Color Restorations Of Historical Images Give The Past New Life

May 24, 2015

When a person shares a story with another, it is a way of recording that story for the future. Some are lucky enough to not only have stories to share, but the pictures that documented the event as well. Luckily enough, sometimes people collect those pictures and allow the pictures to tell the stories.

The Library of Congress is one such place that collects these images and records them for the generations that follow. The Library of Congress is America's oldest cultural institution and serves as the resource base of Congress itself. It is the largest library in the world with "millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts." According to its website, the library receives approximately 15,000 new items each working day that have to be sifted through, reviewed and eventually cataloged.

Not all items received are kept in the Library's collections, but it does add about 12,000 items daily. The Library's Prints and Photographs Division houses about 14.4 million visual images including the 19 represented below. Almost every one of the pictures is one that most are familiar with, but not in the current form. Each of the images here have been digitally remastered in full color, giving them another level of depth that has never been seen in them before.

1. A young, 18-year-old Russian girl is pictured after being liberated from Dachau Death Camp (April 1945).


2. The four daughters of Nicholas II and Alexandra Romanov, Grand Duchesses Maria, Olga, Anastasia and Tatiana, (1910).

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3. Manhattan at sunset from the George Washington Bridge, (December 1936).


4. “Here lies an unknown English Lieutenant killed in air combat” – Western Desert, Egypt, (1941).


5. Mary Winsor, the founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society, is seen here holding a sign during some sort of peaceful protest (ca. 1917).



6. A common sight during the heat wave in New York City were children in the streets, cooling off in any way they could (1912).


7. From a rubble-filled shelter in France during World War I, three soldiers are looking for the enemy. 

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8. Jean and Charlotte Potter are at the beach with the family pet (ca. 1910-1915).


9. Soccer legend Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1908).


10. An Ojibwe Native American is seen spearfishing in the waters of Minnesota (1908).


11. Jewish women and children arrive at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland (1944).


12. Audrey Hepburn (ca. 1953).


13. A view of Coney Island, New York (ca. 1905).



14. A small boy with his puppy in Point Pleasant, West Virginia (May 1943).


15. How many college boys can fit into a Volkswagen Beetle (ca. 1965)?


16. The Great Bambino, "Babe" Ruth, the year he joined the New York Yankees (ca. 1920).


17. Putting on War Paint (1944).


18. The Cab stand in Madison Square park in New York (ca. 1900).


19. Outside of Al Capone's soup kitchen on the South Side of Chicago during the Great Depression, a line of unemployed men (1931).


Via: InyMiny

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