Florence Thompson with one of her children, Watsonville, California, 1936. (Photo: Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress) This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info.
Bringing a bit of color to history, The Paper Time Machineis an incredible collaboration between Wolfgang Wild (the creator and curator of Retronaut) and Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome. In this book, over 100 photographs have been painstakingly researched and restored in a manner that brings history to life.
From iconic photos like Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother and Lewis Hine‘s Powerhouse Mechanic to glimpses of famous monuments under construction, the vibrant detail highlighted in each image is incredible. In the book, each of the 124 colorized photos is juxtaposed with its black and white version, allowing readers to see just what a difference a little color can make.
Included among the photographs are a set of images from Ellis Island, originally taken in the 1900s. Lloyd expertly brings color and character to these anonymous immigrants from around the world as they hope for better lives in the United States. Through color, these subjects somehow seem closer to us and our own time, connecting history and the issues we are currently facing.
As Lloyd poignantly puts it: “These details bridge the gap between decades to something that everyone can suddenly relate to—seeing something from that long ago in color helps us understand it a little better because color plays a major part in how we interact with the world.”
Thanks to expert colorizations by Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome, historic photographs come to life.
Powerhouse mechanic working on a steam pump, 1920. (Photo: Lewis Hine/WPA)
Wilbur Wright pilots a full-size glider in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. (Photo: Library of Congress)
Ice grotto in Antarctica, 1911. (Photo: Herbert Ponting/Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library)
A Douglas SBD “Dauntless” dive bomber balances on its nose after crash landing on a carrier flight deck in the Pacific, 1943. (Photo: Library of Congress)
Climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza, between 1867 and 1899. (Photo: Maison Bonfils/Library of Congress)
The Paper Time Machineis a collection of 124 historic images that have been colorized after painstaking historic research.
The Golden Gate Bridge under construction in 1934. (Photo: Library of Congress)