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Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II
Jalopnik ^ | Michael Ballaban

Posted on 07/01/2013 9:04:57 AM PDT by virgil283

"As the generation that fought World War II passes on, it can be difficult for younger people to remember that it was a war fought not by the elderly in black and white, but by millions of Americans in vivid color. These gorgeous images, via Shorpy, remind us just how vivid that war was.

Originally shot by the War Department in gorgeous Kodachrome film, the saturated hues and crisp edges bring that era to life in a way that few other forms of media can. These photos document the trucks, planes, trains, and other various machines that were being prepared on the home front in anticipation of the conflagration sweeping the globe."


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: worldwarii; wwii
...1944-U.S.A. M4 Medium Tank (105
1 posted on 07/01/2013 9:04:57 AM PDT by virgil283
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To: virgil283

M4 with the 105MM sweet


2 posted on 07/01/2013 9:07:13 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: BobinIL

Wonder how well it would fire paint shells like Oddballs with the piece of pipe on the end?


3 posted on 07/01/2013 9:11:29 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: BobinIL

IIRC, this version of the Sherman tank was appropriately nicknamed “Jumbo.”


4 posted on 07/01/2013 9:13:54 AM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined effort Today forges Tomorrow)
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To: BobinIL

That pic at the top of the article looks very much like a screen capture from a video game. It does not look authentic. maybe my eyes are getting old. But I don’t think so.


5 posted on 07/01/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
...Happy 4th Patriot
6 posted on 07/01/2013 9:22:39 AM PDT by virgil283 ( ... """" With God all things are possible."''''''' ....)
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To: BobinIL
http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18gr904xm597qjpg/ku-xlarge.jpg
7 posted on 07/01/2013 9:24:59 AM PDT by virgil283 ( ... """" With God all things are possible."''''''' ....)
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It is hard to imagine that steam locomotives were still being manufactured during the war.


8 posted on 07/01/2013 9:26:03 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: virgil283

Sfl


9 posted on 07/01/2013 9:28:26 AM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: virgil283

Thanks for posting...pretty sure that’s an M4 sitting in front of the Molloy Rd reserve center in Mattydale NY.


10 posted on 07/01/2013 9:28:36 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: virgil283

The pictures look so good that they seem faked. I’m so conditioned to perceive everything prior to 1960 as black and white that these photos just don’t seem real to me.


11 posted on 07/01/2013 9:31:14 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: virgil283

bttt


12 posted on 07/01/2013 9:34:47 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: virgil283

“Berlin Sleeper II” was the first B-17 to complete 100 missions..and was returned to the States for training purposes..


13 posted on 07/01/2013 9:48:03 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The top title page photo is a CGI, maybe from a game based on the N. Africa campaign (the Medium M3 Lee Tank was pretty common in that part of the war) but the rest in the body of the link seem to be authentic. And the color saturation of the photos is amazing.


14 posted on 07/01/2013 10:01:51 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: ken5050

My late uncle Lloyd received the DFC and Silver Star for his heroics aboard a B-17 coming back from a raid over Germany.
After the war, he came home to Toledo, went to work for the Post Office and delivered mail and did plumbing until his last years...


15 posted on 07/01/2013 10:04:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: virgil283

What is this crap? I’ve seen enough WW2 movies and documentaries to know that the entire war was in black and white.


16 posted on 07/01/2013 10:31:08 AM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: The Great RJ

Actually for some time after the war the made steamers...my gandfather was a boiler maker at the Southern Pacific shops in Sacramento...we used to call him Gampa Huh? His hearing was totally gone from years of working around the shops.


17 posted on 07/01/2013 10:44:21 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: virgil283

BTTT


18 posted on 07/01/2013 11:36:12 AM PDT by stratboy
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To: BobL

I always have a hard time imagining it is color.

I was sent to Guam and remember sitting there on the beaches that I had seen in movies(in B/W) and trying to correlate the color with what I saw in the movies.

It is interesting how hard it is to imagine real color while watching old war documentary films.


19 posted on 07/01/2013 11:47:49 AM PDT by BookaT
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To: BobL
At Fort Lee Va. There is a war film library there that has graphic colored as well has black and white moves and photos of WWII. Don't eat before seeing them if you can enter the site. Also Kodachrome film was manufactured starting in 1935. So it was available during WWII. And used K14 Processing that had 17 steps to develop the film. As a amateurs I used the E4 kit to process Ektachrome 64 film in about 6 steps for develop the film into slides. This film was developed in the 1940’s. I got a lot of slides by home developing using Ektachrome 64. Has better speed then Kodachrome. Note - National Geographic, used it extensively for color photographs for decades in settings where Kodachrome was too slow. Also note - If you can get the military channel on cable. They show actual combat of WWII in color.
Don
20 posted on 07/01/2013 12:32:51 PM PDT by Don_Ret_USAF ("No Government can survive Without The Trust Of The People.")
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Kodachrome was too slow.

IIRC Kodachrome had an ASA of 12. :^)

21 posted on 07/01/2013 1:03:18 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Don_Ret_USAF
Kodachrome was too slow.

IIRC Kodachrome had an ASA of 12. :^)

22 posted on 07/01/2013 1:19:25 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: The Great RJ
We built a lot of steam locomotives during the war. Lend-Lease sent 2,000 locomotives and 11,000 rail cars to the Soviets. Union Pacific's 24 “Big Boy” locos were built between 41 & 44. With 95 percent of wartime freight moving by rail, the demand for locos was high. In addition to locos and rolling stock, some the builders also built war material. Believe Baldwin and Alco built short runs of M4 Sherman tanks.
23 posted on 07/02/2013 4:13:35 AM PDT by X Fretensis
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