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November 1, 2021 - March 27, 2022 | Lowcountry Image Gallery



Heavy snowfalls do not often occur in Charleston. Known more for its balmy winters, this slice of paradise tends to witness more cold snaps and light flurries than anything else. Occasionally though, a snowstorm will blanket the city in inches of white that remain long enough to make a snowball or two. The following colorized photographs in A Winter Wonderland in Color, feature unusual snowfalls captured by residents on the peninsula.

For years, photograph colorization was used mainly by high tech production companies. Recently however, computer programmers have created colorization operating systems that use Artificial Intelligence. Modeled after the human brain, the AI software can recognize objects in a photograph and determine their likely colors. Although, it can still be time consuming and rather tricky, colorizing a historical photograph is now more accessible to everyday users.
Making a Snowball, c. 1899<br>Franklin Frost Sams, 1867-1937<br> Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sams makes a snowball from the powdery snow found in the yard of the United States Custom House on East Bay Street.</br> Making a Snowball, c. 1899
Franklin Frost Sams, 1867-1937
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sams makes a snowball from the powdery snow found in the yard of the United States Custom House on East Bay Street.
Snowy Rooftops of Charleston, 1899<br> Robert Achurch, 1866-1943<br> Climbing high above the city, Robert Achurch focused his camera on the parallel line between the Washington Light Infantry monument and St. Philip’s Church. Snowy Rooftops of Charleston, 1899
Robert Achurch, 1866-1943
Climbing high above the city, Robert Achurch focused his camera on the parallel line between the Washington Light Infantry monument and St. Philip’s Church.
Icy Branches, undated <br> Morton Brailsford Paine, 1883-1940 <br> The steeple of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is perfectly framed in the icy branches of a tree. Paine shot the image from a window at his house on 47 Meeting Street. Icy Branches, undated
Morton Brailsford Paine, 1883-1940
The steeple of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is perfectly framed in the icy branches of a tree. Paine shot the image from a window at his house on 47 Meeting Street.
Fun in the Snow, c. 1899 <br> Franklin Frost Sams, 1867-1937<br> Little Frances plays in the snow with mom, Lizzie, in their yard on New Street. Fun in the Snow, c. 1899
Franklin Frost Sams, 1867-1937
Little Frances plays in the snow with mom, Lizzie, in their yard on New Street.
A Grocery Delivery in the Snow, c. 1899 <br>Franklin Frost Sams, 1867-1937<br> A grocery delivery horse falls on the slippery street in front of Dr. A.E. Baker’s house at 126 Rutledge Avenue.  Although unharmed, it would take all five men to help the animal stand. A Grocery Delivery in the Snow, c. 1899
Franklin Frost Sams, 1867-1937
A grocery delivery horse falls on the slippery street in front of Dr. A.E. Baker’s house at 126 Rutledge Avenue. Although unharmed, it would take all five men to help the animal stand.