’40s hairstyles and dresses. As the California’s resident ‘Raconteur d’Retro’, Charles Phoenix would say, “I KNOWWW!!!”. Absolutely reet petite. These young ladies are my mother-in-law, Beverly, her sister, Rosalie, and their mother near the end of World War II. As you can see, I’ve chosen to completely replace the background with a nice array of cumulus clouds. The real trick, however, was colorizing the girls’ dress patterns by hand – well, by mouse.

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Beverly - Kidlet (O - Blog)

1945 - Beverly & Rosalie Heinz With Mother

LATELY, WE’VE BEEN ADDING VIDEO CLIPS LOOSELY-RELATED TO OUR PHOTO OF THE DAY.
LET’S GO BACK TO 1943. HERE’S A U.S. ARMY CARTOON FEATURING ‘PRIVATE SNAFU’ IN
“THE HOME FRONT” WITH CHARACTER VOICES BY MEL BLANC.