Bringing the past to life with colour


Gerry & Sylvia Anderson

Gerry and Silvia Anderson

Gerry & Sylvia Anderson, pictured during the making of Thunderbirds, sometime between 1964 and 1966.


Gerry and Silvia Anderson

Original B&W photo.

Annie Darwin


For Darwin’s Day this year, I’ve opted for a photo of his second child, and eldest daughter, Annie, whose death in 1851, at the age of 10, had such a profound effect on Charles.



Original B&W photo.

Nimrod Burke

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Nimrod Burke was born a free man in Prince William county, Virginia in 1836. His family moved to Washington County, Ohio, in 1854. Nimrod found employment as a handyman in Marietta, a little over 10 miles from the family home in Newport, and was only able to visit at weekends.

His employer was a prominent lawyer, and abolitionist, by the name of Melvin C. Clarke who, at the start of the American Civil War in 1861, was appointed a Major in the Union Army. Nimrod would have joined the army too, but blacks were not eligible to serve as soldiers, Instead, knowing that Nimrod had been raised in Virginia, hired him as a teamster-scout for the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, who then went to Tidewater Virginia to fight the Confederates.

Then, in 1863, War Department issued General Order Number 143 which allowed the recruitment of African-American soldiers to fight for the Union Army. Nimrod remained a scout until 1864, when he joined Company F of the 23rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, where he was assigned the rank of sergeant.

In an ironic twist of fate, Nimrod, and his regiment, were in attendance at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Forces. The neither man would have been aware of it, Nimrod’s family were freed by an ancestor of Lee’s, Robert  Carter III, around 1793.


Original B&W photo.

Prince Constantine Constantinovich

Prince Constantine Constantinovich 1895b

Prince Constantine Constantinovich of Russia, the fourth child of Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich, and the great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I



Royal Collection

Original Sepia photo.

Devil Girl from Mars

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Hugh McDermott and Patricia Laffan in the 1954 film “Devil Girl from Mars“.

The sound editor was one Gerald Anderson, later to find fame as the creator of several television series, including “Thunderbirds.

Devil Girl From Mars

Original B&W movie still.


supermarionation era

This photo is thought to have been taken on the day, in 1969, that Century 21 closed its puppet studios. Having produced such “Supermarionation” shows as Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet and Stingray, only the special effects crew remained, to work on the live action series UFO.

supermarionation era

Original B&W photo.

Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan 1953
Bobby Driscoll and Kathryn Beaumont shooting reference material for Disney’s 1953 animated film “Peter Pan”. The colours I used came from a frame from the movie.

Peter Pan 1953

Original B&W photo.


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