Historical Insights: A Curated Collection of Impactful Vintage Photographs

June 6, 2024

The Flying Tigers

Rare historical photos are always fascinating, but thanks to magnificent colorizing technology we can finally experience history the way it happened. These vintage colorized photos provide a glimpse into the past in a way that you'll never see in history books. These aren't just photos, they're time machines.

Look closer at each of these photos... you'll find a side of history that you won't see anywhere else. They don't just provide context for some of the biggest moments in history, they tell the real stories about what happened in the past.

While you may be able to see black and white versions of these photos somewhere else, seeing them in color is the only real way to experience the past. Keep scrolling and fall into colorized history, you'll never want to leave.

The Flying Tigers, World War II ✈ ✈ source: national archives

During World War II a mysterious, multinational group of pilots were christened the Flying Tigers before the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The volunteer group was made up of pilots from each branch of the U.S. military who flew in Curtis P-40B Warhawks adorned with Chinese colors. It was strange to see a group like this before America entered World War II.

The members of the Flying Tigers may have been military, but they weren't an official American squardon. Instead, they were members of the Republic China Air Force and were given contracts that ranged from $250 a month to $750 a month. The group was disbabed on July 4, 1942. Their records are still intact.

Mothers in Oslo visiting children in quarantine

source: Reddit

Whenever a major illness hit Oslo in the 19th century people weren't able to stay home due to cramped conditions, instead they had to stay in plague hospitals or lazaretti. If someone was wealthy enough they were able to receive medical treatment at home, but everyone else had to go to the lazaretti or lazaretto. The image you see here is of mothers visiting their children during an outbreak of diptheria.

Borghild Barth-Heyerdahl Roald, a professor at the University of Oslo, explained to Science Norway why those who were ill had to quarantine in a hospital rather than at home like we do now:

Today we think of the hospitals mostly as treatment institutions, with the patient at the center. But 100 years ago, few therapies were available when it came to treating diseases, and it was therefore more important to isolate patients who were ill.