20 amazing colorized version of historic black and white photos

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When we look at old black and white photos, sometimes we forget that life in the old days had color too…Unfortunately the available technology back in the day couldn’t capture this. But a group of talented photographers and graphic enthusiasts on Reddit have been doing some great job in bringing old iconic photos back to life: Their community, r/ColorizedHistory, which is located on Reddit social sharing site includes a mix of professional and amateur colorizers who use a combination of historical reference material and a natural eye for color.

Below you can find a collection of some of their best work, also reported Twisted Sifter, developed by the following artists:

zuzahin aka Mads Madsen [website, facebook]
mygrapefruit aka Sanna Dullaway [website, facebook]
klassixx aka Dana Keller [facebook page]
photojacker aka Jordan J. Lloyd [facebook page]
HansLucifer [website]
BenAfleckIsAnOkActor
malakon
Edvos aka Paul Edwards
traquea

We hope you enjoying browsing this amazing collection!

1- Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)

elizabeth-taylor-giant-malakonOriginal Photograph by Frank Worth Photo | Colorized by malakon on Reddit

elizabeth-taylor-giant-malakon-original

2- Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 – Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

Albert-Einstein,-summer-1939---Nassau-Point,-Long-Island,-NY-edvosColorized by Edvos on Reddit | Paul Edwards

albert-einstein-summer-1939-nassau-point-long-island-ny-edvos-comparison

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

trumpet-traqueaOriginal Photograph by Bob Willoughby | Colorized by traquea on Reddit

big-jay-mcneely-on-sax-olympic-auditorium-la-1953-bob-willoughby

4- Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939

unemployed-lumber-worker-caColorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook

unemployed-lumber-worker-ca_2

5 – Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal - London 1945Original Photograph by Toni Frissell Colorized by HansLucifer | valdigtmycketfarg.wordpress.com

abandoned-boy-holding-a-stuffed-toy-animal_2

6- Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937

hindenburg-disaster-1937-dana-kellerColorized by Dana Keller | History in Color on Facebook

hindenburg-disaster-1937-dana-keller-original

7- Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916

charlie-chaplin-at-the-age-of-27-1916-affleckokactorColorized by BenAfleckIsAnOkActor on Reddit

8- Walt Whitman, 1887

walt-whitman-1887-dana-kellerColorized by Dana Keller | History in Color on Facebook

walt-whitman-1887-dana-keller-original

9- Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880

oscar-ii-king-of-sweden-and-norway-year-1880-sanna-dullawayColorized by Sanna Dullaway | forrifarg.se | Facebook

10- Mark Twain in the garden, circa 1900

mark-twain-in-the-garden-caColorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook

11- Young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938

baltimore-1938-photo-chopshopOriginal Photograph by John Vachon
Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook

baltimore-1938-photo-chopshop-comparison

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

w-hOriginal Photograph by National Photo Company
Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook

testing_bulletproof_vest_1923

13- British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the western front – England, September 20, 1939

british-troops-cheerfully-board-their-train-for-the-first-stage-of-their-trip-to-the-western-front-england-september-20-1939-benafleckisanokactorColorized by BenAfleckIsAnOkActor on Reddit

14- Nikola Tesla, 1893

nikola-tesla-1893-dana-kellerOriginal Photograph by Napoleon Sarony
Colorized by Dana Keller | History in Color on Facebook

15- Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

auto-wreck-in-washington-dColorized by Sanna Dullaway | forrifarg.se | Facebook

16- Japanese Archers circa 1860

kyudoka-japanese-archers-c1860-photo-chopshopColorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook

kyudoka-japanese-archers-c1860-photo-chopshop-original

17- Joseph Goebbels scowling at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933

joseph-goebbels-scowling-at-photographer-albert-eisenstaedt-after-finding-out-hes-jewish-caOriginal Photograph by Time & Life Pictures
Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook

joseph-goebbels-scowling-at-photographer-albert-eisenstaedt-after-finding-out-hes-jewish-ca_2

18- ‘Old Gold’, Country store, 1939

old-gold-country-store-1939-photo-chopshopOriginal Photograph by Dorothea Lange
Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook

old-gold-country-store-1939-photo-chopshop-original

19- Audrey Hepburn

audrey-hepburn-dana-kellerColorized by Dana Keller | History in Color on Facebook

20- View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee During the Civil War, 1864

view-from-capitol-in-nashville-tennessee-during-the-civil-war-in-1864-sanna-dullawayColorized by Sanna Dullaway | forrifarg.se | Facebook | Prints available

view-from-capitol-in-nashville-tennessee-during-the-civil-war-in-1864-sanna-dullaway-original

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