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54 “Colorized” Photos From Last Century

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Prior to the 1970s, color photography was hard to come by. These photos below have been “colorized” to help us visualize what the world that we only know as black and white looked like. It’s quite jaw-dropping to see the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein  in living color. The world has always been a marvelous place, but these photos make it all the more incredible.

Claude Monet in 192314

Source: Dana Keller

Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart22Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Pablo Picasso32

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939410 Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Times Square 194751

 Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963, being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.62

Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 191871

Girls delivering ice, 191881

Source: Dana Keller

Burger Flipper 1938

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Winston Churchill, 1941101

Albert Einstein, 1921

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Source: Dana Keller

Madison Square Park New York City around 1900

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Marilyn Monroe

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Samurai Training, 1860

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Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868

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Hindenburg Blimp crash

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Source: Dana Keller

British Soldiers Returning from the front in 1939

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Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932

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Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina

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Mark Twain in 1900

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Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939

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Source: Paul Edwards

Audrey Hepburn

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Source: Dana Keller

 Union Soldiers taking a break 1863241

Charles Darwin

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WWII soldiers on Easter

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Clint Eastwood, 1962

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Source: Paul Edwards

W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923

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Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916

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Elizabeth Taylor in 1956

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Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953

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Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946

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Source: Dana Keller

Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905

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Source: Dana Keller

Babe Ruth’s 1920 MLB debut

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Source: Dana Keller

A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924

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Boys buying flowers in 1908

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Source: Dana Keller

An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 1939

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Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt, 1961

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Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Brooklyn Bridge in 1904

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Source: Dana Keller

Two Boxers after a fight

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1920s Australian mugshot from the New South Wales Police Dept

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Source: Dana Keller

Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield

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Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

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Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960

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Cornell Rowing Team 1907

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View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864

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Baltimore Slums, 1938

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Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933

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Henry Ford, 1919

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Source: Dana Keller

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.

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edit: This image was not colorized, but it’s still unreal.

Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 1939

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Alfred Hitchcock

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A car crash in Washington D.C. around 1921

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President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862

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Discover more colorized images by Dana Keller on his website and Facebook, Jordan J. Lloyd on his website, andPaul Edwards’ Facebook page.

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  • H.H. Augustine

    Audrey Hepburn and Liz Taylor…Rooowwwwrrrrrrr!

    In the “Union Soldiers taking a break 1863”, the soldier with the dog in the foreground was George Armstrong Custer.

    The photographer of Winston Churchill got that scowl from his subject by snatching Churchill’s cigar from his fingers seconds before snapping the photograph.

    The photographer of Joseph Goebbels was getting along quite pleasantly with his subject, until he let slip the fact that he was Jewish. The split second reaction of Goebbels is what we are seeing here.

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