Retouched and colorized photo of young Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball Modeling at the Age of 18, 1929

The legendary Lucille Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) pictured here at the age of eighteen, was an American actress, comedienne,model and also a film studio executive. There is very little doubt that Lucille Ball was a remarkable woman and she paved the way and inspired many female actresses and comediennes who followed…

Colorized and restored photo of messengers on scooters, 1917

USPS Special Delivery Messengers on Motorized Scooters, 1917.

These guys weren’t ordinary mailmen, they were “Special Delivery Messengers” for the US Postal Service. Beginning in 1913 any boy 16 years of age or older could become a Special Delivery Messenger at the postmasters discretion. Generally you would see the Special Delivery Messengers riding bicycles to deliver their packages, but this group decided to…

Restoration and colorization for a redditor

Restoration and Colorization for a Client

I have been working on some rather difficult and tedious historical colorizations that are taking quite a while to complete. I expect to be finished by the end of the weekend but to tie everyone over, here is a restoration and colorization I completed for a client recently. My full size colorization is below as…

Colorized photo of Rita Hayworth in the Snow

Rita Hayworth

This photo seemed fitting for this time of year. This is the third colorization I have completed of Rita Hayworth and perhaps my favorite. I hate to ruin the magic, but I am pretty sure the background is a painted backdrop so this photo was most likely taken in a warm cozy studio. Rita Hayworth (born Margarita…

Colorized photo of Carol Lombard 1935.

Merry Christmas! Carol Lombard, 1935.

Merry Christmas! The woman in this photo is American actress Carol Lombard. I will keep this brief so I can get back to holiday festivities before my Fiance strangles me. My full size colorization and the original is below.

Restored and Colorized Photo of Helen Marye

Tyke on a Trike, 1913. Restored and Colorized.

This photo of future socialite Helen Marye on her tricycle was taken in Washington D.C.  some time in between 1913-1918. The photo is part of the Harris & Ewing collection and is courtesy of the Library of Congress. Helen Marye was the daughter of Russian ambassador,George Marye.  She grew up in Washington D.C and was…

Restoration and colorization of woman riding a motorcycle 1918

Woman Taking a Motorcycle Ride Through D.C , 1918

No helmet and looking elegant. An impressive action shot for the time period, this photo of a woman riding a motorcycle is courtesy of the Library of Congress and was taken in 1918 by Harris & Ewing. The photo was taken in Washington D.C. looking east from East Executive Ave.  None of the buildings in…

Restoration and colorization for a cient

Restoration and Colorization for a Client

With the holiday season upon us, I have been inundated with client work and have had very little time to work on personal colorization projects. No complaints here though, I enjoy the work and the extra money is a perk. I have completed over two-hundred photos for clients and surely the best part about restoring…