Since color photography was rare until the 1970s, most of our history up until then is recorded in black and white. Members of Reddit’s Colorized History board offer a unique perspective by presenting history in its full-color spectrum.


1923: Claude Monet.

Actor and Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart. Did you know Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe in World War II?

Pablo Picasso.

July 4th, 1939: Lou Gehrig. This photo was taken right after his famous retirement speech and two years before he passed away from ALS.

1963: Lee Harvey Oswald. In this photo, Oswald is being transported to questioning prior to his murder trial for the JFK assassination.

1918: Hellen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin.

1918: Girls delivering ice.

1941: Winston Churchill.

1921: Albert Einstein.

Circa 1900: Madison Square Park in NYC.

Marilyn Monroe.

1868: Walt Whitman.

1932: Joan Crawford on the set of “Letty Lynton.”

1900: Mark Twain.

1939: Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach.

Audrey Hepburn.

Charles Darwin.

1916: Charlie Chaplin at 27.

1953: Big Jay McNeely at the Olympic Auditorium.

1946: Louis Armstrong practicing backstage.

1920: Babe Ruth’s MLB debut.

1924: A Washington, D.C. filling station.

1908: Boys buying flowers.

1939: An Oklahoma farmer during the dust bowl.

1961: Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo.

1904: Brooklyn Bridge.

1920s: Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Department.

Robert, Edward “Ted” and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

1958: Clint Eastwood working on his Jag XK 120.

1864: View from the Capitol in Nashville.

1933: Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, scowling at a Jewish photographer.

1919: Henry Ford.

Alfred Hitchcock.

1939: People standing in line in Louisville, Kentucky.

1862: President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam.

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