forty old photos plus fifteen colorized ones

One thing we really need to thank the internet for: colorized historical photographs. Of course, the phenomenon comes to us courtesy of Photoshop and the talented editors who transformed black-and-white images into digital works of art. We’re just happy we get to feast our eyes upon them.

Behold, 15 of the best colorized photos on the web:

1. This boy clutching a stuffed toy in 1945 London.

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945

Original Photograph by Toni Frissell. Colorized by Andreas Larsson2. Albert Einstein enjoying a Long Island summer in 1939.

Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

Colorized by Paul Edwards 3. This young boy in Baltimore in 1938.

Young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938

Colorized by Jordan J Lloyd 4. This stunning snapshot of Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn

Colorized by Dana Keller 5. This unemployed lumber worker in 1939.Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939

Colorized by Mads Madsen 6. These Japanese archers circa 1860.

Japanese Archers circa 1860

Colorized by Jordan J Lloyd7. The tragic Hindenburg Disaster of 1937.

Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937

Colorized by Dana Keller 8. These British troops on the first stage of their trip to the front lines in England, 1939.

 British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the front – England, September 20, 1939

Colorized by BenAfleckIsAnOkActor9. This startling picture of Joseph Goebbels allegedly frowning at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933.

Joseph Goebbels scowling at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933

Colorized by Mads Madsen10. This ‘Old Gold’ store in 1939.

‘Old Gold’, Country store, 1939

Colorized by Jordan J Lloyd11. This portrait of Walt Whitman in 1887.

Walt Whitman, 1887

Colorized by Dana Keller12. This car crash in Washington D.C. in 1921.

Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

Colorized by Sanna Dullaway13. Mark Twain lounging circa 1900.

Mark Twain in the garden, circa 1900

Colorized by Mads Madsen14. Charlie Chaplin in 1916, at the beautiful age of 27.

Charlie Chaplin at the age of 27, 1916

Colorized by BenAfleckIsAnOkActor15. Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.

Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film)
Original Photograph by Frank Worth Photo. Colorized by malakon.

Gas Resistant Pram in England

#2. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885

#3. Elvis in the Army, 1958

#4. Animals being used as part of medical therapy, 1956

#5. Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

#6. Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916

#7. Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

#8. Circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924

#9. Annette Kellerman promotes women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907. She was arrested for indecency

#10. Annie Edison Taylor, the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901

#11. 106-year-old Armenian Woman guards home, 1990

#12. Deleted

#13. The original Ronald McDonald, 1963

#14. Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961


#16. Soldier shares a banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan, ca. 1944

#17. Little girl with her doll sitting in the ruins of her bombed home, London, 1940

#18. Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

#19. Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

#20. Bookstore in London ruined by an air raid, 1940

#21. Deleted

#22. Measuring bathing suits – if they were too short, women would be fined, 1920′s

#23. Martin Luther King with his son removing a burnt cross from their front yard, 1960

#24. Deleted

#25. Lifeguard on the coast, 1920′s

#26. Artificial legs, UK, ca. 1890

#27. Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test, Las Vegas, 1953

#28. Deleted

#29. Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII

#30. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941

#31. Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

#32. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

#33. Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, 1963

#34. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930

#35. A space chimp posing to camera after a successful mission to space, 1961

#36. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, 1929

#37. Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight, 1893

#38 Deleted

#39. Suntan vending machine, 1949

#40. First morning after Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right, 1967