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
The classic portrait brought to life…
2. Lincoln Meets General McClellan
Antietam, Maryland in September 1862
3. Marylin Monroe, 1957
The Hollywood icon as she’s never been seen before.
4. Anne Frank, 1942
5. Women Delivering Ice, 1918
Check out more iconic wartime photos below.
6. Easter Eggs for Hitler
Noted as being taken in the Years Between 1944-1945.
7. Painting WWII Propaganda Posters
Photo credited being taken in Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942.
8. Flippin’ Burgers
Crowley, Louisiana, USA – October 1928
9. Louis Armstrong
The iconic musician, practicing in his dressing room, 1946.
10. Babe Ruth
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…
11. Broadway at the United States Hotel
This is from Saratoga Springs, New York, and noted as being taken in the years between 1900-1915.
12. The View from Capitol
Above is the watermarked stock image. This Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee during the Civil War, circa 1864.
Below is the color version.
13. Theodore Roosevelt
Here are some more iconic images you may recognize…
14. Unemployed lumber worker, 1939
15. A young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938
16. Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921
17. “Old Gold”, Country store, 1939
While these images are iconic and well known, here are a couple with famous faces featured in them.
18. Albert Einstein at Nassau Point in Long Island, NY in the Summer 1939
Pictured in the photo is David Rothman, who had opened Rothman’s Department Store in 1919. He hadn’t graduated high school but had an avid interest in science and eventually met and became friendly with Albert Einstein.
In this picture, Rothman was in his work clothes and Einstein was dressed for the beach when they posed on this rock at Horseshoe Cove in Nassau Point in the summer of 1939.
19. Charlie Chaplin, 1916
The famous actor was 27 in the above image.
20. Mark Twain in the garden, 1900
The famous author was 65 in this image.
Now for some famous political figures — some heroes, some evil, and some controversial.