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Hand Operated Traffic Stop in Washington D.C. , 1913
After 15 + hours of colorization, 4 hours of restoration work, 5 hours of post-work and over 400 layers used, I have finally completed my work on this photo. From the Library of Congress, this photo was taken in 1913 at the intersection of Pennsylvania avenue and 14th street in Washington DC. The car these two gentleman are cruising around in is a 1913 Haynes Roadster.
I did a massive amount of research for this photo and tried to be as accurate as possible with the buildings and car colors. There are no color photos from 1913 so it was a bit tricky finding out what colors should be used for the buildings, and the few drawings and paintings I did find had conflicting thoughts on the original colors. I used a combination of sketches and paintings of Pennsylvania avenue along with some of my own judgement calls to decide on the coloring of this photo.
I am pleased with how this photo turned out and equally thankful to have completed it. It was a long and grueling photo to work with but I have not completed any massive works like this photo in some time and I thought it was a bit overdue. I love restoring and colorizing old pinups and old Hollywood photos but I need to establish my credibility every now and then.
I hope you enjoy the photo as much as I did working on it. The full size colorization and original black and white can be found below.