Monday, December 17, 2018

Yitzhak Rabin and Moshe Dayan, June 11th 1967

Note to my followers
This photo was one of 11 black and white photos I colorized for a special issue of Yediot Aharonot during Israel's 70th year celebration.
Here is the link to the article.

A day after the Six Day War ended Moshe Dayan (Israel's minister of defence at the time) and 
Yitzhak Rabin (Israel's chief of staff at the time) flew over to the Gaza strip to visit the troops.
I tried to minimize the colors in this photo to olive greens and reds,
The final touch was made by adding the sun glare through the chopper's window.
Without it the photo seamed lifeless.

David Rubinger (the Yediot Aharonot photographer at the time) took this photo as the two fatigued generals allowed themselves to catch a snooze now that the war has ended.

It seems like public figures felt so in ease next to rubinger that they allowed themselves to feel at home while he was taking his photos,
Another photo from the same occasion.

Israeli Paratroopers in foxholes during sunrise, Oct 29th 1956.

This photo was taken after the only operational drop of Israeli paratroopers. It took place during the 1956 Suez war, at the "Mitle" passage in the Sini peninsula.
The original black and white photo was take by Avraham Vered, the "Israeli Robert Capa".
A war photographer for the "Ba'machane" army jurnal, who later received a medal of courage for his work.
 The photo shows troops from the 890 battalion getting ready for the upcoming fight wich took the lives of 49 soldiers. The landing of the paratroopers at the "Mitle" was the opening act of this war. Later on this parachuting maneuver was criticized as unnecessary action that could have been avoided.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Coffee shop with gramophone in jerusalem, circa1910

My colorized version.
While listening to music these coffee shop customers are enjoying a strong cup of coffee.
The next records are layed down on the stool in front of the gramophone,
waiting for their turn to be played
Note the plants in front of the Coffee shop.
Are those herbs?

 The original photo was taken most likely 
close to the Jaffa gate in the old city of Jerusalem. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Colorized Marilyn Monroe and Yaacov hodorov, May 12 1957

Note to my followers
This photo was one of 11 black and white photos I colorized for a special issue of Yediot Aharonot during Israel's 70th year celebration.
Here is the link to the article.

In honor of Israel's 9th independence day, an all star "Hapoel Israel" team of soccer players came to Brookline NY to play against the  "NY all star" team.
The honorary kick was given to Marilyn Monroe.
Before preforming here kick Marilyn Monroe  circled Ebbets Field stadium in a car escorted by boy scouts troops and Yaacov hodorov, the Israel team golly.

This photo is my colorized version of an original black and white photo. 
My colors where based on other color photos taken during this event. 
This photo was a part of my Israel's 70th independence celebrations, special project by the Israeli major newspaper "Yediot Aharonot"

This is the original photo taken by Eliyahoo Atar.

This photo was taken almost at the same time as my colorized photo

Here are some more photos from that same event and a description of what took place that day in May 12, 1957 at Ebbets Field against the New York Stars team. 

Some 45,000 spectators - most of them Jewish - turned out to watch and were in their seats more than three hours before the kickoff.

A special ceremony celebrating Israel's ninth Independence Day preceded the game as the Hapoel players were driven around the stadium several times in Cadillac limousines.
Yaakov Hodorov was particularly lucky, being seated as he was, next to Marilyn Monroe. Not one to let the occasion pass him by, he used the time to talk to the screen star, sending the journalists' cameras flashing. The spectacular parade included a march-by by the boy scouts, the NYPD, and firefighters, New York mayor Robert Wagner, Brooklyn borough president John Cashmore and three congressmen: Republicans Javitz and Ives and Democrat Carroll. The parade also included delegations from the Italian-U.S. and Irish-U.S. organizations, colleges and war veterans, but the loudest cheer was saved for Israel's ambassador, Abba Eban.

The game then got under way with referee William Smolberg flanked by captains Hodorov and America's Eddie Vaterem.
The Israelis played in the following lineup: Hodorov, Zinovich, Mordechovich, Lefkowitz, Zilberstein, Haldi, Blut, Stelmach, Koffman, Rosenboim and Nahari.
The Americans' most notable player was Terry Sprinthorpe of English club Wolverhampton Wanderers who split from his teammates when the club had toured the U.S., deciding to stay behind in the Big Apple rather than to return to the grimy, industrial surroundings of Wolverhampton in the English Midlands.
The American midfield was also bolstered by two Brazilian players, Stefo and Petpet, but the crowd was overawed by Hodorov's long goal kicks. Sprinthorpe was not the only player to stay behind in the U.S: Israel's Zinovich also split from his teammates and settled there, becoming a leading rocket scientist.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Nahum Stelmach scoring against Hapoel Ramat-Gan 1959

1959 Nahum Stekmach, known for his nickname "head of gold" (for scoring goals with his head)
 in Hapoel Petach Tikva uniform playing against Hpoel Ramat Gan .

Original photo by Eliezer Zultar

The hight of Stelmaches carrier came when  in 1956,Stelmach scores against the Russian team in Ramat Gan stadium.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Israel's soccer team holding the Asian cup, June 3rd 1964

From left: Shlomo Levi, Motale Shpigler and Mutzi Leon

Original photo by Moshe Pridan

Israel's president Zalman Shazar handing over the Asian cup 
to Israel's team captan Nahum Stelmach and coach Joseph Mirmovich

After handing the cup over to coach Joseph Mirmovich said President Zalman Shazar 
"I had not seen a crowd so joyous since Israel's independence was declared"