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24 stunning black and white pictures from history that got a renewed boost of life when colorized

From the Eiffel Tower in the middle of construction to Elvis Presley's picture, the Colorized Twitter page shows history through a vibrant lens.

24 stunning black and white pictures from history that got a renewed boost of life when colorized
Cover Image Source: (L) Actress Dona Drake in a promotional photo for the 1943 | (R) Eiffel Tower in the middle of construction | Twitter - Colorized

Editor's note: This article was originally published on January 7, 2023. It has since been updated.

The process of colorization often breathes new life into old photographs. Many people get their old family pictures colorized just to keep those precious moments alive and to get a better sense of what life was like at that particular moment in time. A Twitter page called Colorized is doing just that but with historical photographs. The page shoots a burst of life into historic pictures featuring the likes of the band Black Sabbath from the 1970s, Vincent Van Gogh's sister-in-law from 1874 and more.

The popular social media page that was started in December 2020 has over 8375 followers. Their website, Colorized, allows anyone to upload black and white photographs and instantly convert them into colored pictures.  According to the site, "Colorized is a brand that represents a community passionate about bringing colorful optimism to the darkest parts of humanity through unique and high-quality storytelling." It was created by childhood best friends Justin Levine and Will Gwyn, who previously founded HistoryDaily and GroovyHistory.

"We owe the inspiration of Colorized to our loyal following who engage with our history content every day," the founders explained on their website. "The positive feedback on colorized history photos on GroovyHistory and HistoryDaily has been unprecedented. And to meet the excitement of our readers for the colorized history content, we have created"

They added: "The more readers we reach, the stronger our community becomes and the more real and measurable difference we’re able to make. Through increased contributions to meaningful charities, we are working to solve some of the world's biggest challenges." They also stated that they support life-saving clean water projects, hunger initiatives, mental health research, poverty abatement projects, animal rescue, Cancer and Alzheimer’s research, etc.

Let's check out some of the amazing historical pictures that have been colorized: 

1. Vincent Van Gogh's relative


2. Winston Churchill, one week after D-day


3. A sod house from 1936


4. German soldiers from 1942


5. Black Sabbath


6. Wall Street in the 1900s


7. A wedding picture


8. Bonnie and Clyde


9. Actress Audrey Hepburn


10. Eiffel Tower


11. Funeral of Dutch resistance members


12. Children at China Town


13. Lunchtime


14. Elvis Presley


15. Kids for sale


16. John Lennon


17. Dona Drake in a promotional photo



18. Berlin Wall


19. Season greetings


20. Frank Sinatra and the Christmas Tree


21. Princess Elizabeth's wedding 


22. Mona Lisa


23. Handshake


24. Legendary footballer Pele


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