What would Charles Darwin or Jim Henson look like in color?

colorized black and white photos

Thanks to Mads Madsen, an active Reddit and Facebook user with a knack for photo manipulation, we can find out what historical icons look like in color. The 18-year-old colorizes historical images, from close-ups of famed scientists Albert Einstein and Nikola Tessla to entertainment giants like Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin. He even throws in a few world leaders and military heroes into the mix for good measure.

But our favorite of the bunch? Hands down, it's the heartwarming snapshot of Jim Henson above, surrounded by two of his lovable characters -- Kermit the Frog and Ernie (Bert's affable roommate). The vibrant greens, yellows and reds in the photos below make them seem like they were taken just yesterday.

Scroll through more of Madsen's images below and let us know your favorite in the comments. To see more of his work, check out his website here.

Loading Slideshow...
  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Charles Darwin

  • James Dean

  • Audrey Hepburn

  • Lumiere Brothers

  • Salvador Dali

  • Che Guevara

  • Ernie, Jim Henson and Kermit.

Earlier on HuffPost: