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Brian R Peterson

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Wow David!

That really brings the term "dazzle paint" to new light! There is also a colorized depiction of the Olympic painted up for way in Titanic: An Illustrated History, I dont recall the page number off hand, but it is towards the end of the book.

Thanks,

Brian
 
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Hi!

Those colours are certainly interesting! I find the colour version in Lynch's book strange in terms of the colours used -- they're not really accurate.

Best regards,

Mark.
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi Mark!

No, I agree I don't think bright colors such as yellows and reds would have been used to disguise the ship, darker more subtle colors such as the greens and blues are more believable.

Brian
 

Bob Godfrey

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The colour photos of dazzle schemes used in WW2 do indeed show 'natural' shades of grey, blue and green. The object of the exercise was, after all, to break up the outline of the ship and not to advertise its presence.

But WW1 photos and paintings do show much more drastic, high-contrast patterning, often zebra stripes. These were designed to confuse coincident image rangefinders (as used by the Royal Navy) and to this end they were effective. Unfortunately they had no effect on the stereoscopic rangefinders used by the enemy!
 
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Hello -

As well, the "razzle dazzle" was a morale booster.

What I have often yearn to see is an actual image taken from a sub's periscope of a ship attired in the dazzle scheme...an allied shot of the implemented defensive measure.

I have a wonderful (9x12) close-up image of AQUITANIA in war dress, however it is of the sepia-tone, withstanding color distinction.

Michael A. Cundiff
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Jeremy Lee

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Here is a beautiful picture of the Olympic in the 'dazzle paint'.

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Any information of the copyright holder (If there is one) would be appreciated as this picture was just forwarded to me by a friend.
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Here a beautiful colored overhead shot of the Olympic that I believe dates to 1928-1930.

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Best Regards,

Brian
 
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Brent Holt

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I have seen it in at least one book, I can't remember which one right now. I will check on that.

Brent
 
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Hi,

Any information of the copyright holder (If there is one) would be appreciated as this picture was just forwarded to me by a friend.

It's Arthur Lismer's 1919 painting and copyright is held by the CWM. It's not to be reproduced without permission, unless taken from an original non-copyright postcard.

With regard to the 1933 photo, I'd agree with that date -- in part due to the lifeboats.

Best regards,

Mark.
 
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Brian R Peterson

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All,

The B&W version of my colored Oly overhead did come from "Titanic & Her Sisters..." I don't remember the exact page number but it was towards the end of the Olympic chapter. I thought it was a damn nice photo of the Olympic, and even more so in color.

If I remember correctly the photo is captioned as being taken in 1933 as Mark and Brent have pointed out.

Best Regards,

Brian