Historical photos were digitally coloured, and the results are beautiful

Hoover damBureau of Reclamation/DynamichromeThis looks terrifying both in colour and in black-and-white.

History doesn’t have to be just black-and-white.

Dynamichrome is a project dedicated to digitally reconstructing historical photos in colour, offering a brighter glimpse into the past.

One photo even shows the Eiffel Tower in its original reddish-brown colour. It’s been painted multiple times since then.

Dynamichrome’s director, Jordan Lloyd, teamed up with Retronaut website founder Wolfgang Wild to create a book featuring 130 of these photographs. “The Paper Time Machine” is currently being crowdfunded.

Check out some of the reconstructed historical photos below.

Officials ride in one of the penstock pipes of the soon-to-be-completed Hoover Dam in 1935.

Bureau of Reclamation

Gutzon Borglum and a superintendent inspect work on Mount Rushmore in 1932.

Library of Congress

The Golden Gate Bridge is still under construction in 1934.

Library of Congress/Chas. M. Hiller

The Eiffel Tower is in the middle of being built in 1888.

Roger Viollet/Getty

Workers are busy putting together the Statue of Liberty inside French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi's workshop in Paris in 1882.

Albert Fernique/Library of Congress

In 1881, the Tower Bridge in London doesn't connect quite yet.

English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images

In 1942, during WWII, the Taj Mahal is partly covered in bamboo scaffolding to disguise it from enemy bombers. In front of it, Private First Class John C. Byrom, Jr., of Waco, Texas, is trying to catch a goldfish in the marble-lined pool. Corporal Anthony J. Scopelliti and Private First Class Ray Cherry are watching him try.

Library of Congress

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