Anybody can use Photoshop, but doing a good job remains a craft. Professional colorist from Brazil, Marina Amaral, doesn't just click-and-drag. Driven by her burning obsession with history, Marina does extensive research to make her colorizations as realistic as possible, too.

Amaral has played with Photoshop since she was about ten. In 2015, she was scrolling a history forum on the internet and discovered colorized photos of World War I. Instantly inspired, Amaral started restoring and putting color into photos that were originally black and white. This allows people to experience the past through a whole new perspective. "Each photo is made to be realistic by recognizing the value behind each one of them, respecting and preserving their stories, paying attention to the finer details and maintaining their original essence."

"Every completed work has gone through long and in depth research, and is supported by the opinions of experts in each particular area if necessary, to faithfully reproduce the original colors and atmosphere," she adds. "My work ranges from simple portraits to complex and detailed images, taken from various historical periods covering a wide range of topics." Continue scrolling to enjoy Marina's wonderful work.

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#1

Ruby Bridges, Escorted By US Marshals To Attend An All-White School, 1960

Ruby Bridges, Escorted By US Marshals To Attend An All-White School, 1960

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#2

Cree Man, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1903

Cree Man, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1903

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#3

Monet

Monet

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varwenea
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A rather intriguing pair of photos given Monet's reputation for the study of light and its colors; the world then who couldn't see his art in person can only see black and white images, completely nullifying the genius of his artistry.

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#4

A Photographer Uses His Own Backdrop To Mask Poland's World War II Ruins While Shooting A Portrait In Warsaw In November 1946

A Photographer Uses His Own Backdrop To Mask Poland's World War II Ruins While Shooting A Portrait In Warsaw In November 1946

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#5

Lewis Powell. He Was A Conspirator With John Wilkes Booth, Who Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln

Lewis Powell. He Was A Conspirator With John Wilkes Booth, Who Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln

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Katie Fossee
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Am I the only one that finds him extremely attractive ?

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#6

Marie Sklodowska Curie

Marie Sklodowska Curie

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#7

Four Female Pilots Leaving Their Ship, Pistol Packin' Mama, At The Four Engine School At Lockbourne AAF, 1944

Four Female Pilots Leaving Their Ship, Pistol Packin' Mama, At The Four Engine School At Lockbourne AAF, 1944

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PeachPossum
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1940: Frances Green, Margaret (Peg) Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn leaving their plane, "Pistol Packin' Mama," at the four-engine school at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio, during WASP ferry training B-17 Flying Fortress.

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#9

Banana Docks, New York. CA 1890 – 1910

Banana Docks, New York. CA 1890 – 1910

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#10

Finnish Sniper Simo Häyhä, White Death

Finnish Sniper Simo Häyhä, White Death

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Zenozenobee
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"White Death " because this Finnish sniper record 505 confirmed kills. He survived a bullet in the head and lived 96 years.

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#11

Titanic Orphans, Brothers Michel And Edmond Navratil, 1912. They Were The Only Children To Be Rescued From The Titanic Without A Parent Or Guardian

Titanic Orphans, Brothers Michel And Edmond Navratil, 1912. They Were The Only Children To Be Rescued From The Titanic Without A Parent Or Guardian

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logical fallacy
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their father had abducted them from their mother and then he drowned. The mother was found and took them back in the end.

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#12

Eunice Hancock, A 21-Year-Old Woman, Operates A Compressed-Air Grinder In A Midwest Aircraft Plant During World War II. August 1942

Eunice Hancock, A 21-Year-Old Woman, Operates A Compressed-Air Grinder In A Midwest Aircraft Plant During World War II. August 1942

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#13

Roza Shanina, A 19-Year-Old Russian WWII Sniper With 59 Confirmed Kills

Roza Shanina, A 19-Year-Old Russian WWII Sniper With 59 Confirmed Kills

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Alexandru Bucur
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately, she never made out of the war alive. She was killed by a shell fragment in January 1945, just three months before the end of the war...

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#14

Young Kenyan Woman Holding A Dik-Dik, Mombasa, 1909

Young Kenyan Woman Holding A Dik-Dik, Mombasa, 1909

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Kiahna
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No idea what a Dik-Dik is, but it's adorable.

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#15

The Most Intelligent Picture Ever Taken: Participants Of The 5th Solvay Conference On Quantum Mechanics, 1927

The Most Intelligent Picture Ever Taken: Participants Of The 5th Solvay Conference On Quantum Mechanics, 1927

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#16

Men Of 72 Highlanders Who Served In The Crimea: William Noble, Alexander Davison And John Harper, 1853 – 1856

Men Of 72 Highlanders Who Served In The Crimea: William Noble, Alexander Davison And John Harper, 1853 – 1856

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#17

Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II. 2 June, 1953

Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II. 2 June, 1953

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#18

Senator John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy On Their Wedding Day. September 12, 1953

Senator John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy On Their Wedding Day. September 12, 1953

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#19

Grigori Rasputin. Lover Of The Russian Empress

Grigori Rasputin. Lover Of The Russian Empress

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#20

Private Paul Oglesby, 30th Infantry, Standing Inprivate Paul Oglesby, 30th Infantry, Standing In Reverence Before An Altar In A Damaged Catholic Church (Santa Maria Degli Angeli). Acerno, Italy, September 1943

Private Paul Oglesby, 30th Infantry, Standing Inprivate Paul Oglesby, 30th Infantry, Standing In Reverence Before An Altar In A Damaged Catholic Church (Santa Maria Degli Angeli). Acerno, Italy, September 1943

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Doodlebug
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are all beautifully done, but in this shot, I feel like the artistry of capturing the light and shadow is lost altogether. It has less impact in colour.

Connie Martin
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Paging BP's nonexistent title proofreader....

Louise Brigance
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The coloration on this one is spectacular, and it must have been a beautiful church and I hope they could rebuild it.

Jesse Musil
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dont know, i like the colored one better. if you look at the light shining on the floor it looks like it almost circles around him. almost like god is shining the light on him..

Eleanor Orser
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What was going through his mind! He must have thought the world crazy to destroy such history and beauty.

Carolina Romero
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is how you feel when you think that God has abandoned you.

Nosfentor
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fortunately, there are no gods.

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Curious Cat
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wanted 1 italian roofer for small job at church.

Mei-Lin Po
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Title of this picture needs editing...

Adriano Esposito
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly the church was damaged again in the earthquake of the 1980. The church itself eas built circa 1500. Here it is today http://www.prolocoacerno.it/acerno/santamaria.htm

Adriano Esposito
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Still very dangerous to stand there

Mer
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The black and white photo captures the ethereal almost mystical feeling of the wounded church far better than the colorized version does, though.

Sharon Ingram
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is gorgeous. Beautifully done.

BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shameful to see a Church destroyed like this.

Miss Cris
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find that each photo express different things. In the coloured one I feel sadder about this destroyed beaty and I see the coloured space and the person as an alien arriving and questioning abuot us... in th b/w one I like the nothing, it's more what's missing...

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#21

Hermann Göring Sits In The Dock At The Nuremberg Trial, 1946

Hermann Göring Sits In The Dock At The Nuremberg Trial, 1946

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#22

Einstein And Chaplin

Einstein And Chaplin

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#23

Italian Immigrants Arrive At Ellis Island, 1905

Italian Immigrants Arrive At Ellis Island, 1905

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Rafael Florez
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How many of these people descendants are today's racists, anti-immigration and xenophobics?

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#24

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

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#25

Albert Einstein, 1 March 1921

Albert Einstein, 1 March 1921

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#26

Winston Churchill As A Cornet In The 4th Queen's Hussar's Cavalry, 1895

Winston Churchill As A Cornet In The 4th Queen's Hussar's Cavalry, 1895

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Mick Fowler
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A stirring voice for freedom unless one has the misfortune of being Irish.

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#27

Queen Victoria And Her Family, Including King Edward VII, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Kaiser Wilhelm II And Empress Frederick At A Wedding In Coburg, Germany, 1894

Queen Victoria And Her Family, Including King Edward VII, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Kaiser Wilhelm II And Empress Frederick At A Wedding In Coburg, Germany, 1894

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Zenozenobee
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, Kaiser Wilhelm II was Victoria's grand son, Nicolas II maried Victoria's grand daughter... the familly meetings must have been fun after 1914.

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#28

Lincoln, 1860

Lincoln, 1860

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He just always looks so emaciated, cadaverous and frankly unwell

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#29

Faces Of Auschwitz: Janina Nowak

Faces Of Auschwitz: Janina Nowak

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Alexandru Bucur
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was an extraordinary woman - she escaped from Auschwitz in 1942, and while she was recaptured in 1943 and brought back, she survived. It's unclear what happened to her after the war. Let's just hope she didn't die at the hands of the Soviets like many others who were rescued from Nazi camps just to end up in Soviet ones...

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#30

The Liberation Of Bergen-Belsen, April 1945

The Liberation Of Bergen-Belsen, April 1945

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Teresa Wright
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can fools look at these pictures & deny the Holocaust? It's beyond me!

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#31

A Group Of Bootblacks Gather Around An Old Civil War Veteran In Pennsylvania, 1935

A Group Of Bootblacks Gather Around An Old Civil War Veteran In Pennsylvania, 1935

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PeachPossum
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now that's something we probably wouldn't see today...young boys hanging on an old veteran's every word. Or boys working at such young ages. But look at the shine on the old man's boot. The boy did a good job!

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#32

Sami Girl, 1938, Suenjel, Petsamo

Sami Girl, 1938, Suenjel, Petsamo

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#33

American Infantrymen Of The U.S. Army’s 92nd Infantry Division (“Buffalo Soldiers Division”) Are Photographed At Rest In Italy. April 1945

American Infantrymen Of The U.S. Army’s 92nd Infantry Division (“Buffalo Soldiers Division”) Are Photographed At Rest In Italy. April 1945

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John Qio
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of them settled in Italy after the war, and married italian women. One of the best italian saxophonist James Senese (06-01-45), is half italian and half american, like we used to say in the past, "a war's child". james-sene...e-750.jpeg james-senese-4ea520e4-11ae-47c4-bd93-9a998f9a2ff-resize-750.jpeg

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#34

Before And After The Facial Reconstruction Of A Wounded Soldier During World War I

Before And After The Facial Reconstruction Of A Wounded Soldier During World War I

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tarebear
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine what we could do for him now!!! I mean I know he's probably not alive anymore but ya

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#36

Hiroshima After Bombing

Hiroshima After Bombing

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#37

Queen Elizabeth Great Grandmother

Queen Elizabeth Great Grandmother

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#38

Civil Rights March On Washington, D. C. With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And Mathew Ahmann In A Crowd

Civil Rights March On Washington, D. C. With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And Mathew Ahmann In A Crowd

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Den Star
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I still love and miss Dr King. I sure wish he was here.

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#39

Filthy Thirteen Member Clarence Ware Applies War Paint To Charles Plaudo. England, 31 December 1943

Filthy Thirteen Member Clarence Ware Applies War Paint To Charles Plaudo. England, 31 December 1943

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Kevin Camp
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their leader, Jake McNeice was part Choctaw, and he applied their tribes strong warrior aethetic to his men. These guys infiltrated behind enemy lines to destroy support and supply lines during the war. Very low survivor rate.

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#40

School At Anthoston, Kentucky, 1916

School At Anthoston, Kentucky, 1916

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Lady Perkele
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the color one the kids are looking down... But in the original they are looking to the front. Did someone else realized?

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#41

Otto Frank Anexo

Otto Frank Anexo

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Alexandru Bucur
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is Anne's Frank father and the only one from the family to have survived the Nazi camps. He is pictured here in the attic of the Secret Annex on the 3rd May 1960, the day the Anne Frank House was officially opened to the public.

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#42

Bull Chief, An Indian Warrior, Apsaroke Tribe. The Photo Was Taken In 1908 By Edward S. Curtis. He Is Wearing A Buffalo Headdress With Horns

Bull Chief, An Indian Warrior, Apsaroke Tribe. The Photo Was Taken In 1908 By Edward S. Curtis. He Is Wearing A Buffalo Headdress With Horns

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Janine B.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The second picture looks much more impressive. Well taken picture.

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#43

Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen With Wife Pat, And Eleven-Month-Old Son Kent, 1947

Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen With Wife Pat, And Eleven-Month-Old Son Kent, 1947

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Daria B
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good job training your baby so early on. That kid's gonna be the real life Goku. (*Disclaimer* It's a joke, obviously)

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#44

Unemployed Lumber Worker (Thomas Cave) Goes With His Wife (Vivian) To The Bean Harvest, Oregon, August 1939

Unemployed Lumber Worker (Thomas Cave) Goes With His Wife (Vivian) To The Bean Harvest, Oregon, August 1939

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#45

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington

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PeachPossum
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Captured the light gray of his eyes very well. Burgundy tie is a nice touch.

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#46

Soccer Team Of British WWI Soldiers Wearing Gas Masks, France, 1916

Soccer Team Of British WWI Soldiers Wearing Gas Masks, France, 1916

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#47

Brazilian Army Pvt. Francisco De Paula Of The Brazilian Expeditionary Force During The Italian Campaign, WWII

Brazilian Army Pvt. Francisco De Paula Of The Brazilian Expeditionary Force During The Italian Campaign, WWII

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Alexandru Bucur
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In case you're wondering, the inscription on the shell means "The snake is smoking", which was adopted as the motto of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force along with the moniker "Cobras Fumantes" (Smoking Snakes) after a popular saying that "...it's easier for a snake to smoke a pipe than the BEF to go to war". Well, the snakes were definitely smoking in Italy that year...

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Photograph From The Main Eastern Theater Of The War, Battle Of Antietam, Md. Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, And Maj. Gen. John A. Mcclernand, 1862

Photograph From The Main Eastern Theater Of The War, Battle Of Antietam, Md. Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, And Maj. Gen. John A. Mcclernand, 1862

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#50

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria

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PeachPossum
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