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

April 5, 2024

100 years ago Mata Hari was shot after blowing a kiss at the French firing squad who executed her for accusations of being a spy

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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The life of Mata Hari has become quite the legend in the more than 100 years since her execution. She first found fame in 1905 as an exotic dancer in Europe who was known for performing dances inspired by her time in Asia. She quickly became a favorite of the military men who saw her during World War I, but that proved to be her downfall.

It's unclear if Mata Hari was ever actually a spy for the Germans or a double agent for the French. While she did have dalliances with people from those countries no one really knows if she was able to actually gather information. Unfortunately, she took the fall for what was bad information in 1917.

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.