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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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Set a Spell (Colorized): 1939

Set a Spell (Colorized): 1939

My own version of Dorothea Lange's iconic image. (Another shot from set was also featured on Shorpy.) Researching the signs took a while, but hopefully it paid off. View full size.

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Hi Sjohnsone,

Zuzahin's piece over at Civil War Talk is a great place to start. My technique differs from his in several ways and as we converse regularly I know he's also moved on too, but I think you can get a very good result through this tutorial.



Photojacker - I just discovered the love of coloring photos and i'm operating off just a couple youtube videos I've watched on doing it. Do you have any recommendations for resources to become better at it? I'm finding myself spending 4-5 hours or more a day doing this. I absolutely love it.

Thank you!

The mention of chicken has made me hungry...


Another amazing job by photojacker, an expert British colorist, excuse me, colourist. So realistic I can feel the heat and dust. Love the chicken.

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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