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The Civil War in COLOR for the first time: Painstakingly remastered images of a divided America
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10-13-2013 | Alex Greig

Posted on 11/13/2013 2:36:14 PM PST by Renfield

Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era.

British colorist Jordan Lloyd, 27, met fellow colorist Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark when he started posting on Madsen's subreddit 'Colorized History'.

Initially it was Madsen who was colorizing images from the Civil War era, but Lloyd eventually got interested and now the two work together restoring the images, improving their technique by giving each other critiques.

Madsen has been interested in the Civil War since he was 12, and was especially fascinated by all the images that emerged from the conflict.

'I love the fact that you can see veins in the eyes of humans born over 200 years ago as clear as day,' Madsen told MailOnline.

With amazing attention to detail, the pictures that Lloyd and Madsen have rendered in color paint a picture of the era and its characters, heroes and villains.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: abrahamlincoln; civilwar; despot; godsgravesglyphs; greatestpresident; thecivilwar; tyrant; war; warcriminal; warcriminaldespot; worstpresident
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Remarkable photos are at the link.

Brought to life: Lewis Powell (pictured) conspired with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln - Powell's job was to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, a job at which he failed.

He was, if I recall correctly, and actor, as was Booth. Powell looks like an actor, doesn't he? He looks like an actor from a modern soap opera.

1 posted on 11/13/2013 2:36:14 PM PST by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 11/13/2013 2:36:45 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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3 posted on 11/13/2013 2:38:30 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

I don’t know a lot about Powell. I do know he was from Florida and served with distinction during the war. He was said to love animals and cared for sick ones.

I think someone discovered his skull long after the war and it was buried in Florida beside his Mother.


4 posted on 11/13/2013 2:41:27 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Renfield
Stunning images. And a credit to the guys that colorized them. They don't look as fake as I expected.

/johnny

5 posted on 11/13/2013 2:41:46 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Renfield

bkmk


6 posted on 11/13/2013 2:42:38 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Renfield

We have a man in our office, who is a professional photographer and is very skilled with photo=retouch techniques.

He can take a photo of a property, with utility lines, and eliminate them. Even turn a gloomy grey day, into blue sunshine, etc.

I’ve watched him work, but only when working very fast for a project that only needs to be “okay.”

I would like to see him attempt something like this.


7 posted on 11/13/2013 2:42:41 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: onedoug

ping


8 posted on 11/13/2013 2:43:18 PM PST by windcliff
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To: Renfield

Powell was a Confederate soldier. I don’t believe he ever acted.


9 posted on 11/13/2013 2:43:40 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Renfield

Some of those photos actually made me gasp out loud. At first they look like they are actors recreating some scene, and then you realize that those are the real people!


10 posted on 11/13/2013 2:45:15 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Renfield

Incredible work.


11 posted on 11/13/2013 2:46:27 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: yarddog

Powell’s skull was found in a drawer at the U.S. Army Medical Museum in Washington.


12 posted on 11/13/2013 2:47:10 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Renfield

Wow, not at all like the colorized black and white movies that they did in the 80’s.


13 posted on 11/13/2013 2:48:56 PM PST by Husker24
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To: Renfield

I believe the third picture down is Caleb Lyon Jr


14 posted on 11/13/2013 2:49:56 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Renfield

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2a/Caleb_Lyon.jpg/220px-Caleb_Lyon.jpg


15 posted on 11/13/2013 2:52:22 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Renfield

Sam Clemens didn’t desert, rather, he succumbed to ‘fatigue due to persistent retreating.’

That pic of him looks to be during summer when Twain, at that age, preferred the cooler white suits. Wonder what the occasion was?


16 posted on 11/13/2013 2:55:16 PM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Renfield

Powell is a prominent figure in “Killing Lincoln”.

These photos, when enhanced this way; bring the past back at a new level. I like the “Duck Dynasty” beards.

I frequently use much cruder enhancements on my photos. Like removing horse manure from parades, bluring out distractions, level the horizon, white balance etc. But thes guys start with nothing, 50 shades of grey; and bring it to life.


17 posted on 11/13/2013 2:59:02 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: Renfield

Wow!


18 posted on 11/13/2013 3:01:36 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Renfield
My 3rd great grandfather was in the Civil War at the Battle of Prairie Grove. I have a picture of him in uniform. One of my relatives wanted to make sure everyone knew what side he was on so they used water color to enhance the photo.


19 posted on 11/13/2013 3:02:10 PM PST by fulltlt
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To: fulltlt

My Great Grandfather, Martin Abel McDuffie served in the 18th Alabama along with 3 brothers. Although they were technically from Florida, they joined in Elba, Alabama which was probably the closest place to do so.

They were all captured but exchanged. They participated in nearly every major battle of the war. I had a bunch of other ancestors serve in the First, Sixth and I think 8th Florida battalions.


20 posted on 11/13/2013 3:09:01 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Renfield

Stunning, nothing short of Stunning.


21 posted on 11/13/2013 3:12:44 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Renfield

Many more colorized photos from various sources are here:

http://www.reddit.com/r/ColorizedHistory/


22 posted on 11/13/2013 3:15:23 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Renfield

These are beautiful photos.


23 posted on 11/13/2013 3:16:56 PM PST by wintertime
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To: Renfield

24 posted on 11/13/2013 3:18:50 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Renfield

These photos are amazing. The color brings the people and the era to life in a way B&W doesn’t.


25 posted on 11/13/2013 3:19:21 PM PST by colorado tanker
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I wonder if anyone has noticed the change in Lee from pictures taken early in the war or pre-war and ones taken late in the war or after it.

He appears to have aged 30 years in 4 years.


26 posted on 11/13/2013 3:20:09 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Renfield

I’m taking the minority view here that while the intent is admirable, even respectful, I don’t see what is truly gained by this colorizing. This first one is not bad, showing a sole figure at the front door. An Officer of the Military. The next one, showing the young actor rumored to have conspired with Boothe, is less impressive, with the Zip-A-Tone flesh hue reminding me of Andy Warhol portrait pieces.


27 posted on 11/13/2013 3:20:53 PM PST by lee martell
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To: fulltlt

Did they enhance the wrong colors? Heh


28 posted on 11/13/2013 3:23:50 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Renfield

I enjoy seeing the background and clothing colorization but somehow feel more connected to the b/w of the people.


29 posted on 11/13/2013 4:34:53 PM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Renfield

Remarkable.


30 posted on 11/13/2013 4:42:38 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Renfield; rockrr; Ditto
Yes! Some of these colorizations are truly remarkable!


31 posted on 11/13/2013 4:55:12 PM PST by x
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Renfield.

32 posted on 11/13/2013 5:03:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Renfield

Wow - Ted Turner would be so proud!


33 posted on 11/13/2013 5:18:39 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Amazing work.


34 posted on 11/13/2013 5:24:41 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: fulltlt

I have two ancestors who were both colonels in the Virginia Militia. One of them was with Lee when he surrendered at Appomatox, and rode home from the surrender on Lee’s horse.


35 posted on 11/13/2013 5:32:39 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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That kid looks familiar. Hit by a cannonball. Well, I hope he never knew what hit him.

Amazing work.


36 posted on 11/13/2013 5:35:15 PM PST by onedoug
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To: lee martell

The “figure at the front door” is General Robert E. Lee.


37 posted on 11/13/2013 5:49:35 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Renfield
He was, if I recall correctly, and actor, as was Booth. Powell looks like an actor, doesn't he? He looks like an actor from a modern soap opera.

Agreed. Powell has a 1980's era actor look about him although if I had to date the pic without any knowledge, I'd place it from 1980 to 2013.
38 posted on 11/13/2013 5:58:06 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Cancer is taking my mother's life. Cancer sucks. I hate cancer.......)
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To: JoeProBono

So young.


39 posted on 11/13/2013 6:37:19 PM PST by Ditto
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To: Renfield

Lewis Powell 11 weeks later, hanging out with Mary Surratt and a couple other friends, unseen, to his left.

40 posted on 11/13/2013 6:38:06 PM PST by concentric circles
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Watch out for that guy that looks like Baldwin -— could go Postal any minute. ;~))


41 posted on 11/13/2013 6:45:13 PM PST by Ditto
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To: Renfield

The one of Mark Twain looks like it was taken yesterday. Incredible.


42 posted on 11/13/2013 6:46:05 PM PST by Betis70
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To: Renfield

Remover reading he didn’t look that good

when he smiled...really bad teeth.


43 posted on 11/13/2013 7:03:26 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: concentric circles

I am trying to remember what I read some time back about Powell.

As I mentioned he had served honorably and was noted for bravery during the war. I think by the end, he had become insane. He tried to stab Seward who was in bed but missed in several tries.

Despite that he had a reputation for being a soft hearted person.

I know that after he was arrested, he tried to kill himself by beating his head against his cell wall. I think they had to take measures to keep him from killing himself.


44 posted on 11/13/2013 7:04:13 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Renfield

Colorizing adds a depth and a reality that B & W fails to emote. Thanks.


45 posted on 11/13/2013 7:13:42 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Renfield
Amazing photos!

Major General George Armstrong Custer

46 posted on 11/13/2013 7:45:15 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: Renfield

Mark Twain

47 posted on 11/13/2013 7:46:19 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: yarddog

I know he served under John Singleton Mosby, who retired to California and took his morning constitutional on horseback in the foothills of the San Gabriels. One day he met a youngster, also mounted, and the two rode together many days afterward. One could say that a mantle had been passed from the older to the younger, a lad named George Smith Patton.


48 posted on 11/13/2013 7:48:39 PM PST by concentric circles
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"He tried to stab Seward who was in bed but missed in several tries."

Seward was recuperating after being seriously injured in a carriage accident a week or so before. He was wearing a heavy metal brace which hindered Powell's stabbing attempts. Seward suffered deep slashes to his face. The scars are visible in later photos of him.

49 posted on 11/13/2013 8:02:14 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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That is very interesting. I had never known that Seward was wearing a brace. That would explain what seems like an almost unbelievable incompetence on Powell’s part.


50 posted on 11/13/2013 8:10:29 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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