Exploring History's Unseen Moments: A Photographic Journey

May 22, 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.

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


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.