It was the Roaring ’20s as no one had ever before seen them — in living, nearly breathing, full-spectrum color.
That footage of flappers and good time Charlie-types living it up in an era of newfound affluence and social and political freedom for women, which looks as though it could’ve been shot a few decades ago but is actually nearly a century old, was the opening of a five-part documentary series currently running on the Smithsonian Channel.
“America in Color” chronicles many of the most significant moments of the 20th century — from the Jazz Age to the Great Depression to the World War II era to the first moon landing — that have only previously been seen in black and white.
David Royle, EVP of programming and production for Smithsonian Channel, says the series represents the most ambitious colorizing of historical images ever undertaken on U.S. television.
TVWeek Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin goes behind the scenes of the series, including presenting the thoughts of producer Samuel Francois-Steininger. Please click here to read her full report.