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Rarely Seen Photographs Captured More Than You Already Know

Colorized historical photos | August 19, 2020

Written by Jacob Shelton

This collection of rarely seen photographs capture a different side to history than you already know...with the advancement of modern technology, the photos from the past reveal more than we ever original expected to see.  

Take a closer look...now that they’re rendered in gorgeous color they’re no longer just photographs, but fully fledged true life moments in time. This personally selected collection of vintage photos that have been transformed from black and white to color will show you what life was really like in the past.

When black and white photos are colorized the process doesn’t just change the way they look, it adds a level of detail that puts everything into a different perspective.

Every one of those beautiful colorized photos has to be seen to be believed, but not all of the stories are suitable for all eyes… view these snapshots with discretion. 

No longer bound by the constraints of black and white, these gorgeous color photos capture more than expected.

Circus performer Harriet Hodgini, sits on the gate of a truck helping Otto Griebling, a circus clown, apply his makeup, 1935 🎪

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There’s a camaraderie amongst circus performers. Not only do you have the same job, but you’re on the road together for months out of the year. You become one another’s family, so when someone asks you to help them put their makeup on you don’t even think about it, you just do it.

We don’t know much about Harriet Hodgdini, although she comes from a circus family. Her father was Albert Hodgdini, one of the members of the Houdini family circus troupe as well as the originator of "the Original Miss Daisy" with Ringling Brothers. The man she’s making up is Otto Griebling, one of the four clowns to receive the title “Master Clown.” Griebling actually studied under Hodgini’s father after coming to the U.S. from Germany.

By 1935 Griebling’s act was less high flying thanks to a back injury that suffered mid-stunt. From then on he performed as a silent tramp clown as he continued his time with the Hodgini family.

Seeing a vision of the old circus days is enough to make our hearts flutter. When you could toss down a few bits and see some of the world’s most outrageous performers. There were all manner of tents, snacks, and some times animals, it was truly an amazing sight to behold.


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Jacob Shelton

Writer

Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.