Re: Ancient photos in color

Richard Townsend

Let's not forget that colorization is far from a new thing. I've got postcards from around the turn of the century (the 19th into the 20th) that are colorized ("tinted") versions of black and white photos I also have. Colorization happens. Deal with it.

OTOH, it seems that I heard somewhere that someone claimed that color was not invented until early in the 20th century, and before that everything (the world, not just photos) was in black and white. <G>

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon

-----Original Message-----
From: @smithbf
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Ancient photos in color

rfederle@... wrote:

I agree. When modelling we look to the photo for reference and expect
that to be the true image. If colorized it could alte the way a person
views that image and maybe be misled in to thinking something is a
particular color when is it not. I think if the photo was black and white
it should be black and white.
On Tue, January 16, 2007 4:34 pm, Spen Kellogg replied:
With apologies to Roger Federle for subverting the meaning of his
e-mail, I'm waiting for someone to suggest that those of us who model
railroads before the days of color film should model in black and white
and shades of gray.

Its been done. I don't remeber the modeler's name, but he is an LDSIG
member, models circa WWII and his entire color scheme is greytones. In
reality, this is a HUGE challenge to get right! While I have only seen
photos, the layout is apparently very dramatic, which makes sense, as
IIRC, the builder is a theatrical designer.


Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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