42 colorized photos depicting the 20th century

These 42 photos retrace the history of the previous century. They have been colorized for better or for worse.

The twentieth century saw the birth and death of various political ideologies, technological innovation capable of taking man to the Moon, the genesis of the most famous musical rhythms of all time, and the advent of cinema and television. It was also the century of Einstein, Ford, Hitchcock, Alexander Fleming, Pelé, Michael Jackson and the electric guitar, as well as that of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao Zedong. To celebrate successes and wounds, 42 photos have been colorized to relive the past in something other than black and white.

Old Gold » store, Gordonton, North Carolina, USA (1939)

Photos colorisées du 20 ème siècle, histoire, passé

An American industrial worker (1920)

Photos colorisées du 20 ème siècle, histoire, passé

Pelé, aged 17, in Sweden after the 1958 World Cup

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Boxing match (1920)

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Gas station in Washington, capital of the United States (1924)

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Boy abandoned on the ruins of World War II, England (1945)

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Albert Einstein on Long Island, New York (1939)

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Car accident in Washington, capital of the United States in 1921

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Big Jay McNeely at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles (1953)

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British troops traveling during WW2 (1939)

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A barefoot girl working in a New England textile mill (1910)

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Claude Monet in 1923

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Singer Ernie Hare expressing his thoughts on Prohibition, 1920

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Cornell University rowing team, 1911

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Overcrowded bunk beds in Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany, during World War II, 1945

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Soldiers « wishing Happy Easter to Hitler in 1944

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A farmer and his son in Shawnee County, Kansas, USA, in 1924.

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Henry Ford, 1919

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Adolf Hitler, 1939

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Joseph Goebbels staring at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after discovering he was a Jew (1933)

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Air Service Command men playing cards in South Carolina (1943)

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Children playing near a dead horse in New York in the first decade of 1900.

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Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy in 1963

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Martin Luther King during a speech for his March on Washington in 1963

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Florence Owens Thompson, « Migrant Mother », Oklahoma, USA, 1936

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Nazi Germany, 1937

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A boy sells newspapers announcing the Titanic tragedy in 1912.

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New York, in the first decade of 1900

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New York in 1909

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Women painting propaganda posters for World War II, United States, 1942

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Punishment for collaborating with the Nazis in Montélimar (1944)

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Prisoners rescued from a concentration camp at Wöbbelin in 1945

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Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952

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Stalin, Truman and Churchill at the 1945 Potsdam Conference

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Mobile library of the 31st Infantry Division of the United States Armed Forces, Los Angeles (1943)

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New York, in the first decade of 1900

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Le Downbeat Jazz Club, New York, 1948

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Times Square en 1947

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W. H. Murphy and his assistant demonstrating his new invention, the bullet-proof vest, in 1923

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Winston Churchill en 1941

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Women boxing (1930)

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Women carrying ice in 1918

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In Reddit’s ColorizedHistory section, digital retouching specialists have transformed historic photos. We wanted to share this fascinating work with you. Most of the photos in this slideshow are from the American public domain.

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