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Tak takhle vypadali? 9 známých fotek prezidentů v BAREVNÉ verzi!

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Zatímco na našem území jsou v čele státu prezidenti teprve od vzniku samostatného Československa, tedy od roku 1918, V USA jsou hlavou státu prezidenti již od roku 1778 a za tu dobu se jich vystřídalo celkem 45. Samozřejmě již od zrodu prvních fotoaparátů, což bylo někdy koncem první poloviny 19. století musely mít všechny významné osobnosti, a tedy i tito prezidenti svojí fotografii. Dlouho tyto fotografie byli černobílé, v dnešní době však můžeme z těchto fotografií pomocí kolorizace udělat snímky barevné. Přesně pro to se rozhodl jeden umělec, který se kolorizaci věnuje již poměrně dlouhou a díky němu se můžeme podívat na barevné snímky amerických prezidentů!

1. Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln Portrait (1865) This portrait was taken in February, just a few months before the end of the American Civil War and that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre. There’s lot of things I like about this photograph. One of them is the gold pocket watch that Lincoln has clearly on display. Despite being a relatively plainly dressed individual, Lincoln viewed his heavy gold watch as a sign of his success as a lawyer and wanted it to be on clear display to people. His watch also contained a secret message, a message so secret that even Lincoln was likely unaware of it. In 1861, the pictured watch was being repaired by a Jonathon Dillon. Dillon was interrupted mid repair with the news that the civil war had begun. Dillon quickly etched a message inside, which was as followed: “Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861. Fort Sumpter was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon April 13-1861 Washington. thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon.” This secret message was not commonly known about until 2009, when a relatively of Dillon contacted the Smithsonian with the family legend of the hidden message. It really fascinates me that this picture could contain a secret that was somewhat on clear display but only to us viewing it now and not to people at the time. To learn more about my thoughts on this picture and my colouring process a video of my process can be found on my YouTube, link on my profile! 🙂 #abrahamlincoln #colourisation #colorization #photoshopskills #photooftheday #photoshop #artistsoninstagram #president

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2. Theodore Roosevelt

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26th U.S President, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (C1904) Theodore Roosevelt died at the age of 60, in his sleep. The Vice President at the time, Thomas R. Marshall summed up his death, and his life, as follows, “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.” Roosevelt was a government minister, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, when the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898. Roosevelt resigned from the government and insisted on going to fight on the front lines as a volunteer. Roosevelt’s national reputation would be secured after the Battle of Kettle Hill, where he personally led his troops to victory trough heavy gunfire and barbed wire. Upon the assassination of William McKinley, Roosevelt became the youngest President in history at the age of 42. During his time in office he accomplished a great many things. He passed laws to guarantee safety standards for food and medicines, brokered a peace treaty between Japan and Russia (For which he won the Nobel peace prize) and set into motion the building of the Panama Canal. He is best remembered however, for his efforts in protecting the natural world. During his time in office he established 5 National Parks, 51 bird reserves and 150 National Forests. He had constant opposition to his attempts to protect land from his own party, who eventually signed into law that he couldn’t protect any more green space. Although this law would stop Roosevelt, he quickly secured 21 further forest reserves before it actually came into effect. If none of his political achievements were enough, Roosevelt was a bestselling author also, having published 18 books in his lifetime. Sadly everything I’ve written here is maybe only 20% of what this man achieved throughout his life! I think it’s rather fitting that Teddy Roosevelt fought so hard to protect Nature, given he was clearly a force of it himself. #history #colorization #photoshop #photography #usa #uspresident #potus #portraitphotography #portrait

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3. David Riche Achison

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David Rice Atchison (1849) So David Rice Atchison was particularly interesting to colour for me, as just how significant a historical figure he is entirely depends on who you ask. For some, he was the true 12th President of the United States, even if it was for only one day. So in short, there was a brief amount of time, maximum of a day, between when the 11th President James K Polk stood down and the 12th elected President Zachary Taylor took the inaugurational pledge. This was due to Taylor refusing to take the pledge on the Sabbath day of religious rest. So for this short amount of time it’s not as clear as it could be who was actually President. For some, it was David Rice Atchison who was potentially the President Pro Tempore at time. (Making him third in line after the Vice President) Although this is hotly debated and most historians believe it was still Zachary Taylor, even if Taylor may not have wanted it to be! I talk about it in more depth in my behind the scenes video on my Youtube, link on my page! 🙂 #politics #historical #history #colorization #colourisation #usa #uselection #photoshop #portrait #restoration #repair #forgottenhistory

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4. Calvin Coolidge

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30th U.S President, Calvin Coolidge (C1915) Calvin Coolidge seems to be quite politically incongruent when you compare his apparent political nature and the policies which he actually pursued. For example, while being very firmly in favour of increased federal workers protections, including lowering women and children’s maximum working hours, he rose to fame within the Republican Party by breaking a strike and firing all 1500 of those involved. In 1919, many of the Boston police force wanted to be able to form a union, to collectively ask for better pay and working conditions. Calvin Coolidge was the Governor of Massachusetts and felt very strongly that they weren’t allowed to form a union, being an essential service and all. They went on strike and Coolidge ‘resolved’ the situation quickly by doing a few things. He firstly called up extensive numbers of the National Guard and personally took control of the police force in order to maintain law and order. The second thing he did was to immediately fire all of those 1500 striking members of the police force and advertise publically that their jobs were now available. This made him the political darling of the Republican party of the time for his tough stance on law and order and unauthorised striking. Interestingly it also made him popular with the public; this is attributed to America going through one of its ‘Red Scares’ while this striking was happening and the police, despite having many quite reasonable grievances, were viewed as potential communist sympathisers. Despite appearing to be politically ‘of his time’ in many respects, Coolidge was in some ways very forward thinking. He argued for women’s right to vote earlier in his career, despite much opposition and as President argued for equality for all, regardless of race. This included making it so that all Native Americans born in the USA would gain automatic American citizenship. Despite his ruthlessness on occasion, it would seem that Coolidge always had one eye on protecting the American people, regardless of their background. #history #vintage #colourisation #colorization #portrait #potus #photoshopskills #photooftheday

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5. James Buchachan

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15th U.S President, James Buchanan (C1860) So James Buchanan is frequently viewed as one of America’s worst Presidents. In the over 230 years of people holding the office of Presidency, his single term of 4 years in the job is not viewed favourably by many. This is broadly due to the Civil War breaking out within weeks of his leaving office. His Presidential actions or his lack thereof, are viewed as causing it to happen. Now he is not singularly responsible for the war, obviously, the tensions which led to it were building up gradually from the War of Independence onwards it can be said. However, it’s very fair to say that tensions between the North and the South were reaching a fever pitch as Buchanan attained office and he was not able to resolve them. In one of his final speeches, as parts of America were threatening to succeed, Buchanan basically seems to have tried to sit on the fence and keep everyone on side. In essence, Buchanan told the secession threatening states they didn’t have the legal right to leave and the Northern states they had no real right to try and enforce their behaviours on others. His speech to Congress seemingly pleased nobody. Even as states began to secede during his Presidency he did everything he could to try and keep everyone on side, even refusing to declare war when his own Union military forces were being attacked by these now rogue states. His hope was he could restore the Union peacefully. I think an argument for Buchanan could certainly be made that he was doing what he could to avoid conflict at any cost. That being said, his attempts to not pick a side and his choice to not quickly deal with his rebels may have led to the deaths of over 600,000 people, which difficult decisions by him may have saved. #history #historical #photooftheday #photoshopskills #photoshop #potus #colorization #colourisation

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6. William Howard Taft

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27th U.S President, William Howard Taft (1909) So William Howard Taft was both President of the United States and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, he’s mostly remembered for getting trapped in a bathtub, and that may not have even happened. So ‘Big Bill’ as he was nicknamed by the press of the time, was 5ft,11” and during his Presidency he weighed around 340lbs, or 154Kg. Allegedly, on one occasion, he became trapped in one of the Presidential bathtubs and after this supposed event insisted that special bathtubs be fitted in the White House to avoid this happening again. Taft from a young age developed a deep interest in law and trained to become a lawyer, following in his father’s footsteps. He believed that while the office of Presidency was temporary and ever changing, the legal system and the consistent laws that they set was what held America together. For this reason he had the dream of one day becoming the Chief Justice. Taft quickly made his way up the legal ranks and became Solicitor General and more importantly, Theodore Roosevelt’s good friend. Upon Roosevelt deciding not to run for another term, he personally nominated Taft to be the Republican candidate. During his Presidency, Taft was considered a diplomat, who preferred to negotiate and use legal means whenever he could to solve disputes. He actively encouraged American investment in other countries in the world, in the belief it would secure peace by shared financial prosperity. However, he turned out to be more to the right of the Republican Party than Roosevelt in terms of domestic policy, so an increasingly regretful Roosevelt decided to do whatever he could to unseat Taft from office. In 1912 Roosevelt ran again for President as a third party candidate, split the Republican vote and allowed Woodrow Wilson to win office. One termer as he was, Taft would fulfil his goal of becoming Chief Justice, a role he held for almost 10 years. #photoshop #history #potus #portraitphotography #portrait #historical #photoshopskills #vintage #restoration

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7. Martin van Buren

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8th U.S President, Martin Van Buren (C1857) The first things which always leap to mind about Van Buren were that he was the first President to be born as an American, rather than as a colonial British, citizen. The other is that he was born to Dutch parents in New York and raised with English as his second language. While trying to research Van Buren for this post I kept looking for particularly notable events from his Presidency. Obviously there are always significant events occurring at any point in history but many of them would not be actively remembered 180 years later. But the more I read the more I realised how many ‘memorable’ events appear to have been diplomatically resolved before they could become memorable. . Adding to the war of 1812, the war of 1838 could have very easily been a thing had it not been for Van Buren’s diplomatic abilities. When a faction of British citizens in Canada decided to rebel against the Government they were initially defeated, fleeing into Northern America and establishing the ‘Republic of Canada’ with help from sympathetic American citizens. In the British retaliation for this, troops briefly entered American soil to attack the Canadian rebels, killing an American citizen in the process. Tensions built against the British and in favour of the Canadian rebels, Van Buren quickly passed laws which restricted rogue American citizens from getting involved in foreign wars without U.S backing. He also made it legally established that America would take no formal position on Canadian independence. These quick steps are credited with bringing about a lasting good relationship with the U.S and the Canadian Governments, one that lasts to this day. Of course to many people these new laws were seen as Federal Government overreach and Van Buren would later be politically punished for them. 'Caretaker' Presidents may not be as widely remembered but many can continue to benefit from them near 200 years later. #photoshop #potus #portraitphotography #history #historical #colorization

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8. Ulysses S. Grant

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General, and later President, Ulysses S. Grant (C1865) So, it’s time for the big reveal! I’ve been working on and off for the last few months to colour every single U.S President! (Minus the ones who were already in colour!) This involved restoring and colouring 25 pictures, of which this is one of my favourites. My Youtube has the full video with all of the presidents and it’s available right now!! (Link on my profile) I’ll be posting some of my favourite images over the next little while. Ulysses S. Grant is probably one of the few people for whom being President of the United States would be their second most notable role in life. Grant fought in the Mexican-American War and later in the Civil War where he would quickly raise up the ranks to General and eventually end up leading the Union Armies on behalf of President Lincoln. What I think makes Grant notable, is that despite his military prowess he seems to have distinctly disliked war. Upon getting General Lee to sign his surrender he immediately told his own troops to not celebrate saying “The War is over, the rebels are our countrymen again.” Sadly Grant’s heroics on the battlefield were not to be matched by his time in office as President. Along with wider financial issues, people linked to Grant’s administration were later found to have committed various types of financial fraud. History doesn’t generally consider that Grant personally benefited from those types of crimes himself but it is certainly one of the major things his administration is remembered for. His is also remembered for his failed attempts to keep peace with the Native American communities, which led to numerous battles such as the massacre at Little Big Horn. Much like with his attempts to improve the financial situation ending with money problems, his numerous attempts to broker peace sadly ended with more fighting. Thankfully I think history has a way of ironing itself out, and Grant is now remembered far more for his distinguished military career than for his chaotic presidency. #photography #photoshop #colorization #history #retro #vintage #photoshopskills #portrait

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9. Warren G. Harding

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29th U.S President, Warren G. Harding (C1920) Warren G. Harding’s Presidency was initially viewed quite favourably by the public. He worked to secure peace with other nations and he began the large scale investment in the American highway system. Harding also fought hard to improve the working conditions for many Americans, particularly steel workers. Unfortunately below the surface of his Presidency, things were not so good. Harding was born in Ohio and, on becoming President, appointed a lot of his associates from Ohio to run Government departments. While some would seemingly do their absolute best to run these departments in service of their country, many did not and they would become known as the ‘Ohio Gang’. Harding’s Secretary of the Interior was later jailed for accepting a bribe for oil drilling rights. His pick for director of the Veteran’s Bureau was found to have defrauded the Government. Possibly worst off all, Harding’s pick for Attorney General was alleged to be involved with alcohol bootleggers. Now, as with President Ulysses S. Grant, it doesn’t appear Harding personally benefitted from these scandals. However, he has gained a lot of criticism for doing what he could to minimise public knowledge of the issues he discovered, seemingly believing that the scandal would damage his Presidency. What scandals would personally stick to Harding, would be the multiple extramarital affairs he would later be found to have engaged in. It was even found in 2015, via DNA test, that a long rumoured, and very widely publicised, love child of Harding’s was indeed his. Now, as has been said, Harding achieved some impressive things during his relatively short time in office. It can also be argued that his attempts to somewhat minimise scandals was as much to protect faith in the office of Presidency as it was to protect his personal reputation as President. It could be that this Shakespeare line would fit President Harding: “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones.” #history #historical #colorization #colorization #portraitphotography #photography

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Není tomu tak nedávno, co byly černobílé fotky ještě poměrně běžné a mají za sebou stále mnohem delší historii, než fotky barevné. Díky technologiím je však toto možné a vidět tyto prezidenty téměř úplně stejně, jak vypadali je rozhodně super věc!

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