BOSTON MYSTERY WOMAN (1850)

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The year is 1850. Here’s a marvelous daguerreotype of an unknown Boston woman, taken by Southworth & Hawes. As you can see, the clarity is amazing for 164 years ago. Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes are considered the fathers of photography as an artform. Color of course is by us troublemakers at American Photo Colorizing.com

1850 - Boston Mystery Woman (O)

1850 - Boston Mystery Woman

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

ACTRESS, ELLEN TERRY (1864)

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The year is 1864 – REALLY! A beautiful girl posed for this haunting photo at the age of 16 . . . in 1864. Her name was Ellen Terry, and she became Britain’s top Shakespearean actress, performing on both sides of ‘the pond’. Ellen’s theatrical career spanned 7 decades – into the 1920s. But, here we find her frozen in time at 16 years old – during the American Civil War era. This is an excellent example of how color can bring a 150 year-old scene into the present.

1864 - Ellen Terry, Age 16 (R1)

1864 - Actress, Ellen Terry, Age 16

In May 2015, just a few short months ago, we were commissioned to colorize a small collection of Civil War-era etchings and photos for Washington, DC’s “Grand Review Parade of 2015”. You can find a full presentation of the Grand Review on our website’s “Welcome” page: http://www.americanphotocolorizing.com

The parade was broadcast on C-Span – and our colorized Civil War images were used for all Grand Review promotion and souvenir items.
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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

MYSTERIOUS DIGHTON ROCK (1853)

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The year is 1853. Seth Eastman, a reknown illustrator of Native American life, poses atop Dighton Rock in Massachusetts. The strange writings adorning the rock have been the subject of speculation since the late 1600s, when it was discovered. The most likely explanation is that the markings were inscribed by Portuguese sailors. Dighton Rock’s markings include the Portuguese Coat of Arms, three crosses, the name of the ship’s captain – Miguel Corte Real, and the date 1511. Mystery solved?

1853 - Seth Eastman - Dighton Rock, MA (O1)

1853 - Seth Eastman - Dighton Rock, MA

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UNION LOCOMOTIVES (1864)

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The year is 1864. A central Virginia town at the junction of the James and Appommatax Rivers, City Point became a critical Union port and supply hub during the Civil War. It’s also the likely location of this fantastic photo showing three classic locomotives. Color is by yours truly at American Photo Colorizing.com.

1864 - Civil War Locomotives (O)

1864 - Locomotives at City Point, VA<

MY NAME IS JACK (1850)

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The year is 1850. I love black culture. I love the major contributions people of color have made in the areas of science, music, sports, humanities . . . These are peoples toughened by oppression, who overcame the hurdles of life and emerged victorious. Here is a slave photographed in 1850. All anyone seems to know about him is, his name is Jack. Despite his lowly state as a slave, in this portriait, an unshakable sense of dignity and inner strength shines through.

1850 - Slave Named Jack (O)

1850 - My Name Is Jack

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