Not everything is black and white...
The abilities of of photographers to capture the world around them is more powerful today than ever. The vibrant colors of today’s photos contrast with the black and white images taken in days past. Though photographs from history may be in black and white, the world was just as vivid and full of color then as it is today, and around the world, historians and artists have combined to digitally colorize old photographs, helping bring the past to life.
Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece is seen here mid-construction in 1888. The iconic tower to which Eiffel would lend his name was built as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Though the Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world today, it was initially met with criticism over its design by some of the top artists and intellectuals in France.
The design of the tower was the product of both Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier. They wanted to make something that would be a huge deal at the World’s Fair, and boy did they do a good job. It surprisingly only took a little over two years to finish. Construction started on January 28, 1887, and it was officially opened on March 31, 1889. For something that was built 129 years ago, it’s doing a pretty good job of staying upright!
Observer on Iwo Jima
This photo is nothing short of powerful. The Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the biggest battles of World War II. It all went down when the United States Marine Corps landed on the island of Iwo Jima and captured it from the Imperial Japanese Army. The invasion had the main goal of capturing the entire island in order to provide a stage for attacking the Japanese main islands.
The battle took five weeks and is known as one of the fiercest and bloodiest fights in the history of war. This image itself shows an observer and member of the United States Marine Corps on the islands. You can tell just from the look on the soldiers faces that they probably would rather be somewhere else. We have no idea who these men are, but we hope they’re still alive and healthy with a great story to tell.
The Sphinx is a monolith, or a geological feature that consists of some type of massive stone or rock. In The Sphinx’s case, it is actually carved into the bedrock of a plateau. It also served as the quarry for the pyramids and other different mountains in the area. The great construction erodes every year, but it’s still there for all to see right now.
Oh yeah, and in front of this Sphinx is one of the greatest musicians of all time, Louis Armstrong, and his wife. Armstrong was an American trumpeter, composer, singer, and actor who was easily one of the most influential figures in jazz music history. New Orleans, Louisiana native won one Grammy and had 12 of his songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Armstrong was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, 19 years after his death in 1971.