09 August 2006

A gift for our readers

by Phil Johnson

lick on the picture to the right to download a 3-megabyte high-resolution colorized digital scan of a photo of Charles Spurgeon. Put this on removable media, take it to Costco or some other photo processing place, and print it in any size up to 12x18. If you can find a Victorian oval frame to fit, you will love the way this looks on the wall of your study.

I once thought about framing these and selling them on eBay. I decided to make it a gift to my blogreaders instead. Note, however, that the copyright on the colorization process prohibits you from making merchandise of it on eBay, or through any other commercial venture. So don't let me catch anyone doing that.

Enjoy.



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21 comments:

TheBlueRaja said...

How kind! Thanks, Phil!

chamblee54 said...

With those sideburns and that hair, he looks a lot like Elvis.
Maybe you could print that on Black Velvet.

rebecca said...

Whoa! That is something!

Steve said...

Phil said, "Note, however, that the copyright on the colorization process prohibits you from making merchandise of it on eBay, or through any other commercial venture. So don't let me catch anyone doing that."

I'm sure Spurgeon would have detested the thought of his image being used to raise mammon.

Great idea, Phil, of the photo as a gift.

TheBlueRaja said...

I wonder how he'd have felt about people having pictures of him on their wall!

Phil Johnson said...

He had pictures of John Gill and John Rippon looking over his shoulder in his study, so I doubt he would be terribly offended.

David Landricombe said...

Thanks very much for that, Phil.

D.R. Brooker said...

What would also be great is a quick tutorial or "how to" on colourizing these old black and white CDV's. I have a few old Horatius Bonar pictures I'd love to attempt this on. Any hope of getting some tips? :-)

Libbie said...

He's not looking directly at camera, which works for me. The idea of Spurgeon's eyes following me about the room is mildly unnerving.

D.R. Brooker said...

You should also get your readers to pitch in for this famous Spurgeon item

Phil Johnson said...

D.R. Brooker: I didn't realize that painting was on the market. That's the original from a famous caricature published in Vanity Fair in 1887. It's by the most famous British caricaturist of the time, who signed his work, "Ape."

If all the regular readers who like me chipped in a dollar a week to buy me that picture, it would take only 3,000 years to accumulate the purchase price.

Steve said...

blueraja, I don't think Spurgeon would have objected to a picture of himself on a wall--I don't have time to check my references on this, but I believe a picture of him was present at the Stockwell Orphanage.

BReformed said...

So who actually does the cool Pyromaniac graphics? Are you the one with the talent (and the time), to create the cool eye-candy that decorates this place?

Gordon Cloud said...

Thanks for this, Phil. Very nice of you.

Gaddabout said...

I really don't understand why you haven't given Spurgeon the Hawaiian Shirt of Pastoral Authority yet. People born after 1980 have no point of reference. Kids probably think you're posting a picture of an accountant or a former U.S. President.

Michael Herrmann said...

My good dude. Thou rocketh!

TheBlueRaja said...

I'm sure he wouldn't have been offended - but it's got to be strange knowing that hordes of people want your face in their study.

Caleb Kolstad said...

I already have one on my wall. Thanks for nothing. J/K! Have a great day!

Caleb

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Char said...

how come his suit is coloured blue in every picture? Is it just the same one used over and over?
The hawaiian shirt would be uh, interesting. It could still be blue.

:)

marc said...

Blue Raja,
It feels even stranger when your face is on their dartboard.

Phil Johnson said...

Marc: "It feels even stranger when your face is on their dartboard."

Actually, next week's download is the PyroManiacs-logo doormat. The BlueRaja Dartboard download is the week after that.

Char:

I tried a purple suit on Spurgeon, but it looked too garish. Then I experimented with plaid-texture overlays. Spurgeon doesn't look good dressed like Spike Jones. The blue has the advantage of being both colorful and conservative. Since those are the trademark characteristics of this blog, thew blue suit just seems fitting.