Some Of History’s Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To Colour

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UNILAD colour photos 16 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourAlfred Eisenstaedt/Getty/Sanna Dullaway

Sailor kissing a nurse on ‘V-J Day’ in Times Square in 1945

Thanks to the digital process of colourisation, dozens of history’s most iconic photographs have been transformed from black and white into glorious technicolour.

And the effect is absolutely stunning and will probably make you see these historic moments in a completely new light.

The historic black and white images taken by photographers such as Eddie Adams, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Alexander Gardner, Malcolm Browne, Joe Rosenthal and Dorothea Lange infiltrated popular culture and stood the test of time.

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Now, the likes of Mads Madsen of Colorized History, Sanna Dullaway, Ryan Urban, Agnoiologist and Kibblenbits have colourised the images and the results are spectacular.

From the famous 1945 Times Square kiss, to a nuclear weapons test being conducted by the United States in 1946, to the buddhist monk setting himself alight, the transformation of these incredible images makes them even more striking.

Take a trip through history and check out two dozen of the best black and white images transformed into full colour below:

UNILAD colour photos 22 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourJack Delano/Library of Congress/Ryan Urban

Sgt. George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask during a practice smokescreen in 1942 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia

UNILAD colour photos 35 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourEddie Adams/AP Photo/Sanna Dullaway

A Vietcong Guerrilla being executed in 1968 during the opening stages of the Tet Offensive

UNILAD colour photos 44 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourLibrary of Congress

A group of men inside one of the Hoover Dam turbines in the early 1930s while it was being built

UNILAD colour photos 53 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourLibrary of Congress/Mads Madsen

Two men testing out a bulletproof vest on September 13, 1932 in Washington, D.C.

UNILAD colour photos 65 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourJoe Rosenthal/AP Photo/Mads Madsen

U.S. Marines raising the American flag during the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima

UNILAD colour photos 73 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourMargaret Bourke-White/Getty/Sanna Dullaway

People lining up to seek food and clothing from a Kentucky relief station during the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937

UNILAD colour photos 85 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourAlexander Gardner/Library of Congress/Mads Madsen

The last living photograph of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865

UNILAD colour photos 96 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourDorothea Lange/Library of Congress/Mads Madsen

An unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest in August of 1939

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UNILAD colour photos 103 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourMads Madsen

George Orwell

UNILAD colour photos 116 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourToni Frissell/Library of Congress/Agnoiologist

A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida in 1947

UNILAD colour photos 123 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourDorothea Lange/Library of Congress/Jordan Lloyd

Men at a country store in Gordonton, North Carolina in 1939

 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourMalcolm Browne/AP Photo/Sanna Dullaway

A Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street to protest alleged persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government in 1963

UNILAD colour photos 146 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourRuth Orkin/Getty/Mads Madsen

Albert Einstein at a Princeton University luncheon in 1953

UNILAD colour photos 152 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourLibrary of Congress/Kibblenbits

Portrait of photographer Dorothea Lange atop a car with her holding a giant camera in February of 1936

UNILAD colour photos 167 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourMads Madsen

Mark Twain

UNILAD colour photos 177 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourDorothea Lange/Library of Congress/Mads Madsen

Florence Owens Thompson and her children in 1936 in Nipomo, California

UNILAD colour photos 182 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourTyne and Wear Archives and Museums/Sanna Dullaway

Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer, John Currie, and other gentlemen in 1909 at the Canada Dock, Liverpool

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UNILAD colour photos 197 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourSeth Kinman/Wikimedia/Mads Madsen

The 1865 photograph above shows Seth Kinman, a California hunter and trapper, sitting in a chair that he later presented to President Andrew Johnson

UNILAD colour photos 207 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourRoger Higgins/Library of Congress/Mads Madsen

Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane photographed in 1965

 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourWikimedia/Mads Madsen

Charlie Chaplin

UNILAD colour photos 226 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourU.S. Department of Defense/Sanna Dullaway

A nuclear weapons test being conducted by the United States in 1946 at Bikin Atoll

UNILAD colour photos 232 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourWikimedia/Sanna Dullaway

Participants of the 1927 invitation-only Solvay Conference, where the world’s most notable physicists met to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory

UNILAD colour photos 247 Some Of Historys Most Iconic Photos Have Been Transformed From Black And White To ColourMads Madsen

Charles Darwin


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