BANDITS ROOST – NYC (1888)

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The year is 1888. Jacob Riis, who took the original photograph was a newspaperman, who used both his pen and the camera lens to expose the upper class to the plight of New York City’s huddled masses. He could often be found in the most deteriorated and dangerous slums in the city – particularly Mulberry Street. This photo, “Bandits Roost” was taken at 59 1/2 Mulberry.

Jacob, and his dedication to social reform, left an indelible impression on Theodore Roosevelt. The two became lifelong friends. I took liberties with Bandits Roost, adding a sunrise not in the original image. For my own tastes, the lighting and color really drive home the harshness of this alley. Jacob Riis was a very brave man to take the photo – and fortunate to live to talk about it.

Like Thomas Kincaid, one of my favorite parts of colorizing, is working with light. As you can see, I’ve taken artistic liberties by working-in a sunrise for dramatic effect.

1888 - Bandit's Roost (New York City) (R)

1888 - Bandit's Roost (New York City)

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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)

SAINT PAUL ICE PALACE (1886)

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The year is 1886. Saint Paul, Minnesota has hosted a Winter Carnival since 1885, making it the oldest such carnival in the United States. The city apparently got their inspiration from the winter carnival at Montreal. What’s unusual for an American carnival, is its theme is overtly pagan. The carnival is based on a “legend” of various gods and goddesses who preside over the festival and provide most of its themes. A highlight of the carnival, is the building of an Ice Palace. These palaces are not merely the size of a split-level igloo – but, are massive . . . as in MASSIVE. The palaces’ attention to detail is very impressive. Quite an achievement in ice design and construction. Pictured below is the main entrance into the ice palace of 1886.

1886 - St. Paul Ice Palace (Minnesota) (O1)

1886 - St. Paul Ice Palace

Christmas is coming on Santa’s Reindeer! It’s not too late to look through your family photo collection. It is still possible for us to give you a turnaround time as quick as 12 hours. A beautifully-colorized image of your ancestors (suitable for enlarging and framing) makes a wonderful keepsake for the entire family. This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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POPULAR SCIENCE (CHRISTMAS 1922)
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CURTISS CANDIES (CHRISTMAS 1933)
Curtu=iss Candies (Christmas 1933)

WESTERN AUTO STORES (CHRISTMAS 1958)
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WINTER OF ’88 – CAMBRIDGE, NY (1888)

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The year is 1888. Now, don’t ask me why, but Americans are more fascinated by the moderate snows that hit New York City, than by the avalanche of white that blankets Bismark, Fairbanks, and Minsk. You can report 10 feet of the white stuff in Florida – and you’ll still take a back seat to the 18″ that blankets New York City. I don’t know why – but people get excited when the Big Apple is buried under 18″ of fluffy stuff. I grew up in North Jersey at a time when New York City was the center of the universe. When it comes to snowstorms – Gotham is still Rome in the new world.

Blizzard of '88 (Cambridge, NY - March 1888) (O - Sepia)

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

Christmas is coming on like eight tiny reindeer! It’s time to look through your family photo collection. A beautifully-colorized image of your ancestors (suitable for enlarging and framing) makes a wonderful keepsake for the entire family. This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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KING DAVID OF HAWAII (1882)

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The year is 1882. The gentleman is King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. Originally, we colorized this photo for a very loyal Hawaiian customer of ours. We posted the results on our website, and a few months later we got a call from the State Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Honolulu. That’s how our colorized image of King Kalakaua found its way onto the cover of the March 2013 edition of “Ka Wai Ola”. It was pretty cool, and we shared the photo byline with our customer.

1882 - King David Kalakaua of Hawaii (O)

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1882 - King David Kalakaua of Hawaii (Print)

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THE “PUGSLEYS” AT THE BEACH (1885)

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The year is 1885. Here’s what the well-dressed beach crowd was wearing 130 years ago, when the universal rule in America wws “Let nobody see thy knees”. My, doesn’t this family look thrilled! I colorized this image several years ago, and nicknamed them the “Pugsleys”, after the son on the Adams Family. The name just stuck, like the chewing gum on the bottom of a good man’s shoe.

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1885 - Pugsley Family at Beach (O2)

1885 - Pugsley Family At The Beach

HAWAIIAN RAILROAD (1882)

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The year is 1882. Hawaiian Railroad aka Kohala Railroad consisted of track that covered 20 miles near Kohala on the Hawaiian main island. rail cars transported tourists and sugar from nearby plantations.

Gallon upon gallon of fresh water needed to operate the steam engine, Kinau – had to be shipped from Honolulu, then transported by mule team from Mahukona port to the spot where the train refueled.

Though the route looks innocent enough in this photo – in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more harrowing 20 miles of track. At various points, the 36-inch narrow gauge tracks were laid on bare lava, negotiated steep cliffs, and crossed deep gulches. There were sharp curves and trestles suspending the train up to 60 feet in the air. Despite achieving a top speed of only 12 miles per hour, taking a trip on the Kinau had to have been akin to riding Space Mountain or even Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.

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1882 - Hawaii - Railroad

1882 - Hawaii - Kohala Railroad