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

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.

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Marie Curie, ca. 1905

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

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

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A Tattoo parlor from the 1920s

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Alex, the German police dog, 1923

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

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

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Portrait of H. P. Lovecraft with tentacles

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The famous streamlined Texaco tanker truck in 1935

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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Marilyn Monroe, 1953

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Audrey Hepburn in the early 1950s

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

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

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Portrait of Alfred Hitchcock

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Louis and Lucille Armstrong in Cairo, 1961

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An early shot of The Beatles, 1962

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

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