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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 photos below. It’s quite incredible to see Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein in living color.Seeing these photos in color for the first time makes it easy to imagine we could all have been part of a world that we've never even seen. It literally changes our perspective of history.

 

Abraham Lincoln 

President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton

at Antietam in 1862

 

 Wash DC waiting station

A Washington, D. C. Filling Station in 1924

Nazi Propaganda Goebbels 

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

Audrey Hepburn 

Audrey Hepburn 

 

Mark Twain 1900 

Mark Twain in 1900

 

 Charles Chaplin 1916

Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916

Claude Monet  

Claude Monet in 1923

 

 Car Crash DC 1921 

A Car Crash in Washington D.C. circa 1921

 

 Albert Einstein 1921

Albert Einstein, 1921

 

Jimmy Steward Acrtor and Brigadier General 

Brigadier General and Actor Jimmy Stewart - Stewart Flew 20 Combat Missions over Nazi-Occupied Europe. He also flew one mission during Vietnam
 

Pablo Picasso 

Pablo Picasso

Elizabeth Taylor 1956 

Elizabeth Taylor in 1956 

 

Alfred Hitchcock 

Alfred Hitchcock

Big Jay McNeely 1953 

Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953

 

Charles Darwin 

Charles Darwin

 

Clint Eastwood 1962 

Clint Eastwood, 1962

 Hindenburg Blimp Crash

Hindenburg Blimp Crash 

 

 British Soldiers Returning 1939

British Soldiers Returning from the Front in 1939

Albert Einstein Long Island 1939 

Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939

 Samurai Training 1860

Samurai Training 1860 

 

 Winston Churchil 1941

Winston Churchill, 1941 

 

 Country Store July 1939 North Carolina

Country store in July 1939 Gordonton, North Carolina

 

 Unemployed Lumber Worker 1939

Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 1939

 

Bullet Proof Vest 

W.H. Murphy Testing the Bulletproof Vest in 1923

 

 1920 Australian Police Mugshots

1920s Australian Mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept
 

 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe 

 

Joan Crawford  

Joan Crawford on the Set of Letty Lynton, 1932

 

RAF Pilot Getting a Haircut 

An RAF Pilot Getting a Haircut while Reading a Book Between Missions

 

Babe Rith 1920 

Babe Ruth's 1920 - Major League Baseball Debut

 

 Clint Eastwood 1958 Jaguar

Clint Eastwood Working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960

Nashville Capitol 1864 

View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864

Baltimore Slums 1938 

Baltimore Slums, 1938

 

Walt Whitman 1868 

American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868

 

Luis Armstrong Practicing Back Stage 

Louis Armstrong Practicing Backstage, 1946

 

  Girls Delivering Ice 1918

Girls Delivering ice, 1918

 

Lou Gehrig July 4 1939 

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939. Photo taken Right After his Famous Retirement Speech -  He Pass Away two years later from ALS

  

  Times Square 1947

Times Square 1947

 Lee Harvey Oswald being transported 

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963, -  Transported for Questioning Before

his Murder Trial for the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

 

Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin 1918

Helen Keller Meeting Comedian Charlie Chaplin - 1918

 

Burger Flipper 1938 

Burger Flipper  - 1938

Maddison Square Park 1900 

Madison Square Park New York City - circa 1900

Union Soldiers 1863 

Union Soldiers Taking a Break - 1863

 

 WWII Soldiers on Easter

WWII Soldiers on Easter
 

Red Hawk Ogala Tribe 1905 

Red Hawk of the Oglala Tribe on Horseback - 1905

 Boys Buying Flowers 1908 

Boys Buying Flowers - 1908

Oklahoma Farmer Great Dust Bowl 1939

 Oklahoma Farmer During the Great Dust Bow - 1939
 

Louis Armstrong w Wife in Cairo 1961 

Louis Armstrong Plays to his Wife Lucille -  Cairo, Egypt 1961

Brooklin Bridge 1904 

Brooklyn Bridge - 1904

 

Boxing 

Two Boxers After a Fight

 

Sofia Loren and Jane Mansfield 

Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield 

 Kennedy Brothers

Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward 'Ted' Kennedy and John F. Kennedy

Outside the Oval Office

 Cornell Rowing Team

Cornell Rowing Team 1914

 Henry Ford 1919 

Henry Ford, 1919

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