10 Of History’s Iconic Black And White Photos, Colorized

10. Elvis Presley meets President Richard Nixon

The King of Rock and Roll met then President Richard Nixon on December 21, 1970. Elvis meeting Nixon was really nothing more than a publicity stunt: Elvis collected police badges and guns, and he really wanted to add a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge to his collection. So, Elvis wrote a letter to Nixon asking to become an honorary member of the task force. A Nixon aide and Elvis fan received the letter and set up the meeting. Priscilla Presley wrote in her memoir, Elvis and Me, that Elvis believed he could enter any country carrying any sort of drugs and firearms he wished thanks to the badge.
10. Elvis Presley meets President Richard Nixon

9. Hitler and Goebbels meet at Obersalzberg

The mountainside retreat in the Bavarian Alps known as Obersalzberg was the location of Adolf Hitler’s vacation home, the Berghof. Hitler spent a lot of time planning atrocities here during World War II, and would often meet with top officials in the Nazi Party such as Joseph Goebbels, who was the Reich Minister of Propaganda. The home was bombed by British aerial forces and then looted by Allied forces. After the end of the war, the Bavarian government demolished what was left of the site in 1952.
9. Hitler and Goebbels meet at Obersalzberg

8. Booker T. Washington in his office at the Tuskegee Institute

Booker T. Washington was a civil rights activist and politician who served as an advisor for a number of presidents during his life. He was born into slavery, and after the Emancipation Proclamation he acted as a representative for former slaves. He was a driving force behind the Atlanta Compromise, which focused more on peaceful resolution and education of the black community in the south rather than violent uprising in an effort for civil rights.
8. Booker T. Washington in his office at the Tuskegee Institute

7. Sharon Tate before the Manson Family murdered her

Sharon Tate was a promising newcomer in Hollywood before she was brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult, the Manson Family, in August of 1969. Tate was eight months pregnant when she and her friends were murdered in Tate’s home. The father of the child she was carrying was her husband Roman Polanski. Tate had been stabbed sixteen times.
7. Sharon Tate before the Manson Family murdered her

6. Newspaper boy sells evening editions announcing the Titanic has sunk

The crash of the RMS Titanic was one of the greatest maritime disasters in all of history. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic crashed into an iceberg in the North Atlantic during it’s maiden voyage from Southampton, England to its intended final destination of New York. More than 1,500 people died in the horrific accident.
6. Newspaper boy sells evening editions announcing the Titanic has sunk

5. Lincoln meets with General McClellan at Antietam

The Battle of Antietam in 1862 was a victory for the Union in the Civil War, but it was not the decisive victory that President Lincoln had hoped for. Following the battle, General McClellan did not immediately pursue General Robert E. Lee’s retreating forces. Lincoln visited McClellan to persuade McClellan to take advantage of the situation and attack. Lincoln would deliver the Emancipation Proclamation early the next year.
5. Lincoln meets with General McClellan at Antietam

 4. General Robert E. Lee following his surrender and the end of the Civil War

The American Civil War ended on April 16, 1865. Lee at first was not intending to surrender, but after an initial battle between Ulysses S. Grant and his forces at Appomattox Court House Lee realized the fight was hopeless. Grant’s respect for Lee and his hope of restoring Confederate states to the Union were the reasons that Lee was allowed to keep his sword and his horse when he surrendered.
 4. General Robert E. Lee following his surrender and the end of the Civil War

3. Samurai in 1881

By 1881, the reign of the Samurai in Japan was coming to an end. Emperor Meiji took power in 1867 and in 1873 he began to phase out the Samurai by introducing a more western style army. Samurais soon lost their position of power and were no longer the only armed force in Japan.
3. Samurai in 1881

2. Battle of Iwo Jima

The battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and the Empire of Japan was one of the bloodiest in all of World War II. Six thousand eight hundred and twenty one American soldiers were killed while 18,844 Japanese soldiers were killed. The Japanese were outnumbered more than three to one, so the Americans’ win was virtually assured.
2. Battle of Iwo Jima

1. Ernie Hare comments on prohibition

Ernie Hare was a popular recording artist and radio star in the 1920s. Here, he’s showing his displeasure with prohibition in this famous photo. Prohibition lasted for 13 years in the United States, from 1920 to 1933. The repeal of prohibition happened with the ratification of the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933, and the repeal movement was started and financed by the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, which included high profile members like the Du Pont family and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
1. Ernie Hare comments on prohibition