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27 Famous People From History You've Never Seen In Color Before

What's interesting about history is that our knowledge of it largely dependent upon how good record keeping was in that era. We don't what people were saying before the written word. We don't know what people sounded like before we could record them. We don't even know what color things were before color photographs were invented. I mean, sure we had paintings, but do you really believe that some old king never asked be painted with the gray taken out of his hair?

Fortunately, we are starting to get a sense of what things used to look like. Photoshop artists are coloring old photos to give us a sense of what our world looked like way back when. Needless to say, it was pretty cool. 

1. The beard was hiding all that color.
Abraham Lincoln, June 3, 1860. from ColorizedHistory
2. He was so magic he appeared in color.
Rasputin, mystical adviser in the court of Czar Nicholas II of Russia from ColorizedHistory
3. Look at that red, white, and blue.
Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan at Antietam, October 2nd/3rd, 1862 from ColorizedHistory
4. Are we sure this picture wasn't taken yesterday?
Abraham Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell in custody. April 14, 1865. from ColorizedHistory
5. I have discovered... Color!
Marie Curie, the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, in her laboratory in Paris, 1912. from ColorizedHistory
6. Big Brother only wants black and white images.
George Orwell - English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. from ColorizedHistory
7. Who knew that ring was gold?
Theodore Roosevelt holding his Grandson, Kermit Roosevelt Jr., 1916 from ColorizedHistory
8. Oh! So she had a white horse. Neat!
Princess Elizabeth celebrates her 13th birthday on 21 April, 1939 from ColorizedHistory
9. Colored by a machine that would not exist without him.
Alan Turing - a computer scientist, philosopher and cryptologist who played a crucial role in breaking the Nazis’ Enigma code, seen here in happier times. Unknown date. from ColorizedHistory
10. First ever mugshot works better in color.
Alphonse Bertillon, in 1913, demonstrating the two-part 'mug shot' method of photographing suspects that he pioneered from ColorizedHistory
11. Color really makes this place feel alive.
President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, 1906 from ColorizedHistory
12. You know who this is.
Albert Einstein was born on this day, 1879. from ColorizedHistory
13. Wouldn't be Santa without that red coat.
Father Christmas wearing a tin helmet walks along Regent Street, London, with a bag full of presents - from Life Magazine, December 23, 1940 from ColorizedHistory
14. I think black and white suits him better.
President John F. Kennedy, seen here in 1947 during his time as a Congressman, representing Massachusetts's 11th congressional district from ColorizedHistory
15. Just as much of a creep in color.
The day Al Capone arrived at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island in California - 7 January 1939. from ColorizedHistory
16. Loving those blue uniforms
Battle of Antietam, Md. Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand; 1862. from ColorizedHistory
17. "What if we all show up wearing the same thing?" "We'll lie and say they were different colors. Who would know?"
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his children with Cossack officers, 1916 from ColorizedHistory
18. Space is more than empty blackness.
55 Years Ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. from ColorizedHistory
19. She wore a WHITE dress? Weird.
Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on their wedding day. September 12, 1953. from ColorizedHistory
20. Just a quick on-the-ground photo shoot.
Orville and Wilbur Wright, famous for having made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17th, 1903 from ColorizedHistory
21. Loved that red tie.
Ho Chi Minh - led the Vietnamese nationalist movement for more than three decades, fighting against the Japanese, the French colonial power and the US-backed South Vietnamese. from ColorizedHistory
22. The blue really brings out the gruffness.
Major General William T. Sherman. from ColorizedHistory
23. The color makes this way scarier.
Adolf Hitler declaring war on America, with the claim that he was honoring their commitments to Japan under the Tripartite act - Dec. 11th, 1941 from ColorizedHistory
24. Right before we saw that red blood.
Lee Harvey Oswald assassination. from ColorizedHistory
25. Put this on your T-shirt.
Ernesto Che Guevara from ColorizedHistory
26. What else were you expecting from a 1920's songwriter?
Hollywood songwriter Harry Carroll with chorus girls at his beach house in Santa Monica, California, 1929 from ColorizedHistory
27. He'd steal and sell color if he could.
Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed by Mathew Brady in Washington, April 1878 from ColorizedHistory