From an intimate portrait of Mark Twain in the last years of his life to an incredible overhead photograph of the D-Day invasion, we take a look history’s most important people and events captured in black and white photos and transformed into beautiful color images:
The inventor of the bulletproof vest tests one of the first prototypes in Washington DC in 1923.
Lou Gehrig after finishing his "The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939.
Protestors in Little Rock, Arkansas demonstrate against school integration in 1959.
Walt Whitman in 1868.
A pair of girls unload ice in 1918.
Clint Eastwood in 1962.
A Royal Air Force pilot receives a haircut in between missions during World War 2.
A Nihang bodyguard serving in the Nizam of Hyderabad's irregular Sikh army. In his right hand he holds a khanda sword, and in his left a ball and chain flail. The all-steel chillanum dagger in his cummerbund is traditionally associated with southern India. He also wears a shield, a second sword and a pistol, the butt of which is visible under his left arm. His battle-turban is fortified with razor-sharp steel quoits, miniature sword blades and steel chains.
The Golden Gate Bridge in mid-construction in the 1930s.
Claude Monet poses with various paintings in 1923.
In 1942, a room full of artists produce propaganda posters that will be used in the United States during World War 2.
A pair of Civil War veterans exchange stories during the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913.
A cook flips burgers at a state fair in 1938.
A clam seller does some business in Little Italy, New York City in 1900.
Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before he would be assassinated by Jack Ruby.
Elizabeth Taylor in 1956.
Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in 1919.
Alfred Hitchcock seen in mid-direction on the set of Birds in 1963.
A young newsboy sells newspapers in London in 1912 following the sinking of the Titanic.
Sharon Tate poses for a photograph in the early 1960s.
A pair of African-American troops pose by artillery on Easter 1944.
Robert E. Lee shortly after surrendering at Appomattox in 1865.
Curb Market in New York City circa 1900.
Aubrey Hepburn in the early 1950s.
An overhead photograph of the D-Day landing on Normandy Beach in 1944.
Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University in 1905.
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland in 1951.
Aubrey Hepburn In 1953
Albert Einstein in 1921.