The Most Iconic Moments in History, Digitally Colorized For The First Time

By | August 23, 2022

Rare historical photos are always fascinating, but thanks to magnificent colorizing technology we can finally experience history the way it happened. These vintage colorized photos provide a glimpse into the past in a way that you'll never see in history books. These aren't just photos, they're time machines.

Look closer at each of these photos... you'll find a side of history that you won't see anywhere else. They don't just provide context for some of the biggest moments in history, they tell the real stories about what happened in the past.

While you may be able to see black and white versions of these photos somewhere else, seeing them in color is the only real way to experience the past. Keep scrolling and fall into colorized history, you'll never want to leave.

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Audrey Hepburn poses for Vogue, 1966 source: William Klein

After a string of successes at the box office Audrey Hepburn did the unthinkable in 1966. She retired from acting. She wasn't on a downward swing through the B-list, and she was still getting great reviews, but she wanted to be around to watch her children grow up.

Hepburn retired to Switzerland where she raised her family and took part in humanitarian drives. In 1991, she attended a retrospective of her work and when she was asked why audiences are still drawn to her long after her final film she responded:

It's impossible for me to know, but if you asked me what I would like it to be, though it may sound presumptuous to say so, it's an experience I've had with other performers who somehow make you open up to them. For me, it always has to do with some kind of affection, love, a warmth. I myself was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it. That's what I'd like to think maybe has been the appeal. People have recognized something in me they have themselves -- the need to receive affection and the need to give it. Does that sound soppy?

Istvan Reiner was only four years old when this photo was taken at the Auschwitz concentration camp

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source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This photo shows a bright-eyed young boy named Istvan who was only four-years-old when he was sent to Auschwitz with his family. Upon their arrival he was separated from his mother and given to his grandmother. They were both executed shortly afterwards. His mother and other family members survived the war and immigrated to the United States in 1947.