50+ Historic Black And White Photographs Restored In Color That Will Change The Way You Look At History

Photography was invented two centuries ago, and the period of colorized photographs is a lot shorter than that. Color makes us perceive the photograph more realistic, and since we live in the age of color, black and white photographs seem very old. The restoration process requires many skills and imagination, such as outfits of the subjects, time of the day, amount of light, backgrounds, the color of minor objects in photographs, guesswork, and many more. Even having all the information about the subject or the event, you can never be 100 percent sure of the true colors and hues that could have been captured at the time when the photograph was taken. The restored photographs have a surprisingly unique effect on our perspective. By seeing those historical photographs in color, we can relate to them easier, and it makes the photographs a whole lot more powerful. Fortunately, many talented people and communities bring life back in photographs by digitally coloring them. There is a group of talented folks in Reddit called r/ColorizedHistory; they pick historical pictures and bring them back to life by coloring them. Have a look at these amazing colorized photographs, vote your favorites, and don’t’ forget to share. If you are interested in more, check out colorized portraits of famous personalities of the 18th & 19th centuries.

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

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

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

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

Original photo Alexander Gardner/Colourized by Zuzzah

#13 Painting WWII Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942

#19 An Ojibwe Native American spearfishing, Minnesota, 1908

#20 Adolf Hitler with Mussolini’s son-in-law and Joachim von Ribbentrop, attend a Nazi Party rally, ca 1930s

#21 British tattoo artist George Burchett, the “King of Tattooists”, ca 1930

#22 Post officers show off their brand-new “Autopeds” scooters, Washington, D.C., 1917

#23 Joe Lincoln of Accord, champion decoy maker of New England, 1926

#24 Abandoned Boy Holding a Stuffed Toy Animal. London 1945

#25 Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

#30 View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee During the Civil War, 1864

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

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

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

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

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

#43 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

#46 Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Gardner, taken in February, 1865

#47 Boxing match aboard the U.S.S. New York, July 3, 1899

#48 Yvonne (13) and Alexander (12) Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn take drink and smoke on yacht near Majorca

#49 Soldiers wearing gas masks while peeling onions at Tobruk, October 15, 1941

#50 Captain Walter “Waddy” Young and his crew pose in front of their caricatures on their B-29 Superfortress, November 24, 1944

#52 Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia, sling cart used in removing captured artillery during the American Civil War, ca 1865

#53 Slice of life! A mother helps her child off the trolley on a Broadway in New York City, July, 1913

#54 Black man drinking at ‘Colored’ water cooler in streetcar terminal, Oklahoma City, Oklahom ca July, 1939

#55 A young John F. Kennedy immediately after his graduation from Harvard, in the summer of 1940

#58 Children watch as their neighborhood is bombed in Minsk, Belorussia. The bombing was part of Operation Barbarossa. June, 1941

#59 Stalin and Churchill in Livadia Palace during the Yalta Conference, February, 1945

#60 Louis and Lucille Armstrong at the Sphinx, January 28, 1961

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