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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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Northward Ho (Colorized): 1905

Northward Ho (Colorized): 1905

Circa 1905. Colorized Motor car, Canadian Government Colonization Co. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

One small change please

The Minister of the Interior asked me to discreetly inquire if you could change the appearance of the, umh, white colored material to something else.

But otherwise, an original Kodachrome could not have improved anything. What an apparition!

Hang on to your (bowler) hat

I'm no automotive engineer, but I'm guessing that the solid rubber tires and leaf springs on that contraption made for a very rough ride. The machine is, however, so much more interesting than those mobile billboards one occasionally sees plying our streets nowadays. It must have been quite a sight after dark, what with all those light bulbs (I imagine the "Canada" sign on top was illuminated too). And yes, a fantastic work of colorizing! Thank you!


If what they wanted was babymaking immigrants, they were going after the wrong demographic.


You did an outstanding job!

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