In a recent discussion, our children were curious about how old Abraham Lincoln was when he became President,
so we looked it up and came across this series of photos.
Something about the colorization was deeply moving and powerful.
Olivia echoed all our thoughts: "He looks...like a real person..."
We looked at more historic photos
colorized by artists.
This was the crowd favorite.
Photographs both familiar and obscure moved us, pulled us in with their new-found color.
At once, the faces felt more real, their emotions more palpable.
And we connected with the brilliance.
In the last year I have enjoyed perusing
several issues of Woman's Wear magazine from the 1920's,
reveling in the the fashion plates and illustrations.
But most were in black and white.
An uncovered stash of 1920's - 1930's salesman fabric samples
helped to colorize those illustrations for me.
Brilliant colors, vivid shades, an array of patterns.
Small numbered squares of silk
once contained in a binding of some sort and conveyed from door to door.
I have sorted and handled these pieces,
ironed them smooth more than once (I admit),
breathed in the smell of time on silk,
and now share the trove with you.