20 Colorized Photos that Bring the Past Back to Life

Revisit history with new eyes

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Big Jay McNeely Driving the Crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a Frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953
 

It wasn’t until 1970s that color photography became widely used, which means almost all of the photos taken before that point were simply black and white. Some of the history’s most iconic moments were captured in colorless form, and the b&w photos became synonymous with “old” and “historic”. Well, today’s technology allows us to “colorize” those old photographs and bring them back to life with vivid colors and a new vision. Black and white photos seem distant, unrelatable and evoke a sensation of the times long gone, but as soon as you add color to them, they become stunningly real and much closer to us somehow. Comparing the original and the new look is fascinating, and here, we present you 20 colorized photos from the past that are brought to new life with color!

Broadway at the United States Hotel Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ca 1900-1915

 

Big Jay McNeely Driving the Crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a Frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953

 

Girl Worker in Carolina Cotton Mill by Lewis Hine, 1908

 

Boys after buying Easter flowers in Union Square, New York, April 1908

 

Hitler at a Nazi Party Rally by Heinrich Hoffmann, 1934.

 

Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)

 

Painting WWII Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942

 

Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919

 

The Dead of Antietam by Alexander Gardner, 1862

 

Peatwy Tuck of the Meskwahki, 1898

 

The Burning Monk by Malcolm Browne, 1963

 

V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945.

 

Young Woman with Umbrella – Louisiana, 1937

 

Times Square, 1947

 

Jewish Boy Surrenders in Warsaw by Unknown Photographer, 1943

 

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal, 1945

 

Dancers of the National American Ballet, 20 August 1924

 

Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

 

French soldiers during WWII

 

‘Old Gold’, Country Store, 1939

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