Historical Moments Captured: Photos with Powerful Stories

April 17, 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. 

Mormon polygamists at the Utah Penitentiary, 1889. ☠️

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In 1845, Mormon leader Joseph Smith was attacked and murdered because of his extreme religious views. His followers, under Brigham Young as their new leader, migrated to the wilds of Utah in 1847 where they hoped to practice their unorthodox beliefs in seclusion. One of the Mormon beliefs that ruffled a lot of feathers was polygamy. When Utah applied for statehood, there was a condition to its acceptance into the union – a ban on polygamy had to be added to the state constitution. Utah was granted statehood on January 4, 1896, and afterward, men with more than one wife could be arrested for the crime of polygamy.