In a world of continual status updates, countless photos, millions of videos and internet speeds that continue to bring us information faster than ever before – there’s little time to catch your breath. Forget having a quiet moment for reflection or contemplation, even that’s now been consigned browsing a Wikipedia page on your smartphone.
Yet pausing occasionally to sit back and soak in our history can prove invaluable A glimpse into our past, provides powerful reminder of just how far we’ve come as a society and also, how some things never truly change. Recently we’ve taken you back down memory lane into Life In 19th Century New York, shown you the Childhood Photos Of The World’s Most Brutal Dictators and even put together this unique list of 30 Must-See Photographs From Our Past - but today we’re doing something different.
We wanted to add a new twist by highlighting a series of historical photographs that have been brilliantly brought back to life in colour by Tumblr user Zuzahin. Their colorised photoshopped images are interpretations based solely on the drawings, fashion and art at the time. But they give us a closer connection to our past and serve as proof that not everything about our history is always black and white.
Rear Admiral of the Union Navy, John Lorimer Worden – 1863
Lewis Powell, part of the Abraham Lincoln assassination conspiracy, 1863
General of the Army, Ulysses S. Grant, 1868
Mark Twain, ca. 1909
Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Henry Ford, Ft. Myers, Florida. March 1914
Old Gold Country store, 1939
Rescued inmates at nazi concentration camp Wobbelin, 1945
London during WWII, 1945
40mm guns firing aboard USS Hornet, February 1945
Actress, Misty Ayers, 1955
Clint Eastwood checks his gun at home on June 1, 1956 in Los Angeles, California
Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar XK-SS
Malcom X, African-American Muslim Minister, 1960′s
Louis & Lucille Armstrong, Cairo, 1961
The Beatles, 1962
Young Elizabeth Taylor
Pablo Picasso sits in front of his painting The Kitchen
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