60 Colorized Photos So Chilling We Can't Look Away

By | August 19, 2022

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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Credit: Mads Madsen

If he were alive today, Seth Kinman would probably be a famous social media star. The California hunter and outdoorsman, who lived from 1815 to 1888, was a publicity seeker and one of the chief instigators of the mountain man look. A towering man with a steady shot, Kinman claimed he shot 50 elk in one month and more than 800 grizzlies in his lifetime. Using hides, bones, and antlers from the animals he shot, Kinman made several chairs to present to prominent people, including James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Rutherford B. Hayes, and, as seen in this photo, Abraham Lincoln. Kinman and Lincoln seemed to hit it off quite well. In fact, Kinman was in attendance at Ford Theatre the night that Lincoln was assassinated. 

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.