42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

An emaciated 18-year-old Russian girl looks into the camera lens during the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in 1945.
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Relating to the past can be difficult when all you have to look at are faded black and white photos that feel like they are from another planet. The mind thinks and remembers in color, meaning a color photograph is much easier to connect with than a black and white photo.

Thanks to film colorization historic photos restored to full color bring new life to history. Film colorization is a process that can be conducted digitally or by hand. Prior to the 1970s basic colorization was possible but required carefully painting color onto film stock.

The invention of the computer has completely altered the way we restore historic photos thanks to digital colorization. While the process is still time-consuming it is very much worth the hard work.

Research is conducted to match colors as closely to how they really looked as possible, but in some cases artists must guess which colors to use.

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Romanov sisters, Grand Duchesses Maria, Olga, Anastasia, and Tatiana, (1910)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Manhattan at sunset from the George Washington Bridge, (December 1936)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

“Here lies an unknown English Lieutenant killed in air combat” – Western Desert, Egypt, (1941)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Mary Winsor, founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society, holds a sign during the American suffrage movement; (ca. 1910s)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Licking blocks of ice during the heat wave, NYC, (1912)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Three soldiers looking for the enemy from the shelter of a rubble-filled shed somewhere in France during World War I, (1917)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Two girls, Jean and Charlotte Potter, sit at the beach with their dog, (ca. 1910-1915)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Soccer legend Pele. Sao Paulo, (1958)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

An Ojibwe Native American spearfishing, Minnesota, (1908)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Jewish women and children arriving at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, Poland, (1944)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Duck Dynasty, (1926)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, (ca. 1953)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Coney Island, New York, (ca. 1905)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

A small child with a puppy – Point Pleasant,West Virginia, (May 1943)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Flipping Burgers, (1938)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

College students pile into a Volkswagen Beetle, (c. 1965)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Baseball legend “Babe” Ruth, (ca. 1920), the year he joined the New York Yankees.
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

War Paint, (1944)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Cab stand in Madison Square Park, New York, (ca 1900)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Unemployed men outside Al Capone’s soup kitchen in Chicago during the Great Depression, (1931)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, (1942)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Marilyn Monroe’s USO performance, (February 1954)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Operation Overlord, (June 1944)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Coca-Cola vending point at the Helsinki Summer Olympics – (July 18, 1952)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Miss America, 1924 – Ruth Malcomson.
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Sidewheeler Tashmoo leaving wharf in Detroit, (ca 1901)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Harlem news boy, (1943)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

British tattoo artist George Burchett, the King of Tattooists, (ca 1930)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Titanic sinks on April 15, 1912. Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of the disaster.
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Troops crouch inside a LCVP landing craft, just before landing on “Omaha” Beach on “D-Day”, (6 June 1944)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Clam seller on Mulberry Bend, New York, (ca 1900)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

A German soldier after being captured by American troops near Nicosia, (1943)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Women in witch costumes, (1875)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

A Samurai, (1881)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

The Flatiron Building, (1905)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Inventor and physicist Thomas Alva Edison. New Jersey, (1911)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Daredevil, (1917)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

A Nihang Bodyguard, (c.1865)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Curb Market in NYC, (ca 1900)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Observer on Iwo Jima, (1945)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

Crowded Bunks in the Prison Camp at Buchenwald, (April 16, 1945)
42 Stunning Restored And Colorized Historic Images Bring The Past To Life

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