“Found this photo on the footpath of Pearse Street [Dublin] at 7.10am and was wondering if your readers would know where and when this photo was taken?. I left it on the Trinity [College] wall for anyone interested….”
Redditor and colorisation expert thehatersalad responds to a request from fellow Redditor f2ISO100 to fix a damaged picture of her 83 year-old grandmother – not only restoring and colourising the 60 year old photo, but also documenting the entire two and a half hour process in timelapse (deeply satisfying if you’re any class of a neat-freak.)
‘I don’t know what kind of emotion you hope to elicit with these,’ wrote a clearly stunned f2ISO100 on receipt of the restored photo, ‘but you made me catch my breath. I feel — for the first time — like I got to see her, back in time. This is so, so beautiful. Thank you so much!”
Teacher Dale Irby from Dallas has worn the same shirt and brown geansaí in yearbook photos for all 40 years of his career. What started by accident became a running joke. A very long running joke.
A sports teacher, Irby usually wore athletic clothes suitable for exercise. He picked the vest and shirt combination in order to look presentable for his first yearbook photo in 1973 and accidentally repeated the outfit the following year. “I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realised I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” he told the Dallas Morning News. Irby’s wife, Cathy dared him to repeat the outfit for a third year. In the spirit of one-upmanship Irby continued the joke for a further five years, after which he thought “why stop?”
Exactly the sort of can-do attitude the modern internetz need.