AMERICAN PHOTO COLORIZING.COM’S OLD-FASHIONED FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS EVE SPECIAL!

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Welcome to “THE AMERICAN PHOTO COLORIZING OLD-FASHIONED FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL for 2015! Along with some of our favorite colorized Christmas photos – we’ve got a Christmas Home Movie, Magazine Covers, Toys, Music – Bunches of Chirstmas goodies from the archives of American Photo Colorizing.com . . . If we can get it to fit – you’ll find it here!

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Let us colorize your favorite images from your museum or family photo collection. We’re been featured on magazine covers, in exhibits at some of North America’s premier museums, we’re even commissioned by Famous Stars of the Silver Screen (no jive!). So, why not YOU?

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The year is 1958. Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree were big favorites on the radio that Christmas. And yours truly was the four year-old North Jersey boy waiting by the fireplace for Santa Claus to make his way from the North Pole. Christmas is always better in color!

Enjoy this nostalgic look back at Christmas in Morris County, New Jersey – just 30 miles due west of New York City.

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1958 - Waiting For Santa

CHRISTMAS 1950 – LIONEL TRAINS
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CHRISTMAS SONGS & CAROLS – MITCH MILLER (1958)
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CHRISTMAS HOME MOVIE – Our Friend, Erin Bruce sings “Mary, Did You Know” at Saticoy Church here in Ventura, California (December 20, 2015)

LIBERTY MAGAZINE (Christmas 1936)

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THOMAS NAST – “WAITING FOR SANTA” (HARPER’S WEEKLY: CHRISTMAS 1875)
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CHRISTMAS CAROLS BOOK(1950s)
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ARCHIE COMICS (CHRISTMAS 1959)
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SANTA CLAUS FLYING IN A BLIMP (1909)
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WOOLWORTH’S CHRISATMAS TOY CATALOG (1958)
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“REMPLE” SANTA (1954)
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BOYS LIFE CHRISTMAS (1930s)
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ANDY HARDY (MICKEY ROONEY) & FAMILY CHRISTMAS (1938)

THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR PHOTO BLOG!
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EVENING SNOW (1907)

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The year is 1907. Here’s a great example of how color can transform a mundane black & white photo into a thing of beauty. The original image is a publicity shot for actress, Zena Dare, a popular British actress whose career spanned six decades. Among her many stage productions were Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and My Fair Lady. To bring the image into conformity with our standard dimensions, I fleshed-out the background snow. Then I added colors and a wintery full moon. Don’t be surprised to find this image of Zena posted on greeting cards. We’re working on it.

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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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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.

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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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WOODSTOCK, VERMONT AT NIGHT (1939)

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The year is 1939. To help celebrate a American Photo Colorizing Christmas, here is one of the best-known photographs of one of my favorite photographers, Marion Post Wolcott. Marion was a young woman who took photos for the Farm Security Administration during the 1930s and ’40s. She spent some time in the village of Woodstock, Vermont during the winter of 1939/1940, photographing the life and people of this small New England town.

Today, Woodstock is a popular snow skiing area. This was one of my earlier colorized photos, and now, here we are 11 Christmases later, colorizing historical photos for magazines, major museums, authors, and families like yours. It’s been as wild and unpredictable as a Nantucket sleigh ride.

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1939 - Woodstock, Vermont At Night

Christmas is coming on like eight tiny reindeer and St. Nicholas, too. 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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But, WAIT! . . . There’s a whole bunch MORE!!

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IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH (and it probably isn’t) HERE’S MY FAMILY CHRISTMAS IN 1954 ~ David

ONE-GIRL OPEN SLED (1950)

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The year is 1950. The girl on the sled is then-aspiring actress, Janice Rule. She went on to appear in films, such as “Bell, Book and Candle”, alongside James Stewart and Kim Novak – and on Broadway. She was married to actor Ben Gazzara, and eventually left acting for a career as a psychoanalyst. But, here in the winter of 1950-51, she is as a fresh-faced 19 year-old girl from Norwood, Ohio.

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1950 - Janice Rule Sledding

Christmas is coming on like Gangbusters. It’s time to look through 8888888your 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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BUT WAIT . . . THERE’S MORE!

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CAPITOL SNOWBALL FIGHT (1925)

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The year is 1925. One of my favorite snow scenes, here some Senate pages have a wild snowball fight across from the Capitol dome. I chose to bathe the image in the digital equivalent of a blue wash, to help capture the wintery mood. Well, it has me so convinced, I think it’s time burn a few logs in the fireplace.

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1925 - Capitol Snowball Fight

Christmas is coming on like Santa’s 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. Turn around time is about 48 hours, so contact us today! This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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