Bringing the past to life with colour

Movers & shakers

J.R. Clynes

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John Robert Clynes MP, the first English leader of the British Labour Party. He didn’t get to be Prime Minister but, under his stewardship, Labour became the main opposition party in place of the Liberals.

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Original B&W photo.


Paula and kitten

Paula and Kitten (1955)

Walter Chandoha was a famous photographer, known particularly for his pictures of cats. This one is from 1955, and is of his daughter Paula and a kitten.

Paula and Kitten (1955)

Original B&W photo.


Hilaire Belloc

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Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc, portrait by Emil Otto Hoppé, vintage bromide print, 1915.

NPG x7930; Hilaire Belloc by Emil Otto ('E.O.') HoppÈ

Original B&W photo.


Lillie Langtry

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Actress Lillie Langtry, once a mistress of Edward VII (while still Prince of Wales),in 1885.

 

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Original sepia photo.


Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inauguration.

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Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, 4th March 1865,taken by Alexander Gardner. On 9th April, General Robert E. Lee surrendered, practically ending the American Civil War, and 5 days later Lincoln was killed. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, is reputed to be in this photo.

 

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Original B&W photo.

 

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Annie Oakley

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A cabinet card, from the 1880s, of Annie Oakley.

 

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Original sepia photo.


John Surratt, Conspirator

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John Harrison Surratt, Jr. was certainly involved in the plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln in 1864, but there was sufficient doubt in his involvement in Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 that, when extradited from Egypt, after something of a world tour of escaping, in early 1867, he was released on $25,000 bail and the case against him for murder was declared a mistrial. All the other charges relating to the kidnap plot had passed the statute of limitations.

This photo was taken in 1867, while Surratt was on, or awaiting, his trial. He is still wearing the uniform of the Papal Zouaves (Pope’s infantry), with whom he had briefly served while on the run, using the alias John Watson.

 

John Harrison Surratt, Jr. in Papal Zouave uniform, c. 1867

Original B&W photo from the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.


Grandfather Trump

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Friedrich Trump, grandfather to Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Friedrich was the first Trump to migrate to America, to avoid conscription in his native Germany. This photo was probably taken in 1918, the year of his death at the age of 49. He had become fairly wealthy, in part due to running hotels and restaurants that included prostitution as one of their services.

 

Friedrich Trump

Original sepia photo.


Oliver Hazard Perry

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American naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry who, among other exploits, led American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, during the 1812 war against Britain. Before that he had fought in the Barbary Wars, in the Caribbean fighting piracy and the slave trade,

Perry died in 1819, but this engraving, by an unknown official USN artist, is thought to have been made in 1917.

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Original engraving.


Belva Lockwood

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Belva Lockwood, lawyer, politician, educator, author and cyclist, photographed between 1865 and 1880 by Matthew Brady.

Unlike Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood met all legal requirements when she stood for the presidency of the USA in 1884, and again in 1888.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Victoria Woodhull

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Victoria Woodhull, sometime between 1866 and 1873.

Constitutionally, the President of the USA must be at least 35 years old. Victoria Woodhull was only 34 when she was nominated by the newly formed Equal Rights Party in 1872 so, though she was the first woman to stand for the office, some historians claim that she shouldn’t be counted as she wouldn’t have been legally allowed to take office.

 

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Original sepia cabinet card.

 


Nellie Bly

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Journalist, charity worker, writer, industrialist and inventor Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, who wrote under the pen name Nellie Bly.

By the time of this photo, 1890, she had already made her two best known accomplishments. First, in 1887, feigned insanity to get herself committed to a lunatic asylum, so she could investigate reports of brutality and neglect. Then, in 1888, she made a record-setting circumnavigation of the world, inspired by Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days“. She took only 72 days.

 

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Original sepia photo.


A Nazi Christening

Emmy and Hermann Goering Adolf Hitler, acting as Godparent, at the Christening of Hermann and Emma ‘s only child, Edda. Edda hit the news recently when she tried, for a second time, to reclaim some of the art works stolen by her father during the war, and given to her when she was a child. She was unsuccessful.

 

 

Emmy and Hermann Goering

Original B&W photo.


Disco Dictator!

Hitler rehearsing (1925)

One of a series of photos taken by Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann in 1925. the

Führer-in-waiting is shown here rehearsing his oratory style, while listening to a recording of one of his own speeches.

 

Hitler rehearsing (1925)

Original B&W photo.


Otto von Bismarck

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Otto von Bismarck, who was to become the first Chancellor of a unified Germany in 1871, seen here as member of the regional parliament of Prussia 1847.

 

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Original engraving.


Annie Darwin

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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.

 

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Original B&W photo.


George Mottershead

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Mary the chimpanzee in 1937 working on Chester Zoo’s new lion enclosure, ably assisted by the zoo’s founder, George Mottershead.

The story of the Mottershead family and the founding of Chester Zoo is the subject of a new television series on BBC 1.

 

George Mottershead

Original B&W photo.


Lillie Langtry

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Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, better known by her married name Lillie (or Lily in the USA) Langtry, in 1885.

Although she was a successful and popular actress, she is most famous for her affair with The Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (later Edward VII). By the time of this photo the affair was over, though he remained fond of her.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Martha Hepburn, née Houghton, with her daughter, Katharine Houghton Hepburn, who grew to be a famous actress, shown here in 1907.

Although the younger Katharine is better known, Katharine senior was very accomplished too. Among other things she was a leader the suffrage movement in the United States, and helped found the organization that would become Planned Parenthood.

 

Katherine Hepburn

Original B&W photo.


Michael Faraday

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Michael Faraday, around 1855.

A giant of science, particularly in the the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry, he had a very basic education, attending a day school where he learned to read, write and count, but he was able to read a lot of books that would not normally be available to him while he was an apprentice bookbinder.

By the time of this photo, Faraday’s best work was behind him, but he continued to lecture, including to children, perhaps remembering his own humble beginnings.

The Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution were begun by Michael Faraday. That are now televised is also partly due to his work.

 

 

Michael Faraday

Original B&W photo.


Henry Ford

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Henry Ford with a demonstration Model T in Buffalo, New York, in 1921.
By this time the customer could have “have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”, though the car was available in several colours except black until the advent of the assembly line, because black paint dried more quickly than other colours.

Henry Ford with Model T in Buffalo, NY, 1921
Original B&W photo.


John William Draper

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Scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer John William Draper, around 1875.
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Around 1839 and 1840,he produced what are thought to have been the first photos of a human face, that of his female assistant, but these haven’t survived. His next subject was his sister, Dorothy Catherine Draper, and this may be the earliest surviving photo of a human face.

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Original B&W photos.


Julius Caesar

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The camera obscura was known about in Roman times, but photography was a long way off. The most lifelike depictions of people then were statues. This bust of Julius Caesar was probably made a decade or two after his assassination in 44BCE, and was most likely painted, including the eyes. The paint has long since disappeared, giving this and other sculptures a blank look.
As well as giving Caesar his eyes back, I’ve added what I hope is a more realistic hair texture, which would have been difficult to do in stone. The face is all the work of the sculptor though, and I’ve just added the colour.

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Original B&W close-up of the “Chiaramonti Caesar”.


Robert Raikes

Robert Raikes
If you enjoyed/hated going to Sunday School, Robert Raikes is the person to credit/blame.
He started his first Sunday School in 1780 and, by 1831, Sunday Schools were teaching 1,250,000 children a week. The original purpose of Sunday Schools, to teach children who wouldn’t otherwise get an education, was largely superseded by the 1870 Education Act.

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Photo by, Robert Freidus, of the bronze statue of Raikes made by Sir Thomas Brock in 1880, which stands in Victoria Embankment Gardens, London. Read more at this link.