PEDAL TO THE METAL (1924)

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The year is 1924. Cruising the streets of Washington, DC, this pretty flapper of the Roaring ’20s is sure to stop traffic behind the wheel of her sporty pedal car. Beep-Beep, Beep-Beep, YEAH!

Washington DC - Little Car (1924) 1920)

1924 - Baby, You Can Drive My Car

QUEEN OF SURF GUITAR (1963)

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The year is 1963. Kathy Marshall was only 13 or 14 years-old – but she was jamming onstage with such surf music luminaries as Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, The Crossfires, and Eddie & The Showmen (shown here). Dick Dale claims to have bestowed on her the title “Queen of Surf Guitar”. Surprisingly, Kathy never formed her own group – nor did she ever record professionally. But, those who remember seeing her perform with top local surf bands, say she held her own on stage with the best surf guitarists of the mid-1960s.

As you can see, the original photo was shot in color. However, the color had degraded so much that I had to not only restore the image presence, but it was necessary to add fresh color to it, in order to get the image back to 1963. Now, HERE’S an image befitting a Queen!

Kathy Marshall, Eddie & The Showmen (1964) (O1)

1964 - Kathy Marshall, Eddie & The Showmen

STREETS OF NEW YORK (1899)

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The year is 1899. This is New York City at the top of Broadway. The horseless carriage would soon make its arrival on city streets, yet as we see from the tracks in the foreground, trolley cars were in abundance. With the influx of immigrants from Europe, along with the borough of Queens and Staten Island officially joining the city, Gotham’s population had swelled to 3,500,000.

This photo appears to have been taken in the spring. New Yorkers had recently dug their way out from under the Great Blizzard of ’99. In July, the city’s newsboys, aka “newsies”, would go on strike. Just a bit of background behind the lives of the people of the New York City of 115 years ago.

On Broadway - NYC (1899)(O1)

1899 - Streets Of New York

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY (1918)

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The year is 1918. Nobody knows how to throw a parade like New Yorkers. It’s true now – and it was true nearly 100 years ago. Since we’re posting this blog edition just in time for Independence Day Weekend 2015, this parade image from the days of World War 1 just seemed to fit. As usual color was added by American Photo Colorizing (That’s us!).

Have a “safe ‘n’ sane” July 4th . . . Enjoy the festivities . . . and don’t blow yourselves up.

NYC Parade (1918) (O1)

1918 - New York City Parade

SHIRLEY TEMPLE – FARM GIRL (1938)

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The year is 1938. American Photo Colorizing pays tribute to a Hollywood legend and great American, Shirley Temple Black. Here’s Shirley in a barnyard scene from her film hit, “Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm”. A number of artists have attempted to colorize this photo over the past few years, but I think we’ve produced the definitive one. Shirley’s films would’ve made perfect color romps. Thankfully, she’s left us a wealth of classics.

1938 - Shirley Temple (Sunnybrook Farm) (O)

1938 - Shirley Temple (Sunnybrook Farm)

THE BEACH BOYS (1962)

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Summer is here, and we’re on a Surfin’ Safari back to the year 1962. Here’s a brand new Rock & Roll band from Hawthorne, California in Los Angeles’ South Bay. They call themselves The Beach Boys, and they range in age from 13 to 21.

This photo is from the teen documentary “One Man’s Challenge”, produced by Dale Smallin, and featuring the young Beach Boys performing their song, “Surfin’ Safari” at the Azusa Teen Club.

Due to the nature of the original film we captured the image from – the clarity isn’t pristine. But, what a cool piece of Rock & Roll history!

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant 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!

1962 - Beach Boys Sing Surfin' Safari (O)

1962 - Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari 1

We just can’t stop there . . . and so, we’re making the original video footage available for you – right here . . . right now!

And since American Photo Colorizing’s “Redwood Studio” is just a few blocks from the blue Pacific in the heart of Southern California – we send out a mighty COWABUNGA to all our local Hodads!

BATTLE OF THE SOMME (1916)

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The year is 1916. A photographer captured this action shot of British soldiers going “over the top”, during the Battle of the Somme in northern France. More than a million soldiers were wounded or killed during the battle between July 1st and November 18th.

We’re now in the 2nd year of commemorating the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars”. Not only did World War One not put an end to all wars – but, it laid the groundwork for Germany to launch invasions throughout Europe, culminating in an even more destructive second world war. Ironically, the site of the battle, the River Somme got its name from a Celtic word meaning “tranquility”.

1916 - Battle Of The Somme (France) (O)

1916 - Battle of the Somme (France)