Restored and colorized photos of US Presidents

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These are great… Taft really looks like the original fat cat. 🙂
And to my eyes, Ulysses S Grant is even more handsome all coloured up. I have always loved his face… those eyes saw a lot.

This reminded me of Peter Jackson's restoration of some World War I footage.
There is a documentary of it, "They shall not grow old".

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These are great… Taft really looks like the original fat cat. 🙂
And to my eyes, Ulysses S Grant is even more handsome all coloured up. I have always loved his face… those eyes saw a lot.

This reminded me of Peter Jackson's restoration of some World War I footage.
There is a documentary of it, "They shall not grow old".

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Yes, agreed, Taft does look like the original "fat cat", or boated plutocrat, Grant is striking, Lincoln looks haunted and prematurely aged by his office and responsibilities, Jefferson's expression seems amused, detached, and slightly condescending and contemptuous.

Some of the expressions of the faces of those 19th century portraits (even as photographs, or daguerreotypes) are both impressively natural and wonderfully unguarded, unlike the more composed (and controlled) shots from the 20th century (and later) when the subjects appeared to be more aware of the power - for good or ill - of such an image, and the consequent necessity therefore of keeping some degree of control over one's expression, if not the actual image itself.
 

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I just realized something. Trump will be the first President in history to be de-colorized. Orange is not a skin tone.

Damn.

This is one post that I could have - would have - liked to have been able to pick on "like", and "love" and "splitting my sides laughing."

Anyway, brilliant.
 
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