Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

In the University of California, Santa Cruz, there is a large collection of photos (about 10 thousand!) of the Soviet Union, taken by photographer Branson DeCou who travelled around the country a lot. At that time they were able to take color photos but for some reason the photographer preferred to take black-and-white ones and then colour them by himself. Taking into account the fact that it took him several hours to color just one slide, how much time then did it take him to color the whole collection?

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, tourists at the port.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a city council (or a city executive committee?).

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a shop window with portraits of Lenin and Stalin.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a monument in Shevchenko park with a flower portrait of Stalin.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a group of young Ukrainians.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, Londonskaya Hotel.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, Opera and Ballet Theater.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, Primorskaya (Potemkinskaya) staircase.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a communist hammer and sickle monument.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a store.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

‘Pavilion ‘Intourist’.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a city view.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a street full of pedestrians.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a bread trolley.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a group of Ukrainian children.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a person in a horse-drawn carriage.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, two young ladies, tour guides.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, men and women on the beach.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Odessa, a city view.

Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]

Location: Odessa

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15 thoughts on “Odessa Of 1931 In Color [20 photos]”

    • Because these pictures were post-colored = original picture wac BW (gray-scale) and, after the processing of the film and pictures, those were colored by hands manually…

  1. I would like to see those pictures in the original black and white. Some of them look almost like a cartoon now, the coloring has taken the original “character” or “feel” away from the scene.

  2. You would think the people that colorized these photo’s, never actually looked at people’s faces.

    NOBODY, has rosy red cheeks like that, I mean, not everybody like that!

    They do, they look like the painter grew up in a household with nothing but clowns to go by.

  3. Whenever I see pictures of the USSR of this time period, I always wonder just how many of the people in the pictures survived Stalin’s purges and the Second World War.

  4. When I see pictures like these, I want to colour my face like a clown and wear peasant clothes. Then I will eat cabbage and pierogies and think about socialism. Or not.

  5. Pictures are colored correctly like the first old vintage type of color pictures, it’s based on black and white shading and yes people can have rosy cheeks especially in Odessa attributed to fresh sea air and sun and positive attitude of people of Odessa. I think the pictures and the people in them look charming and not like clowns at all.

  6. Thanks ER for yet another swell collection from USSR. Yes, the hand-coloring seems overdone but just look at the awful ads on TV! Color film did not come into use until late 1930’s and was expensive and slow to process. Hand-coloring gave work to artists and was popular for decades. Despite the purges and terrible things, photos of crowds in Soviet times seem to show better dressed and some satisfactions and smiles – sorry all you Russia-haters – and I like to see that.

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