Friday, April 24, 2015

Cherry Blossoms

Another beautiful colorized photo.  This was taken in Washington DC in 1925.

Source: Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, gifted by Herbert A. French in 1947

Original caption: “Sumi and Sada Tamura, [3/28/25]

From @dynamichrome.

The text was posted on Reddit

 Pictured are Sumi and Sada Tamura, daughters of Mr. Teijiro Tamura, former Third Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in the United States. From a photomechanical color postcard I came across and cross referencing satellite imagery, the picture was taken in in the morning of March 28th, making this image nearly 90 years old.
Work has picked up recently and there a couple of projects that are finally completed which means I may be able to get back to posting more regularly, as it happens I ended up staying up all night tracking an eBay auction so I decided to have a crack at a non-work related image. I don’t take color references in hand colored or tinted images as set in stone, as often the companies creating prints or postcard etc. are not necessarily the people who take the image so the color references can’t always be trusted. In this case, much of the location is still around with only minor changes, so everything but the kimonos and umbrellas are fairly reliable. I took a departure from the kimonos on the postcard and instead found other vintage children’s kimono’s I sampled off as I couldn't find too much information about the Tamura family.
Still, it’s a fantastic shot and it’s always a good technical challenge to attempt convincing landscape work and complex patterns. I’m still working on a huge piece, which I’m just chipping away at every day. Enjoy.

Original photo


  1. That is so beautiful-you'd never know it was a vintage photo-looks like it could have been taken yesterday. I've said it a thousand times-some people just have SO much talent-I envy them. :)

  2. I agree whole heartedly Carol. Amazing talent. I love everything you post Linda

  3. This is really a beautiful picture. It is amazing how much of a difference color can make. It is so hard to realize how things were just black and white for so long. Love those flowers on the trees but then they fall off, and the streets are coated with pink.