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

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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

TO HELL WITH PHOTO COLORIZING!

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TO HELL WITH PHOTO COLORIZING!

I mean, who needs it – Anyway? Black & white photos look so antique, so quaint, so historically “accurate”. After all, the past was in Black & White, right? As rumor has it, our world has only been in color since Disney flipped a switch in the 1960s.

Enough already! These colorizing maniacs have got to stop tampering with history. They don’t know what color somebody was wearing back in 1895. They’re messing with History!

I’ve been colorizing photos since 2001, and laid the cornerstone on what is now American Photo Colorizing.com on July 4th of the following year. We virtually gave birth to (and raised) a sub-genre we named “Historic Photo Colorizing”. For many years, we were the only Studio & Gallery featuring colorized historical images. And since 2002, I’ve gotten an earful from Black & White purists. They come out from under bridges to wag their fingers, and lecture me on how we must forever preserve the integrity of the original photographic “blaaah-bla-blaaah-blaaaaah”. (ZZZzzzzzz…..)

Truth is, Great-Great-Grandpa’s world of the 1890s, looks far more like real life in the spectrum of color than it does in shades of gray – even if some colors are a colorizing artist’s personal choice.

American Photo Colorizing’s motto says it all: “We Don’t Live In A Black & White World . . . Neither Did They!” Our goal is to present “Realism” – as historically-accurate as possible. I try to create a “connection” between the person viewing the colorized photo – and the person in the photo.

Due to the nature of ‘color layers’, colorizations tend to be quite “flat”. Skin-tones appear very pastel and lifeless; lawns look like astro-turf or the 18th green at the Country Club; every blade of grass, every tree, shub, and other leafy things is the exact same shade of green. Life isn’t like that. It comes with variations and imperfections.

I get around that issue, by avoiding the “color layers” so popular with young photo colorizers. There’s more than one way to skin a black cat – or colorize one. My weapon of choice is a dino-software known as MGI PhotoSuite 4. Years ago, MGI sold out to Roxio, who changed PhotoSuite 4 from an excellent photo colorizing and editing program – to a basic Scrapbooking software.

Best of all, the colorized images I create on MGI PhotoSuite 4 match – or surpass the quality of anything I’ve seen done on PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements. Best of all – You can still find copies of the MGI software in the original box on eBay and Amazon – for under $10.00. I recently paid $5.00 for a nice backup copy. Our ad below was created from start to finish on MGI PhotoSuite 4.

Photo colorizing has come a long way from its infant stages, where colorizations were so over-saturated, they resembled 1960s Psychedelic Posters. My goal, even in those early days, was to raise the bar on what could be accomplished with photo colorizing technology.

Colorizing artists will continue to grow in their ability to work the fine details of a scene. No matter what the detractors say – Colorization is the future for presenting the past to modern generations. End of sermon for today . . . . I look forward to your comments.

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AND NOW . . . TODAY’S BLOG PHOTO.

The year is 1939. Looks like a nice morning to take a stroll through this wintery neighborhood in the village of Woodstock Vermont. Marion Post Wolcott’s black and white photos for the Farm Security Administration always yield wonderful colorized images. There’s just something about adding color to her photos that make 1939 seem like last year. And yet there were still cars with rumble seats, Coca Cola was only 5 cents, and someone, somewhere – maybe just down this street – has turned their radio to Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club or a tune by the Benny Goodman band. Woodstock was (and is) a charming ski resort village. So relax next to a warm fireplace. It’s December 1939, and America is still at peace.

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1939 - Woodstock, VT - Colonial House

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BATTLE OF THE SOMME (1916)

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The year is 1916. We’re right in the trenches as British soldiers go “up and over” during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. The battle, fought by British and French forces against Germany along the River Somme in northern France, was one of the largest and bloodiest engagements of the “war to end all wars”. Ironically, the Celtic word, “Somme” means “tranquility”. Colorizing this nearly 100 year-old photo brings us up close to the action. It’s as if we are eye-witnesses to history.

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WW1 - Battle Of The Somme, France (RC-Best)

NEW YEAR’S ANGEL (1872)

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The year is 1872 . . . The year of the photo is 1872. Here at American Photo Colorizing.com, it’s New Year’s Day 2015, and perhaps it is where you are, too. Not a lot to say about this pic, since we couldn’t find a back story on it. This li’l rug-rat was one of my earlier colorizing projects from 2008. For lack of a better name, this is simply, the “New Year’s Angel”.

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1872 - Little Angel

Here’s a music video I produced, combining one of my jingle-jangle Power Pop songs, “Snowbound In Our Town” with a wide variety of cool Coca Cola Christmas-mercials. “Snowbound” features my ol’ New Wave band from the 1980s, The Bings. Enjoy!

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