46 Amazing Colorized Historic Photos That Bring the Past To Life!

Relating to the past can be difficult when all you have to look at are faded black and white photos that feel like they are from another planet. The mind thinks and remembers in color, meaning a color photograph is much easier to connect with than a black and white photo.

Thanks to film colorization historic photos restored to full color bring new life to history. Film colorization is a process that can be conducted digitally or by hand. Prior to the 1970s basic colorization was possible but required carefully painting color onto film stock.

The invention of the computer has completely altered the way we restore historic photos thanks to digital colorization. While the process is still time-consuming it is very much worth the hard work.

Research is conducted to match colors as closely to how they really looked as possible, but in some cases artists must guess which colors to use.

18 year old Russian girl being liberated from Dachau, April 1945
Romanov sisters, Grand Duchesses Maria, Olga, Anastasia, and Tatiana, 1910
Manhattan at sunset from the George Washington Bridge, December 1936
“Here lies an unknown English Lieutenant killed in air combat” – Western Desert, Egypt, 1941
Mary Winsor, founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society, holds a sign during the American suffrage movement, 1910s
Licking blocks of ice during the heat wave, NYC, 1912
Three soldiers looking for the enemy from the shelter of a rubble-filled shed somewhere in France during World War I, 1917
Two girls, Jean and Charlotte Potter, sit at the beach with their dog, ca. 1910-1915
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Soccer legend Pele. Sao Paulo, 1958
An Ojibwe Native American spearfishing, Minnesota, 1908
Jewish women and children arriving at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, Poland, 1944
Duck Dynasty, 1926
Coney Island, New York, 1905
Film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, 1953
A small child with a puppy – Point Pleasant,West Virginia, May 1943
Flipping Burgers, 1938
College students pile into a Volkswagen Beetle, 1965
Baseball legend “Babe” Ruth, (ca. 1920), the year he joined the New York Yankees.
War Paint, 1944
Cab stand in Madison Square Park, New York, 1900
Unemployed men outside Al Capone’s soup kitchen in Chicago during the Great Depression, 1931
World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, 1942
Marilyn Monroe’s USO performance, February 1954
Operation Overlord, June 1944
Coca-Cola vending point at the Helsinki Summer Olympics – July 18, 1952
Miss America, 1924 – Ruth Malcomson.
Sidewheeler Tashmoo leaving wharf in Detroit, 1901
Harlem News Boy, 1943
British tattoo artist George Burchett, the King of Tattooists, 1930
Titanic sinks on April 15, 1912. Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of the disaster.
Troops crouch inside a LCVP landing craft, just before landing on “Omaha” Beach on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944
Clam seller on Mulberry Bend, New York, 1900
A German soldier after being captured by American troops near Nicosia, 1943
Women in witch costumes, 1875
A Samurai, 1881
The Flatiron Building, 1905
Inventor and physicist Thomas Alva Edison. New Jersey, 1911
Daredevil, 1917
A Nihang Bodyguard, 1865
Curb Market in NYC, 1900
Observer on Iwo Jima, 1945
Crowded Bunks in the Prison Camp at Buchenwald, April 16, 1945
Jean Harlow, 1931
Soviet T-34 tanks on the streets of Lvov, 1944
Rita Hayworth
Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron”

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