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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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Queenie Ladovitch (Colorized): 1920

Queenie Ladovitch (Colorized): 1920

Colorized from a Shorpy original.

I went off my usual tack with this one, consciously moving towards a more stylised piece. Existing colourisations give her a peach coloured sash and a green/brown background, which the black and white tones certainly suggest. This one was really an exercise in restraint with tonal variation on the skin in particular, and experiment with iridescent colours on the silk sash; I thought a royal purple background would tie everything together and reference the given title appropriately. View full size.

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Nicely done! Your attempts at catching the iridescence of the fabric have been very successful and I particularly like how you have varied the skin tone. So often we see pictures where the colourist has thought 'this is skin, therefore I will make it skin-coloured' and has not paid any attention to the fact that flesh tones are nuanced by the colours in the surroundings. Great stuff!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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