CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS

CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Old forgotten prints turn back the clock

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboys in color: The Wild West brought to life by student who spent hours painstakingly coloring in each black and white photo

 

  • Jared Enos, a student from North Kingston, Rhode Island, spent up to six hours digitally coloring each iconic picture
  • Dating from 1864 to 1910, include the pictures of cowboys and portrait of legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock

The violence and romance of the Wild West is depicted on screen, but now, iconic historical pictures from the era have been brought to life by an eighteen-year-old student.

 

Jared Enos, a student from North Kingston, Rhode Island, spent up to six hours digitally coloring each iconic picture - dating from 1864 to 1910 - to give a fresh look at the frontier period that began with English settlements in the early 17th century.

 

A powerful reminder of a pivotal period in American history, these painstakingly colorized photographs range from portraits of legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock and President Lincoln's assassination conspirator David E. Herold, to the cowboy, the quintessential symbol of the time.

Student Jared Enos, 18, from Rhode Island, painstakingly colourized iconic, historical pictures from the Wild West era. Pictured, he colorized this photograph of the quintessential symbol of the America frontier period, called 'The Cow Boy' from 1887

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Student Jared Enos, 18, from Rhode Island, painstakingly colourized iconic, historical pictures from the Wild West era. Pictured, he colorized this photograph of the quintessential symbol of the America frontier period, called 'The Cow Boy' from 1887

Jared says he was drawn to colorize these images, which each took up to six hours, because he was raised with Western movies, novels and games. Pictured, Art Moss and a friend getting ready for a cattle drive, circa 1889

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Jared says he was drawn to colorize these images, which each took up to six hours, because he was raised with Western movies, novels and games. Pictured, Art Moss and a friend getting ready for a cattle drive, circa 1889

David E. Herold, a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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Legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock, pictured between 1868 and 1870

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'The Wild West has always seemed epic to me,' he added. Pictured left, David E. Herold, a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and right, legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock, pictured between 1868 and 1870

Jared said his project was based on his feeling that 'it's harder to truly connect to an image when it's black and white'. Pictured, African-Americans collect the remains of soldiers killed in battle near Cold Harbor, Virginia, in the April of 1865

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Jared said his project was based on his feeling that 'it's harder to truly connect to an image when it's black and white'. Pictured, African-Americans collect the remains of soldiers killed in battle near Cold Harbor, Virginia, in the April of 1865

Historians define the period as one of rapid expansion during the 19th and 20th century. 'There is an artistic aspect to colorisation, but I always try to put historical accuracy and realism first,' said Jared. Pictured, a day herder, Bert Killion, on a knoll overlooking the grazing herd at LS Ranch, Texas, in 1907

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Historians define the period as one of rapid expansion during the 19th and 20th century. 'There is an artistic aspect to colorisation, but I always try to put historical accuracy and realism first,' said Jared. Pictured, a day herder, Bert Killion, on a knoll overlooking the grazing herd at LS Ranch, Texas, in 1907

The process began with a base colour coat, before it is covered ith coat with a different color in necessary places. The process is repeated until the images are fully colourized. Pictured, First Admiral in the United States Navy, David Farragut, circa 1863

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The process began with a base colour coat, before it is covered ith coat with a different color in necessary places. The process is repeated until the images are fully colourized. Pictured, First Admiral in the United States Navy, David Farragut, circa 1863

'I see real people who have lived real lives, with experiences similar in some ways, but on others radically different to mine,' Jared said. Pictured, McLeod's cabin, Happy Hollow. Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1901

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'I see real people who have lived real lives, with experiences similar in some ways, but on others radically different to mine,' Jared said. Pictured, McLeod's cabin, Happy Hollow. Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1901

Jared says he based the background of his colored pictures on actual pictures he found of the areas featured in the photographs. 'However, with very old images like these, my research is limited,' he said. Pictured, the frontage of buildings in Atlanta, Georgia, 1864

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Jared says he based the background of his colored pictures on actual pictures he found of the areas featured in the photographs. 'However, with very old images like these, my research is limited,' he said. Pictured, the frontage of buildings in Atlanta, Georgia, 1864

Jared based the colors of the saddles on modern pictures of similar saddles. Pictured, The Horse Wrangler, Bonham, Texas, June, 1910

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Jared based the colors of the saddles on modern pictures of similar saddles. Pictured, The Horse Wrangler, Bonham, Texas, June, 1910

 

 

Old forgotten prints turn back the clock on the Golden State

  • Postcard-perfect pictures vividly capture bygone days of the burgeoning West Coast's land of milk and honey

The United States Library of Congress has released a trove of thousands of dazzling photocrome prints produced from around the world, including dozens that portray California as the Golden State--and green and pink and emerald green--that it truly is.

Produced between the 1890s to 1910s using the once-popular method for adding vivid color to what would otherwise black and white, these photocrome prints were a popular souvenir of their day.

As such, the postcard-perfect snapshots of yesteryear feature all things California: its sea lion guarded rugged coast, stately missions, ethnic diversity and cornucopia of agriculture.

Bygone days: The U.S. Library of Congress released thousands of photochrome prints, including many from the bustling California of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, a man is seen with raisin drying racks in Southern California dated 1901

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Bygone days: The U.S. Library of Congress released thousands of photochrome prints, including many from the bustling California of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, a man is seen with raisin drying racks in Southern California dated 1901

Ford it! Photochrome was to add color to prints before color photography was widely available. Here, a wagon fords  the Santa Inez River in 1898

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Ford it! Photochrome was to add color to prints before color photography was widely available. Here, a wagon fords the Santa Inez River in 1898

Vivid: Photochrome prints were a popular souvenir of their day. Pictured is the Spring House in Shasta Springs, California in 1898

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Vivid: Photochrome prints were a popular souvenir of their day. Pictured is the Spring House in Shasta Springs, California in 1898

Diversity: California was booming in the early 20th century and its growing industries attracted immigrants from China and across Asia. Here, a Chinese family is pictured in 1898

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Diversity: California was booming in the early 20th century and its growing industries attracted immigrants from China and across Asia. Here, a Chinese family is pictured in 1898

 

The images were produced using the photochrom process of taking black and white negatives and filling them with color by transferring them onto lithographic printing stones. Here, California's famous poppies were captured in 1899

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The images were produced using the photochrom process of taking black and white negatives and filling them with color by transferring them onto lithographic printing stones. Here, California's famous poppies were captured in 1899

Made in USA: Most of these images were created at the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. Pictured is the beach at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast in 1903

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Made in USA: Most of these images were created at the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. Pictured is the beach at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast in 1903

Times have changed: San Francisco wasn't always the booming tech mecca it is today. Pictured here is th Golden Gate Strait off off San Francisco in 1901

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Times have changed: San Francisco wasn't always the booming tech mecca it is today. Pictured here is th Golden Gate Strait off off San Francisco in 1901

Still standing: The lodge at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is pictured here in 1898 just two years after it was built. The structure still stands, but today the lodge acts as the administrative headquarters of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

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Still standing: The lodge at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is pictured here in 1898 just two years after it was built. The structure still stands, but today the lodge acts as the administrative headquarters of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Simpler time: Golden Gate is seen here from Berkeley Heights in 1898, forty years before the iconic Golden Gate Bridge would become synonymous with the Northern California city

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Simpler time: Golden Gate is seen here from Berkeley Heights in 1898, forty years before the iconic Golden Gate Bridge would become synonymous with the Northern California city

Looking to the stars: The Lick Observatory outside San Jose is pictured here in 1902. The observatory still stands atop Mt. Hamilton today

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Looking to the stars: The Lick Observatory outside San Jose is pictured here in 1902. The observatory still stands atop Mt. Hamilton today

Encina Hall of the former Leland Standford Junior University in seen here in 1898

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Encina Hall of the former Leland Standford Junior University in seen here in 1898

Old building: Mission Dolores in San Francisco is seen here in 1898. The mission still stands and is San Francisco oldest building

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Old building: Mission Dolores in San Francisco is seen here in 1898. The mission still stands and is San Francisco oldest building

Scenic: Seen here are Mossbrae Falls, pictured 1899. The scenic falls are in Dunsmuir, California, near the state's northern border with Oregon

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Scenic: Seen here are Mossbrae Falls, pictured 1899. The scenic falls are in Dunsmuir, California, near the state's northern border with Oregon

A wilder world: Sea beasts guard Seal Rocks, an outcropping just off San Francisco, in 1901

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A wilder world: Sea beasts guard Seal Rocks, an outcropping just off San Francisco, in 1901

Imposing live oaks guard a gate at Berkely College in 1898

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Imposing live oaks guard a gate at Berkely College in 1898

Precipice: Glacier Point and South Dome are pictured in the Yosemite Valley as men stand at a precipice, 1898

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Precipice: Glacier Point and South Dome are pictured in the Yosemite Valley as men stand at a precipice, 1898

 

 

 

 

 

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