Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time Square 1937, Father Duffy memorial

This is my colorized version of the 1937 photo of the unveiled statue of Father Francis Patrick Duffy. A world war 1 priest, writer of the 1920 autobiography “Father Duffy’s Story.” 

Here is the original photo. Since the statue was unveiled on may 2nd 1937
I could only asume this is a winter time sceen. A cold March or April day with Blue sky and 
blue over cast on the entire scene.

1943 NY in color.
See the 11th Min and 30 sec of the film for a rear colorful view of 
this same spot in Time Square.
Same place 1936


Note the white frame around the Coca Cola emblem.
This white frame was changed somewhere between 1937-1939 to a green frame 
(as seen in this next photo).

I used this 1939 original color photo as my reference to the signs in the street.

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia presides over the dedication ceremonies on May 2, 1937

 End of the Mr peanuts sign.



The big white sign on the right is promoting "AromaRama",
movies with smell!!!! you got to smell it to believe it.

 The statue today.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rural Retreat, Virginia 1957

I decided to take the challenge of making a night time photo in colors. 
This photo is so powerful and cinematic that I had to hold back and not over do the coloring. 
I hope I got it right.
1957 original black and white.
 "The Birmingham Special gets the highball at Rural Retreat, Virginia." 
Gelatin silver print by O. Winston Link
Same location today.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Plaza hotel new York circa 1910. Original color photo

The Plaza opened October 1, 1907. The completed hotel cost $12.5 million, making it one of the most expensive buildings ever built in New York City at the time.

This photo is from the Albert Kahn Museum.

 In the early part of the 20th century French-Jewish capitalist Albert Kahn set about to collect a photographic record of the world, the images were held in an 'Archive of the Planet'. Before the 1929 stock market crash he was able to amass a collection of 180,000 metres of b/w film and more than 72,000 autochrome plates, the first industrial process for true colour photography

Here is a link for more info and photos:

Here are two other 1910 view of the hotel.
This is the hotel today.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

May 14, 1948, Israel's Declaration of independence

David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly announcing
the Declaration of the State of Israel. May 14 1948, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Above him, a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism.
The ceremony took place in the old Tel Aviv Museum of Art building on Rothshild Ave. 
The exhibit hall and the scroll, which were not yet finished, were prepared by Otte Wallish

Israel's Declaration of independence original B&W compared with the colorized version. 
Courtesy of the Rudi Weissenstein archive and the "Tzalmania".

Another view of the occasion, this time by 
Robert Capa

Saturday, August 10, 2013

David & Paula Ben-Gurion, circa1961

Back at the day when the train was used by prime ministers
in israel and Maarive was the biggest news paper around.

Original photo is by David Rubinger.
Note the headlines about the Eichmann trial.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

1865. Charleston, South Carolina

This photograph was taken on Cumberland St.
by the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy.
The photo is the left half of a glass-plate stereograph.

The challenge for me with this Civil War photo was the lack of color
and the dominance of the browns. 

The un wheeled coach on the right side of the photo seams to be a bit more fancy
Than the others in this photo, hans the reasoning for my coloring
of that coach,
Here is a close up of the Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works contraption.
Note the "Big Wheel" underneath the iron sign. 
This is likely something called "Big Wheel" , 
also called a "Ship's mast wheel", used to haul whole logs. 
A log or logs is/are chained to the middle section and is hauled by a team of horses/mules. 
The other end of the log is dragged.

The writing on the anvil says "Double action locomotive spring".
Note the anchor the canon and the leaf the two swords the plow the candle stick
and the ornamented lizard (with a duck looking beak). Probably all those things are objects that the
Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works can manufacture upon request.  
The top left ring of the sign says "A leaf fro????"

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bloomington Indiana circa 1930

Back to school sale at the local J. C. Penny

The original b&W photo.
Courtesy of the Monroe county historical society 

Same spot today.

According to the Micky mouse design this photo was taken during the late 20's early 30's

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sir Herbert Samuel visit to Tel Aviv circa 1920-1925

 Herbert Louis Samuel was the first high commissioner of palestine
1920 to 1925
Mr Samuel is in a white hat in this photo.
This photo was taken at "Rothschild Boulevard" in Tel Aviv.
You can clearly see the water tower at the end of the Boulevard.

The original photo is taken from the "Library of congress"
photo archive.

Samuel's appointment to High Commissioner of Palestine was controversial. While the Jewish population welcomed the appointment of a Jaw to the post, the military government, headed by General Allenby and Bols, called Samuel's appointment "highly dangerous" 

The man walking to the right of Herbert Samuel is most likely 
Mr. Chaim Nachman Bialik, Israel's national poet.
Here is a compare photo for you to judge.
I could not find a smiling portrait of him.

These are two more photos from that same day.
Note the guy with the big flower bouquet.
He seams to get tired as the he progresses in the sweltering heat.
These photos are taken from the "Library of congress"
photo archive.

Screen capture from a British news real showing the same event.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New York, 1903. 229 Fifth Avenue

This block was destined for demolition.


   This was my third colorization project for and took quite an extensive research.
The snow was a last minute decision when I noticed some white spots on the roof of one of the buildings.

Here is the same spot from a different angle in 1903.
I can not decide if this was photographed before or after my colorized photo.

Today the Grand Madison hotel stand on this site.

And this is the block next door (on Broadway and 26th) that stayed the same
as it was back in 1903.