21 Colorized Photos Show A Different Side To History

Photographs are the best tool for recording history. Old black-and-white photos give people a different aesthetic, while color photos that have been restored by technology give people a sense of immersion. Let's take a look at these 20 colorized photos!

1. Brigitte Bardot Under The Summer Sun, 1965

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Brigitte Bardot was definitely a beauty throughout the 50s and 60s. Here she was having a perfect summer lunch in a red top complete with bunches.

2. Unpacking Mona Lisa After WWII, 1945

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The Mona Lisa must be kept safe at all times, especially during wartime. The painting was put in a wooden crate marked with red dots and moved away from bombing targets. After the war, when museum staff welcomed her home, they saw her never-changed smile.

3. Vivien Leigh As Scarlett O'Hara, 1939

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The 1939 movie Gone with the Wind made Vivian Leigh a legend. Scarlett O'Hara in that red dress was impressively gorgeous. The picture showed what Vivian Leigh was like in costume behind the camera.

4. Elizabeth Taylor On The Set Of Giant, 1956

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Elizabeth Taylor was one of the original icons of beauty. With only a white top and brown trousers on the set of Giant, she still looked nifty and charming. It's a pity that she didn't watch her own movies, for she missed her own irresistible charm.

5. The Grand Duchesses Of Russia

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Posing gracefully with their marble greekgod-like dresses in the photo are the grand duchesses of Russia. Although only men could receive education, the four sisters were taught to speak both French and English.

6. Charlie Chaplin Attends The Premiere Of City Lights With Albert Einstein, 1931

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Can you relate Albert Einstein to Charlie Chaplin? They were actually friends and appreciated each other's company. The two even went to the premiere of City Lights. According to Einstein, he envied Chaplin's fame. However, to Chaplin, Einstein's fame is even greater.

7. Henry Behrens Dances With His Pet Cat, 1956

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Henry Behrens, the smallest man in the world, was not bothered by his height or people's gaze. Instead, he loved the spotlight. Here he was seen dancing with his cat at his own front door.

8. Sophia Loren In Summerday

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Sophia Loren is truly someone with a strong character. Here she posed on a summer's day with a blue top and orange shorts. The Hollywood actress was just like a summer breeze herself.

9. Bootblacks Gathers Around A Civil War Veteran, 1935

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In this photo bootblacks are seen listening to a civil war veteran. What the veteran told may be just a story to them, for such horrors seemed so far away from their lives. Let's hope they never got the chance to experience it first hand.

10. Salvador Dali In NYC, 1936

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This photo was taken in New York City, 1936. Salvador Dali was standing on the deck and was about to explore his new adventure. At that time, he had not yet grown his classic mustache.

11. Eunice Hancock Operates A Compressed-air Grinder, 1942

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WWII was a disaster for all mankind but was also the turn of the tide for women. During wartime, women had the opportunity to work in manufacturing, utilities, and transportation. Eunice Hancock, in the picture, was operating a compressed-air grinder.

12. West Meets East, 1963

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The construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 meant the separation of families. 25 years later, when the Berlin Wall fell, loved ones ran toward each other with open arms. Time has altered their bodies, but the youthful earnestness and joy in their eyes endured.

13. Oscar Wilde In America, 1882

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The most famous Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, once went to the United States to give lectures. He once spent a night in a silver mine in Colorado, experiencing a new life he had never had before.

14. Princess Elizabeth Driver During WWII, 1945

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Everyone wanted to do something for their country during WWII, and the then Princess Elizabeth was no exception. When she turned 18, Princess Elizabeth joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service and served as a mechanic and a truck driver.

15. Titanic Orphans, 1912

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The tragedy of the Titanic claimed the lives of many people, including these French brothers' father. They were cared for by another French-speaking Titanic survivor. Fortunately, their mother was found in Nice, and they were later returned to her.

16. Rita Hayworth At The Beverly Hills Hotel, 1940

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Rita Hayworth, the glamorous screen icon of the 1940s, rode her bike at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She looked gorgeous in her red dress and headband.

17. Grace Kelly's Earliest Gigs, 1954

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Grace Kelly, daughter of Olympic gold medallist John B. Kelly Sr., definitely has the charm as an actress and a princess. People are enchanted by her sapphire blue eyes and fair smile.

18. A Photographer Shooting A Portrait In Warsaw, 1946

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War leaves cities in broken ruin. Don't reprimand the photographer and subject for their seemingly joyful smile in front of the ruins. They had to believe that pastel dawn with soft morning breeze would eventually come, even if they could only see it in the photographer's backdrop.

19. Mata Hari The Spy, 1910

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Mata Hari, a former exotic dancer and later accused spy, is such a legend. Was she indeed a spy working for Germans or just a scapegoat manipulated by the French? No one can tell.

20. Sally Field On The Set Of Gidget, 1965

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Gidget was the start of Sally Field's career. She was not expected to be cast since countless girls in the audition room looked more like movie stars.

21. Russian Author Tolstoy, 1908

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This picture was taken two years before Leo Tolstoy's death. Without him, the literary world would have been much different.

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