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These 40 Realistically Colorized Photos From the 1800 and 1900′s Make the Past Seem Incredibly Real

A new artistic trend has broken out around the world which changes our perception of history dramatically. Colorizing historic photographs from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s changes their appearance from something historic and different, into a scene from today.

The colorful image of Albert Einstein sitting beside the water gave me an entire new perspective on the genius. He goes from a brilliant historic relic, into a living brilliance of our era. The colorized photograph of Audrey Hepburn transforms our thoughts of beauty. Her photo goes from an intriguing historic photo to one of a sexy starlet of today.

It’s incredible how historic events move forward decades, or even a full century, by the addition of color.

See for yourself!

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Women boxing, circa 1930′s

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Punishment for collaboration with the nazis, Montelimar 1944. Source

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London, 1945

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Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1915. Source

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Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

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Japanese Archers, circa 1860. Source

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Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born American magician and escape artist, 1912. Source

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View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864 (Photo credit: Sanna Dullaway)

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Albert Einstein in Long Island, 1939 (Photo credit: Paul Edwards)

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Baltimore Slums, 1938

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Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife, circa 1939

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British Troops Board Their Train for the Front, 1939

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Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880

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Old Gold Country store, 1939

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Washington D. C., 1921

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Charles Darwin, 1874

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Abraham Lincoln, 1865

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Theodore Roosevelt

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Louisville, Kentucky, 1937

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Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation, 1963

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Anne Frank, 1942

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Kissing the War Goodbye, 1945

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Nicola Tesla

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Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1956

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Charlie Chaplin, 1916

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Mark Twain, circa 1900

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Walt Whitman, 1887

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Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933

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Audrey Hepburn

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Operation: Crossroads Atomic Detonation

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