August 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

by twistedsifter


One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory. The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color. All of them are highly skilled digital artists that use a combination of historical reference material and a natural eye for colour.

When we see old photos in black and white, we sometimes forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today. This gallery of talented artists helps us remember that 🙂

Below you will find a collection of some of the highest rated colorized images to date on r/ColorizedHistory.

I’ve also provide a list of some of the top contributors (in no particular order):

zuzahin aka Mads Madsen [website, facebook]
mygrapefruit aka Sanna Dullaway [website, facebook]
klassixx aka Dana Keller [facebook page]
photojacker aka Jordan J. Lloyd [facebook page]
HansLucifer [website]
Edvos aka Paul Edwards




1. Abandoned boy holding
a stuffed toy animal. London 1945


Original Photograph by Toni Frissell
Colorized by HansLucifer |



Original Photograph by Toni Frissell
Colorized by HansLucifer |


“I was told he had come back from playing and found his house a shambles—his mother, father and brother dead under the rubble…he was looking up at the sky, his face an expression of both confusion and defiance. The defiance made him look like a young Winston Churchill. This photograph was used by IBM to publicize a show in London. The boy grew up to become a truck driver after the war, and walking past the IBM offices, he recognized his picture.” – Toni Frissell



2. Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937






3. Japanese Archers circa 1860






4. View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee
During the Civil War, 1864






5. Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939






6. Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921




7. Big Jay McNeely driving the crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953

trumpet traquea 20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

Original Photograph by Bob Willoughby | Prints available
Colorized by traquea on Reddit


big jay mcneely on sax olympic auditorium la 1953 bob willoughby 20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized



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






9. Audrey Hepburn

audrey hepburn dana keller 20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized



10. ‘Old Gold’, Country store, 1939






11. Joseph Goebbels scowling at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933




Photograph by Time & Life Pictures



12. Nikola Tesla, 1893


Original Photograph by Napoleon Sarony
Colorized by Dana Keller | History in Color on Facebook



13. W.H. Murphy and his associate demonstrating their bulletproof vest on October 13, 1923






14. Young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938






15. British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the western front – England, September 20, 1939




16. Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880




17. Walt Whitman, 1887






18. Mark Twain in the garden, circa 1900




19. Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916




20. Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)


Original Photograph by Frank Worth Photo | Prints available
Colorized by malakon on Reddit









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