Exploring History's Unseen Moments: A Photographic Journey

April 24, 2024

Louis and Lucille Armstrong at the Sphinx, January 28, 1961

Look closer at these moments in history… no longer encased in black and white, every photo in this collection has been rendered in stunning color. They no longer feel like relics of the past, but rather vibrant moments that show the way things really were… and in some ways still are.

Some of these rarely seen photos will shock you, others will amaze, but they all capture way more than expected. So brace yourself...

⚠️ These jaw dropping colorized photos of the past have to be seen to be believed. The moments captured here just don't look quite the same in black and white. You will never look at history the same way again ⚠️


Louis Armstrong was a true musical legend, known around the world for his unparalleled talent and infectious charisma. In the course of his incredible career, he traveled to all corners of the globe, delighting audiences with his unforgettable performances and leaving a lasting impact on the world of music. One of his most memorable experiences came in Egypt, where he had the opportunity to visit the Great Sphinx of Giza with his beloved wife, Lucille.

It was here that he had the chance to meet Kamal el-Mallakh, one of the world's most renowned archaeologists, and learn about his incredible discoveries in the region. But for Armstrong, the true highlight of the day came when he stopped off at an orphanage to play for the children of Cairo, bringing joy and happiness to those who needed it most. It was a fitting end to a grueling State Department tour, and a reminder of the incredible power of music to connect people and uplift the human spirit.

YPF Gas Station, 1950

source: reddit

Now this is a shot from when gas stations really were pieces of art. When you pulled into a gas station in the 1950s you weren’t just filling up your tank, you were getting full service with a smile.

A service technician would pop your hood, check your oil, wash your windows, and make sure that you had enough gas to get from point A to point B. Those were the days…

On top of the immaculate service, service stations were once places that were designed to look modern and spiffy, a far cry from today’s hum drum gas stations that are a dime a dozen. Take us back…