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…

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

Image credits: Toni Frissel

Colorozed by: HansLucifer

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

Image credits:

Colorozed by: Edvos

3. Young Boy in Baltimore Slum Area, July 1938

Image credits: John Vachon

Colorozed by: photojacker

4. Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)

Image credits: Frank Worth

Colorozed by: malakon

5. Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937

Image credits: Murray Becker

Colorozed by: Dana Keller

6. Japanese Archers, circa 1860

Colorozed by: photojacker

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

Colorozed by: Sanna Dullaway

8. Unemployed Lumber Worker, circa 1939

Colorozed by: zuzahin

9. Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

Colorozed by: Sanna Dullaway

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

Image credits: Bob Willoughby

Colorozed by: traquea

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

Image credits: National Photo Company

Colorozed by: zuzahin

12. Audrey Hepburn

Colorozed by: Danna Keller

13. ‘Old Gold’, Country Store, 1939

Image credits: Dorothea Lange

Colorozed by: photojacker

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

Colorozed by: photojacker

15. Nikola Tesla, 1893

Image credits: Napoleon Sarony

Colorozed by: Danna Keller

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

Colorozed by: Sanna Dullaway

18. Walt Whitman, 1887

Colorozed by: Danna Keller

19. Mark Twain in the Garden, circa 1900

Colorozed by: zuzahin

20. Charlie Chaplin at the Age of 27, 1916

21. Women Delivering Ice, 1918

Original photo by War Department/National Archives

Colourized by Dana Keller

22. Times Square, 1947

Original photo by William Gottlieb

Colourized by Jordan J. Lloyd

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

Original photo Alexander Gardner

Colourized by Zuzzah

24. Marilyn Monroe, 1957

Original photo by Richard Avedon

Colourized by Zuzzah

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

Original photo by Hulton-Deutsch Collection

Colourized by Dana Keller

26. Easter Eggs for Hitler, c 1944-1945

Original photo by US Army/National Archives

Colourized by Zuzzah

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

Original photo by Jack Delano

Colourized by Ryan Urban

28. Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919

Original photo by Roy Export Company / Cineteca di Bologna

Colourized photo by Zuzahin

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

Original photo by Marty Zimmerman

Colourized by Patty Allison

30. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge ca 1935


Colourized by Dana Keller

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

Original photo by William Gottlieb

Colourized by Dana Keller

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

Original photo by Detroit Publishing Co.

Colourized photo by Sanna Dullaway

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

Original photo Harris & Ewing

Colourized by Photo Retrofit

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

Original photo by National American Ballet

Colourized by Photo Retrofit

35. Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, 1921

Original photo by Ferdinand Schmutzer

Colourized by Klassixx

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

Original photo by Arnold Newman

Colourized by Laiz Kuczynski

37. Young Woman with Umbrella – Louisiana, 1937

Original photo by Dorothea Lange

Colourized by Manuel De Leonardo

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

Original photo by Private H. Miller

Colourized by Manuel De Leonardo

39. Peatwy Tuck of the Meskwahki, 1898

Original photo by Frank A. Rheinhart


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


Colourized by Dana Keller

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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