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33 Colourized Photos That Make Canadian History Come To Life

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Forget what you know. You've never seen Canadian history like this before.

Mark Truelove meticulously colourizes black and white photos from our past. Basic portraits can take him several hours and more complex images can occupy him for much, much longer -- think days.

Truelove, who lives in B.C.'s Fraser Valley, strives to ensure he uses accurate colour references for everything from sports uniforms to advertisements. But he says he's always happy to correct something if someone spots an error. He posts his photos on his website, Canadian Colour, and on Facebook and Twitter.

"Our ancestors didn't live in a dull, grey world, their world was as colourful as ours" Truelove said. "So it is great to see them in that way."

  • Pioneers pose in front of the Corrigan Hotel in Hope, B.C. around 1900
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Future prime minister William Lyon MacKenzie King with his parents in Markham, Ont. around 1910
    City of Toronto Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Babe Ruth after a visit to Vancouver in 1934
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Stuart Thomson/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Arch at Stanley Park entrance around 1890
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Devine/ Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Edmonton quarterback Don Getty drinks from the Grey Cup in 1956
    City of Toronto Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Lorne Carr of the Vancouver Lions in 1930
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Stuart Thomson/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Vancouver ice hockey team in 1914
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Irene Ayers, Miss Toronto 1946, in a Toronto transit uniform
    City of Toronto Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • VJ Day celebrations in Vancouver's Chinatown in 1945
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Jack Lindsay/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Two men with a stewardess in front of a Trans-Canada Airlines plane in 1943
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Jack Lindsay/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Dai Nippon Tokyo Baseball Club in Vancouver in 1935
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Stuart Thomson/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Actress Gloria Swanson pitches war bonds in Toronto around 1942
    City of Toronto Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Morrow’s Coal and Ice Company on Main Street, Vancouver in 1931
  • Agnes Macphail, first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons, in 1934
    Wikimedia/Photo by Yousuf Karsh/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • A family in a Toronto slum in 1914
    City of Toronto Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Vancouver legend Joe Fortes in front of his cottage around 1910
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Phillip T. Timms/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Cafe Casa Loma in Vancouver in the 1940s
    Vancouver Archives/Photo by Jack Lindsay/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Sitting on a torpedo to promote the movie 'Meet the Navy' in 1946
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Grey Owl with a baby beaver in 1931
    Canadian National Railways. Library and Archives Canada/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Demonstration of gas masks for children in 1943
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • A Cree man in Maple Creek, Sask. in 1903
    Canadian Copyright Collection held by the British Library/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Vancouver firefighters in 1915
    Vancouver Archives/Stuart Thomson/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Fun in the snow on Grouse Mountain in 1929
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Pilot in Richmond, B.C. around 1930
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier, seventh prime minister of Canada, in 1906
    Wikimedia/Photo by William J. Topley/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • A CBC radio broadcast in the 1940s
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Russian Doukhobor men and women in a police wagon in 1944
    Vacouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • A streetcar accident in Vancouver in the 1940s
    Vancouver Archives/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Missie McGrath in Montreal in 1886
    Musee Mccord/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • A man bathes during the voyage of the St. Roch through the Northwest Passage in 1942
    Musee Mccord/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Squidge, regimental pet for the Victoria Rifles, in 1915
    Canadian Copyright Collection held by the British Library/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • An old voyageur in 1901
    Canadian Copyright Collection held by the British Library/Colour by Mark Truelove
  • Victoria Cross recipient Michael James O'Rourke in 1918
    Colour by Mark Truelove

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