Vivid Colorized Images of the Automobile and Motorcycle From the Early Years of Motoring History

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Vivid colorized images have revealed the evolution of the automobile and motorcycle throughout history.

The re-imagined pictures show the first woman to obtain a motorcycle license in Washington DC in 1937, a Maxwell car in 1916 and the first official Austrian Formula 1 mechanic in his custom-made motor. Other shots also show an Alfa Romeo race car in 1922, men observing a car wreck in America in 1923 and a postman using a motorbike in 1915.

The original black and white images were colorized over a period of 40 to 50 hours by Austrian photographer Mario Unger.

“Color reduces the time distance to the photographed object I think,” he said. “It also adds mood and feeling while black and white somehow reduces this. I thought this would be a very nice and interesting project.”

The history of the motorcycle begins in the second half of the 19th century. Motorcycles are descended from the “safety bicycle,” a bicycle with front and rear wheels of the same size and a pedal crank mechanism to drive the rear wheel.

Senator Wetmore in “horseless Carriage,” 1905.

Otto Loesche and Mechanic in the “Lexington Minute Man SIx,” 1920.

Raffaele “Ralph” De Palma, 1915.

Onlookers stand by the site of a car crash in 1923.

Businessmen pose with an early Maxwell car in 1916.

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