Some Of History’s Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To Colour

I do love a black and white photo, purely because of the nostalgic and historic images it creates – however, I do think that a lot of my Nan’s old snapshots would look a lot better in colour. Thankfully modern technology being what it is, that dream can now very much become a reality.

Thanks to the process of colourisation, old photos can now be digitally enhanced very easily, which is fantastic news for all the old archives of photos sitting in cases all over the world.

Using the process, some of history’s best and most iconic images have been turned into stunning technicolour.

1. Sailor kissing a nurse on ‘V-J Day’ in Times Square in 1945


2. Sgt. George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask during a practice smokescreen in 1942 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia


3. A Vietcong Guerrilla being executed in 1968 during the opening stages of the Tet Offensive


4. A a group of men inside one of the Hoover Dam turbines in the early 1930s while it was being built


5. Two men testing out a bulletproof vest on September 13, 1932 in Washington, D.C.


6. U.S. Marines raising the American flag during the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima


7. People lining up to seek food and clothing from a Kentucky relief station during the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937


8. The last living photograph of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865


9. An unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest in August of 1939


10. The famous novelist and essayist George Orwell



11. A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida in 1947


12. Men at a country store in Gordonton, North Carolina in 1939


13. A Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street to protest alleged persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government in 1963


14. Albert Einstein at a Princeton University luncheon in 1953



15. Portrait of photographer Dorothea Lange atop a car with her holding a giant camera in February of 1936


16. The famous writer Mark Twain


17. Florence Owens Thompson and her children in 1936 in Nipomo, California


18. Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer, John Currie, and other gentlemen in 1909 at the Canada Dock, Liverpool


19. The 1865 photograph above shows Seth Kinman, a California hunter and trapper, sitting in a chair that he later presented to President Andrew Johnson



20. Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane photographed in 1965


21. The legend himself Mr. Charlie Chaplin


22. A nuclear weapons test being conducted by the United States in 1946 at Bikin Atoll


23. Participants of the 1927 invitation-only Solvay Conference, where the world’s most notable physicists met to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory


24. Biologist and evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin


Absolutely stunning if you ask me. As I said, I do love black and white photos, but colour adds a whole different dimension to these images from history. Lets open up the National Archives and get all those old photos put into colour.

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