These 22 Colorized Historical Photos Will Completely Change How You See The Past

Black and white photos use to take us to a different era, a time when things seemed so long ago that it was just too hard to fathom what the previous generations must have been like.

Now, in the age of filters, Photoshop, etc., black and white photos aren’t as historical or impactful as they once were.

However, what if you could reverse the ancient black and white photos and reveal their color in more detail.

As if somehow seeing these iconic images in color would make it more real and close enough to imagine what times were like “back then”.

These creative photographers did just that:

1. Sergeant George Camblair practicing with a gas mask, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942


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2. Operation Overlord, June 1944


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3. Women creating World War II propaganda posters, Port Washington, New York, July 8th, 1942


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4. Lonely kid with a stuffed animal, London 1945


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5. Auto wreck, Washington D.C., 1921


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6. 27-year-old Charlie Chaplin, 1916


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7. Abraham Lincoln

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8. Holiday goers, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1905


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9. Hellen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin, 1919



10. Easter Eggs for Hitler, circa 1944-1945


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11. Newspaper boy, Ned Parfett, selling the paper bearing the Titanic’s disaster, April 16, 1912


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12. Mark Twain, circa 1900


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13. Broadway, Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs, New York, circa 1900-1915


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14. Women delivering ice, 1918


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15. Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany, April 16th, 1945


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16. Walt Whitman, 1887

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17. Abraham Lincoln meets General McClellan, Antietam, Marylan, September 1862


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19. W.H. Murphy and his associate demonstrating their bulletproof vest, October 13th, 1923


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20. Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)


elizabeth-taylor-giant-malakon-originalColorized by malakon

21. Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and only surviving family member, revisiting the attic, May 3rd, 1960


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22. Hindenburg disaster, May 6, 1937


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You can check out even more cool black and white photos colorized over at Reddit’s r/ColorizedHistory.

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