40 Amazing Colorized Historical Photos You Shouldn’t Miss

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40 Amazing Colorized Historical Photos You Shouldn’t Miss

40 Amazing Colorized Historical Photos You Shouldn’t Miss

Posted: 15 Jan 2014 07:01 AM PST

Whenever I look at an old black and white photo, I can’t help but wonder what it was like to live in that era. I would also try to imagine what the photo would have looked like if it had colors; would that give an entirely different mood to the photo?

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Thanks to the advancement of photo editing in recent years, we are now able to see what black and white photos would probably look like if they were captured in color, through a technique called photo colorization. It’s particularly interesting when the photo colorization is applied on photos of historical importance.

In this post, we are featuring a compilation of 40 amazing colorized historical photos. Sure, the color selections might not be spot on all the time, but I bet many would agree that these colorized versions do bring a new dimension to the photos.

Dorothy Counts – Breaking Down The Barriers, 1957. Dorothy became the first black student to be accepted into Harding High School. She was spat on, teased, and racially abused on enrollment day. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Dorothy Counts

Big Jay McNeely, Los Angeles 1953. The extraordinary Jazz musician serenading the crowd at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. (Image Source: traquea)

Big Jay McNeely

The Burning Monk, 1963. Thích Quàng Đức protested against the Vietnamese President’s anti-Buddhist laws by setting himself on fire. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Burning Monk

Civil Rights March, Washington 1963. One of the largest political rallies for human rights in the history of the United States, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. (Image Source: Dana Keller)

Civil Rights March

"Old Gold" Country Store, USA 1939. Just another lazy Sunday at a country store in North Carolina. The one standing in the doorway was the store owner’s brother. (Image Source: Jordan J. Lloyd)

Old Gold Country Store

Vietnam Execution, 1968. This photo taken during the Vietnam War portrays the ruthlessness of the war. Here a Viet Cong prisoner was shot in the head at point-blank range. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Vietnam Execution

VJ Day Celebration, New York City 1945. This photo of a sailor kissing a nurse during the VJ Day (Victory in Japan Day) celebration would later become one of the most famous shots taken during the celebration. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

VJ Day

"The American Dream" Poster, Kentucky 1937. A queue of African Americans waiting to receive bread in front a poster that implied "The American Dream" was open only to well-to-do white Americans. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

The American Dream

Abandoned Boy, London 1945. This boy went off to play and when he came back, he found his house in ruins. His family members were found dead under the rubble, and he was left clinging on to his stuffed toy. (Image Source: Andreas Larsson)

Abandoned Boy

Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 New York. The legendary physicist spent the summer of 1939 in Long Island where he befriended local store owner David Rothman. (Image Source: Paul Edwards)

Albert Einstein

Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 – 1980. The one and only Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, the original master of psychological thrillers. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Alfred Hitchcock

Audrey Hepburn, circa 1960s. A nice candid shot of the iconic British actress and humanitarian. (Image Source: Dana Keller)

Audrey Hepburn

August Strindburg, 1849 – 1912. Swedish legend Johan August Strindberg might be most well-known for being a great playwright and novel writer, but he was also a talented poet, essayist, and painter. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

August Strindburg

The Smoking Kid, USA 1938. A 1938 photo of a young boy smoking a cigarette in Baltimore. (Image Source: Jordan J. Lloyd)

Smoking kid

Union Captain Cunningham, 1863. One of the photos Jordan J. Lloyd chose to colorize for his American Civil War photo series. (Image Source: Jordan J. Lloyd)

Captain Cunningham

Charles Darwin,1809 – 1882. Darwin, an English naturalist and geologist best known for his theory on evolution. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Charles Darwin

Charlie Chaplin, 1889 – 1977. Charlie Chaplin, a legend of silent cinema. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Charlie Chaplin

Che Guevara, 1928 – 1967. The one whose vision became a countercultural symbol of rebellion during the Cuban Revolution. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Che Guevara

During the Civil War, USA 1863. Here’s another American Civil War photo brought to life by Jordan J. Lloyd. (Image Source: Jordan J. Lloyd)

During Civil War

Brigadier General David McMurtrie Gregg and Staff of Nine, USA 1862. A photo of Brigadier General David McMurtrie Gregg and his men. (Image Source: Jordan J. Lloyd)

Bri. Gen. David

General Joseph Hooker, 1862. This photo of General Joseph Hooker is brought to life with careful colorizing by Mads Madsen. (Image Source: Mads Madsen)

Joseph Hooker

Japanese Archers, circa 1860. 19th century Japanese archers in action. (Image Source: Jordan J. Lloyd)

Japanese Archers

Young Marilyn Monroe. "Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about." – Marilyn Monroe (Image Source: James Larkin)

Young Marilyn Monroe

Mark Twain, 1835-1910. "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter." – Mark Twain (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Mark Twain

Martin Luther King Jr. , Washington 1963. The moment when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream" speech. (Image Source: EllisHazzard)

Martin Luther King Jr

Mauretania – Giant Of The Seas, 1907. The year was 1907 and the "floating palace" was about to make its maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)


Migrant mother during The Great Depression, 1936. A photo of a mother of seven, taken during the Great Depression. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Migrant Mother

Marilyn Monroe During Film Career, circa 1950s. "Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world." – Marilyn Monroe (Image Source: Luck Gomes)

Marilyn Monroe

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, 1969. Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. (Image Source: Matt Drewry)

Neil Armstrong

Newsies at Skeeter’s Branch, 1910. More young boys with cigarettes. (Image Source: Paul Edwards)

Newsies at Skeeter's Branch

The Bikini Atoll, mid 1946. Bikini Atoll was a dream destination until it became a nuclear testing site in the 1940s. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Bikini Atoll

Oscar II, 1880. The king of Sweden and Norway from late 19th century to early 20th century. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Oscar II

P. Ramlee, 1929 – 73. A Malaysian icon for his contributions to the local film and music industries. (Image Source: Azli)


William C. Hopson, circa 1926. A photo of William, a US airmail service pilot, dressed in his winter flying suit. (Image Source: Dana Keller)

William Hopson

Powerhouse Mechanic, 1921. A classic example of labor back in the 1920s. (Image Source: Malakon)

Powerhouse Mechanic

Theodore Roosevelt, 1900. A photo of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. (Image Source: Will Doran)

President Theodore Roosevelt

Broadway at the United States Hotel, New York 1915. What Saratoga Springs looked like nearly 100 years ago. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Saratoga Springs

Unemployed Lumber Worker, circa 1939. A photo an unemployed lumber worker and his wife. The man was later identified as Thomas Cave. (Image Source: Mads Madsen)

Unemployed lumber worker

W.H. Murphy’s Bulletproof Vest, USA 1923. A photo of Murphy receving a shot in the chest as part of his bulletproof vest demonstration. (Image Source: Mads Madsen)

Murphy's bulletproof vest

Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965. A photo of Winston Churchill, a 2-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940 – 1945, 1951 – 1955), a Nobel Prize winner (literature), and the first ever Honorary Citizen of the United States. (Image Source: Sanna Dullaway)

Winston Churchill


20 Free Script Fonts You Can Download

Posted: 15 Jan 2014 05:01 AM PST

As the designs of script fonts are based on the fluidity of real handwriting, they can add a personal touch to pretty much any design, especially one that involves typography. Therefore, script fonts are truly handy tools when it comes to designing things like postcards, flyers, and wedding invitation cards.

Lucky for us, there are many ready-made free script fonts available all over the web. In fact, you might find that there are so many choices that you don’t know which ones to choose. To save you the trouble, we have handpicked 20 elegant and free script fonts for you in this post (or check out other types of fonts we have featured previously). Click on the relevant links provided to download any of them for free.

Pacifico by Vernon Adams

Allura by TypeSETit

BlackJack by Typadelic

Lobster by Pablo Impallari

Reklame Script by HVD Fonts

Jenna Sue by Jenna Sue Design Co.

Dancing Script OT by Impallari Type

Windsong by Bright Ideas

Kaushan Script by Impallari Type

Billion Stars Font by Måns Grebäck

Remachine Script Font by Måns Grebäck

Echinos Park Script Font by Måns Grebäck

Carolyna Words Font by Emily Lime Design

Silent Reaction Font by Jonathan S. Harris

Euphoria Script by TypeSenses

Grand Hotel by Astigmatic

Learning Curve BV by Blue Vinyl

Chocolate Covered Raindrops Font by ByTheButterfly

Mutlu by Gazoz

DHF Broffont Script Font by Dexsar Harry Anugrah


10 Apps To Improve Your Instagram Experience On Android

Posted: 15 Jan 2014 02:10 AM PST

Instagram has been around for a while now and have become one of the world most popular photo-sharing app on every platform it’s been released to. But just like many apps, it has its quirks and little annoyances that make you wish there was a better alternative out there somewhere.

Tag Weather In Your Instagram Photo

In this post, we are going to help you get the most out of Instagram with the use of Android apps that can help patch up the holes in the Instagram ecosystem. From accommodating Instagram’s fixation with square photos to doing chat right on Instagram, these are the 10 best apps to improve your Instagram experience on Android devices.

1. Square

Instagram loves squares. If you ever want to post a picture up to instagram, you better make sure all four sides to your photo are the same length. Cropping is a must, and can be a pain. But if you don’t want to sacrifice bits and pieces of your images, try #Square app.

Automatically Adjust Photo to Have A Square Sized

Use #Square to open your camera photos and it will automatically adjust it into a square, by adding bars on top or at the bottom of your photo. This bar can be customized to the color of your choice. You can also choose to save your edited photo in full JPEG or PNG size before uploading it straight to Instagram.

2. VSCO Cam

Bored with the filters you have on Instagram? Try VSCO Cam® to edit your photos into something that exudes a little bit more professionalism. Adjust your photo’s exposure, contrast, brightness, temperature and plenty others to make your photo look outstanding.

VSCO Cam Photo Editor For Photographer

There is a before and after option to tell the difference between your original photos and one that you have edited using the app. Despite popular belief, users can undo changes from the app – open the image from the internal gallery again to undo some or all edits.

3. InstaMessage

Instagram Direct lets you share photos and videos with up to 15 people privately within a group. It however is not a messenger in that you need to share a picture, and invite followers before chatting can start. Try InstaMessage instead.

Chat With Instagram Users

Anyone who has the same app running, will automatically be your friends and you can start chatting immediately. If they are not on InstaMessage yet, you can send them an invite from your Friends tab to download the app. If you want to meet you friends, the Explore option lets you find and chat with random strangers.

4. HashTags

If you are a prolific hashtagger then you know that there are popular hashtags and not so popular ones. The selections are a dime a dozen and your photo may be lost in the grand scheme of things because you used a less-popular hashtag.

Get Set Of Hastags For Your Photo

With the HashTags app, you can copy hashtags related to your photo by choosing the category it falls into then paste it in your photo/video descriptions. You can also create your own set of hashtags so that you only need to copy it from the app next time.

5. IgNo

In this age of notification and alerts, Instagram doesn’t have a push notification alert sound for new Likes and Comments from followers. Rather than wait for this feature to take flight, try IgNo. If the sound is not enough, choose to have it vibrate as well.

Sound Notification For Instagram

6. Xposed Instagram Downloader

Your friends tag you in a picture on Instagram but there is no way for you to download it. Install Xposed Framework. It comes with modules that allows you to integrate this very feature in the official Instagram app. You can download the Xposed module here.

Instagram Downloader

Once you have the module installed, enable and reboot your device; you can see the download option if you tap on the additional options button. The download works for any photos and videos that you can access. All of it can be accessed in your Android gallery.

7. TrackGram

Having problems figuring out who followed you and if you have followed them back? By using TrackGram you can get an overview of your new followers, who have unfollowed you, who are not following you back and who you’re not following back, all in one page.

Track Instagram Followers/Following Stats

There is a refresh button where you can sync the app and your current followers/following list for you to get the correct data. You can also just swipe a profile picture in your list to follow them quickly.

8. InstaPlace

Lost track of where you took that photo of that delicious spaghetti? While you may have the image on your Instagram (admit it, you take pictures of food), there isn’t a proper date or location data attached to the photo. The solution: InstaPlace. It will tag your photo with a place and the date.

Tag Location & Date In Your Photo

InstaPlace will stamp your photo with a few categories of skins that you can choose from. Each category contains skins that will allow you to edit the text to input whatever text you wish, together with a date and automatic location finder.

9. InstaWeather

On top of InstaPlace, there is also InstaWeather which gives the weather conditions of where you are when the photo was taken. Seeing how hot or cold the surrounding temperature is adds another dimension to an otherwise regular photo of you walking down a sandy beach.

Tag Weather In Your Instagram Photo

10. Padgram

Some of us are bored with Instagram, period. The constant cropping, poor filters, no download features, no support for multiple user accounts, limited sharing options etc makes you want to move on to a better version of Instagram, something like Padgram.

Instagram App Alternative

This alternative app to access Instagram on Android comes with all the features above and plenty more for you to explore. If you are a tablet user who want landscape support, you got it. It uses a stacking layout which makes it easy for users to navigate through the app.


Back To School! 15 Creative School-Themed Devices

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 11:01 PM PST

Ah, everyone has to leave the safe and stable environment of school and step into the working world eventually. You get tied down with responsibilities and bills and frustrations from work, that sometimes we wish we could go back and just worry about what excuse to give the teacher for not finishing our homework.

If you have left school for a while, this post may bring back some memories of your school-going years. The difference is that these aren’t your regular stationery items. In this post you will find 15 school-inspired devices like pencil-shaped headphones, an iPhone case in the form of an oldschool calculator, and new way to peel carrots. There’s a kid in all of us, and these school-themed devices will surely bring that kid out for some fun.

Magic Pencil Earphones by zoffy. If you’re bored with the regular black or white headphones, try this yellow pencil one. This two-halves-of-a-pencil headphone is surely going to turn some heads. [$50]

A Clock That Measures Time With A Ruler by Audun Ask Blaker. Instead of ten parts, this "ruler" sports 12 parts that make up every 5 minutes in an hour. And suddenly you have a clock!

Dodo Notes Case for the iPhone 5. This notes case is the perfect mashup for when "tradition meets technology". Sometimes it’s just easier to open a notebook and write things down. [$13.95]

Giant Pencil Sharpener Veggie Peeler. Peel a carrot like you would sharpen a pencil, cause it’s more fun and probably faster and a lot more fun. [$15]

Old-School Calculator iPhone Case. Is it a case, or is it a calculator? This is a legitimate question. (If you must know, it’s just a case. You will need to use your calculator app for actual sums.) [$12]

Pencil End Cup. Get rid of the mess on your table by putting them all in this erm… pencil’s end? The eraser part doubles as a paper clip box. [$22.55]

Chalkboard Eraser Display Cleaner. This screen cleaner mimics a classroom chalkboard brush but you can use it to clean up the fingerprints, dirt and dust off your computer, TV, or phone screen.

Kirei Towel (Student Work) by Hannah Jor. Hannah Jor won the Best of International Visual Communications award for this clever towel holder in a pencil shape design.

Pita Bread Pencil Holder. This unsuspecting yet delicious-looking pita bread pencil holder is made of 100% cotton, polyester, and wool. Try not to take a bite.

‘Write On!’ collection by Me & Zena. Now these are some really stationery-inspired jewels. Bracelets, rings and necklaces in the form of pencils.

Vintage Book Upcycled Lamp. This elegant book lamp is made with old books which were supposed to be destroyed, but creative designers found out a way to create something practical from them. [$200]

Wooden Ruler Height Chart. This giant wooden ruler is the best item to measure your kids growth. It would be a great addition to a pediatric clinic too. [£140]

Book-Inspired Coffee Table by Mitch Steinmetz. The perfect addition to any library or study room, this huge book slash coffee table has roomy storage inside for magazines and other reading materials.

Pencil Salt and Pepper Mill Set. These item will literally spice up dishes and kitchen decor. It's playful, funny, and a creative addition to any table. [£37.46]

Notebook iPad Case by David Veshapidze. You can sketch or paint on the iPad but sometimes putting pencil onto paper gives the most natural, creativity-inducing feel possible. [$39.99]


Touch Event Emulation with Chrome

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 09:01 PM PST

Touchscreen with multi-touch features have revolutionized mobile devices like the smartphone and the tablet, so adding multi-touch capability to our website is a practical choice. The problem we face with this is that we are developing websites on a traditional desktop that has no touchscreen capability. So, how do we debug a Touch event, if something is wrong with it?

Chrome has made debugging Touch possible and easier on the desktop. While we traditionally fill our website with Mouse-related events – such as click, mouseup, and mousedown – Google Chrome allows us to emulate Touch event without the use of a touchscreen device.

Let me show you how.

Touch Emulation

I have created a demo page with Modernizr linked to see the browser features. At this point, as you can see in the following screenshot, Chrome for desktop does not support Touch, which is indicated with the no-touch class within the body.

Chrome has an option to emulate Touch event/interaction. To do so, open Developer Tools Setting, and go to the "Override" tab on the left.

Select the "Emulate touch events" option, and refresh the window.

Now, if you take a look at the class name in the body, it changed to touch, and the mouse pointer turned into circle. It shows that Chrome supports Touch.

To test it, you can add the following JavaScript in your document.

 var obj = document.getElementById('toucharea'); obj.addEventListener('touchmove', function(event) { if (event.targetTouches.length == 1) { var touch = event.targetTouches[0]; var x = document.getElementById('pagex'); var y = document.getElementById('pagey'); x.textContent = touch.pageX + 'px'; y.textContent = touch.pageY + 'px'; } }, false); 

Hold your click, and drag it around the window, this code will generate the cursor position. You can go to the demo page to see it in action.


In addition, you can also test it with SwipeJS – a mobile optimized and swipeable image slider. Hold you click and drag it to the right and left on the Slider demo, the slide should follow your mouse cursor position.


When it comes to tool for web development, Google Chrome, in my opinion, is several steps ahead from other browsers. It is packed with tools for modern development such as Touch Emulation – although the implementation is limited to 1-finger gestures, not 2 or more gestures (yet).

Please also note that the Touch emulation will be discarded when the Developer Tool is closed.



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