A lesson from my granddaughters about the Recolor App

I have this wonderful photograph of my grandmother’s garden, circa 1949. I’ve been told that neighbors referred to her yard as “The Dalin Park”. But you’d never know it from this picture.


I remember my grandmother’s yard and have many fond memories of playing there with all my cousins. But in my mind’s eye, I remember it a bit differently than this black and white photo.

As luck would have it, my 9-year-old granddaughters were visiting last week and they just happened to share with me their newest favorite app, Recolor. Thinking of all the information I’ve seen recently about recoloring old black and white photos, I asked one of the girls if I could use the app on my own imported photos . . . and she confidently said, “Sure you can, Noni!” And then proceeded to show me all the steps.

Here’s my first attempt . . .

What do you think? I’d be interested to see how others might use this app to colorize some of their own cherished family photos.

Disclaimer: I don’t think the house was yellow and I have no idea if the flower colors are right. But it more closely matches my memory of her yard than the black and white photo above. And more importantly, the little girl in me loves this photo. And I think my grandmother would love it, too.

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On this date in 1917 | Montana in WWI

All Machinery in Silver Bow County Has
Been Prepared for Exercise of the Draft

The Butte daily post. (Butte, Mont.), 26 June 1917. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85053058/1917-06-26/ed-1/seq-1/>

The Draft for WWI

When only 73,000 men volunteered to serve in the “national army” after the U.S. declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service Act. The law, which was passed on May 18, 1917, applied to all “male citizens, or male persons . . . who have declared their intention to become citizens, between the ages of twenty–one and thirty.” Continue reading

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Ancestors’ Ages at Parenthood

Inspired by this blog post by Michael Dyer, the author of Family Sleuther, I decided to take a look at the same information in my own family tree. I did a slightly different review, however. Continue reading

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As Time Goes By

Inspired by an article entitled “Then and Now Photos Show People as Young Adults and at 100 Years Old”, I took a look at some of the family photos in my own collection to see if I could assemble a similar group.

The results were somewhat surprising. Most noteworthy . . .

  • In many cases, I found pictures where the poses were quite similar, even though many years had passed in between.
  • And of course it was fun to see how some facial features never change!

Here’s my collection . . . Continue reading

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