The histories of the past are forever memorialized in the minds of all humankind through the power of old fashion black and white photographs. That being said, the distance of time is already a difficult thing to overcome for many and the colorless quality of black and white photos can often remove modern minds from the reality of their subjects.
Through the use of programs like Photoshop, skilled professionals are now able to bring the past to the present through the process of photo colorization. Sit back and enjoy these epic newly colored photos.
Curious how colorization is done? Watch the video at the end of the post.
#1) Peatwy Tuck of the Meskwahki, 1898
The Meskwahki are an amalgamated tribe of the Sauk (Sac) and Meskwahki (Fox) tribes. Though socio-economically and culturally similar, they were politically independent until the Meskwahki’s war with the French severely crippled the Fox tribe’s power base. The combined Sac & Fox tribes were further displaced Native Americans west of the Mississippi river following Presidential Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830, to a reservation in what is now part of Oklahoma.
27 Meskwahki enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II.
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#2) Albert Einstein, 1921
Image source: Klassixx
#3) Broadway at the United States Hotel Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ca 1900-1915
Image source: Sanna Dullaway
#4) Painting WWII Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942
Image source: Patty Allison
#5) Sergeant George Camblair practicing with a gas mask in a smokescreen – Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942
Image source: Ryan Urban
#6) Portrait Used to Design the Penny. President Lincoln Meets General McClellan – Antietam, Maryland ca September 1862
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#7) Easter Eggs for Hitler – 1945
Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson prepared a gift of special “Easter Eggs” for Adolph Hitler and the German Army. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy.
Photo taken March 10, 1945 during the Battle of Remagen
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#8) Times Square, 1947
Portrait of Art Hodes, Kaiser Marshall, Henry (Clay) Goodwin, Sandy Williams, and Cecil (Xavier) Scott, Times Square, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947
Image source: Jordan J. Lloyd
#9) Audrey Hepburn, 1953
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Image source: Toasterkin
#10) Children watch as their neighborhood is bombed in Minsk, Belorussia. The bombing was part of Operation Barbarossa. June, 1941.
Children watch as their neighborhood is bombed in Minsk, Belorussia. The bombing was part of operation Barbarossa, and within four days Minsk would be occupied by Wehrmacht. Over 1,000 civilian lives were lost during the air raids, due in part to Minsk’s poorly organized air defense system.
Photo taken on June 24th, 1941
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