In Photos: Bringing Color Back to Our Past (30 Colorized Pics)

Up until the 1970s, color photography was extremely rare, and so when we think about history prior to that time, we often envision it in black and white. Today’s technology now enables us to “colorize” historical photos, giving us our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like back then. And it was truly spectacular.

Take a trip back in time through these colorized photos!

Claude Monet in 1923.


Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart. Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.


Pablo Picasso.


Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939. Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.


Times Square 1947.


Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963, being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918.


Girls delivering ice, 1918.


Burger Flipper 1938.


Winston Churchill, 1941.


Albert Einstein, 1921.


Madison Square Park New York City around 1900.


Marilyn Monroe.


Samurai Training 1860.


American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868.


Hindenburg Blimp crash.


Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932.


Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina.


Mark Twain in 1900.


Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939.


Audrey Hepburn.


Union Soldiers taking a break 1863.


Charles Darwin.


WWII soldiers on Easter.


Clint Eastwood, 1962.


W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923.


Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916.


Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.


Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946.


A car crash in Washington D.C. around 1921.

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