Color Photography didn’t come into play until the 1970’s and was extremely rare. When we think about history the first thing we think about is black and white photography. Thanks to today’s technology and software, we can now convert Historical Photos into color. Today we’ll be showcasing 65 Beautiful Colorized Historical Photos of the Past.

Did you know?

1. The first person who managed to make a “photographic” snapshot constant, that is to fix the image was Joseph Niepce. The very first snapshot in the history of photography is considered “view from the window,” dated 1826. The exposure of the shot lasted 8 Hours.

2. The first person who invented negative was Fox Talbot. This event occurred in 1839. In the same year Hippolyte Bayard presented the first positive print to the world.3. The first “photographic paper” was made ​​of asphalt. More precisely, asphalt varnish was applied on the copper or the glass plate.

4. Camera Obscura, which became the prototype of the modern camera, is used up to this day for the production of integrated circuits and as a special film camera.

5. The first color photograph was taken in 1861 by James Maxwell, the British physicist.

6. Appearance of the first plates for color photography dated back to 1904, produced by the company “Lumiere”.

7. The first aerial photography was carried out by French inventor Turnache in 1858. He shot Paris from the balloon

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This collection features people like Anne Frank, Abraham Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Albert Einstein and many other famous faces. Looking back at these colorized history, there is something quite eerie about these Photographs because they look like they have been taken in the present time.65 Beautiful Colorized Historical Photos of the Past

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Man rowing on the Titanic

65 Beautiful Colorized Historical Photos of the Past

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Anne Frank

65 Beautiful Colorized Historical Photos of the Past

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Three Eagles, a Nez Perce Warrior. Taken by Edward S. Curtis in 1910

65 Beautiful Colorized Historical Photos of the Past

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Queen Victoria with all of her children and grandchildren

65 Beautiful Colorized Historical Photos of the Past

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Abraham Lincoln

65 Beautiful Colorized Historical Photos of the Past

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Boy Drinking from ‘colored’ water cooler


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Claude Monet in 1923

Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart

Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Pablo Picasso

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939

Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963

Oswald being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Hellen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918


Winston Churchill 1941

Madison Square Park New York City around 1900

 Marilyn Monroe

American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868


British Soldiers Returning from the front in 1939

Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932

Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina

Mark Twain in 1900


Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939

Source: Paul Edwards

Union Soldiers taking a break 1863

W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923


Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916


Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953


Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946


Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905


Babe Ruth’s 1920 MLB debut

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A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924


An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 1939





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Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961

1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept

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Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield


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

Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960


View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.


Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 1939

Alfred Hitchcock

A car crash in Washington D.C. around 1921


President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862