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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Saratoga 1908 (Colorized)

Saratoga 1908 (Colorized)

The original is on Shorpy, here:

I have cropped and resized the image to fit my screen (as computer wallpaper), so there are bits from the original missing here.

I searched for color(ed) pictures of Congress Hall on the web, but turned up nuthin'. So, the color scheme is mine, entirely, and likely not correct. But I think it looks believable. I did find bottles of Hathorn Springs spring water, but no color labels. The bottles were bright green glass, however, so I made the sign roughly the same color.

I used a lot of the same techniques in this colorization as I used in the last one; trying to use multiple blended colors on most surfaces. For everything from the leaves on the trees to their shadows on the pavement, I used a gazillion different shades to try and give the picture a realistic look. Whether I succeeded or not is a judgement for its audience to make, of course. View full size.

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Nicely done!

Having never tried to colorize a photo, other than some feeble attempts many years ago with water colors, I Really like this.

The facade and portico of Congress Hall are very well done. The tan and gray colors fit the decor of the era, I think.

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