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  • The War in Color

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on April 19th, 2015 (All posts by )

    Found through a link on Ace of Spades HQ – a picture gallery at the Military Times, of (mostly) WWII black and white pictures colorized. Some of them more convincingly than others – but the best of them very well done indeed.

    Of course, now I have that Carbon Leaf song on playback in my head…


    7 Responses to “The War in Color”

    1. Bill Brandt Says:

      Just saw an interesting program on the filming of Iwo Jima – and Bill Genaust. He was a Marine combat photographer shooting color in a 16mm – up there with Joe Rosenthal

      Wrote a bit about him

    2. Roy Lofquist Says:

      I saw some WWII footage that had been colorized. At one point it showed cartons of Lucky Strike cigarettes being offloaded from a ship. In a bit of an anachronism the circles on the packs were colored red. During WWII they were green. We got C-rations in the early 60s that had a four pack of green Luckies.

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      I’ll bet the green Luckies denoted the military and no tax.

      Colorized B & W to me is neither fish nor fowl. It looks colorized.

      However color film was around then – rare and expensive.

      I have a great book on WW2 aviation – taken by crewmen with color film – that war comes alive with those pictures. One of the most memorable pictures shows a line of tired P51s in a field – German civilians are cutting them up and burning them.

      I do have a couple of DvDs – one from Europe, the other Japan – on color movies taken.

      And, as I mentioned previously, the Marine movie cameraman – some of them used color in the South Pacific

    4. Trent Telenko Says:

      The following 4 X 5 inch photos were mostly produced on 4 x 5 Kodachrome transparency stock.
      This large format film would digitise well to hundreds of Megapixels.

    5. Grurray Says:

      Lucky Strike changed to a white package in 1942 supposedly because the ink for green and gold required chromium and copper which were in limited supply due to war rationing, but probably also to score some advertising points.

      The circle was always red

    6. Mike K Says:

      There is also a color documentary made by George Stevens. That is real color film.

    7. Bill Brandt Says:

      @Mike – that film has an interesting history. Its existence was unknown until Stevens died and his son found it in the attic.

      As an aside his movie Shane had realistic sounding gunfire and its effects – all gained from his WW2 experience.