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20 Epic Historical Photos In Color

Black and white photos, while incredible in their own genre, tend to remove the viewer from the context. Historical photos in black and white, feel further away from the present day and distance us from the event.

Colorizing black and white historical photos adds a whole new dimension that forces a connection between the observer and the activity. When you look at a photo of Annie Oakley from 1900 in color, she comes across in a whole new light, when you see a picture of London in 1945 the landscape of war appears much more relatable.

Collection compiled by Ranker.

Does coloring these vintage pictures change how you look at them? Let us know in the comments!

1. Bulletproof vest testing

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2. Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech on July 4, 1939

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3. Amelia Earhart in 1930

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4. Muhammed Ali with kid

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5. Grace Kelly in her 20s posing with a kitten

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6. Anne Frank

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7. Abandoned boy in 1945 London

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8. American sharpshooter Annie Oakley circa 1900

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9. Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe

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10. A car crash in 1921 Washington D.C.

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11. Louie Armstrong with his wife in Egypt

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12. Booker T. Washington in 1906

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13. Charlie Chaplin

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14. Atomic bomb testing in 1957

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15. Audrey Hepburn

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16. Butch Cassidy in custody jail photo in 1894

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17. Charlie Chaplin with Helen Keller

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18. Civil War “Powder Monkey” in 1865

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19. Clint Eastwood in 1962

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20. Albert Einstein

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