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This Artist Colorizes Old Photos And They Might Change The Way You See History (30 Pics)

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Mads Madsen is a 25-year-old Danish man who is fascinated by history and is even pursuing a Master’s degree in ancient Greece and Rome history. The man also has an interesting hobby that’s just perfect for a history-obsessed man like himself – colorizing old photos.

Mads has been doing colorizations for years and in a recent interview with Bored Panda said he got into it after coming across some colorized photos on Reddit. “They were colorized by hand. This discovery led me to a more in-depth search, and I learned that it was actually done by an old lady,” said the man. “She had a website dedicated to hand-coloring photographs of all periods with oil. It just absolutely blew me away.”

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#1 Desmond Doss, Conscientious Objector And Medal Of Honor Recipient. He Was Given The Medal Of Honor For His Actions At Hacksaw Ridge, During The Battle Of Okinawa, Where He Carried 75 Wounded Men To Safety Under Heavy Enemy Fire

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#2 Two American Soldiers Proudly Show Off Their Personalized “Easter Eggs” (155mm Artillery Shells) Before Firing Them

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When choosing photos for his colorizations, Mads always checks whether the subject’s eyes will look good in the final picture. “I’ve always had a fascination with beautiful eyes, and that’s how I pick most of my photographs,” said the man. “If you look through my gallery, you’ll see that most of the eyes there are steely-blue or sky-blue, and they (hopefully) are framed beautifully by the surrounding color, contrasting with it really nicely. So that’s the main criteria.”

#3 Frederick Douglass, Talented Orator And Frontspokesman Of Abolition. Escaped Slavery, And Led A Freedom-Movement

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#4 Amelia Earhart, Unknown Date

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Mads says that colorizing an old photo is no easy task and is especially difficult when it comes to overlapping objects like tree branches stretching into the sky. Since he doesn’t want the sky to look brown or the branches to look blue, he has to do everything by hand.

If you’d like to try your hand at colorization, Mads has prepared a useful video tutorial – you can check it out here!

#5 Nikola Tesla, With Roger Boskovich’s Book ‘Theoria Philosophiae Naturalis’, In Front Of The Spiral Coil Of His High-Frequency Transformer At East Houston St., New York

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#6 Sir David Attenborough, Born This Day In 1926, Seen Here Petting A Macaw Around 1950-51

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#7 Helen Keller Greeting Charlie Chaplin By Feeling His Features

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#8 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.

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#9 Native American Chief With Feathers, Unknown Date

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#10 Two Girls And Their Snow Fort, Ca. 1910

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#11 Sgt. Henry ‘Black Death’ Johnson Of The 369th

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‘Harlem Hellfighters’ poses wearing the Croix du Guerre, awarded for bravery in an outnumbered battle against German forces. He also received the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2015 – 12th of February 1919

#12 Ca. 1960 – A Civil Rights Demonstration. A Black Woman Is Glaring At A Man, Who Appears To Be A Segregationist, Donning The Confederate Flag On His Hardhat

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#13 Audrey Hepburn. Unknown Date

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#14 Christmas Truce Of 1914 During The First World War

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German and British soldiers laid down their arms, and climbed out in to no man’s land for an unofficial ceasefire during Christmas. Supposedly over 100,000 soldiers participated, gifts were exchanged, British soldiers cut the hair of German soldiers, officers swapped buttons and coats, privates exchanged candy – and the next day, the fighting resumed, and the carnage continued.

it’s worth noting that not all parts of the front celebrated this truce, some parts of the frontline only had small agreements of a minor ceasefire to recover bodies, while others sang songs from within their trenches.

#15 Albert Einstein, Photographed Ca. 1948 By Yousuf Karsh

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#16 Jim Henson, Creator Of The Muppets, Sitting With Ernie & Kermit The Frog

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#17 Marilyn Monroe After A Party. A Rare, Solemn Moment Of Quiet For The Otherwise Boisterous Personality

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#18 Richard Pierce – 14 Years Of Age, Works As A Western Union Telegraph Messenger. With Nine Months Of Service. He Works From 7 A.m. To 6 P.m. Smokes. Visits Houses Of Prostitution. Wilmington, Delaware, Ca. May 1910

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#19 Einstein Laughing During A Dinner Party, Year Unknown

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#20 Paul Newman & Clint Eastwood

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#21 Brigadier General And Actor Jimmy Stewart. Participated In Over 20 Missions Over Nazi-Occupied Europe, And Even Flew A Bombing Run During The Vietnam War.

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#22 James Dean, Actor And Rebel Without A Cause, December 29th, 1954

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#23 Victor Hugo, Famous Author Of Les Miserables, And The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame – Ca. 1876

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#24 Mark Twain

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#25 Eric Arthur Blair, Better Known By His Pen Name George Orwell, Was An English Novelist, Essayist, Journalist, And Critic

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His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

Orwell’s work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including Big Brother, Thought Police, Room 101, memory hole, newspeak, doublethink, proles, unperson, and thoughtcrime.

#26 Joseph Goebbels Scowling At Photographer Albert Eisenstaedt After Finding Out Eisenstaedt Was Jewish.

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Eisenstaedt himself is quoted as saying ‘He stared at me with hate in his eyes’, despite the events following up to this. Eisenstaedt had photographed Goebbels sitting on his own outside in the courtyard, had approached him and taken a photograph of him with a warm smile, and then moments later was confronted with this, when Goebbels had learned of Eisenstaedts ‘true identity’. Sad.

#27 Buzz Aldrin, The Second Man On The Moon, Seen Here As Commandant Of The Air Force Test Pilot School, Ca. 1963

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Note the Mickey Mouse watch he is wearing as well.

#28 Theodore Roosevelt Holding His Grandson, Kermit Roosevelt Jr. – Ca. 1916

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#29 Abraham Lincoln And George Mcclellan At Antietam, October 2nd/3rd, 1862

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#30 Charlie Chaplin Without His Trademark Moustache In His Later Years, Working On A Movie Set

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Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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