Step into the picture: enjoy a colorful new perspective on old photos

Do you find looking at old photographs fascinating? It gives us just a taste of times past, doesn't it? Enough to elicit our sense of wonder: what was life really like back then? But if we're talking about any time prior to the 1970s, there's a good likelihood we're talking about black and white photographs. So you can never quite imagine what it all looked like in person.

With the advent of colorizing, that's all changed. Do these colorized versions of old photos make them more real for you? Or do you prefer the originals?

1. Postal workers with their autoped scooters, Washington, D.C., 1917

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Reddit

2. The Summer Olympics, Helsinki , 1952

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imgur

3. An English boy in 1945 after a bombing raid in London. The headless stuffed toy was the only thing he could save.

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Imgur/CravenMobile

4. The so-called “Baker Bomb.” Chemist Glenn T. Seabord called it “the first nuclear disaster in the world.”

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5. Dorothy Counts, one of the first black students to attend a white school on her first day in 1957. In the background, the boys are teasing her. Her parents pulled her out of the school after four days of relentless bullying.

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6. Che Guevara

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Google+/Ismuta Ismael

7. Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880

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imgur

8. Alfred Hitchcock

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Twitter/Guillermo Parra

9. Anne Frank, 1942

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Imgur/Brinkman87

10. Charles Darwin, 1874

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Imgur/Brinkman87

11. Abraham Lincoln, 1865

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Imgur/Brinkman87

12. Albert Einstein with Cord Meyer, Jr., president of the United World Federalists

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Twitter/عبدالمحسن حداد

13. V-J Day, Times Square, August 14, 1945 

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Imgur/Brinkman87

14. Winston Churchill

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Imgur/Brinkman87

15. A migrant worker fleeing drought awaits work as an orange picker in California, 1936

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Imgur/CravenMobile

16. American soldiers during World War II

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Imgur/CravenMobile

17. Marilyn Monroe

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Twitter/Raz

18. Einstein on vacation in 1939 at Nassau Point, Long Island. The man next to him is David Rothman, who first befriended the famous scientist when he sold him the pair of (women's) sandals he wore for the rest of his holiday.

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Twitter/The 4-Hour Lifestyle

19. Do you recognize him without the moustache? This is a young Charlie Chaplin.

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Google+/Ismuta Ismael

20. SS Titanic docked in Southampton, England

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Imgur/CravenMobile

21. Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, scientist, and Nobel Prize winner

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Google+/Ismuta Ismael

22. Theodore Roosevelt with his grandson Kermit

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Imgur/Brinkman87

23. Audrey Hepburn 

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Imgur/CravenMobile

24. Claude Monet, 1923

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Twitter/Impossible Cool

25. The Hindenburg disaster, May 6, 1937

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Twitter/Peregrin Hodgekinson

26. George Burchett, “King of Tattooists,” 1930

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Twitter/Vejota

27. Joseph Goebbels looking sinister after learning that the photographer (LIFE magazine's Alfred Eisenstaedt) was Jewish

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28. An American Civil War veteran in Pennsylvania, 1935

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Facebook/Sanna Dullaway

29. Captain Walter “Waddy” Young and his crew, 1944

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Facebook/JenosColor

30. Children hiding during “Operation Barbarossa” (the codename for the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi forces) in Minsk, 1941

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Reddit

31. Boy at a hot dog stand in Boston, 1937

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Reddit/BenAffleckIsanOKActor

32. A boy watching a television in a shop window, 1948

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Reddit

33. John “Jack” Baker asks a Frenchwoman for directions. Southern France, 1944.

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Reddit/Captain Cliche

34. British troops on the way to the Western Front. England, 1939.

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Reddit

35. Soldiers singing “Go to Town,” France, 1944

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Reddit

36. A heatwave in New York, 1912

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Wordpress/Ephemeraknewyork

There are certainly photo apps today that will give your pics this same "old-timey" feel, but there's something about knowing that these snaps are the real deal that's kind of cool, don't you think? The only thing better would be a time machine!

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