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30 Colorized Photos That Make History Look Truly Stunning

Audrey Hepburn

This photo depicts Audrey Hepburn, one of the most famous actresses and humanitarians of all time. Hepburn was best known for films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday, as well as her work with UNICEF.

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The Beatles

This memorable photograph is of one of the most well-known bands of all time. The Beatles came to the U.S. in 1964 from England and started the “British Takeover” of the pop world. Some of their most memorable hits include, “Hey Jude” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

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The Dust Bowl

This vivid image shows a young boy trying to shield his face from dust during the Dust Bowl that swept America in 1936. The Dust Bowl was caused by a combination of severe drought and a lack of erosion prevention techniques. The dust caused years of starvation because crops could not be grown in such conditions.

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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin was known for being a great comedian of his time, but many people are not aware that he had more than one unbelievable talent. Chaplin also worked as an actor, director, producer, writer, musician, dancer, and entrepreneur. Whew! He could keep people laughing, even during the world wars.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson got his start in the music industry as part of the Jackson 5. From there, he went on to become one of the most famous artists of all time. Michael’s career was surrounded by controversy, but no one can argue against his being one of the most influential and talented artists to ever hit the music scene.

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Thomas Edison & Henry Ford

This photograph depicts two of the greatest minds in recent history: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Thomas Edison is responsible for inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the electric light bulb. Henry Ford is known for being the founder of Ford Motor Company and developing the assembly line. 

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Lee Harvey Oswald

Everyone knows about the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald. He assassinated JFK, which sent the entire nation into mourning. This photograph was taken in 1963 as he was being transported to questioning before his murder trial.

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New Orleans Desegregation Crisis

This moving photo shows US Marshals escorting young Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960. Ruby was the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school, and much like the Little Rock Nine, her bravery paved the way for other African-American students.

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Red Hawk

In this photo taken in 1905, Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux tribe sits atop his steed and watches over his land that he is desperately fighting to keep in his tribe’s hands. During his time as Chief, he fought in over 20 battles, including the battle of Little Bighorn. 

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Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh made history when he became the first person to fly across the Atlantic completely solo in 1923. He made the 3,500 mile journey in 33 ½ hours, and his success gave hope to others who wanted to cross the Atlantic, including Amelia Earhart, who made the journey in 1928. 

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Claude Monet

This photograph depicts famous French Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, standing between two pieces in his Water Lilies collection in 1923. Monet is regarded as one of the founders of French impressionism, and he is especially famous for his nature and landscape paintings. 

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Samurai Training

We may not see samurais anymore, and that makes this photo even more historic. This image was taken in 1860 and shows the rigorous training a person had to go through in order to become a samurai.

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Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin

Helen Keller was stricken by an illness that left her deaf and blind at the mere age of two. Despite this, she became an author, political activist, and lecturer. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts! In this 1918 photograph, Helen Keller is meeting the famous comedian Charlie Chaplin.

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The Memphis Sanitation Strike

The Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968 was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in protest of poor treatment, dangerous working conditions, and discrimination toward black sanitation workers. The strike resulted in higher wages and union recognition.

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Harry Houdini at New York Harbor

This photo depicts famed illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini. He is handcuffed and about to be lowered into New York Harbor inside a crate in 1912. 

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The Romanov Sisters

This picture of the Romanov sisters was taken in 1910, eight years before they were brutally murdered. Their father, Tsar Nicholas II, was the last monarch of Russia before Lenin ordered their execution during the Russian Civil War.

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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

In this photo, the statue of Louis Agassiz falls 30 feet to the ground and pierces the concrete during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. This 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed over 3,000 people and destroyed over 80% of San Francisco.

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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, known as one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, poses for a photo at the New York Aquarium in 1946. Armstrong is best known for his songs, “What a Wonderful World” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” 

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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in major league baseball when the Brooklyn Dodgers brought him on as first baseman in 1947. Robinson helped break down racial barriers, which eventually led to more equality in the league.

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The Smoking Dog

This hilarious and adorable photo from 1923 depicts a prize-winning police dog who was known for smoking “cigarettes n’ everything.” He brought joy to many with his elaborate costumes and winning personality. 

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Marilyn Monroe in Korea

This photo depicts Marilyn Monroe after her USO performance for soldiers in Korea in 1954. She stated that this moment was “the best thing that ever happened to me. I never felt like a star before in my heart.”

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Girls in the Workforce

This photograph depicts young girls delivering ice on a route in 1918, a job that used to be reserved exclusively for men. This time in history marks a period when more women were entering the workforce to keep the economy going during and after World War I. 

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Lou Gehrig

This photo was taken in 1939, right after his famous retirement speech. It discussed how he’d been diagnosed with ALS, the disease that would later claim his life. More than 62,000 fans witnessed this touching speech.

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The Hindenburg Crash

The Hindenburg was an incredibly sad tragedy, but it was also a valuable learning lesson. It taught us that hydrogen shouldn’t be used to fuel aircrafts because any small charge could cause a disaster. This photo was taken 1937 just as the blimp went down.

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Union Soldiers

These soldiers may look like they’re about to put out the hottest album of the decade, but they’re actually taking a rest from the civil war. This photo was snapped in 1863, so maybe these soldiers were ones that participated in the Battle of Gettysburg?

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Bulletproof Vests

Bulletproof vests have come a long way since their conception! This image was taken in 1923 and shows W.H. Murphy and his assistant testing a lightweight police vest. This was a live demonstration by the two to sell their product to the Washington Police.

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Abe Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was one of the most famous presidents the United States ever had. In this 1862 photograph, we see the leader of the nation with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam. 

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