Up until the 1970s, color photography was extremely rare, and so when we think about history prior to that time, we often envision it in black and white. Today’s technology now enables us to “colorize” historical photos, giving us our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like back then. And it was truly spectacular. Take a trip back in time through these photos below. It’s quite incredible to see Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein in living color.
Homecoming prisoner - Vienna, Austria 1946.
27Isambard Kingdom Brunel
This photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, considered "one of the most prolific figures in engineering history" was taken 160 years ago.
28Chaplin and Einstein
Charlie Chaplin attends the premiere of his newest film City Lights in Los Angeles, accompanied by Albert Einstein. February 2, 1931.
Pablo Picasso wearing a hat and holding a revolver & holster given to him by Gary Cooper - Cannes, 1958.
On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. Photo: The liberation of Bergen-Belsen, April 1945.
31Band of Brothers
Paratroopers of Easy Company (Band of Brothers), at Berghof (Adolf Hitler's home in the Bavarian Alps), 1945.
Winston Churchill & Charlie Chaplin, on the set of “City Lights” - 24 Sep. 1929.
A staged photograph of George VI, addressing the nation after Britain's Declaration of War against Germany on September 1939.
An unidentified American soldier, shot dead by a German sniper, clutches his rifle and hand grenade, March 1945, Coblenz, Germany.
Dick Winters and his Easy Company (HBO's Band of Brothers) lounging at Eagle's Nest, Hitler's former residence in the Bavarian Alps, 1945.
A soldier of the 1st US Army, among debris inside the Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig, Germany in April 1945.
A US soldier stands amid crates and stacks of loot stored by Nazi Germany in Schlosskirche (Castle Church), Bavaria, 1945.
Nikola Tesla in his office at 8 West 40th Street, New York City in 1916.
Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat, and eleven-month-old son Kent, 1947.
Claude Monet, French artist and a leading member of the Impressionist group of painters was born in Paris in 1840.
Queen Victoria and her family, including King Edward VII, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Empress Frederick at a wedding in Coburg, Germany, 1894.
Laura Bridgman, the first deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education in the English language, fifty years before the more famous Helen Keller. Boston, Massachusetts, c.1845.
Winston Churchill handling a 'tommy gun' during an inspection of invasion coastal defences near Hartlepool, County Durham, England. 31 July 1940.
Giraffe women looking at a guard, posted at St. James' Palace 16th century main gate, during their visit in London, 1935
Scalping survivor Robert McGee - circa 1890 --- Scarred after being scalped (at the age of 13) by Sioux Chief Little Turtle in 1864.
US Marine running through Japanese fire on Okinawa, Japan, 7 Jun 1945.
Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated combat soldiers of the second world war - he received every military combat award for valor available from the Army, as well as Belgian and French awards for heroism.
New York City views - Plaza buildings from Central Park - February 12, 1933.
49Florence Owens Thompson
A 32-year-old mother of 7 children called Florence Owens Thompson, Nipomo, California. February 1936. (Migrant Mother, by Dorothea Lange).
Four female pilots leaving their ship, Pistol Packin' Mama, at the four engine school at Lockbourne AAF. They are members of a group of Women Airforce Service Pilots who have been trained to ferry the B-17 Flying Fortresses. World War II, 1944.