Colouring Historic Photographs

German and Canadian wounded receive hot coffee and biscuits from a YMCA hut near the front lines. November 24, 1917

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this link showing colourized versions of historic Canadian photographs in the days when any practical photography was shot in black and white.

It is fitting that this image at left is from the Great war. The Great War is most significant this year as Canada’s famous Vimy Ridge battle was fought 100 years ago (March 17, 2017). As a kid in High School in Barrie, I looked in awe at the model of the Vimy Ridge memorial that sat in the main hallway.

You can read about the person (Melanie Nagy) who colourized the images here and even buy any that grab your interests. The originals are mostly from the city archives in Toronto and Vancouver, selected for their scanned quality.

N.B. In public school each November we recited “In Flanders Fields” written in 1915 by Dr John McCrae. Born in Guelph, Ontario, McCrea was another Canadian who didn’t survive the Great War. He died in 1918.

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