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52 Colorized Historical Photos That Give Us A New Look At the Past

52 Colorized Historical Photos That Give Us A New Look At the Past

Up until the 1970s, color photography was rare. Thus, our vision of history is so often in black and white only. Rare colorized historical photos are our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like…and, boy, was it spectacular.

Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart

Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939

Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963

Oswald being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Hellen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918

Madison Square Park New York City around 1900

British Soldiers Returning from the front in 1939

Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932

Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina

Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939

W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923

Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946

Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905

An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 1939

Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961

1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept

Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.

People standing in line Louisville, Kentucky 1939

President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862

40 Must-See Photos From The Past. (via

40 Must-See Photos From The Past.

We came across this selection of astonishing photos from the past, thanks to Reddit user epicnesshunter. Some of these are absolutely mind-boggling, but what makes most of them so powerful is that they were taken in the past century, just one or two generations away from us. (VIA



#1. Woman With A Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938

#2. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885

#3. Elvis in the Army, 1958

#4. Animals being used as part of medical therapy, 1956

#5. Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

#6. Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916

#7. Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

#8. Circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924

#9. Annette Kellerman promotes women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907. She was arrested for indecency

#10. Annie Edison Taylor, the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901

#11. 106-year-old Armenian Woman guards home, 1990

#12. Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937

#13. The original Ronald McDonald, 1963

#14. Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961

#15. Advertisement for Atabrine, anti-malaria drug, in Papua, New Guinea during WWII

#16. Soldier shares a banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan, ca. 1944

#17. Little girl with her doll sitting in the ruins of her bombed home, London, 1940

#18. Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

#19. Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

#20. Bookstore in London ruined by an air raid, 1940

#21. Walter Yeo, one of the first to undergo an advanced plastic surgery and a skin transplant, 1917

#22. Measuring bathing suits – if they were too short, women would be fined, 1920′s

#23. Martin Luther King with his son removing a burnt cross from their front yard, 1960

#24. Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it, ca. 1964

#25. Lifeguard on the coast, 1920′s

#26. Artificial legs, UK, ca. 1890

#27. Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test, Las Vegas, 1953

#28. Mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948

#29. Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII

#30. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941

#31. Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

#32. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

#33. Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, 1963

#34. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930

#35. A space chimp posing to camera after a successful mission to space, 1961

#36. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, 1929

#37. Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight, 1893

#38. 23 year-old Evelyn McHale’s suicide – she jumped from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landed on a United Nations limousine, 1947

#39. Suntan vending machine, 1949

#40. First morning after Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right, 1967


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Vanity Fair Accused Of Lightening Lupita Nyong’o’s Skin Color

As a photographer, it is my job to not only provide high quality photographs for my lifestyle clients, but also it’s important that I understand the art of aesthetic and the fashion editorial market. I know that a bride may not want the same “artistic” filters used in her photos that perhaps an up and coming fashion designer would. 

Lupita Nyong’o (the next Hollywood ‘it’ girl) was recently photographed for the well known fashion magazine VANITY FAIR for their February issue. I personally believe that Lupita is BEYOND gorgeous and her photo was sheer perfection; however tons of critics have slammed the magazine (and subsequently the photo editor) for lightening her silky, chocolate skin.

Take this from a photographer: her skin was not lightened. The editor applied an artistic filter to give the ENTIRE photo a bubble gum, fairy like appeal.

If her skin were lightened, the photo would be creamier, and her skin itself would be more of a manila color. I believe that while it is AMAZING that people are trying to reverse the harming effects of colorism, it’s even more important to make sure not to take it too far. The photo was done in good taste and Lupita looked as heavenly as she always does. 

Take a look for yourself.


-Peace & Photos, Joc

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Quote To Live By – Photographers

Photographers record the past in the present for the future to enjoy. – Roland Gomez



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I am so excited to share with you the social series that family friend and fellow photographer Sabrina Thompson wrapped up this week!

The series is titled “Marriage Is….”

(Check the presentation video below)


Unfortunately here in the United States, the average marriage lasts only 8 years. Through visual imagery, Sabrina decided to travel accross the country photographing and interviewing couples who have lasted much longer than the average. She wanted to do this to show society that true love is not something that just happens, but it’s something that a man and a woman decide on committing to!

I am honored to share that my parents were chosen to participate in this amazing message and shared a little bit on how they’ve stood the test of time!


(Married 29yrs)
We met in college at Pembroke State University.

What made you fall in love?
SANDRA: His tenacity to work hard because of his love for his family.
GEORGE: Her Faithfulness to God and her family. and her beauty ( inside and outside).
Marriage is a journey that consist of two unique individuals that become one. It has highs and lows with the constant factor being God. It is being on this journey with the one you love, cherish , and respect.The Bible says: A man that findeth a wife finds a good thing.


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Amelia + Antonio MARRIED!!

Hey guys! The Speight Wedding this weekend was BY FAR one of the most enjoyable weddings I’ve shot this year! Since the [bride] Amelia and I used to cheer together back in high school (yes, I’m part of Cheer Nation FOREVER!) I knew I was in for a good time! Everything was done in true Amelia fashion! Her new husband didn’t surprise me much either — he and his bride are a match made in heaven! It was so cute capturing their first dance (which was a medley that included Miguel’s ADORN).

The father-daughter dance….oh yes, when the music starts playing and it’s Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”…oh yes, you’re in for a great reception!

Check out some of the photo sneak peeks and a YouTube Video a wedding guest posted of the Father/Daughter Dance!

Best Father Daughter Dance Ever Speight Wedding

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Hello party people! I am SO beyond excited because with the help of you (my clients) and some web hosting knowledge from one of my closest friends/colleagues I know officially own! After 3 years of having an official online site I FINALLY have my own domain! For some this may not be a big whoop, but when you go from having like a billion words in your free-domain name to something simple and sweet — it makes a WORLD of difference! It’s easier to find AND remember (which is exactly what I want). I’m still updating my portfolio, but make sure you check me out RIGHT after reading this!

In other photography news….well not much. haha Since I’ve been named the Creative Director of Our Success Magazine (not sure if I’ve told you guys yet or not, but if not you know now) and contributing for WEEN, my photo shoot booking has been spread out. I usually shoot on weekends now (a few during the week) so my available dates are going fast for Spring 2013. I just recently shot engagment photos for one of my highschool cheer mates (I’ll post a few sneak peeks in the coming weeks) and I’m gearing up to shoot her wedding in April! Also in two weeks I’ll be covering the baby shower of a family friend which should be SO much fun because mom is having TWINS!!!

I’ll be trying to fit some test shoots in and MAYBE have a summer special soon…so keep your eyes peeled!

Peace & Photos,


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Derek Blanks + Essence Mag + Gabby Douglas = GOLD!

So you all can only IMAGINE how hyped I was to hear that one of my photographer idols Derek Blanks had the honor of shooting Olympic gold-star Gabby Douglas! I am honestly SO eager to check out how awesome the photos turned out in the next issue of Essence Magazine! In honor of all things photography and beauty, here is a “behind the scenes” look into the shoot!!

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Do Guests ACTUALLY Pay Attention During Weddings?!

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In honor of summer wedding season, I’ve decided to post this lik. As a professional photographer, I find it kind of amusing because I’ve never really sat down and realized that despite the fact couples hire professionals to capture their special day — everybody, their momma, granddaddy, and cousin’s friend are taking pictures too!


I cannot TELL you how many relatives and friends I have to fight with for space at weddings and events. I always kindly move in front of them, snap my photos THEN move to capture another angle — but it’s crazy, with all of those people tweeting, facebooking, and instagramming the ceremony — WHO IS actually paying attention to the ceremony?!


Good read. Enjoy. ❤

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Nikon FACE OFF – for all the photogs out there

Nikon FACE OFF – for all the photogs out there

These people compared the new Nikon D800 to the new Nikon D7000 and a few of the other Ds.

Click on the underlined link above & check it out for yourselves …the results are quite interesting!