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History in Color: 17 Famous Historical Photos Colorized

Edited By: Natalia Jones
 Photography has been around long enough to have captured some of the most iconic, dramatic and terrifying moments in history, as well as many prominent figures of the 19th and 20th century. And while this is a marvel in itself, and we’re incredibly fortunate to be able to see these iconic photographs, to begin with, wouldn’t it be fun to see all these photos in color? As for us, color is incredibly important, it makes any image instantly more relatable and alive, and so we greatly value the work of artists that colorize old photos, breathing new life into these already familiar images.
Mario Unger is one of such talents, and his works are immaculately detailed and accurate. In this article, we showcase 17 of his incredible colorizations dedicated to history and famous historical personalities of the past two centuries. You can see more of the artist’s works on his Instagram, Facebook, and Website.
 

1. Portrait of Oscar Wilde (1882)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Portrait of Oscar Wilde (1882)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

2. Photo Taken at the Premiere of the Film 'City Lights' (1931) of Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa with Charlie Chaplin

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger 'City Lights' (1931) Premiere Albert Einstein, his Wife Elsa and Charlie Chaplin
Image Credit: Mario Unger

3. Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill
Image Credit: Mario Unger

4. The Launch of a Steamer in St.Clair, Michigan on September 2, 1905 (Original Photo by Frank J. Hecker)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger The Launch of a Steamer in St.Clair, Michigan on September 2, 1905 (Original Photo by Frank J. Hecker)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

5. Portrait of Sigmund Freud in 1920 by Photographer Max Halberstadt

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Portrait of Sigmund Freud in 1920 by Photographer Max Halberstadt
Image Credit and Cover Image: Mario Unger

6. Photo of Female Workers during World War I Fueling Kilns with Charcoal at The Glebe Sugar Refinery Co. (1918, Greenock, Scotland)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Female Workers during World War I Fueling Kilns with Charcoal at The Glebe Sugar Refinery Co. (1918, Greenock, Scotland)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

7. Italian Race Car Driver Ugo Sivocci at the Targa Florio Automobile Race in an Alfa Romeo (1922)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Italian Race Car Driver Ugo Sivocci at the Targa Florio Automobile Race in an Alfa Romeo (1922)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

8. Portrait of Czar Nikolai II of Russia

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Czar Nikolai II of Russia
Image Credit: Mario Unger

9. Destitute Pea Pickers in California, Portrait of a Mother of Seven (1936, Nipomo, CA)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Destitute Pea Pickers in California, Portrait of a Mother of Seven (1936, Nipomo, CA)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

10. NASA Engineers Testing a Saturn I Rocket Model in a Wind Tunnel

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger NASA Engineers Testing a Saturn I Rocket Model in a Wind Tunnel
Image Credit: Mario Unger

11. Two Children in the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland (Original Photograph by Joel Bellviure)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Two Children in the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland (Original Photograph by Joel Bellviure)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

12. Portrait of an American Soldier during World War I Opening a Red Cross Christmas Box (1917)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger American Soldier during World War I Opening a Red Cross Christmas Box (1917)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

13. A Clam Cart on the Streets of New York City (1900)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Clam Cart in New York City (1900)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

14. Annie Oakley, the Renowned Sharpshooter (c. 1903)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Annie Oakley, the Renowned Sharpshooter (c. 1903)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

15. President Abraham Lincoln and General George B. McClellan Conversing in the General's Tent (October 3, 1863, Antietam, MD)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger President Abraham Lincoln and General George B. McClellan Conversing in the General's Tent (October 3, 1863, Antietam, MD)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

16. Portrait of the Cheyenne Indian Chief Wolf Robe (1904)

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger Portrait of Cheyenne Indian Chief Wolf Robe (1904)
Image Credit: Mario Unger

17. American Pilot Flies Past Mount Vesuvius, Italy, on March 18, 1944. The Volcano Eruption Killed 57 and Destroyed the Villages of San Sebastiano and San Giorge

colored photos historical moments and figures by Mario Unger American Pilot Flies Past Mount Vesuvius, Italy, on March 18, 1944
Image Credit: Mario Unger
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