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Saturday, 25 July 2020

Incredible online tool colorizes and enhances grainy black and white pictures and it could do the same for your relatives

  • Technology was released online by genealogy firm MyHeritage
  • It improves the resolution of old photographs using machine-learning
  • Company claims theirs is best technology in the world for enhancing pictures
  • FEMAIL put the claim to the test on pictures of well-known historical gures
  • They included Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln and author Charlotte Bronte  
An incredible online tool transforms grainy black and white photos of famous historical figures, as well as your own ancestors. 
The technology, released online by US genealogy firm MyHeritage, dramatically improves the resolution of old photographs and also colorises them. 
The company claims it is the best technology in the world for enhancing pictures.  
So FEMAIL put the claim to the test by running photos of widely-recognised historical figures through the system.
They included Queen Victoria, the father of the theory of Evolution Charles Darwin and US serial inventor Thomas Edison.
Queen Victoria was born before the age of photography in 1819. The earliest photograph of her was taken when she was 25 in 1844. The above photo, with a young Prince Edward, was taken in 1898
The enhanced version
Queen Victoria was born before the age of photography in 1819. The earliest photograph of her was taken when she was 25 in 1844. The above photo, with a young Prince Edward, was taken in 1898. You can see the difference the My Heritage tool makes (right)
Thomas Edison, born in 1837, is perhaps most famous for inventing early versions of the light bulb, but he also developed devices in field including electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording and motion pictures. This picture was taken in 1887
The enhanced version
Thomas Edison, born in 1837, is perhaps most famous for inventing early versions of the light bulb, but he also developed devices in field including electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording and motion pictures. This picture was taken in 1887 and its quality is certainly improved.
American writer Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809. He was best known for his poetry and short stories
The enhanced version of Edgar Allen Poe's photo
American writer Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809. He was best known for his poetry and short stories. One the right is the enhanced and colourised version of his photo
Harriet Beecher Stowe, pictured above with her father Lyman Beecher, was an American abolitionist and author. She was born in 1811
The rather grainy original photo on the left is much-improved when enhanced and colourised
Harriet Beecher Stowe, pictured above with her father Lyman Beecher, was an American abolitionist and author. She was born in 1811. The rather grainy original photo on the left is much-improved when enhanced and colourised 
Charles Darwin, who was born in 1809, was a naturalist and scientist who is best known for his incredible contributions to the science of Evolution. His work on the subject, On the Origin of Species, has sold millions of copies
Grigori Rasputin, who was born in 1869, was a Russian mystic who ended up befriending Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra
The grainy original photograph of Rsputin is transformed by the MyHeritage tool
Grigori Rasputin, who was born in 1869, was a Russian mystic who ended up befriending Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. The grainy original photograph of him is transformed by the MyHeritage tool
Marie Curie, born in 1867, was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was awarded the coveted accolade for her pioneering research on radioactivity
The enhanced version of Marie Curie's photo
Marie Curie, born in 1867, was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was awarded the coveted accolade for her pioneering research on radioactivity. The left-hand 1929 photo is improved when colourised and enhanced
Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and is considered to be the founder of modern nursing through her efforts treating wounded soldiers in the First World War
The enhanced version of Florence Nightingale's photo
Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and is considered to be the founder of modern nursing through her efforts treating wounded soldiers in the First World War
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, who was born in 1868, was famously murdered alongside his wife and children in 1918, a year after he abdicated
The enhanced version of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia's photo
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, who was born in 1868, was famously murdered alongside his wife and children in 1918, a year after he abdicated  
Virginia Woolf, who was born in 1882, was considered to be one of the most influential 20th-Century authors and her works inspired the feminist movement. Pictured above: Woolf in the 1920s
The enhanced version of Virginia Woolf's photo
Virginia Woolf, who was born in 1882, was considered to be one of the most influential 20th-Century authors and her works inspired the feminist movement. Pictured left: Woolf in the 1920s and right, the enhanced version
John Quincy Adams, who was born in 1767, served as the sixth President of the United States. He is pictured above in 1840
The enhanced version of the photo of John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams, who was born in 1767, served as the sixth President of the United States. He is pictured left in 1840, with the enhanced photo right

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