18 Historical Photographs Colorized To Make You Relive The Moments Of The Past

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For some photography is a passion. And this passion is almost two centuries old. From black and white to color, from reel cameras to today’s digital cameras, the photography has evolved. We share with you the colorized versions of some of the famous historical photographs. 

The flourishing of subreddit gathers the people sharing the same passion. Among the most exciting, one of the sections of this blog relates to Colorized History which combines photo and history enthusiasts, and talented digital artists who bring to life the historical black and white photos by colorizing them.

If these photographs of the nineteenth century may look to you dull and gloomy, do not forget that our ancestors had the same photographs. Discover now the talented colorists offering a new look at the history of photography.

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1. An abandoned in the middle of the war boy hugging a plush London 1945

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20-photographies-historiques-extraordinaires-refont-surface-en-couleurs18Original photo by Toni Frissel / colorized by HansLucifer

2. The crash of the Hindenburg, May 6, 1937

The crash of the Hindenburg, May 6, 1937 (Colored)

The crash of the Hindenburg, May 6, 1937Photo colorized by Dana Keller

3. Japanese archers, 1860

Japanese archers, 1860-Colored PhotoPhoto colorized by  Jordan J.Lloyd

4. View from the Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Civil War, 1864

View from the Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Civil War, 1864-Colorized photo

View from the Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Civil War, 1864Photo colorized by Sanna Dullaway

5. A car accident in Washington, DC, 1921

A car accident in Washington, DC, 1921-colorized version

A car accident in Washington, DC, 1921Photo colorized by Sanna Dullaway

6. Big Jay McNeely in full frenzy of crowd at Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1953

colorized photo of Big Jay McNeely in full frenzy of crowd at Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1953

Big Jay McNeely in full frenzy of crowd at Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1953Original photo by   Bob Willoughby / colorized by  trachea

7. Albert Einstein, Summer 1939, Long Island, New York

Albert Einstein, Summer 1939, Long Island, New York-colorized photo

Albert Einstein, Summer 1939, Long Island, New YorkEdvos / Paul Edwards

8. “Old Gold” country store, 1939

 "Old Gold" country store, 1939-colorized version

 "Old Gold" country store, 1939

Original photo by Dorothea Lange / colorized by  Jordan J. Lloyd

9. Joseph Goebbels looking suspiciously towards photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after discovering that he was a Jew, 1933

Joseph Goebbels looking suspiciously towards photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after discovering that he was a Jew, 1933

Joseph Goebbels looking suspiciously towards photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after discovering that he was a Jew, 1933Original Photo by Time & Life Pictures / colorized by zuzahin

10. Nikola Tesla, 1893

Nikola Tesla, 1893-colorized photo

Nikola Tesla, 1893Original photo by Napoleon Sarony / colorized by Dana Keller

11. WH Murphy and his partner test their bullet-proof vest, October 13, 1923

WH Murphy and his partner test their bullet-proof vest, October 13, 1923-colorized photo

WH Murphy and his partner test their bullet-proof vest, October 13, 1923Original Photo by National Photo Company / colorized by zuzahin

12. A young boy in the slums of Baltimore, July 1938

A young boy in the slums of Baltimore, July 1938

A young boy in the slums of Baltimore, July 1938

A young boy in the slums of Baltimore, July 1938Original photo by John Vachon / colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd

13. British soldiers happy aboard their train to their first training before joining the front, 1939

British soldiers happy aboard their train to their first training before joining the front, 1939-colorized version

British soldiers happy aboard their train to their first training before joining the front, 1939-colorized versionPhoto colorized by BenAfflekIsAnOkActor

14. Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880

Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880-colorized version

Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880Photo colorized by Sanna Dullaway

15. Walt Whitman, 1887

Walt Whitman, 1887-colorized photo

Walt Whitman, 1887Photo colorized by Dana Keller

16. Mark Twain in a garden, 1900

Mark Twain in a garden, 1900-colorized photo

Mark Twain in a garden, 1900Photo colorized by zuzahin

17. Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916

 Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916-colorized version

 Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916Photo colorized by BenAfflekIsAnOkActor

It’s impressive to see how these pictures found a second youth! Some editors think that color retouching does not effect the authenticity of the original black and white photographs. What is your opinion in this regard?

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