27 Black-and-White Photos Brought to Vibrant Life

While we often fantasize about experiencing life in historical eras, all photographic records before the advent of color film exist solely in black and white. Gratefully, due to the synergy of AI and skilled creatives, we’re now able to infuse those monochromatic glimpses of the past with vivid colors!

A Japanese man rides his bike carrying soba noodles on his shoulder in Tokyo, 1935.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov among relatives and friends in the courtyard of his house on Sadovo-Kudrinskaya street. Spring 1890.

Fridtjof Nansen, 1886.

Maria Callas photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1957.

George Armstrong Custer, in West Point Cadet Uniform, 1859.

A very dapper secretary of the Embassy of Japan. Taketomi Toshihiko, seated with his wife. Washington D.C. October 24, 1922.

Imperial Russia. Smolny Institute for Education of Noble Maidens, ca. 1913. Photo by Karl Bulla.

Major General William T. Sherman. 1865.

American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. 1958. Photo by Philippe Halsman.

Woman in white bathing suit on beach wearing big straw hat. August, 1938. Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts.

Antietam, Maryland. Lt. Col. Charles B. Norton at headquarters of Gen. Fitz-John Porter. Sept. 1862. Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1870, photographer.

The Bedouin Mother. Photo by Ilo Battigeli, 1948.

Karl Marx in 1867. Photographed by Friedrich Karl Wunder.

Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth with Japanese-American Baseball Players, Fresno, CA 1927

Private Ramond L. Roth, from Mogadore, Ohio. – “ I was scared to death,” near Ramscheid, Germany. March 4th, 1945.

Redding, California. Gasoline filling station, June 1942.

Titanic survivors Charlotte and Marjorie Collyer, 1912.

Amelia Earhart photographed by her plane in 1932.

Norwich, Connecticut. 1938 -1945.

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