On Wednesday 6th July 1927, my paternal grandparents, Thompson Mulholland (Tommy) from Eden and Isabella Armstrong from Moyagoney were married.
The one photo taken of the wedding party was obviously in black and white.
I was unaware of the existence of the image, only discovering it among old photos at my late grandparents’ home in 2001. It’s probably the most cherished photo in the large collection of images in our family archive. Many hours over the years have been spent cleaning it up, in photoshop and in other programmes. Note, I have included further down this page, the original 2001 scanned image, as well as one of the works in progress, circa 2005. My aunts/uncles all got prints at the time.
So on coming across new technology yesterday, that automatically colourises old images, I was intrigued.
AI – artificial intelligence – has really taken off these past two or three years.
Perhaps a new upgrade of this 1927 image was now possible. Well, I had a go yesterday. It came out reasonably well. Although some additional hours were subsequently spent cleaning it up. It’s not perfect. But it is very interesting. Definitely an upgrade.
Standing (back row): Samuel Armstrong (the bride’s brother); sisters Cissie and Meta Crockett; John Mulholland (the groom’s brother) and Joe Smyth.
Sitting (front row): Samuel Armstrong of Moyagoney; next is the groom and his bride, Tommy Mulholland and Isabella Armstrong; Agnes Neely, Joe Armstrong.
Colourise Your Old Black and White Photos
Some of you may be interested in having a go with your own photos. To read more about the possibilities, see:
The MyHeritage site allows you to colourise up to ten photos for free. So choose wisely! It does leave a small watermark in the bottom corners of the final colourised image.
The link is: https://www.myheritage.com/incolor/
PS 1 – always archive/scan your original images in a non-lossy format – e.g. tif, tiff, bmp or psd (I use tif). If you save in, say, jpg format, then sadly each time you re-save the jpg file, you lose data.
PS 2 – slipped and hit my head recently. No fracture, only stitches. Now I’m even further behind in email. Apologies. Telegram is the best way to reach me.
Original 2001 Scan
2005 Work in Progress