Colorized Prints

We didn't colorize these images. Each is a careful recreation of a black and white (or sepia) photograph that was hand-tinted by accomplished artists, usually about one hundred years ago.

Before the days of true color photography, these views were immensely popular. Today, we appreciate the painterly quality of the final image - an individual touch that is different than modern photographs.

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  1. "Benson Cocktails", Street Drinking Fountains in Portland - George M. Weister

    "Benson Cocktails", Street Drinking Fountains in Portland - c. 1917

    A newsboy stops for refreshment at one of twenty water fountains given to the city of Portland by Simon Benson, shortly after they were installed. Learn More
  2. Annie Creek Canyon, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Annie Creek Canyon, Crater Lake - c. 1925

    Pinnacles formed by erosion around ancient volcanic vents can be seen on the right slope of Annie Creek Canyon, located near Mazama Village at Crater Lake. Learn More
  3. At the Mouth of the Tualatin

    At the Mouth of the Tualatin - c. 1930

    In a location that looks much the same today, a young woman poses on a rock where the Tualatin flows into the Willamette. The original for this view is a hand-colored print from a black and white photograph. Learn More
  4. Boat Landing at Crater Lake - Thomas M. Swem

    Boat Landing at Crater Lake - circa 1921

    Our hand-tinted original print is taken from "Crater Lake National Park, Oregon", published by Swem's Studio, Medford, Oregon. Learn More
  5. Boating on Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerkin

    Boating on Crater Lake - 1912

    This is a hand-tinted version of a well-known photograph by Kunselman and Gerking, usually seen in its original black and white form. Learn More
  6. Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - Cross and Dimmitt

    Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - c. 1921

    Completed in 1896, Cascade Locks allowed river traffic to bypass the Columbia River Cascades until they were submerged in 1938, replaced by Bonneville Lock and Dam. Learn More
  7. Castle Crest and Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    Castle Crest and Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - c. 1912

    The trail to the top of Garfield Peak, in the center of this image, winds along rugged Castle Crest, just this side of the peak. Learn More
  8. Comet Falls, near Mount Rainier - Asahel Curtis

    Comet Falls, near Mount Rainier - circa 1912

    Comet Falls are generally considered to be one of the most spectacular falls in Mt. Rainier National Park, and are definitely one of the most visited. Learn More
  9. Crater Lake - Cross and Dimmitt

    Crater Lake - c. 1925

    This hand-tinted view of Crater Lake was created by scenic photographers Cross and Dimmitt of Portland in the mid 1920s. Learn More
  10. Crater Lake - Clarence L. Winter

    Crater Lake - circa 1917

    This classic view of Crater Lake and Wizard Island is a collaboration between Clarence Winter, the photographer, and Fred Luetters, who hand-colored the image. Learn More
  11. Crater Lake as Seen from the Studio on Victor Rock - Kiser

    Crater Lake as Seen from the Studio on Victor Rock - c. 1925

    Photographer Fred Kiser didn't have to go far to create this photograph; it's taken from the front porch of his studio on the rim of Crater Lake. Learn More
  12. Crater Lake from the South Rim - Kiser

    Crater Lake from the South Rim - c. 1910

    This colorful view of Crater Lake is recreated from a hand-tinted photograph produced by Fred Kiser in about 1910. Learn More
  13. Crown Point and Vista House - Cross & Dimmitt

    Crown Point and Vista House - c. 1921

    Cross and Dimmitt made several hand-tinted versions of this photo. This is the water color version. Learn More
  14. Dutton Cliff from Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Dutton Cliff from Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - c. 1907

    This hand-tinted photo was taken from about half-way up Garfield Peak, where a trail was built between 1905 and 1910. Learn More
  15. Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest Closeup, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    This image is recreated from a hand-colored print made by the Fred Kiser Company, as part of a series publicizing the new scenic highway. Learn More
  16. Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Eagle's Nest, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    "Eagle's Nest" is the name given by Samuel Lancaster to this small viewing area when he designed it as part of the Columbia River Highway. Learn More
  17. Elk Horn Ranger Station in Elwha Valley - Asahel Curtis

    Elk Horn Ranger Station in Elwha Valley - c. 1925

    A group of happy campers have especially rosy cheeks due to the enthusiastic hand-tinting of this magic lantern slide. Learn More
  18. Elowah Falls in Autumn, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Elowah Falls in Autumn, Columbia River Highway - c. 1916

    Elowah Falls are on McCord Creek, and were originally called McCord Falls, which is the name given on our hand-tinted original print. Learn More
  19. Falls on the Willamette, Oregon - Young

    Falls on the Willamette, Oregon - c. 1925

    This hand-tinted glass magic lantern slide gives a great view of Willamette Falls from below, on a beautiful summer day. Learn More
  20. Fishing Below Willamette Falls (Tinted)
  21. Grand Arch, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Grand Arch, Crater Lake - c. 1925

    A loan boater guides his craft across Crater Lake in this photo taken from the Grand Arch on the west shore. Learn More
  22. Hillman Peak and Llao Rock, Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    Hillman Peak and Llao Rock, Crater Lake - c. 1912

    This view of the northwest rim of Crater Lake stretches from Hillman Peak on the left to Llao Rock on the right. Learn More
  23. Hood River Valley and Mt. Hood - Cross & Dimmitt

    Hood River Valley and Mt. Hood - c. 1921

    The full title of the original hand-colored print for this image was "Hood River Valley. Home of the Famous Hood River Apple, and Mount Hood". Learn More
  24. Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1917

    Horsetail Falls, located about two and a half miles east of Multnomah Falls, is one of several waterfalls that are easily viewable from the historic highway. Learn More
  25. Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - Cross and Dimmitt

    Horsetail Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1921

    This hand-tinted image is reproduced from a medium sized print sold by Cross & Dimmitt at Vista House during the 1920s and 1930s. Learn More
  26. Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Looking East - Cross & Dimmitt

    Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Looking East - c. 1921

    This view of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, on the old Columbia River Highway, is recreated from a hand-colored print by Cross & Dimmitt. Learn More
  27. Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Showing its 5 Windows - Cross & Dimmitt

    Interior of Mitchell's Point Tunnel, Showing its 5 Windows - c. 1921

    Mitchell's Point Tunnel was designed by Oregon highway engineer John Arthur Elliott, and was completed in 1915. Its five windows allowed travelers to view the Columbia River while passing through the tunnel. Learn More
  28. Lake Quinault from Forest Service Campground - Asahel Curtis

    Lake Quinault from Forest Service Campground - c. 1925

    The original for this image is a hand-tinted magic lantern slide created by Asahel Curtis, probably in the mid 1920s. Learn More
  29. Latourelle Falls, Columbia River Highway - Kiser

    Latourelle Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1917

    This photograph was probably taken by Fred Kiser, but our original hand-tinted print is from the Winter Photo Company, who purchased Kiser's images in 1916. Learn More
  30. Lava Dike in Devil's Backbone, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Lava Dike in Devil's Backbone, Crater Lake - c. 1907

    This tinted photo of Devil's Backbone with Llao Rock in the background was created by Fred Kiser, likely early in his career. Learn More
  31. Llao Rock and Mt. Thielsen, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Llao Rock and Mt. Thielsen, Crater Lake - c. 1907

    This photo was taken from Rim Village, near where Crater Lake Lodge was built. Learn More
  32. Log Rafts Below Willamette Falls Locks

    Log Rafts Below Willamette Falls Locks - c. 1905

    This classic view looks upstream below the locks and above them, Willamette Falls. Learn More
  33. Looking North Across Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    Looking North Across Crater Lake - c. 1912

    This classic view of Crater Lake is recreated from a hand-tinted original produced by Kunselman and Gerking during their brief partnership in about 1912. Learn More
  34. Mist Falls, Columbia Highway 1,200 Feet Below - Kiser

    Mist Falls, Columbia Highway 1,200 Feet Below - c. 1916

    This image is recreated from a hand-tinted original still in its folder, labeled "Artograph, Hand colored in oil, Kiser Studio, Portland, Oregon." Learn More
  35. Mount Hood - Detroit Photographic Company

    Mount Hood - 1898

    This 1898 photochrom view of Mt. Hood demonstrates an early way to mass produce color photographs. Learn More
  36. Mount Hood from Larch Mountain - Clarence L. Winter

    Mount Hood from Larch Mountain - circa 1917

    The original for this image is a photo by Clarence Winter that was hand-tinted by Fred Luetters, one of the few tinting specialists whose name appeared on their work. Learn More
  37. Mount Hood from Lost Lake - Clarence Winter

    Mount Hood from Lost Lake - c. 1918

    This print is recreated from a large (23 inch wide) hand-tinted photograph, signed in the image by Winter Photo Co. Learn More
  38. Mount Hood, on an Icy Morning - Hickam

    Mount Hood, on an Icy Morning - 1912

    William Hickam, who copyrighted this view, was known more as a jeweler and watch repairman than a photographer. Learn More
  39. Mount Hood from Lost Lake - Detroit Photographic Co.

    Mt. Hood from Lost Lake - 1900

    Reminding us of the color palette of an Eliza Barchus painting, this photochrom print of Mount Hood showcases the reflective qualities of Lost Lake. Learn More
  40. Mt. Hood from Lost Lake - Cross and Dimmitt

    Mt. Hood from Lost Lake - c. 1921

    This hand-tinted print and some others on this site were initially sold as part of an album titled "The Columbia River Highway, American's Greatest Scenic Drive". Learn More
  41. Mt. Hood from the Columbia River - Detroit Photographic Co.

    Mt. Hood from the Columbia River - 1901

    A pastoral scene that has everything -- flowers, water, animals, trees, a steamboat and mountain, and color, courtesy of the newly developed photochrom process. Learn More
  42. Mt. Hood, Early Morning from Pine Ridge - Winter

    Mt. Hood, Early Morning from Pine Ridge - c. 1917

    The original hand-tinted photograph for this image includes a stamp on the back for "Winter-Luetters Pictures, Hand-Colored, Winter Photo Co., Portland". Learn More
  43. Mt. St. Helens from Crater Lake - Asahel Curtis

    Mt. St. Helens from Spirit Lake - circa 1925

    This 90-year old view of Mt. St. Helens is recreated from an original hand-tinted magic lantern slide, based on a photograph by Asahel Curtis. Learn More
  44. Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway- Weister

    Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway - c. 1918

    Here we get to see both the automobile bridge and the pedestrian bridge at Multnomah Falls, restored and reprinted from a hand-colored print by George M. Weister. Learn More
  45. Multnomah Falls - Cross and Dimmitt

    Multnomah Falls - c. 1920

    In addition to their popular postcards, Cross & Dimmitt sold a smaller number of large hand-tinted framed photographs, including the hand-tinted original for this image. Learn More
  46. Multnomah Falls - Cross & Dimmitt

    Multnomah Falls - c. 1921

    Two bridges can be seen in this hand-colored photo of Multnomah Falls by Cross & Dimmitt - the pedestrian bridge above and the automobile bridge below. Learn More
  47. Needles at Cannon Beach, Oregon - Prentiss

    Needles at Cannon Beach, Oregon - c. 1920

    This image is recreated from a hand-tinted large glass slide, also called a magic lantern slide. Learn More
  48. North Wall of Treasure Cove, Near Manzanita - Benjamin Gifford

    North Wall of Treasure Cove, Near Manzanita - 1909

    Although his larger prints were widely distributed, Benjamin Gifford did not make many hand-tinted glass slides. Learn More
  49. On the Shore of Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    On the Shore of Crater Lake - c. 1912

    There have been boats on Crater Lake since at least 1869, used for both scientific study and pleasure cruises. This photo from 1912 shows that fishing had been added to that list. Learn More
  50. One of the First Benson Bubblers, Portland - George M. Weister

    One of the First Benson Bubblers, Portland - c. 1917

    The Benson Bubblers are Portland's iconic four-bowl drinking fountains, The first twenty were installed by 1917, financed by a $10,000 gift from Simon Benson. Learn More

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