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Tool transforms images of figures, including Queen Victoria, from black and white to color

Incredible online tool colors and enhances grainy black and white photos and it could do the same for your family members

  • Technology was released online by genealogy company MyHeritage
  • It improves the resolution of old photos with machine learning
  • The company claims that it is the best technology in the world for photo enhancement
  • FEMAIL has tested the claim on photos of famous historical figures
  • 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 the American genealogy company MyHeritage, dramatically improves the resolution of old photos and also colors them.

The company claims that it is the best technology in the world for photo enhancement.

So FEMAIL challenged the claim by passing photos of widely recognized historical figures through the system.

Among them were Queen Victoria, the father of the theory of evolution Charles Darwin and the American inventor of the series Thomas Edison.

Queen Victoria was born before photography in 1819. The earliest picture of her was taken when she was 25 in 1844. The picture above, with a young Prince Edward, was taken in 1898.

The improved version

The improved version

Queen Victoria was born before photography in 1819. The earliest photo of her was taken when she was 25 in 1844. The above photo, with a young Prince Edward, was taken in 1898. You can tell the difference with the My Heritage tool makes (right)

Born in 1837, Thomas Edison is perhaps best known for inventing early versions of the incandescent lamp, but he also developed devices in the field, including electrical power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and movies. This photo was taken in 1887

Born in 1837, Thomas Edison is perhaps best known for inventing early versions of the incandescent lamp, but he also developed devices in the field, including electrical power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and movies. This photo was taken in 1887

The improved version

The improved version

Born in 1837, Thomas Edison is perhaps best known for inventing early versions of the incandescent lamp, but he also developed devices in the field, including electrical power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and movies. This photo was taken in 1887 and the quality has certainly improved.

The American writer Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809. He was best known for his poetry and short stories

The American writer Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809. He was best known for his poetry and short stories

The improved version of Edgar Allen Poe's photo

The improved version of Edgar Allen Poe's photo

The American writer Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809. He was best known for his poetry and short stories. On the right is the improved and colored 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

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 colored

The rather grainy original photo on the left is much improved when enhanced and colored

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 improved and colored

Born in 1809, Charles Darwin was a naturalist and scientist 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. Pictured above: Darwin at a later age

Born in 1809, Charles Darwin was a naturalist and scientist 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. Pictured above: Darwin at a later age

The improved version of Charles Darwin's photo

The improved version of Charles Darwin's photo

Born in 1809, Charles Darwin was a naturalist and scientist 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

Born in 1869, Grigori Rasputin was a Russian mystic who befriended the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra

Born in 1869, Grigori Rasputin was a Russian mystic who befriended the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra

Rsputin's grainy original photo is transformed by the MyHeritage tool

Rsputin's grainy original photo is transformed by the MyHeritage tool

Born in 1869, Grigori Rasputin was a Russian mystic who befriended the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. The grainy original photo of him is transformed by the MyHeritage tool

Born in 1867, Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She received the coveted award for her groundbreaking research on radioactivity

Born in 1867, Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She received the coveted award for her groundbreaking research on radioactivity

The improved version of Marie Curie's photo

The improved version of Marie Curie's photo

Born in 1867, Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She received the coveted award for her groundbreaking research on radioactivity. The left photo from 1929 has been improved when it is colored and improved

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and is considered the founder of modern nursing through her efforts to treat wounded soldiers in World War I.

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and is considered the founder of modern nursing through her efforts to treat wounded soldiers in World War I.

The improved version of the photo of Florence Nightingale

The improved version of the photo of Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and is considered the founder of modern nursing through her efforts to treat wounded soldiers in World War I.

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, born in 1868, was murdered together with his wife and children in 1918, a year after relinquishing the throne.

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, born in 1868, was murdered together with his wife and children in 1918, a year after relinquishing the throne.

The improved version of Tsar Nicholas II of the photograph of Russia

The improved version of Tsar Nicholas II of the photograph of Russia

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, born in 1868, was murdered together with his wife and children in 1918, a year after relinquishing the throne.

Born in 1882, Virginia Woolf was considered one of the most influential 20th-century authors and her works inspired the feminist movement. Pictured above: Woolf in the 1920s

Born in 1882, Virginia Woolf was considered one of the most influential 20th-century authors and her works inspired the feminist movement. Pictured above: Woolf in the 1920s

The improved version of Virginia Woolf's photo

The improved version of Virginia Woolf's photo

Born in 1882, Virginia Woolf was considered one of the most influential 20th-century authors, and her works inspired the feminist movement. Pictured left: Woolf in the 1920s and right, the improved version

Born in 1767, John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States. He is depicted above in 1840

Born in 1767, John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States. He is depicted above in 1840

The improved version of the photo of John Quincy Adams

The improved version of the photo of John Quincy Adams

Born in 1767, John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States. It is shown on the left in 1840, with the enhanced photo on the right

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