Most Beautiful Colorized Images In History

By | March 26, 2021

Colorized picture of Walt Disney proudly showing a map of his first theme park called "Disneyland" [1955].

What is it about color that gives us a more broad understanding of the past? Is it simply the added depth that it brings to the photo? Or does it become easier to contextualize the visuals that we’re looking at when they’re not black and white? Whatever it is, the following photos were once lacking color, but thanks to some very patient digital editors they’ve been updated to reflect modern photographic standards.

Not only do these colorized photos of the early 20th century bring a new understanding to the past, but they’re just cool to look at. Whether you’re curious about historical figures whom you’ve only seen in black and white, or major world events that occurred before color photography, we’ve got you covered. Let’s go. 

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In the 1950s most amusement parks were filled with roller coasters, creepy vendors who were working on their own, and alcohol was prevalent; Walt Disney felt that these parks weren’t good for the whole family, and he wanted to create a space where everyone felt safe. By the late 1940s Disney already had a handful of characters who are still popular today (Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and Mickey), so it made sense to build Disney’s park around them. Disney felt that he could bring the characters to life in a way that made kids happy while giving parents a fun place to explore. Disney explained his idea as a way to say thanks to the families who helped keep his business afloat:

The one thing for me... the important thing... is the family, and keeping the family together with things. That's been the backbone of our whole business, catering to families… The park means a lot to me. It's something that will never be finished, something I can keep developing.

After a $17 million construction, Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955 with 26 attractions including the King Arthur Carrousel, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and Snow White's Scary Adventures. 

Albert Einstein at home in Princeton, New Jersey, 1940.

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Albert Einstein may have been one of the most fascinating minds of the 20th century, but he still faced intense racism from anti-Semitic groups in Germany throughout the 1930s. In 1933 he took a trip to America to see if he could find a better place to live, and although he visited Pasadena, California he found a better with in Princeton, New Jersey.

He returned to Germany in ’33 but he didn’t stay long. In October of the same year he returned to America with his wife Elsa, his secretary Helen Dukas, and his assistant Dr. Walther Mayer. He settled in Princeton with his family and began work in the “Institute for Advanced Study” where he stayed until his death in 1955.