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Steamboat Annie (Colorized): 1904

Steamboat Annie (Colorized): 1904

The Mississippi River, circa 1904. "Vicksburg waterfront." The sternwheelers Annie Russell and Alice B. Miller. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Don, I just have to comment on this picture one more time, and really compliment you on your *restraint* when it comes to your color choices. Other colorizers really should take a lesson from this -- a big mistake that's made is to make colors too bright and crayon-like. Real life is dirty, dusty and often dull.

I wish I had your patience (and taste) to do jobs like this!


Thank You

Dennis, Tim & JH,
It is so nice on Boxing Day to be able to sit down at the PC and get what I call my "Shorpy fix". I did manage to sneak away from family on Christmas Eve to look at the latest offerings and of course again on Christmas Morning to see how Dave lit the tree (1st time for me). Thank you for the comments, they are very much appreciated. I am guessing on this one as far as hours it took because sometimes I get totally lost in the picture and lose track of time and the same holds true with most of the pictures that I do. A lot of in-between time is spent researching color. For example I spent a lot of time on "Google Street View" looking for the colors of any buildings that may still exist, with some success I might add. Trouble with that is that in this particular case I also turned into a tourist and spent a lot of time wandering the streets of Vicksburg ....Guess/estimate - 30+ pleasurable hours. Just as a quick aside - that steep hill in the picture is Clay Street in Vicksburg. I find it fascinating comparing past and present with the Google "Street View".

Best wishes to all for the New Year. Don

Great Job!

It's obvious you put a ton of work into this. Truly a great job. Thanks for this!




This is superb! How many hours did this take you to do? This is one of the best colorizations I've ever seen. Well done!


Easy to tell


It sure is easy to tell when someone invests a lot of time on a colorized photo. Details are not overlooked, color choices are chosen with a lot of thought, details are not left unattended, and it takes more than a quick look to determine if you are looking a colorized photo or a photo taken in color. Great example of a the way it should be done!


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