Vintage Photos That Can't Be Ignored

February 8, 2024

Kangaroo punching photographer John Drysdale in the face.

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.

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Kangaroos are notoriously ready to throw hands, but apparently John Drysdale didn't know that in the 1960s. Drysdale grew up in East Africa and trained in photography at the Guildford School of Art before he went on to work with children and animals. This photo series of Drysdale getting whomped must have been the nadir of his work.

It's not clear what kind of project Drysdale was working on when he came face to face with a kangaroo, but he couldn't have expected it to turn out this way. There are two more photos in this series that show how caring a kangaroo can be even after they throw a punch. The third photo shows Drysdale on the ground, and the fourth shows the kangaroo giving him a hug.

Mothers in Oslo visiting children in quarantine

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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.