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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Omaha (Colorized): 1938

Omaha (Colorized): 1938

Taken off of Shorpy and colorized by me. November 1938. "Liquor store signs" in Omaha, Nebraska. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

I love it

I love colorizing old black and white photos and seeing the work of others. You've got a fine eye for detail and for choosing colors that make the image come to life. It's wonderful!

Superb!

So realistic it looks like it was actually taken in color.

Just odd thoughts on the current.

Wow. I like looking at these old photos becasue they seem more real then the present. The present doesn't feel real to me. it feels transiant and bright and bleak.

I know that at that time, there was motion and change too, but some how, it all felt more connected. It's like two plast happed in our country (one in 1950 and the other in 1995ish) that just disprupted everything. I find myself nostalgic for the 1920's, but even the 1980's at this point... not because there was anything GRWEAT baout them, but becasue they seemed more... what's the owrd allt he yuppies are using now? Organic?

I don't know how to explain it. I'd glady do away with my cubical and "bennifits" to travel the world in the years after the first world war. I know it wasn't perfect, but then, today is so bleak and nearly every time I slow down or try and take it easy, I'm called Nostalgic.

[For that Golden Age of spelling and typing? - Dave]

Beautiful job on this one.

I'll take a quart of that $1.20 whiskey.

 
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