Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

1920s pilot in winter flying gear

I love a good colorized photo, (emphasis on the GOOD). When this process is done well it can completely bring an old photograph alive. I’ve recently discovered the amazing History in Color, which is full of beautifully colorized photos and I had to share this photo with you.

Its of pilot William C. Hopson who was a pilot for the U.S. mail service around 1926. He’s photographed here wearing his winter flying clothing. I’ve attached both versions below and I think you’ll agree that the colour version is really compelling!  Which do you prefer? You might also like to check out this photo of Ginger Rogers which has both the colour and black and white versions

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Image source and copyright: Used with kind permission from History in Color

2 thoughts on “Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

  1. Jon Howard

    I think it looks great, but it’s not just colour – that picture’s had contrast added & probably some digital sharpening too. The original looks very flat & lifeless by comparison. I don’t have a problem with it – I edit nearly all my own pictures in Lightroom or even Instagram, so what’s the difference – as long as no-one’s trying to pass off an enhanced picture as an original…


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