History may have been boring in school, but in retrospect, it’s downright fascinating — a winding. It’s an endlessly complicated story filled with larger-than-life characters and unpredictable struggles between good and evil, with plenty shades of gray in between. And nowhere does that come to life more than in these colorized history photos.
Why didn’t we like it in school? Maybe those boring black-and-white photographs made it a touch less interesting. Luckily, we have these pictures restoring some of recent history’s most famous figures and moments to glorious color. What did Marilyn look like, or Lincoln, or even Hitler? We need no longer wonder.
Scroll through the pictures below and marvel at how much closer the past feels when we see it as we see the news of today.