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I performed this colorization from an image I found in the Library of Congress’s library: Source
The photograph shows Civil War verterans William H. Jackson and Robert W. Wilson in the passenger cabin of a Boeing 247D airliner, belonging to Pennsylvania Central Airlines (PCA) flying over the Gettysburg battlefield. The original description says, "Although there are only a few of the boys in blue and gray left, two of them were strong enough today, Memorial Day, to drop flowers from the air on the Gettysburg battlefield to honor their comrades who lost their lives in this historic battle of the Civil War. Here we see, left to right: William H. Jackson, 95, of Washington, D.C., 5/30/38" This article tells a more detailed story about the background and shows a couple of more photos of this event.
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Well colourised. It really puts the comparative recency of such events into perspective.
The world was so different compared to the1860s it blows my mind to see Civil War vets in 1938. Like dude.
Good job—it really looks like a color photograph. I’m confused about how they’re dropping flowers? Are we to assume the windows in the cabin come out? I know the plane was most likely not pressurized, but…
I wonder if these boys fought on the same side
went from muzzle loading weapons to flying in fucking planes with automatic weapons in such a short time period
Seeing pictures of them puts monuments into a bit of separate perspective.
It must have been a shock, from going to flintlock to airplanes.
This must have been a trip for them, in the wild sense. /Flying/ over the battlefield where they once fought with muskets and blades. Insanely cool photo.
You did an amazing job at colourising it, really great job!
Nice job on the hair, must be one of the harder parts to color realistically
There are people still alive today that knew an American Civil War Veteran.There are people still alive today that knew a person who met a Napoleonic Wars veteran or somebody who lived in a world where half of population worked for food and industry didn’t exist.
Dang this photo looks great. I thought it was way more recent before I read the title. Really brings it to life.
The atrocities those men must have witnessed. I hope they found peace in their lives as it became more distant for them.