Historical Moments Captured: Photos with Powerful Stories

March 28, 2024

Lt. Richard K. Jones of Hollywood, California, feeding Japanese children found in a tomb 50 yards from the front line, Okinawa, 1945. 

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. 

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The Battle of Okinawa began on April 1, 1945, and lasted for 82 days. One of the major battles of the Pacific theatre and the largest amphibious assault of World War II, the U.S. Army and Marines battled the Imperial Japanese Army for control of Okinawa and the surrounding region. Sadly, civilians were caught up in the fighting. These young children were discovered hiding out in an old tomb just yards from the front line. An American soldier, Lt. Richard K. Jones of Hollywood, California, took it upon himself to give the youngsters some food. 

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.