Sunday, January 15, 2012

Annapolis Royal, now in Living Colour

I am quite partial to colourized images from the 1920s. There is a certain charm in these images that someone has taken the time to personally add colour. The goal was to make a black and white image look more realistic. There was usually some blue added to the sky and a bit of green added to the grass. Clothing often took on an interesting shade. Since we are accustomed to seeing clothing of this period in shades of gray it is fun to see a dress or jacked rendered in shades of red or yellow. Sadly, by the time the Great Depression rolled around in the 1930s, there were few people who wanted to pay the extra money for hand coloured photographs so the practice fell out of fashion.

This particular image shows the trail leading around the grounds at Fort Anne. This is an interesting image because it shows the Town Hall and business district shortly after they had been rebuilt. Most of the buildings in the area across the street were destroyed in the 1921 fire. Town Hall, as with a number of buildings including King's Theatre, was designed by an English Architect named Graham Johnson. The white doors at the side of the building originally housed the fire department. This is where the library is currently located. In the foreground is a sundial that was once a fixture at the fort. This piece now resides beside the Governor's Garden at the Historic Gardens.

We have a few of these images in the Annapolis Heritage Society archival collection. Two of the images look at the area where the reconstruction of the Port Royal Habitation now stands. One of the images was taken from the water looking up at the site and the other was taken looking down from the North Mountain. They provide an interesting view of the community before reconstruction began. Most of the other images feature scenes around Fort Anne.

All for now,
RGS

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