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.
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:
Sgt. George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask during a practice smokescreen in 1942 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia
A Vietcong Guerrilla being executed in 1968 during the opening stages of the Tet Offensive
A group of men inside one of the Hoover Dam turbines in the early 1930s while it was being built
Two men testing out a bulletproof vest on September 13, 1932 in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Marines raising the American flag during the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima
People lining up to seek food and clothing from a Kentucky relief station during the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937
The last living photograph of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865
An unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest in August of 1939
A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida in 1947
Men at a country store in Gordonton, North Carolina in 1939
A Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street to protest alleged persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government in 1963
Albert Einstein at a Princeton University luncheon in 1953
Portrait of photographer Dorothea Lange atop a car with her holding a giant camera in February of 1936
Florence Owens Thompson and her children in 1936 in Nipomo, California
Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer, John Currie, and other gentlemen in 1909 at the Canada Dock, Liverpool
The 1865 photograph above shows Seth Kinman, a California hunter and trapper, sitting in a chair that he later presented to President Andrew Johnson
Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane photographed in 1965
A nuclear weapons test being conducted by the United States in 1946 at Bikin Atoll
Participants of the 1927 invitation-only Solvay Conference, where the world’s most notable physicists met to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory