15 Colorized Photos of Historical Figures

Color photography wasn't common until the 1970s, so we've only seen history's most famous people in black and white. Today's technology enables us to "colorize" photos, and gives us a chance to see what people really looked like in their time. Check out a few amazing examples.

1Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President (1865)

Colorized by Dana Keller.

2Sharon Tate, Actress (1969)

Photo taken just a few years before her 1969 murder by the Manson family. Colorized by Laiz Kuczynski.

3Albert Einstein, Physicist (1921)

Colorized by Dana Keller.

4Louis Armstrong, Musician (1961)

Louis and Lucille Armstrong in Cairo.

5Adolf Hitler and Goebbels, Nazi leaders (1943)

Taken at Obersalzberg in 1943. Colorized by reddit user HansLucifer.

6Charlie Chaplin, Actor (1916)

Chaplin at the age of 27. Colorized by reddit user BenAfleckIsAnOkActor.

7Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor and Physicist (1911)

Colorized by Laiz Kuczynski.

8Marilyn Monroe, Actress (1957)

Photographed by Richard Avedon in 1957 without her signature smile. Colorized by reddit user zuzahin.

9Claude Monet, Impressionist painter (1923)

Colorized by Dana Keller.

10Elizabeth Taylor, Actress (1956)

Colorized by reddit user malakon.

11Walt Whitman, Poet (1868)

Colorized by reddit user zuzahin.

12Ruth Malcomson, Miss America (1924)

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she earned the title of Miss America at age 18. Colorized by reddit user malakon.

13Mark Twain, Author (1900)

Colorized by reddit user zuzahin.

14Nikola Tesla, Inventor (1893)

Colorized by Dana Keller.

15Clint Eastwood, Actor (1960)

Colorized by reddit user malakon.