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These Retouched Vintage Photos Make The Past A Little More Magical

Artist Jane Long's imagination will make you smile.

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When Australia-based digital artist Jane Long stumbled across a WWI archive on Flickr, it sparked an idea.

Costică Acsinte

Not only did Romanian photographer Costică Acsinte (left) capture wartime moments, he opened his own studio after being discharged.

About 5,000 of his glass-plate negatives now live at the Ialomița County Museum in Romania where a sole volunteer is slowly digitizing them to preserve history.

The photographs weren't kept in the best conditions — but that didn't stop Long from filling in the blanks.

Costică Acsinte
Costică Acsinte

Like these polite sailors about to embark on a sea adventure.

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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long
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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long

Or this little lady with an ominous friend.

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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long
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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long

This musician's music attracts even the strangest of creatures.

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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long
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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long

This little boy is a little gun shy.

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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long
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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long

This girl's pet does cooler tricks than your pet.

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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long
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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long

This serene couple doesn't mind being windswept.

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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long
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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long

And this girl's dress is made of magic.

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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long
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Jane Long / Via Flickr: jane-long

You can see more of Long's work at her site and Facebook page, and visit the Costică Acsinte archive.

Costică Acsinte
Costică Acsinte

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