Coloring History


Teenagers at a party, 1947

Old photographs lend to nostalgia and a sense of being somewhere else. Whether it happened 20 years ago or two hundred years ago, in your country or the other side of the world—seeing something foreign and different, really looking at it, takes you to another place. I like to imagine the lives led by the people in the photographs. What were those teens above talking about, where was Steve McQueen off to in the preceding photos?

Then paint them — but don't overdo it. These seem real, like they are supposed to be this way. Like they were never black and white to begin with. Colorized History's twitter account is where I first came upon them. But it seems there are plenty of sources: Reddit and Facebook, with tutorials on Youtube. Enjoy.


1927 - A sailor reads with his child as he waits for a holiday train at Waterloo station in London


Malcolm X chats with Muhammad Ali, New York, 1963

japanesearchersJapanese Archers, circa 1860


Steve McQueen's 1957 Jaguar XK-SS


Charlie Chaplin looks though a movie camera on April 22, 1935


Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939

Edward White with the first spacewalk for the United States, June 1965