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it's spelled: gaudy.

Posted by snee | December 27, 2006 1:11 PM

Ha! I thought my spelling (gawdy) was gaudier. But thanks. Changed it.

Posted by Josh Feit | December 27, 2006 1:20 PM

Josh, the Seattle Times made up for it a little bit with their online version of a Gerald Ford photo, complete with unbelievably loud gold curtains. That says '70s to me.

Posted by color me badd | December 27, 2006 1:57 PM

If it's the same b/w photo that was posted earlier today in SLOG, then I actually liked it. I thought to myself that it looked very artful. With a photographic background, I appreciate the artfulness of b/w photography.

Different strokes, and all that.

Posted by Gryph | December 27, 2006 2:00 PM

B&W is just an arbitrary aesthetic for cover photos that's used to this day, usually for more poignant issues. Lady Di cover?

Mountains, molehills, etc., Josh

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | December 27, 2006 2:10 PM

Uh, I think the only thing they were attempting to do there was print the photo they have in their archives. Life was in color in the seventies, but newspapers absolutely were not.

Posted by Fnarf | December 27, 2006 2:33 PM


Yes, yes. I know it's a file photo. But a pet peeve of mine is how mass media tends to blur and confuse history. The Seattle Times is playing to the treacle, rose-tinted view of the recent past with its black and white blow up of Ford.

It's not a big deal. But it bugs me. And unfortunately for you, I've got Slogging rights.

Posted by Josh Feit | December 27, 2006 2:43 PM

I know I wouldn't have said a thing had it not been for the knockout "This is colorizing IN REVERSE" line, which made it seem like it did more than just bug you.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | December 27, 2006 4:12 PM

Matthew Fisher Wilder,
Ackkk. You're right, actually. It is important to me. Yikes.

Posted by Josh Feit | December 27, 2006 4:38 PM

KISS? Black and white. Bowie? The Thin White Duke. Alice Cooper? The inventor of corpsepaint. Evil Knievel? Sure, some red and blue, but mostly white. Three's Company? Very white. Dr. J? Very black. Love American Style? Wonderbread.

Posted by Joshua H | December 27, 2006 5:51 PM

Well, geez, Josh, get your story straight: Is it black and white, or is it rose-tinted?

Posted by Fnarf | December 27, 2006 6:01 PM

There are 15 photos of Gerald Ford on, 14 in b&w and one in color. I don't think a web site/cable channel that was launched 1996 would be limited to an archive of only black & white photos.

Posted by elenchos | December 27, 2006 6:40 PM

Vive le B&W

Posted by -B- | December 27, 2006 7:14 PM

That b&w Ford photo in the Times basically ruined my entire year.

Posted by scatman druthers | December 27, 2006 8:51 PM

Scatman @14:

If you consider your year to be ruined only now, then you are truly blessed and I envy you.

Posted by laterite | December 27, 2006 9:22 PM


I was spoofing Josh, who made a mountain out of a molehill in his original post.

Posted by scatman druthers | December 28, 2006 3:06 PM

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