Even though the first colour photo was first taken in the 1800's, it's only been the last 40 years or so that colour photos have been the norm. So what about the thousands of photos that were taken before the point that colour photography was widely available?
It's amazing how much more life there is when there is colour in a photo. Check out r/ColorizedHistory on Reddit for similar photos.
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The Harlem newsboy, originally captured by Gordon Parks.
Louis Armstrong practicing in a dressing room, 1946.
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, 1935.
Women painting World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, July 8, 1942.
Elvis Presley meets secretly with President Nixon, 1970.
Winston Churchill, 1941.
Samurai Training 1860.
Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939.
Clint Eastwood, 1962.
Charlie Chaplin at age of 27 years old in 1916.
Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.
Babe Ruth on the day of his MLB debut in 1920.
Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961.
Two Boxers after a fight.
Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield.
Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.
Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960.
Baltimore Slums, 1938.
Henry Ford, 1919.
An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.
A car crash in Washington D.C. around 1921.
President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862.