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Ruth Malcolmson (Colorized): 1924

Ruth Malcolmson (Colorized): 1924

I saw this photo of 1924's Miss Philadelphia/Miss America Ruth Malcolmson on Shorpy and just had to see what it looked like colorized. I have to admit that one part of the photo gave me trouble. In the original there was the side of a house with all sorts of little items in the upper right corner. I simply couldn't identify everything to determine what color the items should be so I 'grew' some more bushes up to the brickwork.

Anyway, hope someone enjoys this as much as I did working on it the past 2-3 weeks. View full size.


I'm glad you liked it. I'm sure other programs will work just as well but I had just purchased Photoshop Elements 9 and wanted to take it out for a test drive. Still learning the various tricks but it gets a little easier every day. And sometimes it can be painfully slow.


A great job especially the tray and trophy. What type of program do you use to do this? I think I may attempt it on some of our old photos.

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