BUDDY WEED, JAZZ PIANIST (1947)

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The year is 1947. Eugene Harold “Buddy” Weed was a solo pianist and music arranger for top bands and trios from the 1930s through the ’60s. In 1934, at the age of 16, Buddy joined Jack Teagarden’s Orchestra. Five years later, he was with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, where his distinctive Gershwin-styled arrangements became a trademark of the band. Following World War II, Buddy developed the first piano trio in America, paving the way for such artists as the Nat Cole Trio.

Buddy Weed (Pianist 1947) (O1)

1947 - Buddy Weed, Jazz Pianist

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MAUREEN O’HARA DIES AT 95

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OCTOBER 25, 2015

It is with a great deal of sadness that we say a fond farewell to American Photo Colorizing’s most illustrious client, screen legend, Maureen O’Hara, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Over the past two years we’ve had the honor of colorizing a number of early photos for Hollywood’s “Queen of Technicolor”. Our condolences go out to her family and to Ms. O’Hara’s longtime manager and biographer, Johnny Nicoletti.

Maureen will be remembered by her legions of screen fans for such classic films as “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” With Charles Laughton, “The Quiet Man” and “McLintock” with John Wayne, “How Green Was My Valley” with Walter Pidgeon, “Only The Lonely” with John Candy, and of course, the perennial Christmas favorite, 1947’s “Miracle On 34th Street”, with John Payne, Edmund O’Brien, and Natalie Wood.

Thank you, Maureen, for a lifetime of cinema classics – and for your faith in American Photo Colorizing.

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SINATRA AT THE PARAMOUNT (1944)

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The year is 1944. In a matter of hours, tens of thousands of bobby soxers will be crowding around New York’s Paramount Theater, on this October 1st, hoping to get into the Frank Sinatra concert. 35,000 fans would remain outside. But for those lucky enough to experience the event – it was a night to remember.

We’re extending today’s blog to include THREE colorized photos from the New York Paramount appearance, because . . . . well, it’s FRANKIE!

1944 - Frank Sinatra - Paramount (R1)

1944 - Frank Sinatra - Paramount 1

Sinatra Sings (1944) (B&W)

1944 - Sinatra Sings - Paramount

Bobby Soxers At Frank Sinatra Show - Paramount (Oct.12, 1944) (R1)

1944 - Bobby Soxers - Paramount

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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON HQ (1920)

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The year is 1920. Here is the Ford Mansion in Morristown, New Jersey. The mansion was constructed between 1772 and 1774 for Jacob and Theodosia Ford. During the winter of 1779-80, General George Washington used the mansion as his headquarters, with 10,000 colonial troops encamped at nearby Jockey Hollow.

This photo was a snap for me to colorize, as the mansion and its grounds have changed very little since this 1920 photograph was taken. I was able to match colors with modern color photographs. I grew up in the Morristown area, and visited the Ford Mansion and Jockey Hollow, where the army was encamped during the harsh Winter of 1777.

As a youngster, it was easy to see why General Washington chose the Ford mansion to base his daily operations from. It was across the street from an excellent Chinese restaurant, the Tea House of the August Moon – and around the corner from Dominick’s pizza. Kids know what’s important.

Morristown NJ - Ford Mansion (ca 1920) (O1)

1920 - Washington's HQ (Morristown, NJ)

LET’S COLORIZE YOUR FAMILY PHOTOS!

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Christmas is coming! Don’t laugh – it’ll creep up on you before you know what hit you. Well, there’s no better Christmas or Hanukkah present you could give than one that is Personal. And what could be more personal – and unexpected – than a colorized family photo? Your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding, a vintage family portrait – I’m sure you can imagine a host of possibilities.

For a limited time – and just in time for the holidays, American Photo Colorizing is offering colorizing of Family Photos for a low price of only $50.00 + $2.50 to cover PayPal fees (Yes, we do accept PayPal!).
It’s best to order yours now, in mid-October to avoid the holiday rush. You already know the high quality of our work. Imagine presenting one of our colorized family photos to your loved ones. It’s a gift you know they’ll treasure forever. Just email your family black & white photos to david@americanphotocolorizing.com – and we’ll take it from there. Right now, we have a quick turn-around time – so dig into your photo albums and find that perfect picture (or two . . . or three).
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We’re featuring a photo we colorized for a terrific customer, Julien Polillo (an All-American Good Guy from Baltimore, Maryland. It’s a wonderful 1970s image of Mano Swartz Furs, also of Baltimore. Here’s the photo, first in black & white – and then in full-color by American Photo Colorizing. Finally, we share the moment Julien presented the colorized and framed image of Mano Swartz Furs – to his boss, Richard Swartz – who LOVED it (as you can tell). And thanks to Julien, we all know where to buy the finest furs on the East Coast! Once more, here is a link to our website. http://www.americanphotocolorizing.com
Here’s where to email us your photos: david@americanphotocolorizing.com

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BLOG - Mano Swartz Furs (Baltimore - 1976) Julien Polillo - A

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JOHN LENNON – WHEN I’M 75

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It was 75 years ago today . . . October 9, 1940 when “Chief Beatle”, John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. To many of us, it seems like yesterday when the leader of The Fab Four was just 23 years old, and The Beatles invaded “The Colonies”. It was February 7, 1964. Two days later, The Beatles made their legendary first appearance on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show”.

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Sgt. Pepper may have taught the band to play . . . but, it took Ed Sullivan to deliver them an audience of 73 million viewers. It was a cold New York afternoon when The Beatles touched down at Kennedy International Airport. They were greeted by the roar of 5,000 screaming teenagers, clamoring to get their first look at the four lads from Liverpool. Two evenings later – 73 million Americans tuned into the Ed Sullivan Show – for their first look. Our photo for today features the faces of Beatlemania – The Fans.

A year and a half ago, I was pleasantly surprised to get a phone call from a woman who in 1964 was the brunette teenage girl on the far left of the photo. She had spotted it online, when we posted our colorized image for the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. She shared the backstory with me – of the original black and white photo, taken by a news photographer. We never know who’s going to call our studio!

1964 - Beatlemania Hits NYC (O)

1964 - Beatlemania Hits NYC

MASON’S ISLAND (1865)

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The year is 1865. Here’s a photo of Union troops relaxing at Mason’s Island in Washington, DC. On the left is the Georgetown Ferry crossing the Potomac River. My favorite part to colorize was the foreground rocks at left, and the results were very satisfying. The black and white rocks provided a nice 3D effect when color was added.

1865 - Mason's Island - Washington, DC (O)

1865 - Mason's Island