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

May 31, 2024

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

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.

(alfred t palmer)

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.

Geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor and Meteorologist Charles Wright photographed on the 5 January 1911 at the entrance of a grotto in the side of an iceberg with the Terra Nova ship in the background

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This shot of Thomas Griffith Tayor and Charles Wright was snapped after a long journey to Antarctica from England. At the time there were multiple explorers trying to be the first person to reach the South Pole. Robert Falcon Scott, Shackleton, and Norwegian explorer Roald Amundesen were all in competition with one another.

Scott's group roughed it over Terra Nova through sub-freezing temperatures and intense hunger. All they wanted to do was the recognition of being the first group to the South Pole, it was so bad they could taste it. The group made it to their destination but Amundsen was already there...