65 Colorized Photos From History That Will Leave You Awestruck

We often envision history in black and white. This is mainly because up until the 1970s, photos were only produced in monochrome.

Color photography back then was extremely rare since its production was strictly the domain of few intrepid experimenters highly skilled to build their own equipment, do their own color-sensitizing of photographic emulsions, make and test their color filters and devote plenty amount of time, money and effort to produce color photos.

Unlike today, photos can be bent and played with in various ways, thanks to technology. With many photography tools (programs, apps, accessories) readily available, a number of skilled individuals decided to bring life, through color, to a wide collection of historical photographs which we’ve only seen in black and white – until now.

The series of high-quality colorized photos are comprehensively filed and collected in Reddit’s Colorized History community.

These 65 below are among their most powerful colorized photographs. Enjoy!

1. A breeches buoy is put into service to transfer survivors of a sunken ship from a U.S. destroyer to a cruiser, November 14, 1942.

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2. Alfred Hitchcock

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3. Claude Monet, 1923

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4. Times Squre, 1947

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5. Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918.

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6. Pablo Picasso

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7. Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1907.

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

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9. Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963. Photo taken as he was being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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10. Unemployed lumber worker and his wife, 1939.

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11. Times Square, D-Day, 1944.

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12. Winston Churchill, 1941

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13. Albert Einstein, 1921

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14. Madison Square Park New York City around 1900.

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15. Marilyn Monroe

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16. British soldiers returning from the front in 1939.

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17. American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868

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

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19. Children watch as their neighborhood is bombed in Minsk, Belorussia. The bombing was part of Operation Barbarossa. June, 1941.

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20. Samurai Training, 1860

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21. Inventor and physicist Thomas Alva Edison. New Jersey, 1911

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

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

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24. Mark Twain, 1900

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

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26. Babe Ruth’s 1920 MLB debut.

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27. Audrey Hepburn

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28. Union Soldiers taking a break, 1863

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29. Charles Darwin

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

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31. WWII soldiers on Easter

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32. Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916.

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33. Girls delivering ice, 1918.

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

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35. Hindenburg Blimp crash

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36. Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953

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37. American nurse and social reformer Margaret Sanger, 1916.

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38. Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946.

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39. An Ojibwe Native American spearfishing, Minnesota, 1908.

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40. Back when there was no air-con… Licking blocks of ice during heat wave in 1912, NYC.

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

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42. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, ca. 1935.

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43. A Washington, D.C. filling station, 1924.

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44. Burger Flipper, 1938

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45. Hot dog stand in North End, Boston, 1937

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

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

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48. Brooklyn Bridge, 1904.

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49. Elizabeth Taylor, 1956

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50. Two Boxers after a fight.

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51. Clint Eastwood, 1962

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52. Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.

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

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54. Cornell Rowing Team, 1907

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55. View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864

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56. Baltimore Slums, 1938

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57. C.S. Lewis, ca. 1950

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

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59. Henry Ford, 1919

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

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

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62. Boys buying flowers in 1908

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63. 1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept.

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

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65. Malcolm X chats with Muhammad Ali – New York 1963

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