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
2. The Summer Olympics, Helsinki , 1952
3. An English boy in 1945 after a bombing raid in London. The headless stuffed toy was the only thing he could save.
4. The so-called “Baker Bomb.” Chemist Glenn T. Seabord called it “the first nuclear disaster in the world.”
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.
6. Che Guevara
7. Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880
8. Alfred Hitchcock
9. Anne Frank, 1942
10. Charles Darwin, 1874
11. Abraham Lincoln, 1865
12. Albert Einstein with Cord Meyer, Jr., president of the United World Federalists
13. V-J Day, Times Square, August 14, 1945
14. Winston Churchill
15. A migrant worker fleeing drought awaits work as an orange picker in California, 1936
16. American soldiers during World War II
17. Marilyn Monroe
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.
19. Do you recognize him without the moustache? This is a young Charlie Chaplin.
20. SS Titanic docked in Southampton, England
21. Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, scientist, and Nobel Prize winner
22. Theodore Roosevelt with his grandson Kermit
23. Audrey Hepburn
24. Claude Monet, 1923
25. The Hindenburg disaster, May 6, 1937
26. George Burchett, “King of Tattooists,” 1930
27. Joseph Goebbels looking sinister after learning that the photographer (LIFE magazine's Alfred Eisenstaedt) was Jewish
28. An American Civil War veteran in Pennsylvania, 1935
29. Captain Walter “Waddy” Young and his crew, 1944
30. Children hiding during “Operation Barbarossa” (the codename for the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi forces) in Minsk, 1941
31. Boy at a hot dog stand in Boston, 1937
32. A boy watching a television in a shop window, 1948
33. John “Jack” Baker asks a Frenchwoman for directions. Southern France, 1944.
34. British troops on the way to the Western Front. England, 1939.
35. Soldiers singing “Go to Town,” France, 1944
36. A heatwave in New York, 1912
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!