The practice of colorizing historical black and white photos is always a subject for debate.
Some believe that images from the past should stay preserved in their original form, while others think it’s a unique way to show what life was like in a particular era.
Either way, the practice is eye-opening and puts us right in the midst of history, rather than looking at a colorless memory from the outside.
Boxing match aboard the U.S.S. New York, July 3, 1899
Siblings Yvonne, 13, and Alexander, 12, take drink and smoke on yacht near Majorca
An Ojibwe Native American spearfishing, Minnesota, 1908
Adolf Hitler with Mussolini’s son-in-law and Joachim von Ribbentrop, attend a Nazi Party rally, 1930s
Soldiers wearing gas masks while peeling onions at Tobruk, October 15, 1941
Captain Walter “Waddy” Young and his crew pose in front of their caricatures on their B-29 Superfortress, November 24, 1944
British tattoo artist George Burchett, the “King of Tattooists”, 1930
Post officers show off their brand-new “Autopeds” scooters, Washington, D.C., 1917
Performer Sarah Vaughan, 1946
Joe Lincoln of Accord, champion decoy maker of New England, 1926
Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia, sling cart used in removing captured artillery during the American Civil War, 1865
A mother helps her child off the trolley on a Broadway in New York City, July, 1913
A black man drinking at ‘Colored’ water cooler in streetcar terminal, Oklahoma City, Oklahom ca July, 1939
A young John F. Kennedy immediately after his graduation from Harvard, in the summer of 1940
Times Square, D-Day, 1944
Observer on Iwo Jima, February, 1945
Children watch as their neighborhood is bombed in Minsk, Belorussia. The bombing was part of Operation Barbarossa. June, 1941
Stalin and Churchill in Livadia Palace during the Yalta Conference, February, 1945