Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

There is something incredible that happens when we see a classic black-and-white photograph transformed into color. It makes the past seem more vivid, but also more surreal at the same time. Here are some of our favorite colorized iconic photographs.

And of course if you love these, there are more here.

Above: A lesser known photo of the Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937, via klassixx/Reddit.

A daguerrotype of Edgar Allen Poe, by W.S. Hartshorn, 1848

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

But why is there a text that says "Copyright 1904. C. T. Talman"? Poe was died on 7 October 1849, and the photo was first published in 1880. Here's the explanation.

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Deck and turret of U.S.S. Monitor on the James River, Virginia, July 9, 1862. Photographed by James F. Gibson.

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Marie Curie, ca. 1905

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

The background is not colored because most if not all studio backdrops in those days were painted with black and white.

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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in 1906, photo by Alvin Langdon Coburn

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Powerhouse Mechanic and Steam Pump, 1920, photographed by Lewis Wickes Hine

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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A Tattoo parlor from the 1920s

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Alex, the German police dog, 1923

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Farmer reading Progressive Farmer magazine on his farm, Coryell County, Texas, September 1931, photo by George W. Ackerman

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932, photo by George Hurrell

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Portrait of H. P. Lovecraft with tentacles

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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The famous streamlined Texaco tanker truck in 1935

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Young boy and dog at the Hämeenlinna war dog school in Finland during WWII

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Flamethrower in action in a forest near the village of Niinisalo, Finland, July 1, 1942

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Training in marksmanship helps girls at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, Calif., develop into responsible women. Part of Victory Corps activities there, rifle practice encourages girls to be accurate in handling firearms, August 1942

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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A Soviet soldier with a PPSh-41 submachine gun protects a frostbite and wounded German prisoner of war during the Battle of Stalingrad, Russia, January 1943

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Crash landing of a F6F-3 (Hellcat) onto USS Enterprise (CV-6), Pacific Ocean, 1943

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Two American soldiers proudly show off their personalized "Easter Eggs" (155 mm artillery shells) before firing them, northeast France, during Easter of 1945

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Marilyn Monroe, 1953

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Audrey Hepburn in the early 1950s

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Pablo Picasso dressed as Popeye, 1957, photo by André Villers

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara in January 1959, photo by Joseph Scherschel

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Portrait of Alfred Hitchcock

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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Louis and Lucille Armstrong in Cairo, 1961

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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An early shot of The Beatles, 1962

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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The crew of Apollo 11 (left to right: Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong), photo by Yousuf Karsh, 1969

Famous Historic Photographs, Transformed by Color

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