60 Colorized Photos So Chilling We Can't Look Away

February 20, 2024

B-17 Flying Fortress crew members Gus Palmer (left), a citizen of the Kiowa nation and a side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (right), also a Kiowa and an aerial photographer, standing near their aircraft, MacDill Field, Florida, 1944. 

Thanks to modern technology, we can now get an even more accurate view of the past via colorized photographs. Prior to the 1970s, most photographs were shot using black and white film. While these images are important tools to help us understand the past, we can get even more details from photographs that have been digitally colorized. For the first time (well, the first time in a long time), we can see the rich and colorful world that our ancestors lived in. This collection of colorized photos shows us that world. 

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Gus Palmer and Horace Poolaw proudly represented the Kiowa nation as members of the United States military in World War II. The Kiowa is an indigenous tribe that made their ancestral home in the plains states. In 1867, the tribe was moved to a plot of land in southwestern Oklahoma that was set aside as a reserve for them. These gentlemen were two of more than 25,000 Native Americans that actively fought in World War II. As members of the U.S. Army Air Corp, they crewed the B-17 Flying Fortress. 

Princess Faiza of Egypt ruffled feathers when she married a Turk. 

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A member of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty, Egypt’s Princess Faiza was born at the Abdeen Palace in Cairo in 1923. She was the third of the five children born to King Fuad I and Nazli Sabri. Her brother became King Farouk. She angered her brother when she refused to marry within the Middle East royal family. She chose instead to marry Bulent Rauf, her cousin, a Turk. King Farouk was displeased with the union, in part because Rauf was western educated. Despite this, the couple exchanged vows on May 17, 1945 and moved into the Zohria Palace, located on an island in the Nile.