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Historic Black and White Photos Restored in Color

There is a long standing debate of whether black and white photos of the historic era should be colorized. Last year there was a media uproar when Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway started promoting her business as a photo restorer by coloring iconic black and white images of yesteryears. Now there is an entire group of talented photo artists who contribute their work to an obscure section on the social news website Reddit. Below is a collection of some of their most popular creation.

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Powerhouse Mechanic by Lewis W. Hine (1921)

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W.H. Murphy and his associate demonstrating their bulletproof vest on October 13, 1923. Original below.

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Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939. Original below.

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'Old Gold', Country store, 1939. Original below

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Big Jay McNeely driving the crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953. Original below

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Kyūdōka, Japanese Archers c.1860. Original below

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Albert Einstein

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Daughter of a resettled farmer, 1935. Original below

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Manzanar Relocation Centre - Grandfather and grandson of Japanese ancestry, 2 July 1942. Original below

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British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the western front - England, September 20, 1939.

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Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937. Original below

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Elizabeth Taylor – Giant (1956 film). Original below

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Pablo Picasso sits in front of his painting The Kitchen

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Young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938

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Audrey Hepburn

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Albert Einstein, summer 1939 - Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

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Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945

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Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

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