Monday, December 28, 2015

Beersheba. The old water well, November 1st, 1917.

One of the wells destroyed by the Turks at Beersheba as found by British and Australian troops
As Great Britain advanced,the  Germans and Turks blowup whatever they could while retreating. 

The original photo

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Iron Fireman train, Bloomington Indiana (Circa the end of the 30's)

Note In the back: You can see the Bloomington train station and a thrift store (in the white building) 
Also note the high vintage point. 
This photo was taken from a top of another train car.
Could the business man in the middle be John R. ?

This photo was taken by the Bloomington photographer Gilbert Shaw at the B-line loading dock.
Location: corner of W. Kirkwood and the B-line.
This is the original black and white photo I worked off of.
Photo Courtesy of the Monroe county historical society.
catalog number: 1986.077.008 

Same location Today.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Giant Mark Twain redwood California, 1892

This photo was over saturated and needed allot of work on 
the black and white version prior to the initial coloring process.

Original photo by N.E. Beckwith 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

N. College Ave. Bloomington IN. Circa 1933.

NRA (National Recovery Administration) march down College Ave. Bloomington IN.
Another photo from my first full colorized exhibition "Living in Color" at the 
"Monroe County Historical society" museum.

The National Recovery Administration was a prime New Deal agency established by U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1933. The goal was to eliminate "cut-throat competition" by bringing industry, labor and government together to create codes of "fair practices" and set prices.
One of the ways to promote the act was to organize rallies and parade.

This is the original black and white photo I worked off of.
Photo Courtesy of the Monroe county historical society.
catalog number: 2011.011.0280 

Same location as it looks today.

Businesses who employed people during the years of this short lived act (1933 to 1935) used to hang signs on their windows stating;
"We do our part" 
One such sign can be seen on the second floor of the J.C. Penney's store in the photo.
The same slogan can be sean in the opening credits of movies from those years like
the marks Brothers movie: Duck Soup" 

Here is a scan of the H.T. article about my show and in particular about this photo.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Theodor Herzl (May 2, 1860 – July 3, 1904) circa January 01, 1901 in Austria.

1955, James Dean in Times Square

The original B&W photo was taken by Dennis Stock for Life magazine.
This photograph, originally named On Times Square, 
was renamed after the tragic death of James Dean as "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams".

It established James Dean’s legacy showing him solitarily walking in the rain along Times Square, with his back hunched, his hands buried in his black overcoat, and a cigarette between his lips

Another photo from the same session.

James Dean and Marilyn Monroe

The original colors of the signs in the back of the james Dean photo.
1955 Times Square.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Shderot Rothschild (Rothschild Boulevard), Tel-Aviv 1939

Shderot Rothschild (Rothschild Boulevard), Tel-Aviv 1939, looking south on the corner with
Bar-Ilan St.

Here is the original B&W, courtesy of the Rudi Weissenstein archive and the "Tzalmania".

 Here is the same location at about the same time.
This photo originally appeared in the collection of theTel Aviv historical Facebook page,
"White city- Tel Aviv"

two photos of "then & now"
First the Haim Sokolinsky, Goldenberg rose brick house.

The Rapoport house on 118 Rothschild Boulevard 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dec 1902, New York news stand

This photo shows the entrance to the 6th Ave. elevates "L" train,
  on the corner of 23rd St.
Six months of Internet detective work eventually helped me unveil the black and white curtain off of this New York street scene wich had not been seen in colors since Dec 1902.

Observation nots:
A) The two boys on the both sids of the news stand are most likely paper boys
helping the magazine man standing in the middle.
B) Organizing magazines by putting the same copy on top of each other was not don in those days.
Copies of the same magazines can be found all over the place.
C) It's day time and the lights are on. 

This station officially opened on June 1878.
The original captions under this photo read:
 "A characteristic sidewalk newsstand."
Detroit Publishing glass negative.
Taken from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
This wonderful photo appeared originally in "Shorpy" my favorite historical photo site!

Here is the same location, 1903
Most likely taken from the opposite side of 23rd St.

A look east from the 6th Ave elevated  "L"station towards 23rd st.
On the right side of this photo appears the dry goods company building of, James McCreery & Co. at 64 West 23rd Street. It also appears in the back ground of the 1902 news stand photo.

The James McCreery & Co building in a 1905 postcard.

A view of the 1903, 6th Ave. elevated "L" train in the proximity of 19th St. looking north.
You can even see the 23rd St. station in the distance.

The 23rd St. station closed permanently on Dec 4th 1938.
During 1939 this was the scene along Sixth Ave as the El was torn down. 
The iron and steel was sold to Japan.

Here is a Martin Lewis illustration of the 23rd St. station named:
  "Snow on the 'El'"

Here are the magazines I found during the colorization of this photo:

This is the Dec 1902 cover illustration for "The Bookman" magazine
by: Francis X. Leyendeker

Another Francis X. Leyendeker cover.


The "Argosy" magazine in the photo is the Jan. issue.
I found the July issue.

I found these two magazines as reference to my colorization but... 
I did not find the correct issue.

franc Hals
The Laughing Cavalier 1624

New York antique bazaar july 2015

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
"A Child with an Apple" 
late 18th century.

Richard Caton Woodville
"All that was left of them"