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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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Failed Bank (Colorized): 1936

Failed Bank (Colorized): 1936

May 1936. "Bank that failed. Kansas." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. I decided to colorize this photo. I think in color it looks better. View full size.

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Thank you very much Girl Patriot for good words about my work. I'd like to appear and walk there too, but time and space make it impossible. P.S. If you can use Photoshop, you can learn to colorize old photos, there are many tutorials how to do it, in internet.

Looks great

I like the strong coloring and contrasts. I think you did well with this one. I feel like I could just stroll right by and peek in the windows, hoping to spot a shiny gold coin forgotten in an overlooked nook somewhere.

If I were able to colorize old photos I think I'd tend more to the stronger, more realistic colors like these. You can really tell a difference when colorizing is done but the accents and shadows in the original photo get drowned instead of enhanced.

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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