40 Colorized Historical B&W Photos That Will Change How You Feel About The Past

Although color photography is very common these days, but we’ve seen the history in black and white version only because color photography was very rare up until the 1970s.

Black and white images often make events and moments in recent history feel older than they really are. As a result, we usually don’t relate to them as we do with a photo that is in color. Have you ever wondered what happens when you take old black and white photographs, and colorize them? Take a look at this showcase.

These rare colorized historical photos are our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like before we even born.

Colorized Historical Black & White Photos

01. Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945

02. Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937

Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937

03. Japanese Archers circa 1860

Japanese Archers circa 1860

04. View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee During the Civil War, 1864

View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee During the Civil War, 1864

05. Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939

Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939

06. Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

07. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

08. World War 2 soldiers on Easter

World War 2 soldiers on Easter

09. Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

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

W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923

11. Joseph Goebbels scowling at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933

Joseph Goebbels scowling at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933

12. A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924

A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924

13. Young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938

Young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938

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

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

15. Two Boxers after a fight

Two Boxers after a fight

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

British troops cheerfully board their train

17. Kissing the War Goodbye, V-J Day August 14, 1945

Kissing the War Goodbye, V-J Day August 14, 1945

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

Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880

19. John Currie, The gentleman in uniform is “Mauretania’s” first Chief Engineer in Canada Dock in Liverpool, 1909

John Currie, Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer.

20. Walt Whitman, 1887

Walt Whitman, 1887

21. Attack on Pearl Harbour

Attack on Pearl Harbour

22. Mark Twain in the garden, circa 1900

Mark Twain in the garden, circa 1900

23. Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

24. Times Square 1947

Times Square 1947

25. People standing in line Louisville, Kentucky 1939

People standing in line Louisville, Kentucky 1939

26. Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916

Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916

27. Dorothy Counts – one of the first black students admitted to High School, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dorothy Counts - one of the first black students admitted to High School

28. Hellen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918

Hellen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918

29. Thich Quang Duc, The burning monk, 1963

Thich Quang Duc, 1963

30. Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)

Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)

31. Anne Frank, 1942

Anne Frank, 1942

32. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

33. ‘Old Gold’, Country store, 1939

‘Old Gold’, Country store, 1939

34. WSC

WSC

35. Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

36. Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

37. Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

38. Nicola Tesla

Nicola Tesla

39. Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

40. H-Bomb Test

H-Bomb Test

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4 Comments

  1. These are absolutely amazing! Thanks for the share.

  2. Some of those intricate details are fantastic. And that picture of the burning monk is even more disturbing in full colour. How can a man remain motionless while on Fire – the power of the mind when fixed on a definite purpose. Incredible work.

  3. These are awesome collection of nostalgic photos. Great post.

  4. It really changed how I felt about the past, Indeed nostalgic! Amazing how pictures can give us a lot of thoughts.

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