Historical Moments Captured: Photos with Powerful Stories

March 6, 2024

A Tasmanian Tiger before they went extinct in 1936. 

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. 

Credit: @australian_history_colourised

This poor fellow in this colorized photo from 1936 was one of the last of his kind. He was a thylacine, more commonly known as a Tasmanian tiger. A carnivore native to New Guinea and Tasmania, as well as the Australian mainland, the Tasmanian tiger was once an apex predator, but humans were encouraged to hunt them to keep them away from livestock. The introduction of domestic dogs into the area also led to their decline. By 1936, there were none of the Tasmanian tigers left. 

This beautiful lady sitting outside a cafe in 1952 was actually a model posing for a famous fashion photographer. 

Photo: Georges Dambier. Credit: Jose Gades.

This colorized photograph of a stunning woman in Paris was shot by renowned photographer Georges Dambier. A top fashion photographer of the post-World War II era, Dambier took a different approach to his photos than most fashion photographers of his time. Rather than have the models stand facing him with stiff poses and emotionless faces, Dambier wanted his images to look more like high-quality snapshots. He wanted to show his models enjoying life. He shot them looking away from the camera, doing everyday activities, and looking like they were happy and full of life. This image is a classic example of that.