From Dull to Spectacular — How a Picture Postcard Evolves

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

You know how you look at some of those fantastic postcards from the ’40s that don’t look real and you wonder, “Is that from a photograph, or is that just an artistic interpretation?” Well, it’s both.

In the above “before” and the below “after,” it’s interesting to note what’s been kept in and what’s been taken out. And how a fairly ho-hum daytime view becomes a dazzling night-time scene. Either way, it’s an Elm Street I’ll — sadly — never experience.

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Black-and-white photograph of Elm Street’s “Theater Row” from the Texas State Historical Association.

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Copyright © 2014 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

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