Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Back Page - The Tinted Photograph

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There was a time when there was no such dream as an actual color photograph.

So, photographs could be "tinted" by hand to boost the realism. Some of these old photographs are quite artistic.

Others, well, not so much ...

woman seated tinted RPPC

This one at the right, is lightly tinted and
has tiny "jewels" (probably glass chips)
added to the dress.

Girl in Jeweled dress

Woman and Trees
Sitting on the grass
Woman and Trees

Tinted Photobooth portrait
Photobooth Guy
Photobooth Man
Photobooth Guy

Photobooth girl tinted
Tinted photobooth girl
Photobooth woman tinted
Photobooth portrait tinted.
Photobooth Girl

Photobooth girl
Photobooth girl
Photobooth tinted
Photobooth Man
This one is a very subtle tint job

Two Girls with hats
hand tinted portrait lady
Photobooth baby

Group Portrait
Two Women
Group Portrait
A walk in the garden
This has to be one of the worst.

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This one is actually a very good job.
One is almost unaware that it has been tinted.


I can't decide if this is a tint job or not.
What do you think?

Gene knew eight people.
Gene knew eight people. They were all broke too.
Tinted portrait
Photobooth tint

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Photobooth just me 01

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Child hand tinted

Pose on the beach

This one is pretty good. One could almost believe it is a color photograph. Only the repeated colors of the background objects give it away.

The Tint Job Gone Bad.

This may be the worst tint job ever.
Have you seen worse?

Oh, okay. This is worse.
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Oh, no. Oh, no.
Man in a photobooth

Professional Tint Job
Who got in the fireplace to take this picture?
Group on front porch
Well, this is not the worst but it's pretty bad.
Sept 1931

Gertie always spelled her name wrong.
Gertie always spelled her name wrong.

Hand tinted
The figure is tinted fairly well but the background was done in a hurry.
tinted portrait
Cub Scout

Here is another good one. Very carefully done in muted tones resulting in a very lifelike portrait.
This one is 7 X 9.5 inches.

Personal Pinup

girl in yard
Girl and car
Girl in a garden

Tinted print
Tint Job

For the above photograph, the artist only used one color. And just for the socks and hats.

An budding surrealist no doubt.

Portrait of a woman

Seated Woman
Sometimes it turned out pretty well.
Hand tinted sailor
Sometimes it didn't.

CDV woman
Two colors here. Pink for the cheeks and gold for the brooch.
Cabinet Card three children
Tintype portrait of woman

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group,
An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half
You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you!
completely unaware of the photographer
This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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THE KIDS Lesson one.
It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned.
Here are a few.
You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story, What do you see?

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"What are they doing?"


  1. These are quite fun! The woman with the orange lipstick looks a bit like an old silent screen actress I used to see at the Hollywood Post Office. She always looked very pale with makeup on that looked like it had been applied and then purposely smeared in a downward motion.

  2. Thanks Tattered and Lost. I think there are others but I have not located them yet.

    I hope the woman with the orange lipstick rejected the print. It is really sloppily done. Well, come to think of it, most of them are. That was probably as good as they could expect back then.



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