52 Historic Black And White Pictures That Completely Changed After Getting Colorful

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52 Historic Black And White Pictures That Completely Changed After Getting Colorful
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One of the best features of Reddit is that passion and class mingle on that platform with each other in the form of Colorized History. The decolorizers are a highly efficient substance which has been a part of historical references and used by humans as a part of their technological advancements to color the pictures. 

Looking at the pictures in black and white, we feel that life was not colored back then, but these artists help us realize the life was as vibrant and colorful in the past as it is today. Color Photography started from the 1970s. You will find the highest rated colorized images on Reddit. 

1. Audrey Hepburn

1. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey who passed away in 1993 was a British actress. Apart from being an actress, she was also an active humanitarian, model and a dancer. She was recognised as a film and fashion icon of Hollywood's Golden Age. Certainly, the colourized picture we see speaks a lot about her and the emotions which are more visible with all the colors portrayed.

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2. Abraham Lincoln, 1865

2. Abraham Lincoln, 1865
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No, that monochrome doesn't attract me, yet if it's about the 16th President of the United States, then he will make the same impact as he did while being an American politician and lawyer. Sadly, he was assassinated in April 1865 while he was serving as president since March 1861.

3. Albert Einstein, 1921

3. Albert Einstein, 1921
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A man who needs no introduction stands tall in front of a blackboard. The German-born theoretical physicist is credited for developing one of the two pillars of modern physics- 'Theory of Relativity'. Albert's work was not just limited to this though, among his many achievements, his work has had a great influence on the philosophy of science.

The next creature you'll be seeing certainly needs an introduction.

4. Alex, 'the smoking dog'.

4. Alex, 'the smoking dog'.
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Alex was a prize-winning police dog who is shown smoking everywhere. c.a. 1923. Forget about coloured photographs; then people weren't able to take snaps even to capture some memories. This dog certainly had something extraordinary that people took its photographs and then while colorizing vintage, it also made a list.

5. Alfred Hitchcock

5. Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred was a film director of the 1900's and was known as 'The Master of Suspense'. Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was the gentleman's full name, and he certainly knew how to give a serious pose to the photographer who clicked it and then the person who added colours to the serious face.


Baseball time, ready?

6. Baseball Legend- "Babe" Ruth in 1920.

6. Baseball Legend-
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In the 1920s, it was hard enough to watch a live baseball game, also not many people pursued sports as a profession. At the time, George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. decided to pursue it and became an American professional baseball player. His Major League Baseball career spanned 22 seasons from the year 1914 to 1935.

7. Boys after buying Easter flowers in Union Square, New York, 1908.

7. Boys after buying Easter flowers in Union Square, New York, 1908.
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Before you see JFK and his brothers in vibrant colours, see the boys in this picture who tell a lot about those times. They also pursued fashion at the time but were also dedicated to their work as it is visible from the broom and flower pots carried by them. The artist brings out the beauty of the flowers with the right amount of colours used.

8. Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward "Ted" Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

8. Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

There's no need to tell you which is John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (JFK). The 35th President of the United States who was usually referred to as JFK is also one of the US Presidents who was assassinated. He became incumbent of his post in the year 1961 until the day he was shot on November 1963.

9. Charles Darwin

9. Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin who was a naturalist is probably the first person we all have read about in our science textbooks. The English man was also a geologist and biologist who is still remembered for his contributions to the science of evolution.

To know how to make people laugh is also an art and the next person you'll be reading about is all about that.

10. Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916.

10. Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916.
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I know, it's hard to relate the man pictured to the name for a few of you. The portrayal televisions show us today is a way different, but the man was a gem and had a sense of humour which makes us laugh till date. 

11. Charlie Chaplin, c.a. 1920.

11. Charlie Chaplin, c.a. 1920.
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Another one, just a little older Charlie. With a lot more colors in this one, Charlie evidently did some work on his grooming skills.

Similarly, the bulletproof vest also has seen many improvements, but the next image takes you to the time when it was initially being tested.

12. W.H. Murphy and his associate demonstrating their bulletproof vest on October 13, 1923.

12. W.H. Murphy and his associate demonstrating their bulletproof vest on October 13, 1923.
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Are you feeling the thrill of daredevil-ness shown by the man taking fire? The colours obviously add more appeal to it, but it is never an easy task, even today, to stand in front of a person shooting bullets on you.

Talking about history, let's see some vintage Jaguar with the current Man with No Name.

13. Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960.

13. Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960.

Born in 1930 Clinton Eastwood Jr., an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure has achieved many feats in the film industry. Clint was also a part of Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns in 1960's as Man with No Name; the same role also helped him rise to international fame  

14. Elizabeth Taylor– Giant (1956 film)

14.  Elizabeth Taylor– Giant (1956 film)
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Taylor who passed away in 2011 went by the full name of Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was a British-American actress. She began her career at an early stage as a child actress in the 1940s and became one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in 1950s. Later in life, she earned a name as a humanitarian and also became a businesswoman. She was also titled seventh-greatest female screen legend by American Film Institute in the year 1999.

15. Ernest Hare,1920 c.a.

15. Ernest Hare,1920 c.a.
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There were no iPhones or stereos to listen to in the 1920s but radios, televisions were not there to entertain people, so people used to listen to the radio. The American singer, Thomas Ernest Hare, was the radio star in the years of 1920s and 1930s. He used to record prolifically and got fame through 'The Happiness Boys' radio program.

Someone else also got fame around those years and is still remembered for his contributions.

16. Henry Ford, 1919

16. Henry Ford, 1919

The American industrialist who founded Ford Motor Company sits there out in the wild looking for something and having a good time as it appears from his facial expressions. The man with grey hair in a grey suit was the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. 

17. Girls delivering ice, 1918

17. Girls delivering ice, 1918
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There was a time when child labour was not prohibited, however as the time passed by it became a criminal activity. Though, in the same time period, even girls used to carry ice.

And, after some decades wife of Louis Armstrong was listening to her husband's trumpet in Cairo. (next image)

18. Louis Armstrong with his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961.

18. Louis Armstrong with his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961.

Louis here was one of the most influential figures in jazz who was also known as Satchmo, Satch, or Pops. The American trumpeter picture seems to colorized real good, it feels like it's almost real. 

19. Jazz Legend, Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, 1946.

19. Jazz Legend, Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, 1946.
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Apart from being a trumpeter, the legend is also remembered as a composer, singer and occasional actor. 

So is the Manhattan sunset you're about to see, from the year 1936 shining in its colorized shades.

20. Manhattan at sunset from the George Washington Bridge, December 1936.

20. Manhattan at sunset from the George Washington Bridge, December 1936.

Manhattan called the heart of "the Big Apple" is the most densely populated boroughs (out of five) in New York City. The borough is mostly made up of Manhattan Island and is bound by the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers. The place is famous for skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and neon-lit Times Square, and also gets the fantastic sunset. Don't forget to see the man standing on the right side of the George Washington Bridge.

21. Marie Curie, c.a. 1905

21. Marie Curie, c.a. 1905
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Marie was born in Warsaw, Poland as Maria Salomea Skłodowska who later changed her name to Marie Skłodowska Curie. She was a French-Polish physicist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. 

It's not just about International people, but even Indians have made it to the list.

22. Nihang Bodyguard, c.a. 1865

22. Nihang Bodyguard, c.a. 1865

Meet the Sikh Bodyguard of Nizam of Hyderabad, India.

23. Nikola Tesla, c.a. 1893

23. Nikola Tesla, c.a. 1893

The Serbian-American inventor majorly contributed to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. Nikola is also remembered as an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and a futurist too. It can be hard for one to figure it out that the man had more qualities or there were more colors added to the picture.

24. President Abraham Lincoln, Major General John A. McClernand (right), and E. J. Allen ( left), Chief of the Secret Service of the United States.

24. President Abraham Lincoln, Major General John A. McClernand (right), and E. J. Allen ( left), Chief of the Secret Service of the United States.

And we have Lincoln here again, who probably must be camping somewhere in a natural habitat with his General and Chief. After the image had been colorized, it probably looks exactly the way Lincoln must've seen the scenery around.

25. An RAF soldier getting a haircut while going through mission book.

25. An RAF soldier getting a haircut while going through mission book.

The life of a soldier is never an easy one but still, he can enjoy his leisure while he can and add some colors to his life just like the artist did after colorizing it.

26. Steve Jobs, c.a. 1985

26. Steve Jobs, c.a. 1985
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A candid photograph of the Apple man behind the revolution of the smartphone industry. I'm sure even Steve would've wanted his black and white picture to be filled with colors.

27. Outside the White Star Line offices in London, Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of the disaster (April 16, 1912).

27. Outside the White Star Line offices in London, Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of the disaster (April 16, 1912).
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R.M.S. TITANIC sunk and the day was mourned by everyone. Though there is nothing colorful about that day yet the colors bring more emotions to the picture.

28. View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.

28. View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.
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One thing I'm sure about nature's beauty is that whether you see it in black and white or color, it's always breathtaking. And, one thing which is for sure is that one can always spend hours watching such a view.

29. Filling Station, Washington D.C., 1924

29. Filling Station, Washington D.C., 1924

A lot has changed since 1924 but one thing which has always been constant is fuel. The gasoline station lit up in colors with Winston Churchill upcoming.

30. Winston Churchill, 1941

30. Winston Churchill, 1941
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Former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. The British politician also won many awards like the Order of the Garter.

31. World War 2 soldiers on Easter.

31. World War 2 soldiers on Easter.

The days of World War 2 were one of the blackest days of this planet, still people especially soldiers knew how to smile. Wishing Adolf a Happy Easter, the soldier in some colors certainly adds a humorous touch to the image.

32. Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin, 1919

32. Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin, 1919

Charlie returns in our list and brings back memories when Helen was meeting him.

33. Mark Twain, c.a. 1900.

33. Mark Twain, c.a. 1900.
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Well, Mark was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Apart from being a writer, he was also a humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He used to give inspiration to people through his writings and the artist just puts some colors in his life.

34. Here lies an unknown English Lieutenant killed in air combat, Western Desert, Egypt, 1941.

34. Here lies an unknown English Lieutenant killed in air combat, Western Desert, Egypt, 1941.
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The tombstone speaks exactly what's written in the image's title and also tells us that colors have the ability to brighten up even an image like that.

35. British Troops leaving for the western front,1939.

35. British Troops leaving for the western front,1939.
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People say it often that, it's always about happiness in whatever you do. While the artist who colorized this image was happy doing it, so were the soldiers pictured even when they knew that it could be the last journey of their life.

36. Marilyn Monroe

36. Marilyn Monroe

She was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson who pursued a career in the American film industry. She was famous for playing comic 'dumb blonde' characters and later became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s.

37. Hall of Famer, John 'Muggsy' McGraw, the legendary manager of the N.Y. Giants from 1902 to 1932, c.a. 1905.

37. Hall of Famer, John 'Muggsy' McGraw, the legendary manager of the N.Y. Giants from 1902 to 1932, c.a. 1905.
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John here went by the nickname of "Little Napoleon" and "Mugsy" and was a Major League Baseball (MLB) player. He later became a long-time manager of the New York Giants and got elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

38. Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, c.a. 1932.

38. Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, c.a. 1932.

Joan, an American film and television actress started her career as a dancer and stage showgirl. Lastly, in 1999, she was ranked 10th on the list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema by American Film Institute.

39. President Lincoln meeting with General 'Little Mac' McClellan in the General's tent at Antietam, September 1862.

39. President Lincoln meeting with General 'Little Mac' McClellan in the General's tent at Antietam, September 1862.
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If you remember then in image no. 24 you saw Lincoln camping and here is another glimpse of that day- colorized.

40. Lonely Kid with stuffed animal, London c.a. 1945.

40. Lonely Kid with stuffed animal, London c.a. 1945.
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Kid was told when he came back from playing and found his house in shambles- his mother, father and brother are dead under the rubble. He was looking up at the sky, his face had an expression of both confusion and defiance. The defiance made him look like a young Winston Churchill. This photograph was used by IBM to publicise a show in London. The boy grew up to become a truck driver after the war, and walking past the IBM offices, he recognised his picture.

41. Alexander Graham Bell

41. Alexander Graham Bell
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The man who invented the telephone didn't think to invent some technology which could color black and white photos. But yes, the artist who was converting his image into color made sure that it looked as great as the person was.

And, don't pick up your phone just yet since Albert is again waiting for you next, at the Long Island beach.

42. Albert Einstein on the Long Island beach, 1939

42. Albert Einstein on the Long Island beach, 1939
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As it is evident from the image, Albert didn't have much of a fashion sense but did he need one? The guy already had ample of brains that whether the image is in color or monochrome, he will anyways rock the attire.

43. Japanese plane shot down during the battle of Saipan 1944.

43. Japanese plane shot down during the battle of Saipan 1944.
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Photography has always been a creative endeavor, and in today's times when it's easy to capture shots like these, it wasn't the same then. And, this particular photo is powerful enough to bring all the emotions in the viewer's brain; just like the next one.

44. Hindenburg disaster, 1937

44. Hindenburg disaster, 1937
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The times of war were never good for the human race neither its repercussions. Yet, the reason we've added these pictures is to remind you that whether the incidents are seen in color or not, they will always remind us of the horrors faced by the human kind then. 

45. Troops crouch inside an LCVP landing craft, just before landing on "Omaha" Beach on "D-Day", 6 June 1944.

45. Troops crouch inside an LCVP landing craft, just before landing on
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Another picture from similar times. Don't worry, we've got Einstein in the next one.

46. Einstein at the beach (1937-1939).

46. Einstein at the beach (1937-1939).
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You might think of him as a genius, but the man had his own vices and certainly knew how to relax.

47. Pablo Picasso

47. Pablo Picasso

Picasso who himself is famous as a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright, would've loved this colored picture of his. Anyway, he lived a colorful life because he spent most of his adult life in France.

48. Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart. Participated in over 20 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew a bombing run during the Vietnam War.

48. Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart. Participated in over 20 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew a bombing run during the Vietnam War.
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The American actor who is one of the most honored and popular stars in film history making a funny face while his photograph is being taken. Who knew that this particular click would end up in our compilation.

49. Big Jay McNeely driving the crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953.

49. Big Jay McNeely driving the crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953.
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Born in the year 1927, Cecil James McNeely known as Big Jay McNeely is an American rhythm and blues saxophonist. Yes, the actor is running in his nineties, and everything around him has taken various colors, and so does his photo from 1953.

50. Erika, 15

50. Erika, 15
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She was a Hungarian Freedom Fighter clicked carrying a machine gun in Budapest during the revolution in 1956, the Soviets eventually shotted her.

51. Times Square,1947

51. Times Square,1947

Forget about colors but this image tells a lot more than that. The way Times Square has changed since 1947.

52. Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery

52. Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery
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One of the rare actresses whose career spanned five decades. She is best remembered for the role of Samantha Stephens she acted in the television series Bewitched.


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