colorized historical photo


Colorized Photos of Children Working at the Beginning of the 20th Century

Photographer Lewis Hine documented at the beginning of the 20th century and during more than ten years, the tough daily life of children working in American factories and mines. His pictures were colorized by the specialist Sanna Dullaway and published in the Time.

On 26 July 1945, her Task Force was attacked by two bombers acting as “Kamikaze” suicide weapons. One made an imprint on the side of the HMS Sussex, from which it could be identified as a Mitsubishi Ki-51 “Sonia”.
Le 26 juillet 1945, le HMS Sussex a été attaqué par 2 “Kamikaze”. L'un d'entre a laissé une marque sur le flanc de l'HMS. Il a été identifié comme étant un Mitsubishi Ki-51 “Sonia”

Hand colored photo of Three Tayuu, 1880s, Japan.

Historically, Tayuu (or tayū) were courtesans, first and foremost entertainers. However, they also acted as prostitutes. Within the pleasure quarters, courtesans’ prestige was based on their beauty, character, education, and artistic ability, rather than their birth. The highest rank of courtesan was the tayū (太夫). Unlike a common prostitute, the tayū had sufficient prestige to refuse clients.Her high status also made a tayū extremely pricey—a tayū’s fee for one evening was between one ryo and one ryo three bu, well beyond a laborer’s monthly wage and comparable to a shop assistant’s annual salary.

In 1761, the last tayū of the Yoshiwara retired, marking the end of the tayū and kōshi ranks in that pleasure quarter. Today, there are tayū who entertain as geisha do, no longer providing sex. However there are fewer than five tayū, in comparison to the three hundred geisha in Kyoto today.

Another interesting fact about this photograph is the style of clothing the women are wearing. The visual difference between a geisha or mako with tayū or other such prostitute was the way they wore their obi, or, the sash that held the kimono closed. Because they lived in a group home with other girls, women wore their obis tied at the back, since there was always someone to help them dress. However, because prostitutes would need to dress alone, they wore their obis tied closed at the front, in order for easy removal and redressing. Foreigners would not see the difference, but native Japanese would know the difference between the entertainers.

((OOC: Uhh– I tried giving Alfred a bit more accurate hairstyle for the 1920s and I–???? Idk how that looks– 

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19th Century Japanese Life in Color

Here is an unexpected series of hand-colored photographs from 1863-1877 made by Felice Beato. A beautiful selection of Edo-era Japan, depicting Geishas, samouraïs and courtesans’ everyday life sceneries. Besides, Felice Beato is considered like one of the world’s first photojournalists.