HORSELESS CARRIAGE RIDE (1907)


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We’re a bit late in the day for posting, but we’ve been busy with a couple of exciting photo colorizing projects – one of which is a TV documentary we’ve been contributing to . . . but, more on that in a week or two, as we get closer to the air date. Right now we’re sworn to zip the lip!

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The year is 1907. Here’s a Dover, New Jersey couple out for a ride in their new “Horseless Carriage” – complete with tiller-steering. This is one of those times when an historically-significant, yet, otherwise average black and white photo – becomes a distinctive work of art through the technology of photo colorizing. Best of all – it’s like going back in time to 1907. YOUR world isn’t black and white . . . Neither was THEIRS.

Dover, NJ - Horseless Carriage (1907) BLACK & WHITE

1907 - Horsesless Carriage Ride - Dover, NJ

BABY BLUE (1850)


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The year is 1850. Daguerreotypes are very interesting in their own right. By adding color, what I’m trying to accomplish is a sense of “you are there”. It’s pretty rare to find an early daguerreotype that lends itself well to realistic colorizing. In our gallery we’ve amassed a nice selection of higher quality daguerreotypes I’ve colorized.

Last week I came across this 1850s image of a pretty young lady in her bonnet. As you can see, there’s a lot of pitting that had to be repaired before color could be added. But, I could see that the overall image had nice definition to it. Before colorizing, I decided to extend her body to center her better in the photo. Colorizing took a few attempts, but I finally came up with a fairly lifelike color version.I really enjoy seeing a girl from 165 years ago spring to life in full color – or in shades of blue.

1850s - Baby Blue (O)

1850 - Baby Blue

GENERAL SIDEBURNS (1862)


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The year is 1862. The man is General Ambrose Burnside. If you grew up during the 1950s & ’60s, rather than the 1850s & ’60s – you probably thought “sideburns” were the invention of a former Memphis truck driver by the name of Elvis Presley (I understand he could sing, too).

Sideburns actually go back thousands of years, with even Alexander the Great sporting them in battle. The modern tip of the hat goes to future first president of the National Rifle Association and governor of Rhode Island, Ambrose Everett Burnside, from whom “sideburns” get their name.

General Ambrose E. Burnside - 1862 (O)

1862 - General Ambrose Burnside

In May 2015 we will have a selection of Civil War images on exhibit at the Afro American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC – which are also being used to promote the upcoming Grand Review of the Troops celebration in the city. Here’s a handy-dandy link to the Grand Review festivities – where you’ll also find some of our colorized Civil War photos and etchings. https://www.grandreviewparade.org/

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OH, FRANKIE! (1940)


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We promised you a special announcement this week, and here it is. American Photo Colorizing is currently colorizing photos for an upcoming Civil War TV-documentary and for a major Hollywood legend.

In May 2015 we will have a selection of Civil War images on exhibit at the Afro American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC – which are also being used to promote the upcoming Grand Review of the Troops celebration in the city.The future is looking brighter every day – and so, we’ve decided to pass along our blessings to all of you.

2015 - Grand Review Parade

On Monday, when you visit our American Photo Colorizing website – you’ll find we have dramatically cut our prices for Private Party Non-Commercial Use. This includes family photos you ask us to colorize – and colorized historical images from our Photo Gallery.

In the meantime, you’ll receive the new prices when you order. We’ve been real busy with a couple of large orders, so, updating the website has had to take a backseat. But, we’ll have the new Price Guide page designed and uploaded by Monday morning.

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For years, our prices for colorizing family photos have been: $100.00 for a single-subject portrait, and $150.00 for a detailed indoor or outdoor scene.

Beginning today – American Photo Colorizing will colorize ANY Private Party Non-Commercial Use family photo for Only $49.95
(plus $2.50 processing fee). Orders are payable via PayPal.

In our Photo Gallery you’ll receive big savings on colorized historical photos going all the way back to the 1840s. You can choose from 100s of colorized images via PayPal. Best part is: You can purchase images for as little as $9.99 each, when you buy multiple images.

We at American Photo Colorizing thank you for allowing us to serve your photo colorizing needs since July 4, 2002.

A visit to our website gets you started: http://www.americanphotocolorizing.com

The year is 1940. It was a very good year for Frank Sinatra. On January 26th, he kicked off the new year as new male vocalist of the great Tommy Dorsey band, releasing 40 recordings during 1940. Frankie’s career took off like a rocket. By 1941, he was #1 in America, voted Top Male Vocalist in Billboard and Downbeat polls. With legions of young “bobby-soxers” screaming and fainting at the slightest sway of his slender frame, Frankie became America’s first teen idol. On December 30, 1942, Frankie debuted at New York’s Paramount Theater backed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra to a packed house of screaming bobby-soxers. Sinatra recalled the night, “The sound that greeted me was absolutely deafening. It was a tremendous roar. Five thousand kids, stamping, yelling, screaming, applauding. I was scared stiff. I couldn’t move a muscle. Benny Goodman froze, too. He was so scared he turned around, looked at the audience and said, ‘What the hell is that?’. I burst out laughing.”

1940 - Frank Sinatra at CBS (O)

1940 - Oh, Frankie!

CIVIL WAR POWDER MONKEY (1864)


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Welcome to the American Photo Colorizing.com photo blog!

We promised you a special announcement this week, and here it is. American Photo Colorizing is currently colorizing photos for an upcoming Civil War TV-documentary and for a major Hollywood legend.

In May (2015) we will have a selection of Civil War images on exhibit at the Afro American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC – which are also being used to promote the upcoming Grand Review of the Troops celebration in the city.The future is looking brighter every day – and so, we’ve decided to pass along our blessings to all of you.

2015 - Grand Review Parade

When you visit our American Photo Colorizing website – you’ll find we have dramatically cut our prices for Private Party Non-Commercial Use. This includes family photos you ask us to colorize – and colorized historical images from our Photo Gallery.

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For years, our prices for colorizing family photos have been: $100.00 for a single-subject portrait, and $150.00 for a detailed indoor or outdoor scene.

Beginning today – American Photo Colorizing will colorize ANY Private Party Non-Commercial Use family photo for Only $49.95
(plus $2.50 processing fee). Orders are payable via PayPal.

In our Photo Gallery you’ll receive big savings on colorized historical photos going all the way back to the 1840s. You can choose from 100s of colorized images via PayPal. Best part is: You can purchase images for as little as $9.99 each, when you buy multiple images.

We at American Photo Colorizing thank you for allowing us to serve your photo colorizing needs since July 4, 2002.

A visit to our website gets you started: http://www.americanphotocolorizing.com

The year is 1864. This young sailor aboard the USS New Hampshire, is what was commonly known as a “Powder Monkey” during the American Civil War. When this photo was taken, the ship was at Charleston, South Carolina.

According to Wikipedia, a Powder Monkey’s “chief role was to ferry gunpowder from the powder magazine in the ship’s hold to the artillery pieces, either in bulk or as cartridges”. Powder Monkeys were mere boys, aged 12-14. Prior to colorizing this image, I cleaned it up a bit and sharpened the clarity. This is one of my personal favorites from the 100+ Civil War photos I’ve colorized over the years.

1864 - Powder Monkey on U.S.S. New Hampshire (2)

1864 - Powder Monkey Aboard USS-NH

THE DAY TRIPPERS (1922)


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On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – we’ll be announcing our new prices for ordering colorized family photos and colorized historical photos from our Photo Gallery. We promise, you’re going to love our new prices! See you on Wednesday . . . Now onto our “Before & After” photos for today.

The year is 1922 (give or take). Does this look like fun or what? In the words of the King of Kitsch, Charles Phoenix, “I Knoooooowww!!” It’s 1922 and these girls are daytrippin’. Can you imagine the gas mileage? Here is yet another black & white image that benefits greatly from the addition of color. It brings a new perspective to history that we’ve never really considered before now. Thanks to digital technology and American Photo Colorizing’s dedication to full-color realism – you can now experience history the way it REALLY looked. Remember, YOUR world isn’t Black & White . . . Neither was THEIRS.

Old Mini-Motor Car (ca (1922) (O1)

1922 - Girls In Mini-Car

Here are just a few classic rides from the past. We’ve restored these vintage ads to their original pristine condition:

1917 - Fisk TiresFisk Tires (1917)

1910 - BuickBuick Motor Cars (1910)

1916 - Baker Electric CarsBaker Electric Cars (1916)

BLIZZARD IN BROOKLYN (1888)


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Our colorizing studio has suddenly become very busy, with among other projects, an upcoming tv documentary. We’ll keep you all posted as the date approaches. Now to our “Before & After” for today.

The year is 1888. Brooklyn, New York is digging out from under the Great Blizzard of ’88 – that’s 1888. These children are venturing out of their rowhouse to play in snow drifts that are twice their height.

The shocker is – the drifts we’re looking at here, would have been among the smaller ones. Snow drifts from the Great Blizzard were reported to average between 30-40 FEET! Snow blown by 40 mph winds dumped up to 4 feet of snow over an area stretching from New York-New Jersey up through New England. As they say in Brooklyn, “That ain’t hay”.

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1888 - Winter Of '88 (Brooklyn, New York)