Unseen History Photos That Leave Nothing To The Imagination 

Rare Collection | November 27, 2020

Written by Jacob Shelton

This collection of unseen photographs capture more than expected.  Originally captured in black and white, these colorized photos show a different side to history than you already know.

You won't find these photos in history books...you might think they've been hidden away because they have rarely been seen in full vibrant color. The photos leave nothing to the imagination...take a closer look.

Warning, these photos and their stories may be mature in nature.  This collection of rarely seen snapshots tells the real story of history, but it may not be suitable for all viewers. 

Chief John Smith a.k.a. White Wolf, reportedly the oldest Native American to ever live photographed in 1920. He claimed to be 137 years old

source: pear colours

Living to any age beyond your 60s was a feat in the early 20th century. It was an era marked with famine, illness, and war, and while there are people managed to live through it, Chief John Smith claimed to be 137 years old when he passed away in 1922.

Hailing from the northern woods of Minnesota, Smith was a member of the Chippewa tribe who was allegedly born in 1785, a year that's a little hard to wrap your head around. Referred to as "Wrinkled Meat" by his tribespeople, it's more likely that he was closer to 100 years old when he passed. Thanks to a man named Paul Buffalo who lived with the Chippewa as a child we know that Smith claimed that he was between eight and ten years old when "the stars fell."

This mysterious claim is likely in reference to the Leonid meteor shower of 1833 which would make Smith 99, if not a nice round 100. When Minnesota's Star Tribune attempted to validate his age they just found more questions. Smith's family said that the claimed to remember the war of 1812, that he was married eight times, and never had children. His adopted son, Tom Smith, maintained that his father 137 years old when he passed away.

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Jacob Shelton


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.