45 Amazing Colorized Vintage Photos of the Life in America during the 1940s

These incredibly amazing photos were colorized by photographer Marie-Lou Chatel. “I’ve always been fascinated with the work of the great photographers of the 20th century. Yet, when I look at their photos, I wonder what they saw in color while taking the photograph.”

Forty-second Street and Fifth Avenue on a rainy day, New York, March 1943
Homeless man at The Bowery at night, New York, Sept. 1942
Girl sitting alone in the Sea Grill, a bar and restaurant waiting for a pickup, Washington D.C, Apr. 1943
Listening to a murder mystery on the radio in a boarding house room, Washington D.C, Jan. 1943
Grand Central Terminal, New York City, Oct. 1941
Sideshow at the cicus, Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 1942
Grand Central Terminal, New York City, Oct. 1941
Teenagers at a party in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1947
Guests of Sarasota trailer park, Sarasota, Florida, Jan. 1941
Time Square in a raining day, New York City, 1943
In the cafe at a truck drivers’ service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue), Washington D.C, June 1940
Woman in the shower bath in a boarding house, Washington D.C, Jan. 1943
In town on a Saturday afternoon, Heard County, Georgia, 1941
Women at work, Indiana, 1940-45
Listening to the teacher’s instructions in a physical education class at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, Oct. 1943
A windy day in Philadelphia, 1947
Lower Manhattan seen from the S.S. Coamo leaving New York, Dec. 1941
An administration clerk at the U.S. Office of Price, Washington, D.C, Jan. 1943
Men of the Quartermaster Truck Company of the 25th service group having a card game in one of the barracks, Greenville, South Carolina, July 1943
Children bringing their weekly contribution of scrap paper to school, Washington, May 1942
Moccasins are worn without socks at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington D.C, Oct. 1943
New Year’s Day Bleeker Street in New York, Jan. 1943
Soldier in front of the Capitol theatre, Washington D.C, March 1943
South Side market, Chicago, Arpril 1941
Spectator in the National Gallery of Art on a Sunday afternoon, Washington D.C, March 1942
Storefront church and lunch wagon, Chicago, Illinois, Apr. 1941
Sunday bench sitters in front of the Central Park Zoo restaurant, New York, Sept. 1942
Waiting for a train in the concourse of the Union Station, Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 1943
Waiting for the trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York, Aug. 1942
Watching a football game, Washington D.C, Oct. 1943
Woman with chili peppers, Concho, Arizona, Sept. 1940
Women talking in a drugstore over cokes, Washington D.C, March 1943
7th Street and Florida Avenue, Washington, Aug. 1942
1917 vintage trolley, Baltimore, Maryland, Apr. 1943
A corporal in the army takes his girl to dinner, California, May 1942
A Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, and the terminals, Sept. 1943
Soldiers and girls saying goodbye at the Greyhound bus station, Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 1943
A student at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington D.C, Oct. 1943
A woman and her dog in the Harlem section, New York, May 1943
Boys and girls, Caldwell, Idaho, 1941
Bus passenger enroute from Nashville to Memphis, March 1948
Children going home from school, Chillicothe, Ohio, Feb. 1940
Children playing, New York City, Dec. 1941
Chinese grocery store in Chinatown, New York, Aug. 1942
Farmer couple living in an old mansion in southern Greene County, Georgia, June 1941

(Restored and colorized by Marie-Lou Chatel)

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