Hi, my name is Mario Unger, I'm a photographer and digital artist from Austria. Last year my main work was restoring and colorizing old photographs. In this post I show some of my favorites.

The reason for doing all of this work was to reduce the felt distance in time a little bit. I love B&W photography, but for some images I think, color is needed and most of B&W photography was done for one reason, there just was no color film!

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

Those deep warm eyes!

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Mulberry Street, New York, 1900

Mulberry Street, New York, 1900

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

Man.. this one would have taken ages to achieve this perfection!

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Adrienne Ames ("From Hell To Heaven", 1933)

Adrienne Ames ("From Hell To Heaven", 1933)

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Just lovely.

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#4

Walter Catty Allen CA 1900

Walter Catty Allen CA 1900

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Iván Galarraga
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3 years ago

Poopdeck Pappy, Popeye's daddy

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Maud Wagner CA 1905

Maud Wagner CA 1905

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Emma Jayne
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3 years ago (edited)

Her name was Maud Wagner, she was the first known female tattoo artist in U.S.

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Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

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cwa92464
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3 years ago

Her name was exactly as she was...

BusLady
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3 years ago

Such a classic beauty.

Mike Ringl
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3 years ago

Damn she was a good looking woman!

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Stunning.

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
3 years ago

So gorgeous! This reminds me of the old 'Breck Shampoo' ads I would see in magazines in the 50's and 60's. Love it!

Vanessa Taggart
Community Member
3 years ago

So lovely

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a beautiful woman.

Dan Mar
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3 years ago

wow

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
3 years ago

True Grace.

Maggie Collins
Community Member
3 years ago

She really is a most beautiful woman. Tragic that auto crash.

Stephen Walshe
Community Member
3 years ago

Grace was always a beauty.

Mortimer Snerd
Community Member
3 years ago

Her life was 'well played' as they say. (Until she told the chauffeur she could drive, of course. But prior to that.)

Sabal Minor
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3 years ago

I got to see the deadly curve she died in outside Monaco and it was a sad scene.

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#7

Humphrey Bogart, "Casablanca", 1942

Humphrey Bogart, "Casablanca", 1942

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BusLady
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3 years ago

The man at the piano was named Dooley Wilson.

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#8

Laurel Hardy, UK Tour, 1953

Laurel Hardy, UK Tour, 1953

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Alib
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3 years ago

It's Laurel AND Hardy. Stan Laurel is on the right and Oliver Hardy is on the left.

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#9

Texas Couple, Early 20th Century, Heavy Restoration

Texas Couple, Early 20th Century, Heavy Restoration

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CherAquili
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3 years ago

You are so talented!

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#10

Evelyn Nesbit CA 1900

Evelyn Nesbit CA 1900

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Alexandru Bucur
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3 years ago

Why is her hair blonde? Evelyn Nesbit famously had very dark auburn hair. There are a number of photographs of her in which the harsh lighting makes it look as if her hair is lighter than it actually was, but she was ever blonde! besides, if you look at another image from the same series, of her posing as "Thisbe", you will see her hair is definitely dark: large.jpg large.jpg

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#11

Picasso

Picasso

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BusLady
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3 years ago

He left such a legacy. His style constantly changed throughout his life, which made him unique.

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

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Rich Auntie Skeleton
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3 years ago (edited)

Oscar Wilde would be the King of Instagram if he were alive today. You all know it.

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#13

East Side Jewish Market, 1895

East Side Jewish Market, 1895

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Night Owl
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3 years ago

There are so many details...that looks like so much work to colorize

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Jerome, L.E., 1900

Jerome, L.E., 1900

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

She looks like she modeled for Charles Gibson for his 'Gibson Girl' drawings. Beautiful.

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#15

Walt Disney, 1931

Walt Disney, 1931

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Night Owl
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3 years ago

I wonder what he's telling the cat here. Did Mickey Mouse have to be approved by a cat?

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#16

In Honor Of A Great Person. Sophia Magdalena Scholl (1921-1943). Executed 75 Years Ago By The Greatest Criminals Humanity Has Ever Seen

In Honor Of A Great Person. Sophia Magdalena Scholl (1921-1943). Executed 75 Years Ago By The Greatest Criminals Humanity Has Ever Seen

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Sei Ichirou
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3 years ago

Sophia and her brother Hans were part of a group that spoke up openly against the Nazis - mainly by using leaflets. The group was formed 1942 in Munich by university students and their professor and soon found followers in other cities, too.

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#17

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Is it just me, or do all those men look alike?

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#18

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo

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BusLady
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3 years ago

What a great pose. Very flattering.

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#19

Edmund Hillary, 1953

Edmund Hillary, 1953

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

I refuse to believe its colored, but at the same time I know it is. You are one talented human sire!

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#20

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski

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Sei Ichirou
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3 years ago

Such wonderful music.

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#21

The Andrews Sisters

The Andrews Sisters

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Amazing how different they all look, but they still resemble as well.

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#22

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

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BusLady
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3 years ago

I want that emerald necklace. Beautiful!

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#23

Tsar Nikolaus Ii

Tsar Nikolaus Ii

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Moo Moo Futch
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3 years ago

Hottie.

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#24

Mark Twain, 1907

Mark Twain, 1907

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

Majestic

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#25

"Arsenic And Old Lace", 1944

"Arsenic And Old Lace", 1944

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Elisabeth Blackwood
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3 years ago

This movie is hilarious, if you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it.

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#26

Che Guevara

Che Guevara

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Pradeep M
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3 years ago

This is excellent work. Regardless of what we think about the person.

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#27

Hellen Keller

Hellen Keller

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Mimis Nachbarin
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3 years ago

She was an amazing woman! Thanks for bringing her up here.

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#28

Old Man, 1890

Old Man, 1890

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Juana
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3 years ago

Old man take a look at my life, I'm alot like you.

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#29

Puppet Designer, 1936

Puppet Designer, 1936

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Devin Robinson
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3 years ago

Damn I'd let him put me on a string

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#30

Arthur Conan Doyle, 1922

Arthur Conan Doyle, 1922

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J Doe
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3 years ago

Sir to you !

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#31

Mary Badham And Gregory Peck In 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (1962)

Mary Badham And Gregory Peck In 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (1962)

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

Wonderful to see my favourite movie coloured

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#32

Babe Ruth CA 1920

Babe Ruth CA 1920

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Sheila Lovelace
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3 years ago

He was a big smoker. Babe Ruth died from nasopharyngeal carcinoma in 1948.

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#33

Silvia Sidney And Henry Fonda In "You Only Live Once" (1937)

Silvia Sidney And Henry Fonda In "You Only Live Once" (1937)

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Turnip and a Frog
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3 years ago

Just a detali, really, but Fonda’s eyes were blue. But the whole selection is just fantastic :-)

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#34

Victor Hugo, 1876

Victor Hugo, 1876

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Destiny Rose
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3 years ago

One of my favorite authors. His imagery and story-telling is incredible. He was a true literary artist.

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#35

Buck Craske By Olive Edis CA 1910

Buck Craske By Olive Edis CA 1910

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Peak25500
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3 years ago

The photographer really mastered the light, or was it improved in post processing?

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#36

Last Photo Of Oliver Hardy, 1957

Last Photo Of Oliver Hardy, 1957

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Mimis Nachbarin
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3 years ago

He was soooo skinny in the end... Barely reconisable.

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#37

Louis And Grace

Louis And Grace

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Honesty Olishia
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3 years ago

Love their smiles!

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#38

Colley, Mrs. F. & Bell, Mrs. C.M. 1901

Colley, Mrs. F. & Bell, Mrs. C.M. 1901

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Rich Auntie Skeleton
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3 years ago

I'mma say it. I know it was the style back in the day, and they look AWESOME, don't get me wrong. But something about them gives me a Harry Potter vibe.

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#39

Grace Kelly With Robert Cummings, Famous Bruegel Painting On The Wall

Grace Kelly With Robert Cummings, Famous Bruegel Painting On The Wall

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Mimis Nachbarin
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3 years ago

That's quite an impressive work to make the dress that shiny green. Sehr beeindruckend.

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#40

Heffner, Mrs. T.M. 1900

Heffner, Mrs. T.M. 1900

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

Priceless

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#41

Buffalo Bill, 1906

Buffalo Bill, 1906

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Maria Campbell
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3 years ago

I would love to hear his stories!

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#42

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

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Alexandru Bucur
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3 years ago

Sorry, but that dress was actually yellow. She wore it in the 1956 film "High Society" which was shot in Technicolor: http://www.cinestylography.com/film-style-high-society-1956/

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#43

Child CA 1870

Child CA 1870

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lia minou
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3 years ago

the black and white restoration is beautiful

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#44

Laurel & Hardy, 1933

Laurel & Hardy, 1933

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rustic raven
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3 years ago

Hey what are we suppose to do with these silly things now that I have pulled this piece out of it ? Hey I don't know what does NITRO mean to you ?

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#45

Rachmaninoff CA 1915

Rachmaninoff CA 1915

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BusLady
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3 years ago

In the B/W, his face looks so washed out. In the colour pic, his face looks much more 3 dimensional.

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#46

Fridtjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen

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Mick Fowler
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3 years ago

Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Brilliant work!

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#47

Leo Tolstoy, 1897

Leo Tolstoy, 1897

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Kristyn Schulz
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3 years ago

This one looks painted! But I love the effect!

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#48

Boris Karloff As Imhotep In "The Mummy", 1932

Boris Karloff As Imhotep In "The Mummy", 1932

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Astrid Dinesen
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3 years ago

Robbie Williams sure let himself go

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#49

Marilyn Monroe, 1951

Marilyn Monroe, 1951

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Lise Bessant
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3 years ago

What's stuck inside her sweater it's weirdly bumpy?

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#50

Errol Flyn

Errol Flyn

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Connie Martin
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3 years ago

A rake.

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#51

Toulouse Lautrec

Toulouse Lautrec

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Nadja Lambacher
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3 years ago

I always adored his work. But like many artists he had a sad and lonely life. He thought he was unlovable because of his short stature.

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#52

Julie Adams In "Creature From The Black Lagoon", 1954

Julie Adams In "Creature From The Black Lagoon", 1954

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Scarier in Living Technicolor.

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#53

Margaret O'Brien (1937-) In "Lost Angel" (1943)

Margaret O'Brien (1937-) In "Lost Angel" (1943)

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Juana
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3 years ago

My favorite child actress

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#54

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

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Eric Spence
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3 years ago

He was a perfectionist, prone to temper, and was so into his work as are a lot of geniuses nowadays.

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#55

Powerhouse, 1920

Powerhouse, 1920

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

a golden wrench? silver would be more realistic

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#56

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
3 years ago

Her eyes in the picture match beautifly the green of the emerald ring - but Greta Garbo was famous for her blue eyes. Nevertheless: amazing work.

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#57

Walt Whitman CA 1860

Walt Whitman CA 1860

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Sue Burrison
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3 years ago

This looks like Alec Baldwin.

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#58

Kaiser Wilhelm II From Germany

Kaiser Wilhelm II From Germany

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Carole Reid
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3 years ago

He started it.

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#59

Mickey Rooney, 1930s

Mickey Rooney, 1930s

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BusLady
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3 years ago

He got started young. 7 years old here. mickey-mcg...181d9d.jpg mickey-mcguire-5b95845181d9d.jpg

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#60

Al Grey

Al Grey

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 years ago

Nowadays known as Morgan Freeman. Immortals exist O_o

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#61

Punlun, 1870

Punlun, 1870

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Mimis Nachbarin
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3 years ago

No. Pun Lun was the famous chinese fotographer who took that picture. The woman is one of his models. There are serveral pictures like that showing mother and and child.

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#62

Gioacchino Rossini, 1856

Gioacchino Rossini, 1856

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rustic raven
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3 years ago

No really he is looking for his flask in his pocket ;=]]

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#63

Ellen Terry At Age Sixteen, By Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864

Ellen Terry At Age Sixteen, By Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864

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Stephen Walshe
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3 years ago

Greatest actress of her time, and a beauty.

#64

Crown Prince Rudolf Of Austria, 1889 (Year Of His Suicide)

Crown Prince Rudolf Of Austria, 1889 (Year Of His Suicide)

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Andrew Keane
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3 years ago

In relation to tonality I'm not sure that was his eye colour.

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#65

"Once Upon A Time", 1944

"Once Upon A Time", 1944