Windows to the Past: Remarkable Photos That Transport You Through Time

April 3, 2024

Koboto Santaro, a Japanese military commander, wearing traditional armor, in 1863

Rare photos from history only tell a part of the story when they're in black and white. Seeing them in color gives you a look into the past in a way that you won't see in history books. Thanks to the beautiful colorization that each photo has undergone, each of these photos is like a window into the past.

These photos won't just tell you about history... they'll help you live it.

Each of these amazing colorized photos tells a story about where we've been and where we're going. They'll show you the arc of the human race and give you hope for a new day. Once you see how gorgeous these photos look in color, black and white just won't do it for you anymore.

This colorized collection of photographs is way more than meets the eye.

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Taken in 1863, this photo shows just how traditional the Japanese military was even into the late 19th century. This kind of armor first appeared in Japan around the 4th century, scholars believe that it first apppeared in either China or Korea. Although it evolved over time it remained visually very similar.

It wasn't until the 16th century, when Japan began trading with Europe that they began incorporating more modern fabrics and weapons into their attire. Thanks to this change a new armor, called tosei-gusoki, began to be used. However, it remained a status symbol to use armor that predated the new trade.

A kitten on a water lily pad in the Philippines, 1935

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Let me tell you, this is no ordinary lily pad. We're talking about a plant that can grow up to six feet in diameter, with leaves that are strong enough to hold up a human child. That's right - this plant is not to be messed with.

At the time of their discovery by the English, Victoria Lily Pads were referred to as "A Vegetable Wonder!" and it's not hard to see why. These lily pads are absolutely massive, and they're able to support the weight of not just one, but multiple children at once. It's a true testament to the strength and resilience of nature, and it's no wonder that people were so excited to cultivate these plants in England.

But let's not forget about the cat walking along the lily pad in the photo - now that's a sight to see! While we tend to think of lily pads as delicate and dainty, the Victoria lily pad is anything but. It's thick, it's sturdy, and it's a force to be reckoned with.