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.