Chilling Vintage Photos Reveal An Unseen Side Of History

Colorized historical photos | September 3, 2020

Written by Jacob Shelton

Take your time with these colorized photos of the forgotten past, there's a lot to take in. The nuance and depth that comes with the colorization of a formerly black and white photo makes you feel like you're in the moment, not just looking at it through a screen...

This hand picked collection of rarely seen photos from the past will 100 percent blow your mind. Not only do these photos jump off the screen with a vibrancy unmatched by their black and white counterparts, but they feature in depth stories that may not be suitable for all audiences.

⚡ Proceed with caution when looking deeper into these newly colorized photos, many of them are for mature audiences only. You've been warned... ⚡

11 year old cousins, Wendy Anderton and Cathie Jones pose with the tail section of a Heinkel He 111P - two of eight which crashed landed by their home at Border House Farm near Chester in Cheshire, 1940...can you imagine waking up to a noise outside and finding a bomber jet in your backyard? 💣

source: reddit

Well this is definitely not the usual World War II photo. When two German bombers fell from the sky around August 15, 1940, the folks of Cheshire must have thought they were being invaded, but in fact they were just getting some local color.

While this many sites mark this photo as being taken on August 14, it was most likely snapped around the 15th or 16th. On August 15, 1940, a massive air engagement took place between the Luftwaffe and the RAF which ended in the German army losing 76 aircrafts. For the British this was a much needed win, but for the Germans it became known as "Black Thursday."

It's entirely possible that this plane crashed completely apropos of Black Thursday, maybe the pilot was just awful at navigation.

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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.