These Historical Photos Were Digitally Colorized, And The Results Are Stunning

May 14, 2021

Japanese-American college students during their relocation to an internment camp. Sacramento, 1942

The stunning colorized photos collected here capture some of the most jaw dropping images that won't be found in history books. Some of these photos date back to the 19th century, but take a closer look and you'll see how the colorization captured more than expected.

By adding color to a photo that was once black and white it takes on a quality that makes it look like it was taken yesterday. What once looked like an archaic part of the past now shows a different side of history that you already know. These people could be someone that you know or that you've seen in passing, it's just that they're from another century.

It's eerie how the past is now brought back to life in such a relatable way thanks to the power of colorization. Look closer and you'll see that life is incredibly similar to the way it was when these pictures were taken.

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During World War II Americans of Japanese descent were taken from their homes and moved to "Relocation Centers" throughout the west. Most of the centers were in California and they each were like their own little towns  with schools, post offices, places to work, and farmland where people were allowed to grow their own food. As idyllic as that sounds, the perimeter of each camp was surrounded with barbed wire and armed guards were waiting to take down escapees until the internment camps shut down following the end of the war.

Lizabeth Virginia Scott, known for her smoky voice and being "the most beautiful face of film noir" during the 1940s and 1950s

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Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Scott dropped the E from the front of her name when she moved to New York City at the age of 17. She quickly found work on Broadway and hit the road as a touring member of the Hellzapoppin road show for 18 months. She spent years working in the theater, mostly as an understudy, but when she traveled to Hollywood in the 1940s she found work in a series of noir films.