I think the reason the page works, the reason it’s so impressive, is that you know many of the photos, and you expect them in black and white. It’s almost as if we think of history in black and white.
The same way I think of the 1960s as being that funny color that was in my dad’s photos and home movies. You just don’t really think of the Hindenburg, or Abraham Lincoln, in color.
The photos are for sale, as prints, on this Web site. Very very cool effort. And very well done. Do check it out.
(If you’re not seeing all the images via the mobile template, you can click the “post” link under each entry to see them.)
Mark Twain – I love this one. He looks like the Mark Twain characters you see on TV!:
Waldwick Train Station, 1903 – I included this simply because of how real it looks:
Frederick Fleet, 1912. Lookout on the Titanic who saw the iceberg. Again, I liked the way the color just brings life to the photo:
The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 – another photo we just think of in black and white. Check out the detail of the people on the ground:
H.G. Wells, 1930:
Marie Curie, 1905:
Nikola Tesla and Walt Whitman (who I don’t believe were a couple) – that Tesla photo is amazing:
Lewis Powell, 1865: Lincoln Assassination co-conspirator. This one blows me away. 150 years ago. Look at that face: