*MUST SEE* Historical Photos in Color

Feb 16, 2018 por Lisa Scarpa

First Camera & Photograph

The first partially successful ‘fixed image’ camera was invented in 1816 by Nicephore Niepce. After his passing, his partner Louis Daguerre continued to experiment. In 1837, he created the first practical photographic process. Louis Daguerre is also known to have taken the first photo of Paris and of humans.

In 1902, french inventors Louis and Auguste Lumiere debuted the color photographic process. It was still a very complicated process, therefore leaving little to no one having access to use the process.

It wasn’t until the 1930’s that it became popular, although still extremely expensive, it took until the 1950s to normalize among the people. And yes, color photography came to life. But until then all previous archived photographs were left lifeless black and white and fading away in boxes.


The first photograph of Paris as well as a human:

first photograph ever taken

(Boulevard du Temple, Paris in 1838 by Louis Daguerre)

Today, in 2018, people find great fascination in these historical black and white images that have been archived over the decades. They have even been so intrigued as to colorize the images in order to get a feel of the life that may have been happening behind the scenes.

A colorized version of Louis Daguerre’s famous photograph:

Louis Daguerre’s Colorized photograph


How are artists able to create this magic? 

Here is a video by Vox explaining just how it happens: 

Credit: Youtube Channel Vox


This colorization has become quite the fad and now some of the most influential photos of all time are available to witness in color:

Abraham Lincoln by Mathew Brady, 1860.

Mathew Brady Abraham Lincoln

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway

Portrait Used to Design the Penny. President Lincoln Meets General McClellan – Antietam, Maryland, September 1862

Lincoln Meets General McClellan

Photo colorization by Zuzzah

Bandit's Roost, 59½ Mulberry Street by Jacob Riis, 1888

Jacob Riis Bandit's Roost

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway

Nikola Tesla, 1893

Nikola Tesla pics

Photo colorization by Dana Keller

Mark Twain in the Garden, 1900

Mark Twain garden pic

Photo colorization by zuzahin

Girl Worker in Carolina Cotton Mill by Lewis Hine, 1908

Girl worker Lewis Hine

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway

Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper with news of Titanic’s sinking the night before. (April 16, 1912)

Ned Parfett Titanic

Photo colorization by Dana Keller

Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919

charlie chaplin pic

Photo colorization by Zuzahin

Hitler at a Nazi Party Rally by Heinrich Hoffmann, 1934.

Hitler Heinrich Hoffmann

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1935

Golden Gate Bridge 1935

Photo colorization by Dana Keller

Albert Einstein, Summer, Nassau Point, Long Island, NY 1939

Albert Einstein, Summer, Nassau Point

Photo colorization by Edvos

Jewish Boy Surrenders in Warsaw by Unknown Photographer, 1943.

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal, 1945.

Flag Raising Iwo Jima Joe Rosenthal,

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway

V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945.

Alfred Eisenstaedt V-J Day Times Square

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway

Big Jay McNeely Driving the Crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a Frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953

Big Jay McNeely  Olympic Auditorium LA 1953

Photo colorization by traquea

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