Colorized Photos of the 1938 Crowley Rice Festival

As we get closer to Rice Festival weekend in Crowley, let’s step back in time thanks to some really nifty photo editing and coloring.

Craig Zimmerman is one of the most popular contributors to the Lafayette Memories Facebook group. The group has over 30,000 members and whether through newspaper clippings, photos or old stories, the amazing story of Lafayette and Acadiana is told by individuals who play the role of local historians for our area.

Zimmerman decided to create a special album of photos from the 1938 Rice Festival, taken by photographer Russell Lee.

Russell Lee Colored by Craig Zimmerman via Lafayette Memories, Facebook

Russell Lee Colored by Craig Zimmerman via Lafayette Memories, Facebook

Zimmerman voluntarily colored the photos last year and shared them in a separate album as many locals look forward to the 85th International Rice Festival this weekend.

Last year I colorized around 200 of the photos taken by photographer Russell Lee in 1938 in the Acadiana area. This album can be found in the group archive under the Media tab. Over 20 of them are photos taken at the Rice Festival, so I pulled them out and put them in a separate album.

According to Wikipedia, the International Rice Festival is Louisiana’s oldest agricultural festival and one of the largest festivals in the state. The first festival took place on October 5, 1937.

This means that Zimmerman’s colorized photos were essentially a snapshot of the first Rice Festival celebrations in Crowley, and it’s really fascinating to see how the town and the celebrations have evolved.

Russell Lee Colored by Craig Zimmerman via Lafayette Memories, Facebook

Russell Lee Colored by Craig Zimmerman via Lafayette Memories, Facebook

One of the most interesting photos is that of a family that appears to be standing on some sort of stage or tribune.

Robert Lee colorized by Craig Zimmerman via the Lafayette Memories Facebook group
Russell Lee colorized by Craig Zimmerman via the Lafayette Memories Facebook group

According to a newspaper clipping from the Abbeville Meridional, the festival’s largest family was honored with a year’s supply of rice.

Abbeville Meridional (Abbeville, Louisiana) October 1, 1938, Sat page 10 via Lafayette Memories, Wade Falcon

Abbeville Meridional (Abbeville, Louisiana) October 1, 1938, Sat page 10 via Lafayette Memories, Wade Falcon

The Broussard family of Youngsville (pictured above) received the Rice Supply of the Year as Mr and Mrs Joe Broussard proudly stand with their 17 children – the youngest is their one-month-old son and the oldest their 20-year-old son. year old daughter.

The Acadian-Signal (Crowley, Louisiana) 10/06/1938, Thu page 5

The Acadian-Signal (Crowley, Louisiana) 10/06/1938, Thu page 5

All of the photos are truly mesmerizing and have been shared hundreds of times by those who appreciate the nostalgic boost Zimmerman’s colorization gave the images.

Facebook, Lafayette memories

Facebook, Lafayette memories

Facebook, Lafayette memories

Facebook, Lafayette memories

Check out all the color photos below and enjoy this blast from the past as Zimmerman’s work brings these photos to life and almost makes you feel like you were there in 1938.

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Photos by Russell Lee via Facebook, Lafayette Memories, colorized by Craig Zimmerman
Photos by Russell Lee via Facebook, Lafayette Memories, colorized by Craig Zimmerman

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