32 Colorized Black and White Photos That Will Change How You Look at History

    History doesn't have to be so black and white.

    Stumbling across a black and white photo in an old book is an intriguing find for history buffs. Yet it can sometimes be hard to connect with a black and white photo on a personal level. The subjects are faded and distant; we can’t gauge the color of their eyes or the flush in their cheeks, or see the intricate lines in their face.

    Your perception of history may change entirely when you discover that people across the world colorize black and white photos. Here are some of the most compelling colorized black and white photos on the web—images that practically bring history to life.

    Abraham Lincoln, 1865

    abraham lincoln colorized photo
    Photo Credit: Jordan J. Lloyd

    King George V at Buckingham Palace (1914) before the outbreak of war

    king george v colorized photo
    Photo Credit: Marina Amaral

    J. Hamilton Lewis, representative for Washington (1897-1899) and Senator for Illinois (1913-1919, 1931-1939). He was the first Senator to hold the title of 'Whip' in the Senate, later served once more as the 5th Whip, and served in the Spanish-American war - ca. 1913

    j hamilton lewis colorized
    Photo Credit: Colored History

    Erwin Rommel as a Lieutenant, wearing a Pour le Mérite after the Battle of Caporetto, Italy 1917

    erwin rommel colorized
    Photo Credit: Colored History

    Marie Curie in her laboratory in Paris, 1912

    marie curie colorized
    Photo Credit: Marina Amaral

    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his children with Cossack officers, 1916

    romanov family colorized
    Photo Credit: Marina Amaral

    Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan at Antietam, October 2nd/3rd, 1862

    abraham and mcclellan colorized
    Photo Credit: Colored History

    Richard Pierce–14 years of age, works as a Western Union Telegraph Messenger. Wilmington, Delaware, ca. May 1910

    western union telegraph messenger colorized
    Photo Credit: Colored History

    Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed by Matthew Brady in Washington, April 1878

    thomas edison colorized
    Photo Credit: Colored History

    Portrait of a Sámi immigrant, Ellis Island, 1910

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    Photo Credit: Jordan J. Lloyd

    School at Anthoston, Kentucky. By Lewis Hine, 1916

    schoolhouse kentucky colorized
    Photo Credit: Marina Amaral

    The Eiffel Tower, July 1888

    eiffel tower colorized
    Photo Credit: Jordan J. Lloyd

    Suffragists in Parade, c.1910-1915

    suffragists parade colorized
    Photo Credit: Photo Retrofit

    The Cow Boy, Sturgis, Dakota Territory, c. 1888

    cowboy colorized
    Photo Credit: Colored History

    Confederate soldier and family, c. 1860s

    confederate soldier colorized
    Photo Credit: Jordan J. Lloyd

    Harry Houdini steps into a crate at New York Harbor as part of an escape stunt, July 7, 1912

    harry houdini colorized
    Photo Credit: Dana R Keller

    Post officers model their new Autopeds scooters, Washington DC, 1917

    post officers colorized
    Photo Credit: Richard Pierce

    Licking blocks of ice during heat wave in 1912, NYC

    nyc heat wave colorized
    Photo Credit: Sanna Dullaway

    Booker T. Washington in his Tuskegee University office, ca. 1906

    booker t washington colorized
    Photo Credit: Colorized History

    The Jersey Shore c. 1905 “Boardwalk at Asbury Park”

    ashbury park boardwalk colorized
    Photo Credit: Ryan Urban

    Charlie Chaplin at 27, no makeup, 1916

    charlie chaplin colorized
    Photo Credit: Manuel De Leonardo

    French soldiers during the Franco Prussian War, 1870

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    Photo Credit: Marina Amaral

    Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author and poet, 1869

    hans christian andersen colorized
    Photo Credit: Dana R Keller

    Alfred R. Waud, renowned sketch artist, known mostly for work as an artist correspondent during the American Civil War, seen here sketching at Gettysburg, July 1863

    alfred r waud colorized
    Photo Credit: Colorized History

    Silent film actress Mary Pickford, c. 1920

    mary pickford colorized
    Photo Credit: Dana R Keller

    Edgar Allen Poe, 1848

    Edgar Allen Poe colorized
    Photo Credit: Dana R Keller

    Italian immigrants arrive at Ellis Island, 1905. Their worried expressions are caused by lost baggage.

    italian immigrants ellis island colorized
    Photo Credit: Marina Amaral

    Walt Whitman, 1887

    walt whitman colorized
    Photo Credit: Dana R Keller

    Seth Kinman, one of the earliest settlers of California, sitting on a chair he gave to President Andrew Johnson made out of a grizzly bear. He also gave a chair made of elk horns to President Lincoln, ca. 1865 

    seth kinman colorized
    Photo Credit: Colored History

    Japanese Archers c. 1860

    japanese archers
    Photo Credit: Jordan J. Lloyd

    Mary Winsor, founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society, holds a sign during the American suffrage movement; ca. 1917 

    mary winsor colorized
    Photo Credit: Richard Pierce

    John L. Burns, the 'Old Hero of Gettysburg,' with gun and crutches, ca. July 1863

    john burns colorized
    Photo Credit: Colorized History
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