Have you ever wondered what your favorite old photos in black and white would look like in full vibrant color? Here are twenty photographs from decades ago, restored to what they would look like if they had been taken in color.
A group of dedicated colorizers looked at the subtleties of grayish hues in the black and white photos, along with past fashion trends and other data to figure out what colors are being shown. The result of their work is shown below, and I think you’ll agree it’s kind of awesome!
1) Women delivering ice, 1918
2) Times Square, 1947
3) Portrait Used to Design the Penny. President Lincoln Meets General McClellan – Antietam, Maryland ca September 1862
4) Marilyn Monroe, 1957
5. Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of Titanic’s sinking the night before. (April 16, 1912)
6) Easter Eggs for Hitler, c 1944-1945
7) Sergeant George Camblair practicing with a gas mask in a smokescreen – Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942
8) Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919
9) Painting WWII Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942
10) Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge ca 1935
11) Louis Armstrong practicing in his dressing room, ca 1946
12) Broadway at the United States Hotel Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ca 1900-1915
13) “The Tall Cowboy”, Ralph E. Madsen with Senator Morris Sheppard, 1919
14) Dancers of the National American Ballet, 20 August 1924
15) Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, 1921
16) Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and the only surviving member of the Frank family revisiting the attic they spent the war in, 3 May 1960
17) Young Woman with Umbrella – Louisiana, 1937
18) Crowded Bunks in the Prison Camp at Buchenwald, April 16, 1945
19) Peatwy Tuck of the Meskwahki, 1898
20) Boys after buying Easter flowers in Union Square, New York, April 1908
Sometimes we imagine that the world used to look black and white, when we see picture after picture without any color in it. But these photos are a refreshing reminder that yes, the world years ago was still a world full of color! Share this cool find with your friends by clicking below.