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Check out these Colorized Civil War photos!

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazing-american-civil-war-photos-turned-into-glorious-color-2013-10

Color photography may not have been invented until the 1930s but that hasn’t stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add color to historical black and white images. 

Two of the most prolific users, Mads Dahl Madsen and Jordan J. Lloyd (who has since started Dynachrome, a digital image restoration agency), have done United States history a favor by taking a large amount of the Civil War photographs available at the Library of Congress and turning them into realistic and beautiful looking color. 

As photography was not invented until the mid-1800s, the Civil War was the first war to be captured on film. Famous photographers such as Matthew Brady and his apprentice Alexander Gardner made it their duty to capture the country’s tragic war for posterity, with a variety of portraits of officers and soldiers and scenes of daily life and the aftermath of battles. At the time, cameras were not able to accurately capture motion so there are few, if any, photos of actual battles in action.  


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    This is so cool! I tend to always think of historical events in black & white because of the photos, but this puts it in...
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