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: canasanta.com


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


Image credits: badasshistoricalpictures.com


Colorozed by: photojacker

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


Image credits: nashville.about.com


Colorozed by: Sanna Dullaway

8. Unemployed Lumber Worker, circa 1939


Image credits: alafoto.com


Colorozed by: zuzahin

9. Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921


Image credits: hqdesktop.net


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


Image credits: wallpaperswa.com


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


Image credits: life.time.com


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


Image credits: photosofwar.net


Colorozed by: BenAfleckIsAnOkActor

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


Image credits: realeza.foros.ws


Colorozed by: Sanna Dullaway

18. Walt Whitman, 1887


Image credits: studiotv.com.au


Colorozed by: Danna Keller

19. Mark Twain in the Garden, circa 1900


Image credits: imgur.com


Colorozed by: zuzahin

20. Charlie Chaplin at the Age of 27, 1916


Image credits: wikipedia.org


Colorozed by: BenAfleckIsAnOkActor

21. Women Delivering Ice, 1918

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Original photo by War Department/National Archives

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Colourized by Dana Keller

22. Times Square, 1947

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Original photo by William Gottlieb

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Colourized by Jordan J. Lloyd

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

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Original photo Alexander Gardner

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Colourized by Zuzzah

24. Marilyn Monroe, 1957

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Original photo by Richard Avedon

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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)

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Original photo by Hulton-Deutsch Collection

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Colourized by Dana Keller

26. Easter Eggs for Hitler, c 1944-1945

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Original photo by US Army/National Archives

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Colourized by Zuzzah

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

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Original photo by Jack Delano

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Colourized by Ryan Urban

28. Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919

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Original photo by Roy Export Company / Cineteca di Bologna

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Colourized photo by Zuzahin

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

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Original photo by Marty Zimmerman

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Colourized by Patty Allison

30. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge ca 1935

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Original photo source unknown

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Colourized by Dana Keller

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

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Original photo by William Gottlieb

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Colourized by Dana Keller

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

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Original photo by Detroit Publishing Co.

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Colourized photo by Sanna Dullaway

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

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Original photo Harris & Ewing

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Colourized by Photo Retrofit

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

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Original photo by National American Ballet

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Colourized by Photo Retrofit

35. Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, 1921

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Original photo by Ferdinand Schmutzer

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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

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Original photo by Arnold Newman

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Colourized by Laiz Kuczynski

37. Young Woman with Umbrella – Louisiana, 1937

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Original photo by Dorothea Lange

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Colourized by Manuel De Leonardo

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

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Original photo by Private H. Miller

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Colourized by Manuel De Leonardo

39. Peatwy Tuck of the Meskwahki, 1898

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Original photo by Frank A. Rheinhart

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Colourized by Photocopshop

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

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Original photo by Bain News Service.

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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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