While many historians argue that we should leave old black-and-white photos and videos untouched, many people enjoy their colorized versions too. And I admit I’m one of them. While I highly appreciate the original sources unchanged, giving them some color gives them a different feel and gives viewers a new, perhaps more personal look on them.
If you enjoy colorized old footage too, you’ll enjoy this video from Vintage Stories. It takes us 130 years back to Victorian England, giving us a glimpse of life as it was back in the late 19th century.
The artist used free archival footage available on Internet Archive in association with Prelinger Archives. Like most colorized videos of this kind, they took original black and white film and applied AI to motion-stabilize it, enhance the details, upscale it, and add color. There’s also sound added “for the historic ambiance,” making the video more enjoyable. While the software hasn’t done the best job on the faces, it shows the fashion, transportation, streets, and the general atmosphere of the time pretty nicely.
If you enjoy these enhanced videos, here are a few more you might like:
- This man used AI to colorize a 1911 video and upscale it to 4K
- Enhanced video shows vivid 1930s Los Angeles streets at 60fps and in color
- This colorized 1933 footage shows the last known Tasmanian tiger
- Behold the video of 1972 Apollo 16 lunar rover ride in 4k and colorized
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