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Now THAT's what you call a colourful history: From a knobbly-kneed Nazi to Egypt's golden boy, the most breathtakingly colourised black and white pictures ever

An artist has taken some of the defining historical moments of the past 150 years and brought them to life in 'colourised' photos.
Brazilian artist Marina Amaral has transformed photos from around the world.
The stunning collection of images capture emotive moments from both the past, including Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in traditional German lederhosen intended to encourage national pride.
Ms Amaral has also breathed new life into celebrity photos, such as those of Elvis and of key historical figures.

KNOBBLY KNEED NAZI: During the early 1920s, when this picture was taken, the Nazis and their leader Adolf Hitler were a rising force in Bavaria. Traditional German folk costumes — such as the lederhosen Hitler is wearing here — were co-opted by the fascists to help encourage national pride
GI BLUES: In March 1958, Elvis Presley — the king of rock — was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in West Germany with the 3rd Armoured Division. This photo dates from the end of his military career — by which time he had been promoted to sergeant. Elvis was honourably discharged in 1960
A bad, bad Monk: Rasputin was the piercing-eyed, womanising mystic credited with healing Russia’s haemophiliac royal heir, 11-year-old Alexei. Rasputin held great power over the Romanovs until, on December 30, 1916, he was killed by noblemen in St Petersburg
Dancing spy: Erotic dancer, circus performer, mistress and courtesan, Mata Hari was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in the Netherlands. She claimed to be a Hindu princess steeped in the art of dance. In truth, Mata Hari was more of an upmarket stripper. She’s pictured here aged 29 or 30 in 1906, just 11 years before she was accused of being a German spy and executed by French soldiers during World War I
Egypt's golden boy: In November 1922 British Egyptologist Howard Carter stunned the world when he and his team found the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun. Carter is pictured examining the gold sarcophagus that held the 19-year-old ruler’s remains
Plutonium paradise: the detonation of a plutonium bomb nicknamed ‘Helen of Bikini’ in the Marshall Islands on July 25, 1946. The remote Bikini Atoll in the Western Pacific became a favourite location for U.S. nuclear tests. Its 167 inhabitants never returned to their contaminated homeland
The Palace of wonders in 1851, Britain launched the Great Exhibition. More than 100,000 items were displayed in a Crystal Palace erected in London’s Hyde Park. Over more than five months, nearly six million visitors viewed objects that included rare china, locomotives, porcelain and silks, a folding piano, a set of Cossack armour, jewels such as the huge Koh-i-Noor diamond and a 50kg lump of Chilean gold. Pictured here are two plaster-of-Paris colossi made from casts taken at the temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt
Disastrous end to airship travel: The German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg had crossed the Atlantic in three days, carrying 36 passengers and around twice as many crew, when it came in to dock at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey on May 6, 1937. Dozens of reporters and cameramen were waiting to capture a masterpiece of engineering. Instead, they watched in horror as the Hindenburg — filled with highly flammable hydrogen gas — caught fire, pitched backwards and crashed to the ground. Those on board leapt to escape, but in less than a minute the airship was destroyed, killing 13 passengers and 22 crew



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

Cree Man, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1903.
Gen. William T. Sherman – Civil War.
General George S. Patton Acknowledging The Cheers Of The Welcoming Crowds In Los Angeles, CA, During His Visit On June 9, 1945
Migrant Mother, Great Depression.
Lewis Powell. He Was A Conspirator With John Wilkes Booth, Who Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.
New York On D Day.
Nurse Aiko Hamaguchi.
School At Anthoston, Kentucky. 
Senator John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy On Their Wedding Day, September 12, 1953.
Three French Boys Look At A Knocked-Out German Panther Tank In The Falaise Pocket. Near Falaise, Lower Normandy, France, 25th August 1944.
Unemployed Men Hanging Out On The Street In San Francisco, California (April 1939). 
















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