Friday, February 17, 2012

Indianapolis old Bus terminal 1943

Another view of the same location at the same year with the same signs.

This is a photo I took of the same spot as it looks today, 2012.
The bus terminal is no longer there :-(

Here is a photo of the bus terminal dating to somewhere in the beginning of 1900's.
Opened in 1904, the great "Traction Terminal" in Indianapolis, Indiana, grew to become the largest interurban railway terminal in the world.   
In its heyday, this terminal hosted some 7 million passengers a year, and 500 interurban trains a day, from all over the state of Indiana, and as far away as, Louisville, Kentucky.
I circled the location where the colorized photo was taken.

 Another view (the 50's) with the same location circled.
Here it is in the 50's with my color reference for the bus.
Here is another photo taken in 1943, during the war.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Street vender 1943 New York

New York, May 1943. "Pushcart fruit vendor at the Fulton Fish Market." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information.

Another Gordon Parks photo at the same spot

I used this photo for color ref
This is an ad I found of the same company "FLO" as seen in the black and white photo. I used it to color the fruit sign. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tipple Boy: 1908

August 1908. Tipple boy at the Turkey Knob coal mine in Macdonald, West Virginia. Says the LOC: "Patron identifies this as her grandfather, Otha Porter Martin, born July 3, 1897." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Grand Central1941

Colorized and black and white compare.

Two more views of the station

Manhattan Terminal 1907

Manhattan Terminal 1907

This is the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade and Manhattan Terminal in 1907 
There is another photo of the same view a few minuets later after the train moved on.
What was interesting to me were all the signs.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

First Subtractive Color Photograph, 1872

Before the autochrome process was perfect in France, this photograph was taken by Louis Arthur Ducos du Hauron who invented the subtractive (cyan, magenta, and yellow) color method of taking photographs. Louis was a French pioneer in color photography and he worked in both subtractive and additive (red, green, and blue) color. 
This particularly photograph is called “Landscape of Southern France”.

Fountain pen ad. Time Square, late 40's.

Times Square circa late 40's.

This is the original B&W photo.

Same street corner 1948 Kodachrome.

same time, different angle1948


1952 Walker Evans photo


1957 Scripto ad.



In 1966 the same corner still hosted some of the same ads.
Note the Coke sign and the Scripto pen ad.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Pool of Hezekiah. Jerusalem 1880-1900

Pool of Hezekiah. 1880-1900
American Colony,Jerusalem.
G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection

This is one of the oldest photos I've colorized and is originally a 3D stereoscopic glass slide
that was used as an old way of experiencing "the Holy land"
On this photo I had nothing to rely on but my knowledge of colors and lighting.

Times Square 1943, Smoking camel sign

My second Times Square photo from 1943 by John Vachon, colorized.  
Note the lights left on the second floor. These are the small things that bring a photo to life.

Another view of the same exact sign.

The Camel sign was designed by Douglas Leigh in 1941.
Here is an original pencil sketch for the sign's design.

1942 New year, new sign.

 The sign was puffing out smoke for 25 years
up until 1966.
For this colorizing project I had a lot of photos and videos in color to look at.
I tried my best to stick to the real colors from the historical photos I found.


In its early years the sign blow out perfect rings of smoke every 4 second, but it seams like
that feature stopped working shortly there after.

What I found interesting was that the Camel sign changed faces throughout the war.
Featuring service men from all branches of the US military.
V.J. day, August 14, 1945




Walker EvansBillboards in Times Square, New York, 1952
The Walker Evans photo (which I found 2 years after I colorized the 
John Vachon photo) made me realize that I got the colors for the hotel walls and sign totally wrong. 

Phil Silvers AKA Sgt. Bilko was featured on the Camel cigarets sign
in 1957




Actor CARL BETZ And Wife Lois

1959 (Note that the pepsi battles are gone)

This is the same location in the 60's

this specific version is from 1965


Borje Dorch as photographed by Erik Collin in 1965. 



Actresses Millette Alexander and Louise King, and nightclub entertainer Ted Lewis, stand 

outside a giant mailbox stamp selling booth in Times Square, New York City, while Assistant 

Postmaster Aquiline F. Weierich dispenses stamps from inside booth. 






1966 The end of the Camel sign.

1967, after the camel sign was taken off the next ad still used the Con Edison steam.
This time it came out of a riverboat smokestack in an ad for the movie
 "The sand pebbles".

A recreation of the "Camel Smoke" billboard sign in Woody Allen's 1987
"Radio Days" film.

Here is a full look at the Claridge Hotel on the corner of 44th and  Broadway.