Exploring History's Unseen Moments: A Photographic Journey

May 8, 2024

YPF Gas Station, 1950

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 ⚠️

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…

Black man drinking at ‘Colored’ water cooler in streetcar terminal, Oklahoma City, Oklahom ca July, 1939

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The Jim Crow era of the American South remains one of the most shameful and painful chapters in the nation's history. Born out of a deep-seated fear and hatred of African Americans, the era saw the establishment of a brutal system of segregation and discrimination that denied basic rights and freedoms to millions of people of color.

Under Jim Crow, black Americans were forced to live in separate and inferior facilities, denied access to education, employment, and other essential services, and subjected to horrific acts of violence and intimidation. Despite these overwhelming challenges, however, African Americans refused to be broken, fighting tirelessly for their rights and freedoms through nonviolent resistance and other forms of civil disobedience. Through their bravery and perseverance, they paved the way for a brighter and more just future, reminding us all of the power of hope and determination in the face of oppression and adversity.