40 Colorized Historical Photos That Bring the Past to Life

History may have been boring in school, but in retrospect, it’s downright fascinating — an endlessly complicated story filled with larger-than-life characters and unpredictable struggles between good and evil, with plenty of shades of gray in between. And nowhere does that come to life more than in these colorized historical photos. 

Why didn’t we like it in school? Maybe those boring black-and-white photographs made it a touch less interesting. Luckily, we have these pictures restoring some of recent history’s most famous figures and moments to glorious color. What did Marilyn look like, or Lincoln, or even Hitler? We need no longer wonder. Images found via Imgur, many of them courtesy of Sanna Dullaway. Scroll through the pictures below and marvel at how much closer the past feels when we see it as we see the news of today.

 Images found via Imgur, many of them courtesy of Sanna Dullaway. 

Scroll through the pictures below and marvel at how much closer the past feels when we see it as we see the news of today. 

1. Abraham Lincoln

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The classic portrait brought to life…

2. Lincoln Meets General McClellan

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Antietam, Maryland in September 1862

3. Marylin Monroe, 1957 

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The Hollywood icon as she’s never been seen before.

4. Anne Frank, 1942

5. Women Delivering Ice, 1918

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6. Easter Eggs for Hitler

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Noted as being taken in the Years Between 1944-1945.

7. Painting WWII Propaganda Posters

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Photo credited being taken in Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942.

8. Flippin’ Burgers

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Crowley, Louisiana, USA – October 1928

 9. Louis Armstrong

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The iconic musician, practicing in his dressing room, 1946.

10. Babe Ruth

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From the day when he joined the New York Yankees in 1920.

While some of these images are clear in their colorization, some are even more fascinating when you see the original…