Colorized Photos of the Famous and Infamous
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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



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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