Most Beautiful Colorized Images In History
When you place a colorized image next to one that is black and white, it becomes evident that color adds a depth of contextual visualization to photos. One may wonder why colors add so many differences to images, especially in throwing more illumination to past visuals. You will discover that the following color images that once lacked colors are now easier to understand. All thanks to a group of committed digital editors who were able to transform the original photos. These early 20th-century images, in their original black and white form, could reveal only little about past events. However, adding color to the photos now helps viewers to gain more insights about the past, leading to an increased appreciation of historical figures or significant world events. It does not matter whether you are interested in these figures or events; you will find some of these images really amazing.
Franz Reichelt, an Austrian-born French tailor who jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute
It is never a crime to dream big, especially when realizing such a dream can make living better for everyone. But, it is important to take meaningful steps to achieve one's goal. In doing this, some people have taken unbelievable steps that still amazes many people today. One such person is Franz Reichelt, who understood early enough that saving the lives of several people will in the future depend on the harnessing of air resistance. In the early 20th century, Franz Reichelt designed and created foldable silk wings sequel to the offering of 10,000 francs prize money by Colonel Lalance of the Aéro-Club de France. The prize money was for anyone who could produce a usable parachute at a time when air travel was becoming very popular. Reichelt's silk wings called "parachute-suit" were similar to the flight suit used then but had extra features like canopy and rubber lining. “On the morning of February 4th, 1912 Reichelt revealed that he would jump from the Eiffel Tower to prove the efficiency of his parachute-suit, saying, “I want to try the experiment myself and without trickery, as I intend to prove the worth of my invention.” At 8:22 am he leaped from the Eiffel Tower and sank through the air like a stone.”
The RMS Titanic in color, 1912.
Who has not heard of the Titanic? Even many of the 21st-century kids would have seen the movie made of the iconic ship. Constructed in 1909, the Titanic was assumed unsinkable, and it was a home from home for the wealthiest people in the world. The sister ship to the Olympic had amenities second to no other ships with its send class accommodation were just as good if not superior to the first-class sections of other boats. The ship was not considered seaworthy until April 1912 even though it was launched since May 31, 1911. Titanic weighed 52,000 tons when displaced, and it took its historic debutant voyage on April 10, 1912.
Colorized photo of the Hoover Dam under construction (1935).
Looking at the Hoover Dam, one is tempted to find out about those who conceived and perfected such a masterpiece. A closer look at the image suggests that a building of that sort would have required collective efforts, and that is just the case. Thousands of workers built the Hoover Dam located on the border of Arizona and Nevada in the 1930s. These workers had migrated to the area at the time of the Great Depression, hoping to make ends meet while working extremely hard. A large amount of workforce ensured that the dam’s construction was ahead of the scheduled completion time. Pouring a total of 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete was concluded as early as May 29, 1935. Meanwhile, the dedication of the dam was on September 30, 1935.
Royal group, including Kaiser Wilhelm II and Edward VII, in the Crimson Drawing-Room at Windsor Castle, November 17, 1907.
The photo shows the “who is who” in Europe seven years before the world war resulting from the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand. The English and Russian royal families are well represented in the photo. Notable among them are King Edward VII, Princess Beatrice of Great Britain, German leader Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia. The Crimson Drawing-Room hangout of both royal families could not have been free from tension considering that some people were at loggerheads. However, most of them had to stand wholly to allow the photographer to take the photo.
Danish explorer Peter Freuchen and his third wife, Dagmar Cohn -1947.
People who look cool tend to have a mind-blowing underlining story. The image shows Peter Freuchen, a man born in 1886 in Denmark. His childhood days were just like that of any other child at that time. However, things began to look different when he could no longer pursue his medical career and sought adventure. Arriving in Greenland in 1906, Freuchen embarked on a dogsled hunt of 600 miles and also traded with Inuits. One of the polar bears he killed on the hunt was used to make the perfectly-fitted coat he's wearing in the picture. Freuchen lectured about Inuit culture in 1910 before embarking on another journey across Greenland, one where he got buried in the snow. But, he was able to dig himself out. It is why dinner with him is second to nothing.
Watching the boat races, Palm Beach, Miami in 1906.
According to Lloyd E. Brown, the second annual Palm Beach Regata was the most successful winter racing event. At the event which held from January 30 to February 2, 1906, many fans of boating hung maxed while they watched the long racing weekend. Brown later wrote:
The closing day of the regatta was by far the most successful, bringing out the best that was in the speedy flyers. The contest for the Dewar Shield was the main feature of the day, it being won by H. L. Bowden's Mercedes, victor in both heats, although her time was a disappointment to those gathered at the carnival and expectant for new world's records.
New York City in the early 1900s.
New York City was long known as the center of the western world. The city was filled with aristocrats and individuals looking to make their way in the world back in the day. Although people in the city still made use of gas lamps and local equipment in the 1900s, with time, the place changed from residential streets into a city full of skyscrapers. Many office buildings were erected across the city and in the Lower Broadway especially. They tower over the many old buildings that had rocked the city for generations. Even though New Yorkers were unsure about the modern buildings springing up at that time, they have fast turned into the way of life of the city dwellers.
Henry Behrens, the smallest man in the world dances with his pet cat in the doorway of his Worthing home, 1956.
Although 2-foot tall Henry Behrens happens to be the smallest man worldwide in 1956, comparing his height with the 30-inch standing height of the cat shows that the cat is huge. In the 1950s, smaller people had few ways they could make money like being part of a midget troupe. Behrens was part of the "Burton Lester's midget troupe" then. Behrens' huge cat complimented his shenanigans lifestyle. His small stature did not deny him from enjoying life like other people. Apart from cooking, he was able to clean like us. He referred to himself as "Colonel Peewee."
Union Soldiers taking a break,1863.
This photo evokes a memory about the past. Imagine seeing more snapshots of events like the Civil War era in natural color. Such will give a new look at history and help us understand more about the events that would have escaped the reach of the millennial. The Union soldiers had already divided the southern army at the time this picture was taken. They had gained control of the Mississippi River after a series of bloody battles with the Confederates two years before the Civil War. Just before the War, there were technological advancements giving room for the production of tintypes. They also enabled the viewing of photos from the war to be a regular experience. After an exhibit of the war photography, the New York Times wrote:
The photographer] has done something to bring home to us the terrible reality and earnestness of war. If he has not brought bodies and laid them in our dooryards and along the streets, he has done something very like it.
LCT with barrage balloons afloat, unloading supplies on Omaha for the break-out from Normandy.
A barrage balloon is used to raise cables that create a collision risk for enemy soldiers, making an approach problematic them. Although setting the barrage balloons is not with its disadvantages. Even with the 320th Antiaircraft Balloon set up to slow down Luftwaffe’s attack at Omaha beach, German artillery fighters were still able to bombard the ships with gunfire. It was a fierce battle as the soldiers had cut their kites loose to give the long-range fighters of the German a less easy target. Many of the soldiers working on these massive kite balloons worked so hard to keep things under control.
Colorized picture of Walt Disney proudly showing a map of his first theme park called "Disneyland" .
Have you ever thought of the brain behind the famous "Disneyland"? Well, we have got Walt Disney to credit for it. He decided to create a safe space for families after noticing that alcohol and other unsafe things were common in most amusement parks in the '50s. Building the park around Disney characters like Donald Duck and Mickey was reasonable since they were famous in the '40s and still are till date. Disney used those characters in a way kids find interesting with parents not left out of the fun all over the park. Walt Disney, in his words, explained his motives for coming up with such an idea:
"The one thing for me... the important thing... is the family, and keeping the family together with things. That's been the backbone of our whole business, catering to families… The park means a lot to me. It's something that will never be finished, something I can keep developing".
Colorized photo of a gorgeous Dolly Parton.
Sometimes, it is difficult to believe that Dolly Parton hailed from a wretched Appalachian family, considering that she became the world's top country music star. She is indeed one of the best performers to have lived in the 20th century. Just after she changed from singing country music to pop in 1977, her songs became top hits. It was to the extent that she won the Grammy a year later with "Here You Come Again." Not only did she showcase her musical talent during shows in the '70s, but she also displayed her comedy skills. In 1980, she got her biggest hit after performing the theme song Nine to Five. The song was ranked top on the country and two adult-contemporary charts.
Norman Rockwell After the Prom - Reference photo 1957.
Norman Rockwell’s exceptional painting skills and eye for detail immediately come to mind when you look closely at the “After the Prom” reference photo. The realistic nature of his paintings makes it difficult to differentiate this photo from the painting. Despite his outstanding talent, he was never considered an artist in his lifetime. Instead, his peers thought of him as an illustrator. From the photo, you will agree that apart from being interested in displaying the simplicity of American life, he also focused on making it look real. This practice and ability make his work valuable even after his death.
Building the Statue of Liberty, Paris, 1881.
In the early 19th century, the president of the French Anti-Slavery Society, Édouard René de Laboulaye proposed the construction of the US Statue of Liberty. It took several decades to finish the statue, which was to serve as a memorial to the United States’ independence. In a bid to unite the countries, the workers that built the statue were from the US and France. The figure chosen for the statue is Columbia combined with Libertas known as the goddess of freedom. On completing the building of the statue in France, it was moved to America via a steamer. It was in America that other pieces were constructed to form the actual statue that several tourists visit today.
Lee Miller plunges into Adolf Hitler's bathtub. Hitler's apartment in Munich on April 30, 1945.
Lee Miller was a successful fashion model who lived in New York City before being a photojournalist who traveled through war-torn countries. She worked with surrealists like Cocteau and Man Ray before she decided to jump to the other side of the camera. She joined the 83rd US Army Infantry Division. UU., which took her to Germany, where she photographed the atrocities of Dachau before going to Hitler's apartment in Munich. Miller's boots in this picture are covered in the mud of this concentration camp. After her time as a war correspondent, she retired to her farm in Sussex, England, where she shared with people like Pablo Picasso and prepared surreal and extravagant meals.
"The Rat Pack" in New York - early 1960s.
The Rat Pack popular in the ‘60s both on and offstage. Apart from their shows, which they put up together, they also hang out together. It is said that no one knows what is next when they are together, especially on a Las Vegas night. The group comprising of four men performed spontaneously during shows. The truth is that most people today will stay away from the type of trouble the group got itself into then because of the prevalence of cameras everywhere. Frank was the leader of the group, and he had the full support of the rest of the group members – Jean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford.
Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 (1960) (Colorized)
The name Eastwood would always ring a bell, especially if you are conversant with the Hollywood. The photo is that of Eastwood in his swanky ride some years before he made it big time in Hollywood. After appearing in films like Lafayette Escadrille as a second fiddle to Tab Hunter and b-movies like Tarantula, he proceeded to Italy to have his major hit in the movie “A Fistful of Dollars.” Apart from film appearances, Eastwood was also known to be the anchor for Rawhide and Death Valley Days (both were television western). Apparently, he made a lot of money from TV, an explanation for the expensive ride in the picture.
Major Donald James Matthew Blakeslee from Ohio became the first flier in history to shoot down an enemy plane with the P-47 Thunderbolt - 15 April 1943.
The way some photos feel so real, you will be tempted to want to touch whoever is in it. An example of such a picture is the colorized photo of Major Blakeslee in his cockpit back in 1943. He was at that time flying a P-47 Thunderbolt attached to the 335th Fighter Squadron. His records show that he flew 240 combat hours with RAF and that he had three confirmed victories. Blakeslee often joked about his love of combat flying.
Colorized photo of a room aboard the Titanic.
Hardly will the name Titanic be mentioned and it will be strange to anyone. Many people who initially knew nothing about the beast were in the know after watching the movie. Unlike other liners, which have rooms similar to tiny prison rooms, Titanic was in a class of its own. The photo shows one of the rooms in the gigantic sea beast. You will agree that the masterpiece was exceptional. Examining any of the rooms in the first-class section, you might have mistaken it for a palace. The interior of Titanic was carefully crafted to give riders a different experience while they floated. The fact that some wealthy riders on board could open the interconnecting doors to form a suite is unimaginable.
Albert Einstein at home in Princeton, New Jersey, 1940.
Before the death of Albert Einstein in 1955, he settled and lived in Princeton, New Jersey. He lived there for his last 22 years alive. The decision to live there was after comparing Princeton to Pasadena in California. Originally, he lived in Germany but faced extreme racism, making him move to the US. Einstein is one of the most intelligent persons that lived in the 20th century. He worked at the "Institute of Advanced Study" in Princeton before his death.
The statue of Lady Justice - The Old Bailey - London, In 1937 the statue was re-gilded in preparation for the Coronation of King George V.
Looking at the photo, one might not realize that it was colorized. The Lady Justice statue in the picture stands atop the Old Bailey and hangs up to 200 feet above the road. F. W. Pomeroy sculpted it in 1907 before it was added to the Old Bailey due to massive renovation resulting from a fire incident. The height the statue hangs from is high enough to give viewers that awe-inspiring sensation. Unlike many of its counterparts across the globe, this particular Lady Justice is not blindfolded. Perhaps, justice is not blind in England.
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, 'The Master of Suspense', date unknown
That is a photo of Alfred Hitchcock, a one-time director of dozens of films. Starting from the 1920s, he directed films like Number 13, Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho. His films either focused on crime and false accusations or good people turning bad. He was always working such that he passed away while still working on a script he called The Short Night. The cause of Hitchcock's unfortunate death that was on April 29, 1980, in Bel was kidney failure.
"West meets East" - Two german brothers, separated by The Berlin Wall, meet again during the “border pass agreement” of 1963.
The Berlin Wall of 1961 cannot be forgotten so soon, at least not by those it severely impacted. In the photo, are two brothers that were separated for two years by the wall. The original motive of the wall was to curb a significant crisis between places in Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and West Berlin. However, the fact that many members different families were separated from one another because no one could pass the checkpoints left the wall without fans. In 1963, a border pass agreement was put in place after many complaints. Thus, people who lived in the West were able to travel to the East to see their relatives. It was not until many decades later that the wall was finally put down.
Amelia Earhart poses in the cockpit of her plane, 1930s
The woman in the photo, Amelia Earhart is not just a cautionary tale like some people believe. She happens to have been more important than that being the sixteenth woman to obtain a pilot license. In 1928, she eventually became the first woman pilot to over the Atlantic Ocean and the 1st pilot to fly across both Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. She disappeared in 1937 during one of her adventurous flight, specifically the one where she was trying to circumnavigate the world. Many researchers believe she ran out of fuel around 35-100 miles from Howland Island during the trip. Lots of people, especially adventurers remember her today.
Colorized photo of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany in 1960. (From L-R) John Lennon, George Harrison, Pete Best, Paul McCartney, and Stuart Sutcliffe.
The Beatles were five in numbers before they had to make the tough professional decision of dropping drummer Pete Best. As at then, they accepted gigs to perform in Germany since Liverpool was industrialized. They also continued to work on their sound, figuring roles for each member of the group. After the exit of Pete, the group became the Fab Four. The decision to drop Pete was necessitated after they auditioned at EMI Studios owned by George Martin in London. According to Paul McCartney, dropping Pete was a difficult decision they were not happy about.
Charles Lindbergh in the open cockpit of the airplane at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri in 1923.
This photo is not about the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby even though that's what comes to mind when the name Lindbergh is mentioned. The picture shows Charles Lindbergh preparing for his first-ever solo flight in 1923 nearly ten years after the kidnapping incident. On successfully making the flight, he was hired to perform at fairs across the country as one of the daredevil pilots. He joined the US Army in 1924 and trained as an Army Air Service Reserve pilot. Exactly four years after he posed to take this photo, he became the 1st pilot to fly from New York to Paris without stopping on the way. More than a 100,000 people were present to greet Lindbergh on arrival after flying over 3,600 miles.
Bob Dylan, singer, New York, February 10, 1965.
1965 was a remarkable year for Bob Dylan who spent so much time writing and performing at the peak of artistry career. The stardom headlined the Newport Folk Festival that same year where he played three songs with his first live electric set. Bob also released the cue card laden video for Subterranean Homesick Blues and recorded many other songs in 1965. Before the year ran out, Bob Dylan was exhausted by the attention he received from the media for being the nation’s poet. He later disappeared from the public eye for eight years after a mysterious motorcycle incident.
Here's a great colorized photo of actress Susan Peters, 1943.
Here is Susan Peters in 1943 at the time she was making an appearance in movies like Andy Hardy's Double Life, and Assignment in Brittany. This picture was taken nine years before the death of Susan, who died due to chronic infection and pneumonia. Before her death, Susan grabbed discharged a shotgun into her abdomen while on a hunting trip with her husband. The bullet penetrated her spinal column making her spend the rest of her life on a wheelchair. However, Susan did not stop acting on projects that allowed her to work with her paralysis.
A soldier's farewell to his wife at Penn. Station, New York City, before returning to war. 1943.
Soldiers are trained to keep their head straight even at the most turbulent times. Even when leaving home for war, some soldiers are ready for the possibility of not returning. World War II was the most deadly war of the 20th century, and things were tough for the fact that people could not communicate with their friends and families. Katharine Phillips, a war correspondent for the Mobile Register, told PBS:
The most worries we had about the war was just death. We just never knew when we’d lose someone that we loved. Our best friend. The boy that was the brother of your best friend. We lived in constant fear of the telegrams. Each day we would read the lists in the newspaper to see if we could identify the names that were there.
Fritz Haber - Nobel Prize Laureate & "Father of Chemical Warfare "
Fritz Haber was busy throughout World War 1 preparing deadly chemicals weapons for the army. As the leading physical chemist in Germany, Haber was called to create crazier weapons for the German military as the fighting kept increasing. The chemist was proactive in the development of tear gas at the time the army needed one. He even found a way of turning chlorine gas into a deadly weapon for the military. It is not a surprise that Haber received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work following the end of the war. He had worked on nitrogen fixation which helped create a weapon for the war and as well produced fertilizers.
Mafia boss Charles 'Lucky' Luciano in exile in Sicily, Italy. December 31, 1948.
Luciano had to find a way in helping the US to keep himself out of Jail. The imprisoned crime boss was asked to help the US government with the war effort. While Luciano worked with the US military to keep the New York dock safe, the military enacted ‘Operation Underworld.’ The purpose of the law was to keep off Italian and German agents from entering the US via the New York waterfronts.
Colorful outfits on these flight attendants back in 1965.
The cigarette smoke drenched flights were best known for the mod-inspired outfits in the 1960s. Ladies wore these outfits that depicted the space age to important events and even on travels. The ice cream color skirts and their head wraps were suitable for female as they combine them with the go-go boots in the 1960s. For the men, the sucked down martins suit was the most celebrated outfit for a cross country work trip. Modern wears have outwitted these old fashion clothing, but many have still considered these 1960 outfits as a style of class.
Wearing of the green- Lucille Ball looking glamorous in this colorized photo from the '40s.
Lucille Ball was a fascinating starlet in Hollywood who was different from other top actors. Ball appeared in comedies by the Marx Brothers and took part in RKO pictures before she changed the landscape of comedy with I Love Lucy. She was persisted in what might have discouraged a lot of people in a career. Ball later explained that handwork and persistent were essential factors that made her reach a mountain top in her career.
Christopher Robin and his fiancee Lesley de Selincourt - April 21, 1948.
Christopher Robin inspired the work of his father in the Winnie The Pooh. Robin had a tough time growing up under his famous father A.A Milne who often mined his life for stories. The boy was the basis of his father's remarkable story in the Winnie The Pooh. It was not uncommon for his father to be found at the Garrick Club while his mother dresses him up in girlish clothes explained Robin. He grew up by the day distasting the character who shared his name in his father books. He said:
At home I still liked him, indeed felt at times quite proud that I shared his name and was able to bask in some of his glory. At school, however, I began to dislike him, and I found myself disliking him more and more the older I got.
Colorized photo of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII with their family at a wedding in Coburg, Germany, 1894.
The world politics was further strengthened by the wedding of Princess Victoia Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on April 19, 1984. Dignitaries including Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia, King Edward VII, and Queen Victoria came together for the grand 19th-century wedding. This picture is one of the rare photos that showed the happy coexistence of the entire European family before the erupting in World War 1. After the wedding, Queen Victoria wrote in her journal: ''The whole of our large family party was photographed by English, as well as German photographers. Many groups were taken, & some of me with Vicky & my three sons, & William''.
Colorized photo of Vivien Leigh taking a break during the filming of Victor Fleming’s “Gone with the Wind” (1939).
Scarlet O’Hara, the southern belle, was the heart of the film Gone with the Wind. One would have thought that the whole movie was cast around Vivian Leigh; although that was not far from the truth since she played the role with so much brass. Leigh was the character that portrayed Scarlet O’Hara in the movie, but in the real sense, the actress was the last of the cast to join the film crew. She almost lost the position because she used her natural English accent during her first audition rather than the southern accent. George Cukor, the film’s initial director, explained:
She began reading this thing very sweetly, and very, very clipped... So I struck her across the face with the rudest thing I could say. She screamed with laughter. That was the beginning of our most tender, wonderful friendship.
Colorized photograph of a photographer busy at work at the Jersey Shore in 1912.
How do you feel today traveling back in time where you have to rely on photographers to capture your best moments? Such was the case of the 20th-century folks. A day at the beach is a cherished moment for anyone. But back in the day, you will need to part with some cash to get photographers to capture your memorable events like a time out at the beach. Anyone who wanted to have his photo back then would wait for a few minutes for the pictures to be processed and printed. Today, we could capture thousands of memories with just a flash from our mobile devices.
Construction of the Cologne Cathedral in 1855.
How would Cologne Cathedral foundation builders have known they would not conclude the building would not be completed in their lifetime? The foundation stones of south tower building were laid in 1248 but took a lot of years before the conclusion. Cologne Cathedral building could not continue not until the Protestant Prussian Court decided to work on the façade unto completion. It took 632 years from the date construction started to complete Germany’s largest cathedral in 1473. South tower building remains the tallest building in the world before the Construction of Washington Monument building.
Flight-Lieutenant R H A Lee, after being awarded the DSO and DFC, and Flying Officer K H Blair, after being awarded the DFC, by King George VI at RAF Hornchurch, Essex. July 27, 1940
One must be brave and courageous in service to win the DSO and DFC military decorations of the United Kingdom. Richard Hugh Antony Lee joined 85 Squadron of the RAF in 1938 and was dispatched to France as soon as war broke out. Sequel to the victory of his Squadron he belonged in 1939, he was decorated with the DSO award and later got the DFC award on May 10, 1940, after controlling Hs126 successfully. The tough soldier escaped from the German forces after he was shot down on May 11, 1940. He made his return to his squad after escaping before embarking on his final mission with the 85 Squadron in bringing down the enemy soldiers. Details about Lee were not specific after then, but some presumed he was shot down on August 18.
190A-8, Melsbroek, Belgium. (Brown outlined in black). Burned and looted, September/October 1944
This airplane has spent some good time with military war activities. The abandoned craft must have got its propeller damaged from a crash landing or at least a horrible fall. Colorizing the plane seem an odd job since the original paint of the craft looks sepia-tone already. But what becomes of pilots that survive such a nasty crash? Do they walk away or try to understand the world around them for a few moments? But from this photo, most of the plane looks pretty intact. Whoever was piloting the craft must have escaped the crash or probably took this photo.
Women in a "tableau" pose, imitating Henry Mosler’s painting, "The Birth of the Flag" - 1917
Henry Mosler was the mastermind behind the US flag painting in 1911. The 6years picture from 1911 serves as a transformation of the same piece that passed as a meme in the early 20th century. Girls of today would do the mannequin challenge and also take on the Tik Tok dance. But back in 1917, girls were everywhere posing with the American Flag and copying the paintings of Mosler. The picture reminds us of the constant need for humans to be part of a broader culture. Today, it may be by taking part in a social media challenge that is in vogue or doing something patriotic like the ladies. Either way, we never change in what we love since old practices are reformed into modern methods.
Girls play the guitar. USSR 70s.
What would a group of little girls be doing if not having fun and not worrying about the rigors of life? These little girls were catching some great fun in the 1970s when things were tough in the USSR. At this time, communism being the predominant force in the state was losing grounds at the height of the Cold War. The country was in a significant state of chaos as the communist party tried to exercise full control over the people. Many Soviets tried to at least ignore the sour facts of life by hanging out and having a great time with friends. They would enjoy themselves together having a lovely time maybe even with a guitar for the fading joy of overbearing communism.
Eutaw Street in Baltimore, Maryland. (1955)
Eutaw Street in Baltimore was the place to go if you need to see the Orioles play baseball or if you need to stroll in search of a cold drink on a hot day. Downtime Baltimore is now snowy and quieter today than it used to be. Back in the 1950s, the street lined with substantial brick buildings and residential apartments was the place to be if you one needs to get some fresh fish. This colorized photo shows how things can change in just a few decades. It is amazing how a place that looks as though would house families forever quickly turns out to be a quiet or desolate zone.
Lieutenants Bobby de la Tour, Don Wells, John Vischer & Bob Midwood of the 22nd Independent Parachute Company, set their watch on June 5, 1944, at RAF Harwell Base.
It is safe to conclude that everyone was on edge some days before the Battle of Normandy began. No one could have imagined otherwise as the people were nervous and twitchy before the break of the most dangerous frays of World War II. Although things were about to fall apart during the D-Day, these brave men were putting structures in place to ensure they were coordinated even to the last second. The Operation Tonga mission carried out on the first day almost became a failed mission as the men couldn’t find their landing coordinates. The bad weather and heavy craft equipment were likely reasons for the failure of the task which involved the 22nd Independent Parachute Company.
Astrid Kirchherr, the Woman Who First Photographed the Beatles - Self Portrait, 1960.
Astrid Kirchherr found love with taking black and white photos even though she initially wanted to study fashion. The Hamburg born photographer worked with Reinhard Wolf from 1959 until 1963 before she got involved with the existentialists while watching Silver Beetles play at the Kaiserkeller club. Kirchherr loved the band, and she kept coming with her camera to see the Silver Beetles play. She eventually took some of the earliest promotional shots of the group. Kirchherr described their early look:
The Beatles were dressed like teddy boys, with these very, very pointed shoes which we in Hamburg had never seen before, We were fascinated with those, just like they were with our things. And their very tight trousers and little tiny grey jackets. They didn't have many clothes, of course. And their hair was combed back with sideboards.
HM Submarine URSULA returns to port after successful patrol - December 11, 1941, GIBRALTAR.
On December 11, 1941, the HMS Ursula returned to Gibraltar base on order to patrol the Bay of Biscay. It was a follow-up plan sequel to the information received that German ships were in the place and the HMS Ursula submarine needed to keep an eye on their boats. The subs were in high demand during World War II because they served as an anti-U-Boat ship. The HMS Ursula submarine was finally withdrawn on May 30, 1944, before its transfer to the Soviet Union. The sub spent so much time underwater during the war playing a significant role in the victory of the Allies.
Crossing The Storm, October 1940 by John Vachon.
The calm in the middle of the storm in this photo is arguably made possible through colorizing the photo. The American heartland photo was one out of the many that John Vachon captured showing the iconography of America. Vachon took a few street photographs which summed up into city life, but this countryside picture evokes a feeling of expectation. The picture was taken at McHenry County, North Dakota. It evokes a dreadful country life more than any Cohen Brothers film can. Thanks to the colorization of the image, you could almost feel the moisture and the hot hair blowing across the field when you take a good look at the photo.
Classy Campers, somewhere in USA, 1915.
Am sure you would prefer classy camping if you have the opportunity of taking part in one. Here was a camp that had ready amenities for men and women that love to have some fun partying while camping. The 20th-century camp had musical instruments, canoes and all you would need for a weekend party. Saturdays were the time to have regattas- the boat driven by motor activity which was propelled by sails. Also, the gramophone was there at the camp for playing tunes of the era Like 'Camp Town Ladies' or “A Little Bit Of Cucumber” among others. What a time and place to have fun.
Bath Suit Fashion Parade, Seal Beach, California, July 14, 1918.
A time put at the beach is fun for California girls to jump into their swimsuits and ballet shoes for a cruise. Who doesn’t love a fashion parade anyway? Such an event was a great time to showcase your outfit and reveal some weird boots. But for this photo, it seems the show isn’t a city-wide event; instead, it looks like the old version of what ‘duck face’ or some other trending photos of the 21st century. Observe the grimacing faces of these girls, their strange crouch and oddly bent legs; there are having a share of the photo trend that looks confusing to grab even when the image is in full color.
L.A. river drag racing in the 1950s under the old 6th St Bridge.
Young people in Los Angeles around the 1950s enjoyed drag racing, and they made the practice a significant part of their lives. Bob’s Big Boy was the meeting point of many racers who lived in the valley where they often race into the city. It was not unusual for the athletes to burn rubber to get back home before they were caught by the 5-0. Former drag racer Tommy Iwo told the LA Times:
At Bob’s, you’d choose somebody off and then head over to the River Road. We’d race and get out of there in a hurry. If somebody called the L.A. cops on us, we’d scoot back across the river to Burbank… It wasn’t a money deal. We didn’t race for pink slips. It was a matter of pride. You’d race and go back to Bob’s Big Boy.
Karstadt department store on Berlin’s Hermannplatz, built-in 1929 - it was a real feature of Berlin’s skyline, especially when lit up at night!
The structure you see here was at a point one the largest in Berlin. Unfortunately, these structures have ceased to exist, but the original Karstadt department store on Berlin’s Hermannplatz served as the futuristic building and model to other buildings in the area. The building which was designed by architect Philipp Schaefer had an underground section as it towers 233 feet into space. Karstadt was synonymous to modern structures as it had escalators and elevators that connected each of its floors. Today, such is a typical design, but you will agree that the idea of Karstadt was downright futuristic back in 1929.
French and American soldiers at the altar of St. Joan of Arc Church (Basilique du Bois Chenu) near Domrémy, France. 9/15/1918.
The Basilique du Bois Chenu, also known as the Joan of Arc Church overlooks the village of Domrémy. The church which was designed architect Paul Sedille in 1881 serves as the meeting point for soldiers throughout the World War 1. It is situated outside of Domrémy, France top of the area where Joan of Arc prayed in the Chapelle Sainte-Marie. The French troops supported the Americans in overseeing the place during the last half of 1918. If the soldiers in this photo look relaxed, its simply because the photoshoot was captured a few moments before Germany signed the Armistice ending World War 1 on November 11, 1918.
REGENT STREET, LONDON. 1960. The tradition of decorating Regent Street with Christmas lights began in 1954 after the Daily Telegraph reported that London looked 'drab' at Christmas.
Doesn’t this look beautiful; the sight of London at 1960 Christmas? The décor and lights are in perfect unison, creating an ideal winter season in the middle of London. Such decoration wasn’t always the case in London until an article in the Daily Telegraph threw the city planners into a tizzy by referring to the city as a ‘Christmastime drab.’ Sequel to the attention the report received, the Regent Street Association raised fund and decorated the city with lights. A few years later, Oxford street followed suit putting up attractive lights and transforming London into one of the most beautiful cities to see at the Christmas festive period.
A meal on wheels - France, 1917.
This photo shows one of the rarest eating positions to find anyone. We’ve heard of eating on the go, but this is ridiculous. These men, alongside a cute dog, are having a great time riding on a flatbed truck as they have a light lunch. The photo could pass for one of the most bizarre pictures of the 20th century, but could that be a way to eat in France back then? Or the men were working on the truck and decided to take a lunch break. Either way, the photo is quite astonishing and whoever snapped them had a great foresight of taking this photo-shoot before the men finished their meal.
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Source: History Daily