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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Benton Harbor (Colorized): 1940

Benton Harbor  (Colorized): 1940

A colorized version of "Gas station in Benton Harbor, Michigan," July 1940. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

Neat photo! Here's what it looks like today

I pass by this place all the time, the gas station building is still there, but looks like it's a beauty shop now (it might be closed, but it looks in decent shape). They recently added a roundabout to that intersection, so part of the curb in the bottom left of the photo is now gone. Most of the buildings on the left side of the street are also gone. The big buildings behind it (one is Vincent Place) are still there though, but the letters on the roof of the Vincent Place are gone. I took a picture of it this morning, trying to get as close to the same angle as the original.

Awesome Colorization

How did you colorize this photo? I've yet to find easy to use colorization software!

Love it!

Ah, very nice! When I saw this when it was first posted in black and white, I wondered how it might look colorized. There's so much potential there, so much life to be brought out of it. Thanks for doing this one! It's very impressive!

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