25 Momentous Colorized Photos That Let You Relive American History

07/02/2014 07:58 pm ET | Updated Jul 07, 2014

One of Reddit's more intriguing gifts to the internet has been a series of colorized photos that bring black-and-white memories back to life. This fourth of July week, we've decided to go through the archives and showcase a selection of the best retouched snapshots that shed light on significant -- and sometimes mundanely beautiful -- moments in American history. Behold:

1. This Harlem newsboy, originally captured by Gordon Parks

2. Booker T. Washington in his Tuskegee University office, circa 1906

3. These picnickers at a Sarasota trailer park in 1941

4. These Armed troops blocking off a road near an explosion at an oil factory near Texas City, Texas on April 17, 1947

5. Frank "Slivers" Oakley, the Baseball Clown, circa 1904

6. This portrait of General Robert E. Lee a week after surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War - April 16, 1865

7. This photo of the Luna Park Promenade in Coney Island, New York, circa 1905

8. Louis Armstrong practicing in a dressing room, circa 1946

9. Boys buying flowers in Union Square, New York in 1908

10. The Jersey Shore circa 1905

11. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, circa 1935

12. Women painting World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, on July 8, 1942

13. A portrait of a family near Muskogee, Oklahoma during a drought in August of 1939

14. "Cab Stand" in Madison Square Park, New York circa 1900

15. Norman Rockwell entering his Stockbridge studio in Massachusetts in 1966

16. A man flipping burgers in 1938

17. Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939

18. This portrait of comedian and singer Ernie Hare, expressing his thoughts on Prohibition, circa 1920

19. This portrait of Hall-of-Famer John 'Muggsy' McGraw, the legendary manager of the N.Y. Giants from 1902 to 1932

20. "An Oasis in the Badlands", Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux on horseback, circa 1905

21. College students pile into a Volkswagen Beetle circa 1965

22. This snapshot of Old Orchard Beach, Maine in 1904

23. This Tufts University baseball team studio portrait from 1890

24. Elvis Presley meets secretly with President Nixon in 1970

25. Buses leave in the shadow of the Washington Monument following the March On Washington in 1963

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