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Too Cool! 54 “Colorized” Photos From Last Century…The One Of Albert Einstein Will Blow You Away

Prior to the 1970s, color photography was hard to come by. These photos below have been “colorized” to help us visualize what the world that we only know as black and white looked like. It’s quite jaw-dropping to see the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein  in living color. The world has always been a marvelous place, but these photos make it all the more incredible.

Claude Monet in 1923

1Source: Dana Keller

Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart2Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Pablo Picasso3

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 19394Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Times Square 1947

5Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963, being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.6

Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 19187

Girls delivering ice, 1918

8Source: Dana Keller

Burger Flipper 1938

9Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Winston Churchill, 194110

Albert Einstein, 1921

11Source: Dana Keller

Madison Square Park New York City around 190012

Marilyn Monroe13

Samurai Training, 1860

14Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

American Poet Walt Whitman, 186815

Hindenburg Blimp crash

16Source: Dana Keller

British Soldiers Returning from the front in 193917

Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 193218

Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina19

Mark Twain in 190020

Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939

21Source: Paul Edwards

Audrey Hepburn

22Source: Dana Keller

 Union Soldiers taking a break 186324

Charles Darwin25

WWII soldiers on Easter26

Clint Eastwood, 1962

27Source: Paul Edwards

W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 192328

Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 191629

Elizabeth Taylor in 195630

Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 195331

Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946

32Source: Dana Keller

Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905

33Source: Dana Keller

Babe Ruth’s 1920 MLB debut

34Source: Dana Keller

A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924

35Source: Patty Allison

Boys buying flowers in 1908

36Source: Dana Keller

An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 193937

Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt, 1961

38Source: Jordan J. Lloyd


Brooklyn Bridge in 1904

39Source: Dana Keller

Two Boxers after a fight40

1920s Australian mugshot from the New South Wales Police Dept

41Source: Dana Keller

Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield42

Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.43

Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 196044

Cornell Rowing Team 190745

View from the Capitol in Nashville, 186446

Baltimore Slums, 1938

47Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 193348

Henry Ford, 1919

49Source: Dana Keller

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.

50edit: This image was not colorized, but it’s still unreal.


Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 193951

Alfred Hitchcock52

A car crash in Washington D.C. around 192153

President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 186254

Discover more colorized images by Dana Keller on his website and Facebook, Jordan J. Lloyd on his website and Facebook, and Paul Edwards’ Facebook page, and Patty Allison’s Facebook.