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Haunting Colorized Photos Of WWI

Updated January 28, 2019 12.2k votes 1.6k voters 72.6k views18 items

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The visual record of WWI, the first massive international conflict of the 20th century, exists mostly in shades of black, white, and gray. Color photography didn't become widespread until the 1930s, so most of the historical images from the devastating conflict are products of black-and-white film. The images are compelling, but modern techniques that allow for colorization of older photos make the war seem even more hauntingly close and real. 

Historical snapshots help make long-ago events seem accessible in a way words simply cannot, and in some cases adding color boosts their power. Colorized images from WWI give modern viewers a glimpse into how children experienced life during the conflict, what weapons looked like before technological advancements, and techniques medical professionals used to cope with the influx of patients. WWI left its mark on everyone, and these photos prove it.