These 52 Colorized Photos Change History As We Know It…

Up until the 1970s, color photography was rare. Thus, our vision of history is so often in black and white only. Rare colorized historical photos are our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like…and, boy, was it spectacular.

Claude Monet in 1923
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Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart

5ac23329deb87a2b20d5a4405db0c94b_650xStewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Pablo Picasso
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Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939
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Times Square 1947
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Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963
1e8367ecc3876a1263ff2a1bffea109b_650xOswald being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Hellen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918
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Burger Flipper 1938
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Winston Churchill 1941
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Albert Einstein in 1921
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Madison Square Park New York City around 1900
9997ca1d4d70b2005feefa1269615db1_650xMarilyn Monroe
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Samurai Training 1860
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American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868
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Hindenburg Blimp crash
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British Soldiers Returning from the front in 1939
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Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932
416af4f3eca29cbd0c35158e237d2e9b_650xCountry store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina
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Mark Twain in 1900
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Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939
1368ab29f11fbda5e138d92b073bc41d_650xAudrey Hepburn
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Union Soldiers taking a break 1863
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Charles Darwin
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World War 2 soldiers on Easter
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Clint Eastwood, 1962
5141b1bc1b7c24762a38831d727c9e54_650xW.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923
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Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916
f2a5aac03cbe61e321162e689e0fa358_650xElizabeth Taylor in 1956
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Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953
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Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946
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Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905
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Babe Ruths 1920 MLB debut
43a81f19e0a456e57554c2c4552ab519_650xA Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924
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Boys buying flowers in 1908
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An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 1939
deb56adca0c63451ab35f6f7c3a668f0_650xLouis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961
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Brooklyn Bridge in 1904
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Two Boxers after a fight
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1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept
84b2bd601cd72db539f8b61cb43f1eb5_650xSophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield
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Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.
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Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960
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Cornell Rowing Team 1907
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View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864
214857f3b547618db59d3402ebd4e771_650xBaltimore Slums, 1938
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Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933
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Henry Ford, 1919
a8a8f02181de463c3fb0c9f6624a27ec_650xAn RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.
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Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 1939
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Alfred Hitchcock
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President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862
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