These 60+ Realistically Colorized Photos Make the Past Come to Life

Colorizing historic photographs from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s makes the past seem present! A new artistic trend has broken out around the world which changes our perception of history dramatically. Colorizing historic photographs from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s changes their appearance from something historic and different, into a scene from today.

The colorful image of Albert Einstein sitting beside the water gave me an entire new perspective on the genius. He goes from a brilliant historic relic, into a living brilliance of our era. The colorized photograph of Audrey Hepburn transforms our thoughts of beauty. Her photo goes from an intriguing historic photo to one of a sexy starlet of today.

It’s incredible how historic events move forward decades, or even a full century, by the addition of color.

Take a look at these incredibly fascinating photos…

1. Women boxing, circa 1930’s


2. Punishment for collaboration with the nazis, Montelimar 1944.


3. London, 1945


4. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1915.


5. Hindenburg Disaster, 1937


6. Japanese Archers, circa 1860.


7. Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born American magician and escape artist, 1912.


8. View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864

Image Credit: Sanna Dullaway


9. Albert Einstein in Long Island, 1939

Image Credit: Paul Edwards


10. Baltimore Slums, 1938


11. Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife, circa 1939


12. British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the western front – England, September 20, 1939


13. Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880


14. Old Gold Country store, 1939


15. Washington D. C., 1921


16. Charles Darwin, 1874


17. Abraham Lincoln, 1865


18. Theodore Roosevelt


19. Louisville, Kentucky, 1937


20. Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation, 1963


21. Anne Frank, 1942


22. Kissing the War Goodbye, 1945


23. Nicola Tesla


24. Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953


25. Elizabeth Taylor, 1956


26. Charlie Chaplin, 1916


27. Mark Twain, circa 1900


28. Walt Whitman, 1887


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


30. Audrey Hepburn


31. Operation: Crossroads Atomic Detonation


32. NYC 11th Ave, 1909


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