34 Black And White Photos Restored With Brilliant Color

From an intimate portrait of Mark Twain to an incredible overhead photograph of the D-Day invasion, we take a look history’s most important people and events transformed from black and white photos into beautiful color images:

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Testing A Bulletproof Vest In 1923

The inventor of the bulletproof vest tests one of the first prototypes in Washington DC in 1923.

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig after finishing his "The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939.

Race Mixing Color Black And White Photos

Protestors in Little Rock, Arkansas demonstrate against school integration in 1959.

Walt Whitman In 1868

Walt Whitman in 1868.

Girls Deliver Ice In 1918

A pair of girls unload ice in 1918.

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before he would be assassinated by Jack Ruby.

Black and White Photos Turned Into Color

A Royal Air Force pilot receives a haircut in between missions during World War 2.

Nihang Bodyguard

A Nihang bodyguard serving in the Nizam of Hyderabad's irregular Sikh army. In his right hand he holds a khanda sword, and in his left a ball and chain flail. The all-steel chillanum dagger in his cummerbund is traditionally associated with southern India. He also wears a shield, a second sword and a pistol, the butt of which is visible under his left arm. His battle-turban is fortified with razor-sharp steel quoits, miniature sword blades and steel chains.

Golden Gate Bridge In 1905

The Golden Gate Bridge in mid-construction in the 1930s.

Claude Monet In 1923

Claude Monet poses with various paintings in 1923.

Propaganda Posters 1942

In 1942, a room full of artists produce propaganda posters that will be used in the United States during World War 2.

Gettysburg Veterans 1913

A pair of Civil War veterans exchange stories during the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Flipping Burgers In 1938

A cook flips burgers at a state fair in 1938.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Clam Seller In Little Italy

A clam seller does some business in Little Italy, New York City in 1900.

Mark Twain In Color

Mark Twain

Helen Keller Meets Charlie Chaplin

Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in 1919.

Elizabeth Taylor In 1956

Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Albert Hitchcock On The Set Of Birds

Alfred Hitchcock seen in mid-direction on the set of Birds in 1963.

Titanic Disaster

A young newsboy sells newspapers in London in 1912 following the sinking of the Titanic.

Sharon Tate Black And White Photos

Sharon Tate poses for a photograph in the early 1960s.

Colorized History

A pair of African-American troops pose by artillery on Easter 1944.

Robert E. Lee In Color

Robert E. Lee shortly after surrendering at Appomattox in 1865.

Curb Market In New York City 1900

Curb Market in New York City circa 1900.

Color Black And White Photos

Aubrey Hepburn in the early 1950s.

Clint Eastwood In 1962

Clint Eastwood in 1962.

D-Day 1944

An overhead photograph of the D-Day landing on Normandy Beach in 1944.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Booker T. Washington in 1905

Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University in 1905.

Black and White Photos Lauterbrunnen Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland in 1951.

Aubrey Hepburn In 1953

Aubrey Hepburn In 1953

Albert Einstein In 1921 Photo

Albert Einstein in 1921.

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The World According To Japan

Japanese World Map 1853

Finding itself smack-dab in the middle of the known world, this 1853 map proves that ethnocentrism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. At this point in time, Japan was run by the Tokuguwa shogunate, the last feudal military government of its kind. It was during this period that the shogunate ended its isolationist trade policies and, as the map suggest, really opened itself up to the rest of the world.

A History Of Censorship In Film

Learning to expose an image inevitably entails exposing yourself. The birth of cinema has brought that kind of exposure–in all of its forms–to the masses. It has also inspired entire movements from all societal swaths to censor such carnal honesty. CineFix explores the history of censorship in the American film industry and we highly recommend you check it out.

1950s and 1960s Egypt: When Arab Modernity Allowed Bikinis

If you even so much as glance at a newspaper these days, you’ll see that Egypt is very much in the throes of an identity crisis. This is nothing new, and as these images suggest, much of these differing viewpoints on what a modern Egypt “should” look like stems from social and political thought in the mid 20th century.

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1960s Egypt Color

Women and men embrace the summer heat at a beach in 1964. Source: Egyptian Streets

Egypt Boat

Sunbathers near the Port of Alexandria, 1955. Source: Foreign Policy

Women Students

Skirts and schooling for women in 1966 Aswan. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Nasser

Gamal Abdel Nasser shaped the face of Egypt from 1956 to 1970. A critical time on national and international fronts, his social justice-oriented ambitions did not come entirely democratically. He won his second term by legally forbidding others to run against him. Source: Shmoop

1960s Egypt Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square in the 1960s Source: Egyptian Streets

Egypt Magazine 1960s

A woman reading an Egyptian magazine in the 1950s. Source: Egyptian Streets

Egypt Vespa

Vespa uses Cairo--not Rome-- as the scenic backdrop for a 1950 advertisement. Source: Egyptian Streets

Jewish Dept. Store

An advertisement for a Jewish department store, Benzion, in Egyptian publications. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Bikinis

Young women hanging out at Sidi Bishr beach in 1959. Source: Foreign Policy

Swim Suits Egypt

Agami Beach, the Egyptian Saint-Tropez, in 1956. Source: Foreign Policy

1960s Egypt Beach

Friends gather at Alexandria's Sidi Bishr beach in 1959. Source: Foreign Policy


Students in the quad at Cairo University, 1960. At this point in time Egyptian education was considered by many to be one of the best in the world. Source: Egyptian Streets

Bra Ads

A 1960 ad for soap features a woman in her underwear. Source: Egyptian Streets

Bishr Beach

A couple in front of the Sidi Bishr beach cabanas in 1959. Source: Foreign Policy

1960s Egypt Beauty Pageant

A 1956 beauty competition. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Marlboro

Marlboro makes its way to Egypt in the 1960s; smoking is still a huge. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Police Woman

A woman directs traffic in the 1960s. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Female Soldier

A woman arming herself in 1956. During the 1950s when Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal and joined together in resistance against the Israeli-French-British attack, it wasn't uncommon for women to volunteer to fight. Unless filling administrative spots, women today cannot assume such roles. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Women

Women engage in political rallies in Assiut: not a single one is wearing a veil or conservative dress. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Coca Cola

Egyptian star Magda appears in a 1952 Coca-Cola ad. Source: Egyptian Streets

1960s Egypt Family

The Alexandria waterfront at Montaza Palace, 1956. Source: Foreign Policy

1960s Egypt Bathing Suits

Taken in 1959, this photo captures Alexandria at its cosmopolitan height. Six languages were regularly spoken in Egypt's second largest city, and Arabs, Sephardic Jews and Europeans would intermingle peacefully, sporting whatever clothing they pleased. Much of this influence changed upon the arrival of Gamal Abdel Nasser, who made it his presidential ambition to shirk Egypt of its colonial past and cultivate an "authentic" Arab identity--even if it meant repressing those whose understanding of "Arabness" included a very public display of one's religion. Today, Alexandria is one of the most conservative cities in Egypt. Source: Foreign Policy

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