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I would say that the print was color "corrected."
That is a common practice in Hollywood movies.
Nothing wrong with Colorized Images as a novelty, BUT the problem is when they are NOT labeled as such. At least the first image above, has such a label right on the image. More than once I have run into images I KNOW are from B&W photos that have been colorized and someone claims a "new color photo". Such images can take on a life of their own. Also, it is too easy for whoever is doing the colorizing to get something wrong. (Like orange life rings) Grayscale images scanned from original prints (or negatives) can and do vary in a wide range of grayscale values to the point no one knows what is what in the "true" image. Even original color images vary a lot depending on age and "how many generations" it is from when the original transparency was taken.
Here is a good example;
First image is a NHC scan of a print made from an internegative made from the original transparency. The second image is my scan of the original transparency at NARA.
The discussion below about whether or not colorized photos are a good thing got me to wonder if they bother me or not.
There are definitely some very bad ones out there and now we are seeing some really good ones.
I just came across this one.
This is USS Astoria on Dec. 7, 1941 shortly after the news that Pearl Harbor was just attacked reached this task force which included Lexington, Portland, Chicago. The photo was taken from USS Portland. The crew of Portland had upon hearing the news of the attack quickly painted her decks.
This photo in my opinion is pretty cool to see in a colorized version.
Here is the original.
We could debate all day whether or not this artist used the correct color for 5-D on Astoria but the detail is close enough for me to appreciate and enjoy his efforts.
Here are a couple of color stills from the movie “To the Shores of Tripoli” showing on deck views of USS Astoria during this same task force operation.
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