40 Must-See Historic Photos In Color. This Will Change How You Feel About The Past.

Black and white photos often make events and moments in recent history feel older than they really are. As a result, we usually don’t relate to them as we do with a photo that is in color. So what happens when you take old black and white photographs, and colorize them? Take a look at these photographs and see if you feel any different about them…

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1. Abandoned Boy Holding a Stuffed Toy Animal. London 1945

2. Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

3. Young Boy in Baltimore Slum Area, July 1938

4. Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)

5. Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937

6. Japanese Archers, circa 1860

7. View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee During the Civil War, 1864

8. Unemployed Lumber Worker, circa 1939

9. Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

10. Big Jay McNeely Driving the Crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a Frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953

11. W.H. Murphy and his Associate Demonstrating their Bulletproof Vest on October 13, 1923


12. Audrey Hepburn

13. ‘Old Gold’, Country Store, 1939

14. Joseph Goebbels Scowling at Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after Finding out he’s Jewish, 1933

15. Nikola Tesla, 1893

16. British Troops Cheerfully Board their Train for the First Stage of their Trip to the Western Front – England, September 20, 1939

17. Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880

18. Walt Whitman, 1887

19. Mark Twain in the Garden, circa 1900

20. Charlie Chaplin at the Age of 27, 1916

21. Women Delivering Ice, 1918

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22. Times Square, 1947

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23. Portrait Used to Design the Penny. President Lincoln Meets General McClellan – Antietam, Maryland ca September 1862

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24. Marilyn Monroe, 1957

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25. Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of Titanic’s sinking the night before. (April 16, 1912)

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26. Easter Eggs for Hitler, c 1944-1945

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27. Sergeant George Camblair practicing with a gas mask in a smokescreen – Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942

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28. Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919

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29. Painting WWII Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942

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30. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge ca 1935

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31. Louis Armstrong practicing in his dressing room, ca 1946

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32. Broadway at the United States Hotel Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ca 1900-1915

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33. “The Tall Cowboy”, Ralph E. Madsen with Senator Morris Sheppard, 1919

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34. Dancers of the National American Ballet, 20 August 1924

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35. Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, 1921

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36. Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and the only surviving member of the Frank family revisiting the attic they spent the war in, 3 May 1960

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37. Young Woman with Umbrella – Louisiana, 1937

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38. Crowded Bunks in the Prison Camp at Buchenwald, April 16, 1945

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39. Peatwy Tuck of the Meskwahki, 1898

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40. Boys after buying Easter flowers in Union Square, New York, April 1908

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It’s incredible how much more we can relate to photographs once they are presented in color. These moments in the past go from being a distant memory, to one that we can relate to on a much deeper and more personal level.

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