Stunning Colorized construction photos of 10 global landmarks

Colorized construction photos of 10 global landmarks. These 10 photographs, in monochrome and then reconstructed color, are taken from the forthcoming book The Paper Time Machine, a collaboration between Retronaut and Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome. The finished book will contain 130 reconstructed color historical photographs arranged chronologically, chosen and introduced by Retronaut.

Jul. 1888
Construction of the Eiffel Tower, Paris.
IMAGE: ROGER VIOLLET/GETTY
Jul. 1888
Jordan: “The original colour of the Eiffel Tower during its construction in 1888 was called ‘Venetian Red’ as shown in the photograph, applied in the workshop before being assembled on site. The tower has been repainted over a dozen times since, in different shades ranging from a reddish brown to bronze.”
IMAGE: ROGER VIOLLET/GETTY. COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY DYNAMICHROME.
c. 1934
The Golden Gate Bridge under construction, San Francisco, California.
IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / CHAS. M. HILLER.
c. 1934
Jordan: “The base tower in the mid ground is rendered in a red lead primer from Bethlehem steel. That became the basis for consulting architect Irving Morrow’s studies to render the bridge in the now familiar International Orange, to increase its visibility to passing ships.”
IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / CHAS. M. HILLER.
c. 1935
Officials ride in one of the penstock pipes of the soon-to-be-completed Hoover Dam, Arizona.
IMAGE: BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
c. 1935
Jordan: “Conveying the officials in the photograph is a section of 30-foot diameter steel penstock pipe nearly three inches thick. Arizona’s geology in the background remains the same as it did back in 1935.”
c. 1889
Jordan: “The 11,000 tonnes of steelwork would be eventually clad in Portland Stone and Cheesewring granite from Cornwall, which can be seen at the base of the bridge. The numerous ships and skiffs lurking in the background are all sourced from contemporaneous paintings of the era.”
HERITAGE IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES. COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY DYNAMICHROME.
c. 1889
Tower Bridge was begun in 1881 and opened in 1894, to designs by Sir Horace Jones. It was designed so that the central section could be raised to allow the passage of ships to and from the busy wharves of London.
May 31, 1932
Gutzon Borglum and supt. inspecting work on the face of Washington, Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota.
IMAGE: LIBARY OF CONGRESS
May 31, 1932
Jordan: “Contemporary references of the granite were used to help get the colour variation correct, and the object in the top left corner is part of the hand of the photographer.”
Apr. 1844
Nelson’s Column under Construction, Trafalgar Square, London. This image suggests industrious advances in the construction of the column. However, when Talbot took this photograph the building work had actually been halted while the government took over the project from the building committee whose funds had run out. Talbot invented the negative/positive process for making photographs between 1835 and 1839. Any number of prints could be made of a single image from the negative.
IMAGE: SSPL/GETTY IMAGES.
Apr. 1844
Jordan: “Taken at the very dawn of photographic technology, the resulting process gives the image a somewhat ghostly look as the long exposure blurs people walking down Trafalgar Square. The bold colours used in the advertising were sourced from real examples and paintings from the era.”

1880s
The bell-tower of the Sacre Coeur Basilica under construction on the Montmartre Hill in Paris.
IMAGE: KEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-KEYSTONE VIA GETTY IMAGES
1880s
Jordan: “Remarkably, many of the elements in the photograph still remain the same today, including the Réservoir de Montmartre and the Saint Pierre de Montmartre to the left of the Sacre Coeur, as well as the apartment blocks on Rue Maurice Utrillo on the right.”
1882
Workers build the Statue of Liberty inside French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s workshop in Paris. The background shows the carved arm of the statue. At the back (right) are smaller models of the arm and the head.
IMAGE: ALBERT FERNIQUE/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
1882
Jordan: “The stylised look of this workshop photograph is a result of the overexposed highlights and less mid tone definition. The huge ceiling openings provide ample light for the craftsmen to beat the copper skin over wooden and plaster formwork seen in the background.”
c. 1920
A view of a trilithon being re-erected during Lieutenant-Colonel Hawley’s excavations and renovations at Stone Henge in 1919 and 1920. The monument itself dates to circa 2000 B.C., although the site was in use much earlier than this.
GETTY IMAGES

c. 1920
Jordan: “The trilithons of Stonehenge are well documented and the site has hardly changed in the decades since the photograph was taken.”
COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY DYNAMICHROME.

 

This is a modern interpretation of a craft that has existed since the dawn of photography. Originally, color was hand-painted on to prints by talented artisans.
JORDAN LLOYD, DYNAMICHROME 

 

c. 1942
Covered in bamboo scaffolding to disguise it from enemy bombers, the dome of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India, looks almost as if it is being built during WWII. Private First Class John C. Byrom, Jr., of Waco, Texas, trying to catch a goldfish in the marble-lined pool at the approach to the Taj Mahal. Observing are Corporal Anthony J. Scopelliti and Private First Class Ray Cherry.
IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
c 1942
Jordan: “The lack of shadows suggest an overcast day at the Taj Mahal, softening the pink cast of the marble.”
COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY JORDAN LLOYD.

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Vintage Photo Brooklyn Bridge 1903

These rare vintage pictures of Brooklyn Bridge show it being built and it’s final stage.  For it’s time it was a feat of engineering marvel and because of it’s complexity almost never reached completion.The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States. Started in 1869 and completed fourteen years later in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. It was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge, a name coming from an earlier January 25, 1867, letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since opening, it has become an icon of New York City and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.

Brooklyn Bridge and East River, April 1909.
Three New York-Brooklyn Bridges from Brooklyn, February 22, 1908.
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Types of Life on the Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge, N.Y., 1903.

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