Colorized Photos From The Past Will Blow You Away

by Jerome at Powerful Primates

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.

1. Claude Monet in 1923.

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


3. Pablo Picasso.


4. Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939. Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Lou Gehrig

5. Times Square 1947.

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

Lee harvey

7. Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918.

keller and chaplin

8. Girls delivering ice, 1918.


9. Burger Flipper 1938.


10. Winston Churchill, 1941.


11. Albert Einstein, 1921.


12. Madison Square Park New York City around 1900.

park nyc 1900

13. Marilyn Monroe.


14. Samurai Training 1860.


15. American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868.


16. Hindenburg Blimp crash.


17. British Soldiers Returning from the front in 1939.

british soldiers 39

18. Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932.

joan crawford

19. Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina.

NC 1939

20. Mark Twain in 1900.

Mark Twain

21. Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939.

Einstein on long beach 39

22. Audrey Hepburn.


23. Union Soldiers taking a break 1863.

union 1863

24. Charles Darwin.


25. WWII soldiers on Easter.

easter ww2

26. Clint Eastwood, 1962.


27. W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923.


28. Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916.

chaplin age 27

29. Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.


30. Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953.


32. Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905.

Red Hawk

33. Babe Ruth’s 1920 MLB debut.


34. A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924.

DC 1924

35. Boys buying flowers in 1908.

flowers 1908

36. An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 1939.

the dust bowl

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

Louie at the pyramids

38. Brooklyn Bridge in 1904.

brooklyn bridge

39. Two Boxers after a fight.

boxing match

40. 1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept.

20s mugshot

41. Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.

sophia and jane

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


43. Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960.

clint with his jag

44. Cornell Rowing Team 1907.

cornell rowing

45. View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864.


46. Baltimore Slums, 1938.

slums 1938

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


48. Henry Ford, 1919.

henry ford

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

RAF haircut

50. Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 1939.

1939 unemployed

51. Alfred Hitchcock.


52. A car crash in Washington D.C. around 1921.

DC crash 1921

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

Lincoln 1862 Antietam

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