I’ve always thought that one of the more interesting things about HD video and modern day photography is that it has become impossible to distinguish the era in which content was created. Whereas photographs from the 1960s and 1980s, for example, have their own distinct color attributes, a photograph taken in 2010 will be impossible to distinguish from a photo taken in 2020.

Needless to say, old photographs have a certain charm about them that only decades of time can bestow. That said, sometimes it’s just as charming to add a bit of color to classic historical photographs. Over the past few years, colorizing old photos has become an art unto itself. And while some purists might understandably scoff at such endeavors, I personally think that colorizing old photos is a clever and unique way to make history seem that much more tangible and relatable.

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Whereas black and white photos tend to convey a bit of distance between the viewer and the subjects of the photo, adding color to said photos serves to lessen the distance while also making the subjects and the accompanying time-period more familiar and perhaps relatable.

Recently, I stumbled across a post on Flashbak featuring 9 classic black and white photographs touched up with color. The results are truly mesmerizing.

Two such examples can be viewed below.

First up, we have this black and white photo of Abraham Lincoln, originally taken in 1863.

Next up, we have this famous depression-era photo of a country store in North Carolina, taken in 1939.

Make sure to hit the source link below for the full batch of historic black and white photos magically transformed into color shots.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.