to colour or not to colour – that is the question

Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl (during WW2)

Toronto. Now-a-days most photos are taken in colour. Black and white is just one of the ‘special effects’ that can be used. Some apps like Photoshop even let you adjust various colours to be darker or lighter shades of grey. Some military photos were actually taken in colour as we heard back at our November 19, 2011 presentation on “WW2 Colour Photographs” by Shannon Perry.

Before the 1970s (or so) most photos were taken in black and white. Once taken, prints could be made and then ‘colourized’. During the war, color photographs became popular for magazine covers and special purposes. In this regard, many monochrome prints of WW2 scenes were colourized both during the war period and after.

The cut-line for the print used in this post names the subject and the person who colourized the print but not the photographer, saying, “Veronica Foster, (b.1922 – .2000) popularly known as “Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl”, was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. (Colourized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations).

Thank you to that good friend and fellow PHSC member, George Dunbar, for finding this photograph and sharing it with us. The post title is a riff on a line in a famous play by that bard of centuries ago, William Shakespeare.

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