Look! Here Are Recorded History Of Mankind In Restored And Colorized Black And Photos

Published on 12/27/2020
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Many instances in history deserve another peek. Although old images were reproduced in black and white, we now have the technologies to revive them in color! If you ask us, the monochrome system didn’t do them good. We’re happy others thought of painting these old pictures. They’re delightful to see and carry you down a memory path. Just a word of warning: some of these images don’t suit all audiences. It’s a smart thing to be alert!

Stock Market Crash On Black Tuesday

That day was called Black Tuesday because it was one of the worst days for traders on Wall Street. On October 29, 1929, 16 million shares were exchanged. This was the last day of the chaotic six-day whirlwind that financial investors undertook to manipulate the markets. Stocks declined almost drastically. It also contributed to the collapse of the developed world and eventually plunged the world into what we still term The Great Depression.

Stock Market Crash On Black Tuesday

Stock Market Crash On Black Tuesday

Entering The Jaws Of Death Without A Clue

Canadians, Englishmen, and Americans affected the tides of the war by storming the beaches of Normandy! Many young men knew they might never return home once they joined the fight. Sgt. Jensen worked with the 626th engineer light equipment company. He said that other soldiers didn’t even know where they were going until they arrived. It told us everything we needed to know. It really surprised us to be heading to Normandy instead of Japan. We were either at high school or jobs after high school. We were not soldiers, at least not yet.

Entering The Jaws Of Death Without A Clue

Entering The Jaws Of Death Without A Clue

Marilyn Monroe Is Pretty In Pink

“Sleeping Beauty,” a photo of the film star taken by Harold Lloyd. This was the first of many photo collaborations between the two. After one year, they continued to work together again. This time, it was for a swimsuit spread at Greenacres, his estate. Marilyn Monroe enjoyed her time with Jim at the estate because she was isolated. His daughter said she was a good house guest: she was my age or maybe a year or two younger. She talked about how she dreamed of having a child someday.

Marilyn Monroe Is Pretty In Pink

Marilyn Monroe Is Pretty In Pink

Teenage German Soldier In Distress After His Capture

It is difficult to find WWII photos that are not emotionally charged. Look at this photo of 16-year-old German soldier Hans-Georg Henke. He was captured on April 3, 1945,  by the US 9th Army. It seems his parents died a year earlier, and that tragic event made him join the Luftwaffe. John Florea, the photographer, described the boy as shocked and crying. He was a young boy who went through the worst of the war.

Teenage German Soldier In Distress After His Capture

Teenage German Soldier In Distress After His Capture

The Fattest, Shortest, And Tallest Men In Europe

To see three people who are at the top of their respective fields. These men were the tallest, smallest, and heaviest men in Europe. These photos tell us so much about humanity. It is interesting to note how different people can be. Despite this, the men are getting along fine. This photo was taken in 1913, more than a century ago!

The Fattest, Shortest, And Tallest Men In Europe

The Fattest, Shortest, And Tallest Men In Europe

Meet Jungle Pam

Pam made a lot of people get into drag racing. It looks like beautiful bombshells are the ones that bring in the fans. She entered the industry at the age of 18. She met Jungle Jim, the drag racer. She ditched college to go into drag racing! Her friend taught her the ropes. She is a quick study, went on to become the focal point of the pit crew. It made sense in some way, so it was fair. Look at her!

Meet Jungle Pam

Meet Jungle Pam

How The Mona Lisa Survived The Second World War

Is there a more famous painting than the Mona Lisa? It has been stolen before, but it was at the Louvre during World War II. Jaujard came up with a plan to keep the drawings safe from the Nazis. He closed the museum “for repairs” during the three days following the signing of the Nonaggression Pact. The paintings were removed, the statues were moved, and the artworks were in wooden crates. The boxes were marked using red dots to indicate their importance. After this, many trucks transported many crates to the Loire Valley to keep them safe.

How The Mona Lisa Survived The Second World War

How The Mona Lisa Survived The Second World War

Carl Akeley And The Leopard That Attacked Him

We think taxidermy is pretty neat in itself. Carl Akeley is cooler than most. The jack of all trades lived through many close encounters with wild animals. He took his job very seriously. He chose not to just use whatever was lying around. He ensured the final product looked lifelike. One day, he encountered a leopard who attempted to hunt down ostriches. It was a fight for survival. He barely made it out alive.

Carl Akeley And The Leopard That Attacked Him

Carl Akeley And The Leopard That Attacked Him

Brigitte Bardot At Her Peak

At one time, people thought Brigitte Bardot was the most beautiful woman on earth. The actress helped her performance to leave a spell on viewers. She was one of the most popular women of the 50s and 60s. Her fame has made it impossible for her to enjoy any privacy. The actress told the Guardian she never has to wait for attention in a bistro, terrace, or theatre.

Brigitte Bardot At Her Peak

Brigitte Bardot At Her Peak

Arsenal Goalie Jack Kelsey On A Very Foggy Day

This photo shows Jack Kelsey of Arsenal gazing into the fog. This photo has been often misattributed to have been taken on Christmas day of 1937. The Chelsea and Stamford School team played a soccer game on a foggy day. There was no announcer at Stamford Bridge to tell the goalkeeper the game was called.

Arsenal Goalie Jack Kelsey On A Very Foggy Day

Arsenal Goalie Jack Kelsey On A Very Foggy Day

Little Ruby Bridges And Her U.S. Marshal Escorts

It’s amazing how a little girl helped in the civil rights movement. Ruby Bridges was the first black student to enter a desegregated elementary school in the South. The federal marshals needed to escort her to class for her own safety even though her home was only several blocks away from the school. The little girl had to deal with racists every day. White parents wanted to pull their kids out of her classes if she studied with them. Several years later, she graduated from a desegregated high school. She started the Ruby Bridges Foundation to help promote change and tolerance.

Little Ruby Bridges And Her U.S. Marshal Escorts

Little Ruby Bridges And Her U.S. Marshal Escorts

A German Soldier In His Dugout During The Great War

The war was a massive trench fight. In the Civil War, soldiers dug trenches to provide defense and give them a place to fight from. In Belgium and northern France, soldiers had to stay in the trenches for weeks on end. The true mass casualties from the war were from the trenches. As a result, soldiers had to rise from the ditches to engage the enemy. Unfortunately, it was an open field with little cover, and they were killed as they hid.

A German Soldier In His Dugout During The Great War

A German Soldier In His Dugout During The Great War

The Gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor While Taping Giant In 1956

Elizabeth Taylor lived an amazing life. She kicked off her acting career in the 1940s but it took a while for her to get her big break in the 1950s with Giant. The actress did not watch her films but enjoyed the memories she had making them. I haven’t seen a giant in a long time. I don’t watch old movies of myself. I don’t even look at the new me. I loved Jimmy and loved Rock. And I was the last person Jimmy was with before he died… But that was a private moment.

The Gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor While Taping Giant In 1956

The Gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor While Taping Giant In 1956

Hawaiian Night Fishing, 1948

What a stunning photo! Imagine how difficult it must be to go into the fire to save yourself. This is even more amazing when you consider that he used a spear. Hawaiians are traditionally known for fishing with spears. They use strong woods like koai’e, uhiuhi, o’a, and kauila. They are often 6-7 feet long and have a pointed end. The fishermen attracted fish with lights, which are made using coconut leaves wrapped around sticks. They burned nuts to help the candles last longer.

Hawaiian Night Fishing, 1948

Hawaiian Night Fishing, 1948

Charlie Chaplin And Albert Einstein At The Premiere Of City Lights

You were wrong if you thought Einstein worked alone with his colleagues. He was a creative, funny, and imaginative guy. The head of Universal Studios was impressed by Chaplin and arranged a meeting with him. Chaplin and Langley went to the premiere of “City Lights” together. It was said that Einstein felt envious because he had no time to explain what he knew to anyone. “And yet you are famous, even though no one understands you,” Chaplin replied.

Charlie Chaplin And Albert Einstein At The Premiere Of City Lights

Charlie Chaplin And Albert Einstein At The Premiere Of City Lights

Paratroopers Of Easy Company Chilling At Adolf Hitler’s Home

You see men laughing and having a great time. It is even better than you thought. The soldiers in Easy Company had been chilling in Hitler’s castle in the Bavarian Alps. In the miniseries “Band of Brothers”, you will see this particular scene. Hitler purchased many homes across Europe, including this one in Berchtesgaden. It was bombed on April 25, 1945. On May 4, SS troops set the hiding bunker on fire just hours before U.S. troops entered the bunker through secret tunnels. The soldiers rewarded themselves by stealing the beer and getting drunk.

Paratroopers Of Easy Company Chilling At Adolf Hitler's Home

Paratroopers Of Easy Company Chilling At Adolf Hitler’s Home

Vivien Leigh In The Role Of Scarlett O’Hara

Southern belles appeared in Gone with the Wind even though they were not Southern. Regardless, this role defined her career. Upon arriving in LA, people found her erratic and difficult to work with. She and her partner were sure “Wuthering Heights” was going to bomb. He told her that she needs to show in future movies that the presumed failure of Gone With the Wind was not her fault and she needs to be really good in the upcoming movies. To have a successful career in pictures [is] ESSENTIAL for your self-respect and our ultimate happiness. … If you don’t, you may end up just… boring.

Vivien Leigh In The Role Of Scarlett O'Hara

Vivien Leigh In The Role Of Scarlett O’Hara

Lawrence Of Arabia In Real Life

Lawrence found himself in an unlikely position during the Great War. Coll was a British demolition artist who worked with Arab rebel allies to destroy isolated Ottoman bridges. Lawrence of Arabia, he was. He committed assaults on 79 bridges on the railway to demolish and reconstruct them. Railways were so damaged that some parts still show traces of them. The Turkish military abandoned building remains rather than exerting the effort to pull them down.

Lawrence Of Arabia In Real Life

Lawrence Of Arabia In Real Life

The Smallest Man And His Huge Pet Cat

A great photo! Henry Behrens stood at only 30 inches tall when he was still alive. While he was a small 32 pound baby. Burton Lester’s group of small people took their performances on the road. He said he does not mind the attention and enjoyed it. Here is a picture of him dancing with his cat in 1956.

The Smallest Man And His Huge Pet Cat

The Smallest Man And His Huge Pet Cat

Japanese-Americans Were Relocated To Internment Camps

After Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were placed under restrictions. They were incarcerated in internment camps. It was a true statement that there was no reason for the military to bomb innocent civilians. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga described her Death Valley experience. The only thing in the apartments were army metal beds with springs and a potbellied stove in the middle of the room. That is all. No bed, no wardrobe, no curtains on the windows. It was the faintest of the faint. Awful! This photo was taken in 1942 in Hawaii.

Japanese Americans Were Relocated To Internment Camps

Japanese-Americans Were Relocated To Internment Camps

Lyndon B. Johnson Was Sworn Into Office Aboard Air Force One

When JFK was assassinated, the US had no President for around an hour and a half. In the midst of confusion and chaos, VPOTUS Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in on Air Force One while it was parked at Love Field in Dallas. On the left is Lady Bird Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy. The FBI and cabinet members are watching. The patient’s facial expressions reveal how much anxiety and tension had been in the air.

Lyndon B. Johnson Was Sworn Into Office Aboard Air Force One

Lyndon B. Johnson Was Sworn Into Office Aboard Air Force One

A Japanese Military Commander In Traditional Armor

A photo by Felice Beato in 1863. It was hand-colored in the original version. He took full-length portraits in the studio because he was intrigued by traditional costumes and cultural traditions. His photos of Japan came with vignetting that made them more painterly. This photo was taken of Koboto Santaro, a Japanese commander. We don’t know what he has in his hand, but stay away.

A Japanese Military Commander In Traditional Armor

A Japanese Military Commander In Traditional Armor

Sally Field As Gidget

Sally Field got her big break playing a surfer girl who always got into trouble in Gidget. “By the end of my workshop, I got a call from a casting director. The waiting room was filled with attractive movie stars. All had professional headshots. I had wallet photos of me with my friends. I walked into the room and asked, ‘Which is the camera?’ The casting director said, ‘You’re in.’ The sky was looking out for me. He told me he would throw me in the ocean and see if I could swim.”

Sally Field As Gidget

Sally Field As Gidget

The Red Army Liberated The Auschwitz-Birkenau

When the Soviet Army arrived at Auschwitz on January 27th, 1945, they found a warehouse of belongings. They found syringes, needles, prosthetic limbs, and shoes. The police thought the camp had been abandoned. When they found out it was full of sick and starving people the Nazis had left behind, they quickly ran. Elisavetskii was the first soldier to go into the camp. They rushed toward us, shouted, fell on their knees, kissed our boots, and threw their arms around our legs.

The Red Army Liberated The Auschwitz Birkenau

The Red Army Liberated The Auschwitz-Birkenau

Oregon Man Thomas Cave With His Social Security Number Tattoo

Thomas Cave and his wife Annie had been in tough times at the height of the Great Depression. Lange estimates the couple worked for an entire year just to bring home $550, which would be $10,000 in today’s money. They rented a tiny apartment at $12 a month, only to have to let it go. He got his tattoo four months before he turned into an SS. This act offered relief for people who chose a social security number. Cave got a tattoo to ensure that he would never forget it. No one else was doing this at the time.

Oregon Man Thomas Cave With His Social Security Number Tattoo

Oregon Man Thomas Cave With His Social Security Number Tattoo

The Effervescent Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren was just 17 years old when she debuted in Quo Vadis in 1951. She has appeared in many projects since then. If there is a way she can change anything, she would. She said it was hard to criticize some of the decisions that were made in her career, as she has worked at them for such a long time. You will not have a big victory every time; there will be moments where you have done something you are not really happy about.

The Effervescent Sophia Loren

The Effervescent Sophia Loren

A Soldier Heading Home After The War

Throughout his 40-year career, Ernst Haas straddled the line between a photojournalist and an artist. He integrated beauty into his photos of soldiers leaving the war. In a photo essay called “Homecoming,” he showed the desperation and confusion in Europe in the aftermath of the Holocaust. His successful collection helped him gain more success. He refused them all. “What I want is to be free to carry out my ideas.” I don’t think there are many editors who could give me my own assignments.

A Soldier Heading Home After The War

A Soldier Heading Home After The War

After The Engagement Of John F. Kennedy And Jackie Bouvier

After their engagement, Jackie and John went to the Kennedy home in Cape Cod. They were accompanied by a reporter who took engagement photos. There was even a whole Life Magazine issue focused on their engagement. The front-page headline read, “Senator Kennedy Goes a-Courting.” Looking back on those days, Jackie said, “I should have known he was magic all along.” I knew it — but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with my children. Now he is a legend when he would prefer to be a man.

After The Engagement Of John F. Kennedy And Jackie Bouvier

After The Engagement Of John F. Kennedy And Jackie Bouvier

A Civil War Veteran In Pennsylvania

The Civil War veterans were still around in the 20th century. In 1956, the last one of them passed away. However, there was probably more than one key back then. If they could follow orders and hold a gun, then they must go to war. Many soldiers, even those who suffered from PTSD, had their futures ahead of them. They were able to tell a lot of stories to the kids. This photo was taken in 1935.

A Civil War Veteran In Pennsylvania

A Civil War Veteran In Pennsylvania

Cornet Winston Churchill In The 4th Queen’s Hussar’s Cavalry

Winston Churchill is best known for his dedication to England. As a young man, he was part of the 4th Queen’s Hussar’s Calvary. He was involved in the Victorian Era. He went on an adventure during his leave from the military. He was sent to India with the rest of the regiment. He was 21 years old in this photo.

Cornet Winston Churchill In The 4th Queen's Hussar's Cavalry

Cornet Winston Churchill In The 4th Queen’s Hussar’s Cavalry

The Real Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a genius in an ivory tower. There was a huge difference! He was an artist who used science as his medium. He took inspiration, imagination, and knowledge into account. In 1929, he said, “I believe in inspirations and intuitions.” I sometimes feel I am right. I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

The Real Albert Einstein

The Real Albert Einstein

Hitchhiking Was Common In The ’60s And ’70s

People hitchhiked to cross the country in the ‘70s. It was a little dangerous, but young people were drawn in by the thought of freedom. Hitchhiking has been a way of life for a long time. However, it became mainstream in the ‘70s. In the past, kids put their lives in the hands of their reckless drivers. It has become rarer over time. People hitchhike, but not as often as before.

Hitchhiking Was Common In The '60s And '70s

Hitchhiking Was Common In The ’60s And ’70s

Geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor And Meteorologist Charles Wright Beside An Iceberg

People watched in awe as explorers took on the Arctic. People competed to be the first person to reach the South Pole. In 1911, a British explorer called Robert Falcon Scott started the Terra Nova Expedition. In almost a year, the party had gone on many difficult pole hunts. They finally arrived on January 16, 1912. The saddest part of the story was that there was already a flag. Roald Amundsen beat them by a month.

Geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor And Meteorologist Charles Wright Beside An Iceberg

Geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor And Meteorologist Charles Wright Beside An Iceberg

Charlie Chaplin When He Was 27 Years Old

Do you even know what Charlie Chaplin looked like before his film career? That was not like the unlucky man in the bowler hat! He was born into poverty as the child of a failing actress. He also made a move across the world from London to the US! He didn’t have much time before he became famous in the UK. He based the Tramp on memories of his dad. He said: “It came from a deep part of my father, this character, this little boy who wouldn’t grow up: ragged, cold, hungry but still thumbing his nose at the world.”

Charlie Chaplin When He Was 27 Years Old

Charlie Chaplin When He Was 27 Years Old

The Seaforth Highlanders With A Dog In Their French Trench

Europe worked hard during the Great War, which was unmatched in its brutality and carnage. Soldiers from all over the world are often extremely underprepared for war. The Seaforth Highlanders of Scotland stepped up to fight the fascists. It became known as the Northern Scottish Brigade after the merger of the 78th Highlanders and the 72nd Highlanders. The men originally served in India, but they were then reassigned to France. Later moved to Palestine and Iraq.

The Seaforth Highlanders With A Dog In Their French Trench

The Seaforth Highlanders With A Dog In Their French Trench

Salvador Dali Aboard The S.S. Normandie In New York City

Salvador Dali was an artist who does not seem to fit anywhere. Despite this, surrealist paintings and experiments turned heads during the early 20th century. In other words, he was inspired by his early NYC trips. While they were going through customs at the port of entry, he and his wife were very close to the service rooms. Mr. Patroness said, “I am next to the engine, so I will arrive faster.”

Salvador Dali Aboard The S.S. Normandie In New York City

Salvador Dali Aboard The S.S. Normandie In New York City

A Young Woman Called Eunice Hancock With A Compressed-Air Grinder In An Aircraft Plant

Men were forced to enlist in the war against Germany and Japan. Women filled in the voids in the job market by taking jobs in utilities, transportation, and manufacturing. Almost 2 million women went to work to make armaments and machine parts for the war effort. The working women in the labor force increased from 27% to 37%. Wives made the contribution just as important as the men did.

A Young Woman Called Eunice Hancock With A Compressed Air Grinder In An Aircraft Plant

A Young Woman Called Eunice Hancock With A Compressed Air Grinder In An Aircraft Plant

Pablo Picasso With Gifts From Gary Cooper In 1958

It’s hard to beat Pablo Picasso’s photo with his hat and revolver. The artist liked to make friends and befriend different people. He was friends with Andre Salmon, Gertrude Stein, and Julio Gonzalez. These people lived in Paris. Besides Cooper, he was close to Picasso. They were so close that the artist entertained the actor and his family at his ceramics shop in Vallauris.

Pablo Picasso With Gifts From Gary Cooper In 1958

Pablo Picasso With Gifts From Gary Cooper In 1958

A Leading Stoker Called Popeye Who Was On The HMS Rodney

The guy in the photo looks like Popeye the Sailor Man. C.E. Segar’s character was inspired by a man from his hometown. He wasn’t the same person. This photo is of a man on the HMS Rodney in 1940. The fact that the museum called him “Popeye” suggests there might be something special about him. The HMS Rodney was a British ship. Segar grew up in Illinois.

A Leading Stoker Called Popeye Who Was On The HMS Rodney

A Leading Stoker Called Popeye Who Was On The HMS Rodney

The Reunion Of Two German Brothers After The Border Pass Agreement

Look at this great photo of two German brothers. Nobody could get across the border in 1961. This was true until the JFK pass was passed in 1963. This allowed people to exit East Berlin and re-enter West Berlin. There was not a perfect solution, but it was not as good as other options. They could not see their family for two years. The collapse was 25 years after this.

The Reunion Of Two German Brothers After The Border Pass Agreement

The Reunion Of Two German Brothers After The Border Pass Agreement

Mata Hari Blew The French Firing Squad A Kiss

We would like to play another short video of Mata Hari to you. She became a spy during the Great War. She combined sex and espionage in her life. She started out with some talent for impersonation. During her early career, she masqueraded as Lady MacLeod, the child of an English lord. It was a spy she only lasted a few days. On the 15th of October, she was shot to death by a firing squad. The investigators found that she wore no blindfold and blew a kiss to the men.

Mata Hari Blew The French Firing Squad A Kiss

Mata Hari Blew The French Firing Squad A Kiss

Photographers Used Backdrops To Hide The Devastation In Warsaw

After the Second World War, Europe was in a state of disarray. Poland experienced a lot of destruction. In the past, there were some gorgeous structures, but they were destroyed. Survivors want to go back to their old lives. The photographers tried to help the citizens maintain some semblance of normalcy. They set the scene with backdrops like this. The contrast is amazing.

Photographers Used Backdrops To Hide The Devastation In Warsaw

Photographers Used Backdrops To Hide The Devastation In Warsaw

American Soldiers Look At The Tricolor Flag Flying From The Eiffel Tower Again

For four years, Paris was occupied by the Nazis. Liberation Day (August 25) finally arrived on August 25, 1944. The Nazis surrendered after the U.S. 4th Infantry Division and the French 2nd Armored Division arrived. Hitler told General Dietrich von Choltitz to burn Paris and demolish the Eiffel Tower. He just agreed to dismantle the city. In two days, the liberation march took place through the Champs Elysees.

American Soldiers Look At The Tricolor Flag Flying From The Eiffel Tower Again

American Soldiers Look At The Tricolor Flag Flying From The Eiffel Tower Again

Men Of The 1st Infantry Division Leaving England For Normandy On D-Day

The Battle of Normandy went on from June 1944 to August 1944. The parties in Western Europe battled for supremacy, and the fight was not easy. We doubt that the 156,000 soldiers knew that the fighting would go on for nearly a month. It began on June 6 but was meant to begin earlier. The operation was delayed due to bad weather. Eisenhower’s final speech was to the brave troops, “You’re about to embark on the Great Crusade.” Your eyes are upon the world.

Men Of The 1st Infantry Division Leaving England For Normandy On D Day

Men Of The 1st Infantry Division Leaving England For Normandy On D Day

Crow Native Americans Observing The Rodeo At The Crow Fair

The event started in 1904. It is a huge cultural and traditional event that brings together all the tribes in the Great Plains. Thousands of people are at the gathering. The event is to take place in late August in Montana. It is like a county fair, but with added Native American tradition. A rodeo featured youth events and professional bull and horse riders. You should definitely check it out.

Crow Native Americans Observing The Rodeo At The Crow Fair

Crow Native Americans Observing The Rodeo At The Crow Fair

Drought Refugee From Missouri Waiting For Orange-Picking In California

After the Dust Bowl, many Americans moved to the Pacific Coast in search of seasonal jobs. The government decided they were outsiders who planned to ‘milk the system’. It was then that California was trying to find people to work on the farms. People were down on their luck during the Great Depression. Many immigrants are poor, but some of them can make a living as farm workers.

Drought Refugee From Missouri Waiting For Orange Picking In California

Drought Refugee From Missouri Waiting For Orange Picking In California

Dutch Resistance Fighters On The Streets Of Breda After Its Liberation

The world was shocked when Germany invaded Europe in 1939. The Nazis were much faster and more violent than anyone imagined. Resistance fighters from different regions banded together to help liberate their countries. The Dutch underground provided intelligence, radio communications, and household sabotage. In 1944, the south was liberated. The north was not liberated for another 8 months.

Dutch Resistance Fighters On The Streets Of Breda After Its Liberation

Dutch Resistance Fighters On The Streets Of Breda After Its Liberation

Mata Hari Was A True Icon

The lovely Mata Hari was a spy and dancer storming the planet. People named her a democrat, a courtesan, and more! This is what the National Ballet director and choreographer Ted Brandsen has to tell about her: “What intrigued us is the tale of a woman with an intense lust for life and a strong instinct to live, reinvent and change herself. She had a lot of terrible stuff happening to her, and she tried to spin it somehow to find her way out.”

Mata Hari Was A True Icon

Mata Hari Was A True Icon

A Utility Worker Delivering The Kiss Of Life

A beautiful photo from 1967 by Rocco Morabito. The “J.D.” is a utility worker that performs CPR. Thompson tried to save his colleague Champion. His coworker contacted a line seconds before this happened. The poor guy was hit right away. It was fortunate that Thompson was quick thinking. Apparently, Morabito was cruising down 26th Street when he witnessed this.

A Utility Worker Delivering The Kiss Of Life

A Utility Worker Delivering The Kiss Of Life

Giving A Fellow Hollywood Star The Side Eye

Hollywood has a history of frenemies. This photo shows Sophia Loren next to a statue of Jayne Mansfield. The truth was that this scene was supposed to celebrate the stateside arrival of the Italian star in Beverly Hills in 1957. As she sat beside Webb, the celebrant was bombarded by his assets. Was it a publicity stunt for Jayne Mansfield? Loren was caught in the photo. Mansfield was tearing her eyes away from Loren. Besides this photo, she has refused to sign prints of this photo.

Giving A Fellow Hollywood Star The Side Eye

Giving A Fellow Hollywood Star The Side Eye

The Wedding Of John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier

Are we going to pretend that it is a surprise to discover that John and Jackie Kennedy had a splendid wedding? It was stunning! At one moment, they were the most loved American couple in the whole country. The pair married in Rhode Island on September 12, 1953. Whence married, the media gave them even more attention! If it was to be comparable to something of similar stature, it would have to be that of a royal wedding! People waited outside St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in hope that they would be able to see their idols in the distance. They were married by the Archbishop of Boston, Richard Cushing, once they had received the blessing of Pope Pius XII.

The Wedding Of John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier

The Wedding Of John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier

Oscar Wilde Posing For The Camera In 1882

Here we have a photograph of the author of the fantastic “The Portrait Of Dorian Gray.” It was the year 1882 when Oscar Wilde crossed the point and went on to see different areas of the U.S. It was around this time that he also lead 150 lectures and spoke to hundreds of thousands of people. He was even seen at one time visiting a silver mine in Colorado. Wilde wrote, “I dined with the men down there. They were great, strong, well-formed men, of graceful attitude and free motion. Poems everyone one of them. A complete democracy underground. I find people less rough and coarse in such places. There is no chance for roughness. The revolver is their book of etiquette.”

Oscar Wilde Posing For The Camera In 1882

Oscar Wilde Posing For The Camera In 1882

King Ferdinand and Queen Marie of Romania In Dover, England

Marie of Romania was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in the year 1875. It was only 18 years later that she married Crown Prince Ferdinand and became an Eastern European monarch. Researchers have found that she was extremely influential in Ferdinand choosing to ally with the British rather than the Germans. They spent over two decades in Romania before they travelled over to Western Europe to perform royal duties on a diplomatic tour. It was 1924 when they visited Belgium, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. “Apart from the common aims, which we pursue, there are other and dear ties between us. Her Majesty the Queen, my dear cousin, is British born,” King George V offered when speaking about the couple.

King Ferdinand And Queen Marie Of Romania In Dover, England

King Ferdinand And Queen Marie Of Romania In Dover, England

Martin Luther King Jr. On Non-Violence

Martin Luther King Jr. is well known for being the leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 60s. He was a pioneer for equal rights and inspired many with his many speeches that demanded the end of segregation. It was 6 months after the March on Washington that he spoke to novelist, Robert Penn Warren, about non-violence. He said, “I think [violence and hatred] will end up creating many more social problems than they solve, and I’m thinking of a very strong love. I’m not, I’m thinking, I’m thinking of love in action and not something where you say, ‘Love your enemies,’ and just leave it at that, but you love your enemies to the point that you’re willing to sit-in at a lunch counter in order to help them find themselves. You’re willing to go to jail.”

Martin Luther King Jr. On Non Violence

Martin Luther King Jr. On Non Violence

John F. Kennedy And His Brother Robert F. Kennedy At The Democratic National Convention

We are sure that most people would agree that the most noteworthy Democrat National Conventional occurred in July 1960. Senator John F. Kennedy earned the Democratic nomination due to the work his brother did as campaign manager. Kennedy earned the spot due to his strong personality and rampant attitude. Below we can see JFK telling Robert about his Vice President selection. It was photographer John Loengard who said: “I was doing a story on Bobby Kennedy. The morning after Jack was nominated, we went up to his room. The brothers talked very quietly, and Jack told Bobby he wasn’t going to choose [labor union leader] Walter Reuther for Vice President… I waited outside for Bobby to come out. When he did, he was furious. We were walking back down the stairs, and Bobby was hitting his hand like this, saying ‘Sh*t, sh*t, sh*t.’ You know, he really hated [Lyndon] Johnson.”

John F. Kennedy And His Brother Robert F. Kennedy At The Democratic National Convention

John F. Kennedy And His Brother Robert F. Kennedy At The Democratic National Convention

Princess Elizabeth Wanted To Help With The War Effort

It was the peak of WWII, and everyone was feeling patriotic, wanting to help with the war effort. Even Princess Elizabeth is no exception! She nagged her father, the King, into allowing her to help out. After turning 18, she obtained the permission she needed to train as a truck driver and mechanic, as a part of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. Now the Queen of the United Kingdom (among other territories), we think it is awesome that she desired so greatly to do physically help her country back then.

Princess Elizabeth Wanted To Help With The War Effort

Princess Elizabeth Wanted To Help With The War Effort

Rosa Parks And Martin Luther King Jr. In Montgomery, Alabama

Rosa Parks was working as a seamstress in an Alabaman store, back in 1955. It was the 1st of December that she got onto a bus to get to work. When white passengers started getting onto the bus in big numbers, she was asked to go and sit towards the back of the bus. She was defiant however, and flatly refused to move. This lead to her arrest, for nothing other than being black. Her arrest received great notoriety and lead to a 13-month-long boycott of city buses. This right here, whether she knew it or not, was one of the first and greatest acts of black activism for its time. It boosted the Civil Rights movement and shone the spotlight on Martin Luther King Jr.

Rosa Parks And Martin Luther King Jr. In Montgomery, Alabama

Rosa Parks And Martin Luther King Jr. In Montgomery, Alabama

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Was “One Of The Most Prolific Figures In engineering History”

The man pictured below is Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a renowned engineer. He is responsible for devising the Great Western Railway. The Railway consists of many tunnels, viaducts and bridges which run across the West Midlands and England. Apart from creating a web-like railway, he is also responsible for designing tunnels, bridges and ships which were meant to service the transatlantic. On top of this, he designed a ship called the ‘Great Britain’. This ship was the first iron-hulled passenger liner powered by a screw propeller and steam. Brunel redesigned and built major docks in Britain too, and continued his work until his unfortunate death in 1859.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Was “One Of The Most Prolific Figures In Engineering History”

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Was “One Of The Most Prolific Figures In Engineering History”

Titanic Twins Allegedly Did Not Have Surviving Parents

Everyone is familiar with the story of the RMS Titanic, which sank deep in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14th, 1912. Many children who were on board were orphaned when their parents were lost at sea. Two French twins, Michel and Edmond Navratil survived by staying on the collapsible D, the ninth and final of the life-saving vessels. They were taken here by their father, who was told to remain on the sinking ship. The plan was for the twins to return to France and live with relatives. However, the authorities discovered that their mother was still alive and living in the French city of Nice! It was unbeknownst to her that their father was planning on bringing them to America.

Titanic Twins Allegedly Did Not Have Surviving Parents

Titanic Twins Allegedly Did Not Have Surviving Parents

The Most Important Thing To Leo Tolstoy In The End

The photo below was taken of Leo Tolstoy, two years before he died. At the time of the photo, he had been writing about his approaching demise. He told about how he found love to be the most important thing in life. He passed away having contracted pneumonia at the age of 82. Russian peasants took to the streets during the funeral procession despite attempts from Police to prevent this. “Love is life. Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source,” he said.

The Most Important Thing To Leo Tolstoy In The End

The Most Important Thing To Leo Tolstoy In The End

American Athlete Jesse Owens At The Presentation Of His Long Jump Gold Medal

It was the 1936 Olympic Games, and they were being hosted in Nazi-Occupied Germany. It was a tough decision for the Amateur Athletic Union of whether or not it was a good decision for the US to partake in the Berlin competition. Eventually, it was decided that American athletes would take part, but in a smaller capacity. The Civil Rights groups asked him not to compete, but Owens was determined and wanted to show off his skills. Upon arriving in Berlin, he received a cold welcome. Viewers made fun of him and he was certainly the victim of poor treatment. In the end he made everyone regret their words, having won four gold medals! This is the most won by any American for track and field events.

American Athlete Jesse Owens At The Presentation Of His Long Jump Gold Medal

American Athlete Jesse Owens At The Presentation Of His Long Jump Gold Medal

Winston Churchill And Charlie Chaplin Were Friends

Churchill was actually a huge Charlie Chaplin fan. Politically, the pair differed in views, but they held admiration for each other for sure. Churchill even invited Chaplin to be his guest to Chartwell more than once! Upon visiting the U.S in 1929, the pair spent some time together. Having attended a party hosted by William Randolph Hearst, they had dinner at the Bitmore Hotel. Chpalin returned to England after the City Lights premiere, he and Churchill had dinner at Churchill’s home residence. Together they played with the children and had a good laugh about politics.

Winston Churchill And Charlie Chaplin Were Friends

Winston Churchill And Charlie Chaplin Were Friends

Rita Hayworth On A Bike At The Beverly Hills Hotel

When Rita Hayworth entered Hollywood, starlets were following a template that would let them star in any film that would cast them. Hayworth was actually born ‘Margarita Carmen Cansino’ and went on to change both her name and her hairstyle. She was an excellent actress and was exceptional in both light-hearted and serious roles. “She had natural elegance. I saw that immediately, before they fixed her hair, something I may have contributed to did ask for Rita on her first loan‐out, ‘Susan and God,’ where she really had little to do. Yes, I knew, right away, she wasn’t just another pretty girl. Rita made some of her material better than it was,” said Director George Cukor.

Rita Hayworth On A Bike At The Beverly Hills Hotel

Rita Hayworth On A Bike At The Beverly Hills Hotel

An Iranian Woman Hanging Out At The Beach In The ‘60s

Prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979, women were not allowed to wear traditional veils. Police would ask for the removal of headscarves if they saw anyone donning them. Iran was very westernized, having clothes like miniskirts, short-sleeved tops and jeans being regular attire. Women dressed well and fashionably. There are many pictures of women dressing as such when having picnics and going to the beach. “Picnics are an important part of Iranian culture and are very popular amongst the middle classes. This has not changed since the revolution. The difference is, nowadays, men and women sitting together are much more self-aware and show more restraint in their interactions,” shared a Tehran University professor by the name of Haleh Afshar.

An Iranian Woman Hanging Out At The Beach In The ‘60s

An Iranian Woman Hanging Out At The Beach In The ‘60s

Grace Kelly Was Once Told That Her Chin Was “Too Wide”

Grace Kelly went from zero to hero very quickly, a quick rise within a five year period. Having become a famous actress, she continued on to become a literal princess! She was the daughter of three-time Olympic gold medalist John B. Kelly Sr. Her mother was also a cover model and champion swimmer. She wanted her own path however, which she followed when graduating from high school. Despite her good looks and academia, she struggled to find her big break. However, when she secured a role in Mogambo, everything changed for her.

Grace Kelly Was Once Told That Her Chin Was “Too Wide”

Grace Kelly Was Once Told That Her Chin Was “Too Wide”

Malcolm X Meeting Muhammad Ali

By 1962, Muhammad Ali was already a brash 20-year-old boxer and the winner of two national Golden Glove titles. Additionally, he had won an Olympic gold medal! This wasn’t the first time the pair had met, which was actually before a Nation of Islam rally back in June, 1962. In mid-January of 1964, Malcom X came with his wife and three daughters to visit Cassius Clay in Miami, who was training at the time for his chance to win the heavyweight title, against fearsome champion Sonny Liston.

Malcolm X Meeting Muhammad Ali

Malcolm X Meeting Muhammad Ali

A German Soldier Duo And Their Donkey

We all know how pig a part animals played during the war. They were used to carry injured soldiers, weaponry and ammunition back and forth and between checkpoints. They were also used to clear out the land. Horses, donkeys, mules, dogs among many other animals were all used during the horrific events of war. The soldiers pictured were prepared for their upcoming battle; even their horse was prepared also.

A German Soldier Duo And Their Donkey

A German Soldier Duo And Their Donkey

A Russian Sniper

The Russian sniper pictured below is Roza Georgiyevna Shanina. She was an active sniper during WWII and was only one of many Russian women active in the military at the time. She was special however. A volunteer, she was a sharpshooter. By the end of war she had 59 confirmed kills, some feat. She was tragically killed in 1945 during the East Prussian Offensive.

A Russian Sniper

A Russian Sniper

Princess Elizabeth, 1940

Prior to becoming the Monarch of the UK, Elizabeth was very much once a Princess, and a teenager. If you look below, you can see a photograph of her reading a book in a beautiful day-off frock, casually relaxing by a window. The attention to detail by the coloring of this photo is pretty amazing.

Princess Elizabeth, 1940

Princess Elizabeth, 1940

1938 National Rice Festival

We love how the colorization of interesting events from the past truly adds new life to certain moments. Look below here at a man cooking at the National Rice Festival of 1938. The new color provides a different story than would have been seen had it been in black and white.

1938 National Rice Festival

1938 National Rice Festival

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