History takes on a new meaning when famous black and white photos are colorized

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.


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colorized 2 Boxing match aboard the U.S.S. New York, July 3, 1899

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colorized 4 Siblings Yvonne, 13, and Alexander, 12, take drink and smoke on yacht near Majorca

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colorized 5 An Ojibwe Native American spearfishing, Minnesota, 1908

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colorized 7 Adolf Hitler with Mussolini’s son-in-law and Joachim von Ribbentrop, attend a Nazi Party rally, 1930s

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colorized 9 Soldiers wearing gas masks while peeling onions at Tobruk, October 15, 1941

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colorized 11 Captain Walter “Waddy” Young and his crew pose in front of their caricatures on their B-29 Superfortress, November 24, 1944

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colorized 13 British tattoo artist George Burchett, the “King of Tattooists”, 1930

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colorized 15 Post officers show off their brand-new “Autopeds” scooters, Washington, D.C., 1917

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colorized 17 Performer Sarah Vaughan, 1946

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colorized 19 Joe Lincoln of Accord, champion decoy maker of New England, 1926

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colorized 21 Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia, sling cart used in removing captured artillery during the American Civil War, 1865

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colorized 23 A mother helps her child off the trolley on a Broadway in New York City, July, 1913

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colorized 25 A black man drinking at ‘Colored’ water cooler in streetcar terminal, Oklahoma City, Oklahom ca July, 1939

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colorized 27 A young John F. Kennedy immediately after his graduation from Harvard, in the summer of 1940

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colorized 29 Times Square, D-Day, 1944

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colorized 31 Observer on Iwo Jima, February, 1945

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colorized 33 Children watch as their neighborhood is bombed in Minsk, Belorussia. The bombing was part of Operation Barbarossa. June, 1941

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colorized 35 Stalin and Churchill in Livadia Palace during the Yalta Conference, February, 1945

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