These Fascinating Colorized Photos Put History In A New Light

Time travel made easy.

Imagine if you could take black and white photos and restore them to their colorful states in which they were taken. That's what two artists did.

These amazing photos were posted on the incredible ColorizedHistory subreddit. They're are all black & white photos that have been painstakingly colorized by two artists whose work we found impeccable: Dana Keller, who moderates the subreddit, and Sanna Dullaway of Sweden, who founded and also moderates the subreddit. 

We're pleased to offer you a sampling of their work here. 


Abraham Lincoln, 1865.

Cab stand, Madison Square Garden, New York City. Ca. 1900.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, 1904.

Pedestrians on Brooklyn Bridge, 1905.

Coney Island, New York, ca. 1905.

New York City, 1905.

Mark Twain, 1907.

Newsboy sells papers carrying news of the sinking of RMS Titanic: London, England. 1912.

Girls delivering ice, 1918.

Full description: "Girls deliver ice. Heavy work that formerly belonged to men only is being done by girls. The ice girls are delivering ice on a route and their work requires brawn as well as the patriotic ambition to help."

Tattoo parlor, 1920s.

Albert Einstein, 1921.

Memorial Day: Arlington Cemetery, Virginia, 1922.

Claude Monet, 1923.

Couple on a motorcycle, 1929.

Amelia Earhardt, 1930.

Unemployed men line up outside of soup kitchen founded by Al Capone: Chicago, 1931.

Golden Gate Bridge under construction: San Francisco, CA. Ca. 1935.

Hindenburg exploding: 1937

Newspapers announce the bombing of Pearl Harbor: San Francisco, CA , 1941.

Women and children arrive at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, 1944.

Dick Winters and Easy Company, relaxing at Eagle's Nest: Hitler's former home

HBO's Band of Brothers is based on these real-life paratroopers.

Louis Armstrong practicing in a dressing room, 1946.

Winston Churchill, 1947.

Marilyn Monroe performs for troops in 1954.

Audrey Hepburn, probably mid 1950s.

For more incredible colorized pictures, please check out Dana Keller's website and Facebook page, and please take a look at Sanna Dullaway on Facebook and Redbubble. These artists both offer prints and services, so please think of them when the holiday season comes around. There are also scores of incredibly talented colorizers on Reddit.

*Editor's note: an earlier version of this article neglected to name Sanna Dullaway as one of the moderators and founder of /r/colorizedhistory. We apologize for this oversight and have amended it accordingly. 

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