Is your perception of the 19th and 20th centuries somewhat grainy and distorted? If so, you’re not alone. The photographs of the era place an indelible stamp upon our consciousness, forever miring the times in blurry obscurity. But what happens when talented artists restore historical photos by adding a little color? They create a stunning exhibition of how things may have actually looked. When they restore photos of everyday life, they give us a fascinating glimpse into what life in the past was actually like, more vivid and relatable than ever before.
Driver Asks for Directions (1939)
Nothing says “America” like the open road. In this 1939 photo, a motorist stops at the New Mexico state line to ask for directions from a state trooper.