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This Artist Colorizes Old Black & White Photos, And They Will Change The Way People Imagine History


Marina Amaral is a Brazilian colorist who has been using Photoshop since she was ten years old. She uses her skills to make historic black and white photos burst with vivid colors and give us an interesting look into how things really looked like in the old days.

Marina has been coloring old pictures since 2015 when she stumbled across some colored World War I photos while browsing history forums. A lot of work goes into achieving such accurate results: “Each photo is made to be realistic by recognizing the value behind each one of them, respecting and preserving their stories, paying attention to the finer details and maintaining their original essence,” says Marina.

Marina says her work ranges from simple portraits to complex and detailed images, taken from various historical periods covering a wide range of topics. She does extensive in-depth research and gets expert opinions if necessary to faithfully reproduce the original colors and atmosphere.

Check out the amazing colored historic photos in the gallery below!

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#1 Ruby Bridges, Escorted By US Marshals To Attend An All-White School, 1960

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#2 Monet

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#3 Cree Man, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1903

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#4 Marie Sklodowska Curie

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#5 Lewis Powell. He Was A Conspirator With John Wilkes Booth, Who Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln

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#6 A Photographer Uses His Own Backdrop To Mask Poland’s World War II Ruins While Shooting A Portrait In Warsaw In November 1946

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#7 Queen Elizabeth II

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#8 Hermann Göring Sits In The Dock At The Nuremberg Trial, 1946

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#9 Banana Docks, New York. CA 1890 – 1910

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#10 Finnish Sniper Simo Häyhä, White Death

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#11 Four Female Pilots Leaving Their Ship, Pistol Packin’ Mama, At The Four Engine School At Lockbourne AAF, 1944

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#12 Eunice Hancock, A 21-Year-Old Woman, Operates A Compressed-Air Grinder In A Midwest Aircraft Plant During World War II. August 1942

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#13 Roza Shanina, A 19-Year-Old Russian WWII Sniper With 59 Confirmed Kills

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#14 Young Kenyan Woman Holding A Dik-Dik, Mombasa, 1909

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#15 Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II. 2 June, 1953

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#16 Grigori Rasputin. Lover Of The Russian Queen

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#17 Titanic Orphans, Brothers Michel And Edmond Navratil, 1912. They Were The Only Children To Be Rescued From The Titanic Without A Parent Or Guardian

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#18 Men Of 72 Highlanders Who Served In The Crimea: William Noble, Alexander Davison And John Harper, 1853 – 1856

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#19 Private Paul Oglesby, 30th Infantry, Standing Inprivate Paul Oglesby, 30th Infantry, Standing In Reverence Before An Altar In A Damaged Catholic Church (Santa Maria Degli Angeli). Acerno, Italy, September 1943

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#20 Italian Immigrants Arrive At Ellis Island, 1905

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#21 Senator John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy On Their Wedding Day. September 12, 1953

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#22 The Most Intelligent Picture Ever Taken: Participants Of The 5th Solvay Conference On Quantum Mechanics, 1927

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#23 Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

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#24 Lincoln, 1860

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#25 Albert Einstein, 1 March 1921

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#26 Einstein And Chaplin

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#27 Winston Churchill As A Cornet In The 4th Queen’s Hussar’s Cavalry, 1895

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#28 Queen Victoria And Her Family, Including King Edward VII, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, Kaiser Wilhelm II And Empress Frederick At A Wedding In Coburg, Germany, 1894

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#29 The Liberation Of Bergen-Belsen, April 1945

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#30 Before And After The Facial Reconstruction Of A Wounded Soldier During World War I

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#31 Faces Of Auschwitz: Janina Nowak

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#32 Sami Girl, 1938, Suenjel, Petsamo

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#33 Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen With Wife Pat, And Eleven-Month-Old Son Kent, 1947

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#34 School At Anthoston, Kentucky, 1916

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#35 Soccer Team Of British WWI Soldiers Wearing Gas Masks, France, 1916

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#36 Otto Frank Anexo

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#37 Civil Rights March On Washington, D. C. With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And Mathew Ahmann In A Crowd

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#38 Queen Elizabeth Great Grandmother

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#39 Filthy Thirteen Member Clarence Ware Applies War Paint To Charles Plaudo. England, 31 December 1943

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#40 Hiroshima After Bombing

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#41 Bull Chief, An Indian Warrior, Apsaroke Tribe. The Photo Was Taken In 1908 By Edward S. Curtis. He Is Wearing A Buffalo Headdress With Horns

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#42 American Infantrymen Of The U.S. Army’s 92nd Infantry Division (“Buffalo Soldiers Division”) Are Photographed At Rest In Italy. April 1945

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#43 Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria

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#44 A Group Of Bootblacks Gather Around An Old Civil War Veteran In Pennsylvania, 1935

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#45 Brazilian Army Pvt. Francisco De Paula Of The Brazilian Expeditionary Force During The Italian Campaign, WWII

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#46 Photograph From The Main Eastern Theater Of The War, Battle Of Antietam, Md. Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, And Maj. Gen. John A. Mcclernand, 1862

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#47 Jack Kerouac

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#48 Unemployed Lumber Worker (Thomas Cave) Goes With His Wife (Vivian) To The Bean Harvest, Oregon, August 1939

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#49 Booker T. Washington

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#50 Dick Winters And His Easy Company (Hbo’s Band Of Brothers) Lounging At Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s Former Residence In The Bavarian Alps, 1945

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#51 Ice-Skaters On Ice In Tuxedo Park, New York, Circa 1904

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#52 Gustave Eiffel

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#53 Malmö, Skåne, Sweden, 1910

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#54 Dominikus Müller

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#55 Angoni Warriors At King George V’s Coronation Celebrations, Zomba, 1911

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#56 James Dean

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#57 RMS Mauretania, 1909

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#58 Mark Twain 1900s

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#59 Nurse Aiko Hamaguchi

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#60 French Soldier Falls After Being Shot In No-Man’s-Land At Verdun

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#61 Santa Claus With Christmas Toys On A Sled Drawn By White Turkeys, 1909

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#62 Canadian Soldiers Celebrating After Fighting On Vimy Ridge, April 1917

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#63 Yuri Gagarin

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#64 A German Soldier With A Saw Tooth Bayonet Stands In A Dugout Wearing His Brow Plate Slid Down To His Neck, World War One

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#65 Titanic Prepares To Leave Port, 1912

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#66 A Slovak Woman With Her Child – Ellis Island Immigrants, 1900s

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#67 Covent Garden Laborers, 1877, London

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#68 A German Soldier Being Captured During The Battle Of Moscow, 1 Dec 1941

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#69 A US Soldier Stands Amid Crates And Stacks Of Loot Stored By Nazi Germany In Schlosskirche (Castle Church), Bavaria, 1945

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#70 Thomas Edison Relaxing On A “Vagabonds” Camping Trip, 1921

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#71 A U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Takes Down The Information Of A U.S. Marine Of The 1st Marine Division Who Was Killed On The Beach Of Peleliu During The American Landings Of The Battle Of Peleliu (Operation Stalemate II)

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#72 Jackie Robinson Of The Brooklyn Dodgers, Posed And Ready To Swing – 1 January 1954

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#73 Martin Luther King

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#74 US Marine Corps Private First Class Faris M. Tuohy Drinking A Cup Of Coffee Aboard A Ship Off Eniwetok After Two Days Of Fighting, Marshall Islands, Feb 1944

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#75 Dumpu, New Guinea, 7 October 1943. Members Of The 2/2nd Australian Independent Company

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#76 Al Capone

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#77 A 1st Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Airborne Division (UK) Sniper, On Patrol In The Ardennes, Wearing A Snow Camouflage Suit. 14 January 1945

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#78 Working On Lincoln, Mt. Rushmore 1937

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#79 Donald W. Stulp, A Baker For The Omar Bakery In Omaha

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#80 Big Ben 1920

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#81 General Douglas Macarthur, 1930

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#82 Daredevil John “Jammie” Reynolds Performing Acrobatic And Balancing Acts On High Cornice Above 9th Street, N.W. – 1917

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#83 A Prisoner Of War (Pow) Is A Person, Whether Combatant Or Non-Combatant, Who Is Held In Custody By A Belligerent Power During Or Immediately After An Armed Conflict. The Earliest Recorded Usage Of The Phrase “Prisoner Of War” Dates To 1660

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#84 Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, Also Known As Lawrence Of Arabia

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#85 US Marines In An LCVP Approaching Iwo Jima, Japan, 19 Feb 1945

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#86 September 1942. New York. Drinking Fountain In Central Park On Sunday

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#87 Old Peasant With Dagger And Long Smoking Pipe, Mestia, Svanetia, Georgia

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#88 Two German Soldiers Read A Newspaper Before Using It For Another Purpose

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#89 Sir Winston Churchill In His Knight Of The Garter Robes, His Son Randolph, And Grandson, Winston. Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Day, 1953

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#90 Paris Street In The June Days Uprising, 1848

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#91 August Kowalczyk

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#92 Archduke Franz Ferdinand And His Wife, Sophie, Leave Sarajevo City Hall On June 28, 1914, Shortly Before They Were Killed. Within 30 Days, Wwi Would Begin

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#93 President John F. Kennedy With His Son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., In The Oval Office, White House, Washington, DC – 25 May 1962

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#94 Sami People And A Traditional Peat Hut, CA. 1850

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#95 Photograph Of The Nimrod Expedition (1907-09) To The Antarctic, Led By Ernest Shackleton

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#96 Napoleon’s Grande Armée Veterans. Burg – Fourrier Of The Grenadiers Of The Imperial Guard. Delignon – Marechal De Logis Guard Jager 1809 – 1815 (Actually Marechal Des Logis Chef – Sergeant Major Chasseurs ‘A’ Cheval De La Garde Imperiale.

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#97 Peasants Of Upper Egypt, CA. 1900

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#98 Greta Garbo, 1939

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#99 A National Socialist Helps An Elderly Woman From A Polling Station During The German Federal Election, Berlin, November 1932

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#100 Leon Trotsky

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#101 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1889

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#102 Recruiting Sergeants At Westminster, Mitre And Dove Pub, 1877

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#103 American Troops Prepare Nazi Major General Anton Dostler For Execution For Killing 15 OSS Men, Italy, 1945

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#104 Royal Marine Commandos D Day

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#105 Newsies At Skeeter’s Branch. St. Louis, Missouri – May 9, 1910 (Lewis Hine)

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#106 The Jersey Shore Circa 1905

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#107 Edward VII At His Coronation, 1902

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#108 Edgar Allan Poe

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#109 Grand Duchesses Tatiana And Olga Romanov

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#110 American Soldiers, Paris

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#111 Hitler With Some Of His SS-Begleitkommando Guards At The Wolf’s Lair In East Prussia

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#112 Marine Identified As Sgt Angelo Klonis Smoking A Cigarette During The Final Days Of Fighting To Gain Control Of The Island Of Saipan From Occupying Japanese Forces During WWII, 1944

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#113 Mikhail Kalashnikov

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#114 A Bedouin In His Happy Mood

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#115 Richard M. Nixon And Elvis Presley At The White House, 12/21/1970

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#116 Jacquelyn Kennedy

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#117 A Sniper From “C” Company, 5th Battalion, The Black Watch In Position In A Ruined Building In Gennep, Holland, 14 February 1945

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#118 Empress Alexandra And Tsar Nicholas II

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#119 Liberator Crew Of No 311 (Czech) Squadron And Dog Sat On The Wing Of A Liberator Mk IIA, Possibly Serial Number LV343 At RAF Beaulieu, 21 July 1943.

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#120 President Theodore Roosevelt In His Rough Riders Uniform With His Signature Blue Polka-Dotted Scarf, 26 October 1898

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#121 Hesse And By Rhine Family In 1876

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#122 Dom Pedro II, Last Emperor Of Brazil

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#123 Ted Williams

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#124 Max Planck

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#125 Tsar Nicholas II

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#126 King George V, 1914

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#127 General George S. Patton Acknowledging The Cheers Of The Welcoming Crowds In Los Angeles, Ca, During His Visit On June 9, 1945

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#128 Massaponax Church, VA. Council Of War, 1864

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#129 Elvis Presley’s Second Appearance In The Ed Sullivan Show

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#130 Margaret Thatcher

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#131 Robert Falcon Scott

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#132 Emmeline Pankhurst, C.1910

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#133 King Oscar II Of Sweden And Norway

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#134 Exercise Horse Artillery Corps, Arnhem (Netherlands), Ca. 1900, Exercise At A Training Ground

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#135 Armia Krajowa

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#136 Tsar Nicholas II, Last Russian Emperor

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#137 Brewster B-239 Buffalo With 33 12 Victories And The Pilot Lt. Hans Wind, Finland 1943

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#138 Franz Liszt

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#139 Charles De Gaulle

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#140 Ulysses S. Grant, Ca. 1873

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#141 Jackie Kennedy

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#142 Fridtjof Nansen

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#143 Maj. Greg Pappy Boyington

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#144 Arthur Schopenhauer By J Schäfer, 1859

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#145 American Civil War: Fort Pulaski, Ga. Interior View Of The Breach, April 1862

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#146 Prince Edward, Later King Edward VIII, Dressed In An Ermine Gown, 1911

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#147 Band Of Brothers – Eagles Nest

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#148 Leo Tolstoy

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#149 Bringing Canadian Wounded To The Field Dressing Station At Vimy Ridge In April 1917

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#150 German Stormtrooper Photographed On A French Training Ground Exercise For The March 1918 Kaiserschlacht Offensive

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#151 Soviet Army Soldiers Manning A Maxim Machine Gun (Lower Right) And Two Others, One In A Doorway And One In A Second-Floor Window, Take Aim At German Positions During The Battle Of Berlin. May 1945

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#152 Jim Clark At 1965 Dutch Grand Prix

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#153 Stalin In March 1935

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#154 John Surratt

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#155 Friedrich Ebert

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#156 Ty Cobb – Detroit Tigers V New York Yankees, 1909

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#157 Adolf Hitler

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#158 Ayrton Senna At The 1991 US Grand Prix

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