20 Colorized Photos that Bring the Past Back to Life

Revisit history with new eyes

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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