Rare Photos So Chilling We Can't Look Away

By | December 14, 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.