Amazing Colorized Vintage Photos That Bring the Past To Life

In The Wizard of Oz, one of the pivotal moments is when Dorothy suddenly steps out of the shadows of black and white into a colorful land. It was literally a whole new world for her, and for all the viewers.

The same can be said for old photos. We see them in black and white, and its easy to forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today.

But thanks to the people of Reddit, specifically the r/Colorization subreddit, we no longer have to wonder what it might look like. The principal contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers and restorers that bring historic photos to life through color, and while we can’t be sure that those hues are exactly as they were at that time, its close enough to give us a solid idea.


Abraham Lincoln

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A boxing match aboard the U.S.S. New York in 1899

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A young John F. Kennedy after his graduation from Harvard in 1940.

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Hindenburg Disaster May 6, 1937


British tattoo artist George Burchett in 1930.

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The “Old Gold” Country Store in 1939.


Performer Sarah Vaughan in 1946.

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Women painting WWII propaganda posters in 1942.


Louis and Lucille Armstrong at the Sphinx in 1961.

That’s truly life in living color.

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