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”.

1888 - Brooklyn Sniwstorm (O)

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

GRIZZLY BEAR CHAIR (1865)


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The year is 1865. Presidents have entertained many guests in the White House over the years, but probably none as colorful as California trapper, Indian Fighter, musician, and chair maker, Seth Kinman. Presidents James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and Rutherford B. Hayes were each honored with one of Kinsman’s unique chairs made of elkhorns and grizzly bear skins.

This September 1865 photograph by Matthew Brady, shows Seth Kinman seated in a grizzly bear chair at the White House. This chair, presented to President Andrew Johnson, had a very unusual added feature. By touching a cord, the head of the grizzly bear would dart out from under the seat, and gnash its teeth. Color certainly makes this grizzly appear more alive – as if the gnashing teeth wouldn’t be a convincer. You won’t find anything like this at Ikea.

California Trapper, Seth Kinmann 1 (Sept.1865) (O)

1865 - Seth Kinman & Grizzly Bear Chair

THE REAL DON STEELE (1964)


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The year is 1964. It’s a time of sweeping changes in America. The 1950s are now officially over, and the Swingin’ Sixties have arrived with the invasion of many, many mop-topped bands from Britain. At radio station KISN in Portland, Oregon – disc jockey, The Real Don Steele is holding court. This was one year before Don moved to 93-KHJ in Los Angeles, where he became one of the top disc jockeys in Southern California. Somehow, black & white just doesn’t fit The Real Don Steele’s zany personality. So we added color. Now the Real Don Steele really looks REAL! “Let’s spin that stack of black shellac!”.

1964 - Real Don Steele · KISN - Portland, OR (July, 1964) (O)

1964 - Real Don Steele (KISN Radio)

HERE’S 64 SECONDS OF “THE REAL DON STEELE” IN ACTION ON KRLA, LOS ANGELES

BOBBY SOXERS (1944)


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The year is 1944. America is at war. For the teen set, this is the Swing era – the sound of the Big Bands. Frank Sinatra is “The Voice”. Teenage girls clamor to see Frankie sing, so they can swoon . . . and scream. His legions of female fans are known as Bobby-Soxers. One look at the two high school girls hanging around the counter, tells you where the nickname sprang from. Teen life in the 1940s revolved around high school football games, the local malt shop, the movie theater, and music/record shops similar to this one in Webster Groves, Missouri. This is a classic photo in black & white – and it becomes a vehicle for transporting us into the 1940s, when colorized.

1944 - Teenagers in Music Store- Webster Groves, MO (December 1944) (R1)

1944 - Music Store - Webster Groves, MO