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21 Colored Historical Photos You Don't See In History Books

When we think of old photos, the first thing that comes to mind is black and white photographs with crumpled edges. However, many older photos can also be in color, which gives a different sense of beauty. Let's glance at these colored vintage photos!

1. Brigitte Bardot In Paris, 1950s 

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Born in the City of Light, 15-year-old French beauty Brigitte Bardot looks nothing less than but stunning in the photo with the Eiffel Tower within reach. The gold in the chiselled scarlet check together with her balletic grace would make people sigh, "The gods have been good to her."

2. Salvador Dalí Painting For Film "Destino," 1945 

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Here the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí sat in his studio, creating a short film "Destino" for Disney. He took the responsibility of writing the script and storyboarding the film. However, due to funding shortages during wartime, the film was canned with only 17 seconds of footage produced.

3. Audrey Hepburn, 1951

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Sitting on the stone frog, Audrey Hepburn was just the symbol of innocence. Little did she know at the time that the world of fame was awaiting her.

4. Young British Girl Outside Her Bombed Home, 1940 

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When the Luftwaffe flew overhead, nothing was spared, not even London. Down on the street of fallen rubble and shabby remnants sat a little girl, with no one but a stuffed toy by her side. She could hear guns in the distance, but why didn't they listen?

5. Boy Playing The Banjo With His Dog, 1920

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They say that having companions is more romantic than anything else. The little boy's smiling face tells us it's true. With a banjo, a loyal friend, and the spacious outdoors to enjoy, the boy was having the happiest time of his life. 

6. Finnish Civilians Enter A Bomb Shelter In Helsinki, 1939

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As World War II began, Helsinki was prepared for the Soviet Army: tall buildings were equipped with bomb shelters, and children's hospitals were moved out of the city. Yet, were their people ready for their new normal lifestyle: hiding from bombings and facing the destruction of their home?

7. Betty White, 1922

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When we think of Betty White, we see her as the First Lady of television and a legendary actress. We all remember the laughter and joy she brought in the series Hot In Cleveland. Her lovely smile brings hope and optimism to us all.

8. Grand Duchesses Of Russia

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The grand duchesses have long been the point of interest to historians. Being well protected by their father, little did we know of their life. This photo of four ladies posturing gracefully with marble greekgod-like dresses somehow gives us a hint of how their life really was. 

9. American Soldier Inside An European Church, 1945

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Museums may be shelters for priceless art during wartime, but churches and monasteries cannot hide their treasures. When soldiers stood in front of the symbol of compassion and love, would they wonder about the true meaning of war and the betrayal of their long taught faith?

10. Albert Einstein In Levi's Leather Jacket, 1938

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Albert Einstein seemed always to wear the same clothes every working day. The Menlo Cossack jacket has accompanied him through all his important calculations till the 1930s. You can't help but wonder what he was thinking about in this photo with his favorite jacket on?

11. 20-Year-Old Stephen Hawking, 1962

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Long before he was trapped in his wheelchair, Stephen Hawking had been an adventurous young man seeking out possibilities. The 20-year-old Hawking smiled, not knowing what suffering awaited him, caring only for his loved one and his beloved science.  

12. A Soldier And His Girl

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War is like poison ivy, destroying anything in its path. Before they set out on the journey with an unknown destiny, all the soldiers could do was spend every moment with their loved ones. They knew their mission in the war was to come back home alive, but were they able to do it?

13. Swedish Boy And His Fox, 1950's

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"If you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world." It looks like our fox has found his own little prince with hair silky as golden wheat fields.

14. Family Walk In Berlin, 1929

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It is hard to believe that there was a time in the 1920s when the gloomy Berlin was enveloped in such pastel pinks and bathed in bright sunlight. What would the world look like if there were no war at all? The photo may be the answer. 

15. Helen Hay In Pale Mauve Dress, 1890

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"Hither and thither thro' the solemn world, glory of purple, passionate blazing red/ Glints thro' the gloom, and thro' the grey is swirled—Ah! but the leaves twined sweet about her head." Helen Hay was not just the daughter of a Secretary of State; she was a poet, horse racer, and above all, an adventurer.

16. Navajo Riders, 1904 

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How do these Navajo riders make us feel? The russet mountains did not add any softness to the image, but instead a sense of desolation. Are they heading for a mission or just going for some tea? We may never find out, but does it really matter? We have the marvelous scene engraved in our minds after all.

17. Roadside Holiday Inn, 1959

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This red brick Holiday Inn building and vintage cars in the front immediately bring us back to the old days. On a road trip in the 1950s, a clean bed and a simple breakfast in these roadside hotels would make our day, nothing more was needed. 

18. Summertime Teenage Meet-Up, 1941

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Back in the 1940s, when social media hadn’t yet consumed us all, youths could enjoy direct communication and intimate companionship, and just being themselves. Yes we don't have to worry about putting food on the table as they did, but we don't have such pure freedom anymore either. 

19. Wartime Selfie, 1940s

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A selfie is something that records happiness and joy, but this one is tinged with sadness. May the young soldier memorize their sweet moments and love, for these would do him great to resist adversity and any twist of fate. War is ashes and annihilation, but love gives us strength.

20. Woman On Lake Louise, 1910

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It is a pleasant activity to have a small boat with a misty mountain behind it, especially when we are at the helm. People may laugh at the lady being dressed too formally for such a daily activity, but she has the freedom to make any decision, for she is the master of the ship and her life.

21. A Farewell Photo Of English Soldiers, 1939 

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When Britain declared war on Germany, young men were thrilled to be called to the front. Look at these youthful, smiling faces full of infinite hope; who knows if they would be able to laugh out loud again when it was all over? Or did they even have a chance to live to the end? 

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