In The Wizard of Oz, one of the pivotal moments is when Dorothy suddenly steps out of the shadows of black and white into a colorful land. It was literally a whole new world for her, and for all the viewers.
The same can be said for old photos. We see them in black and white, and it’s easy to forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today.
But thanks to the people of Reddit, specifically the r/Colorization subreddit, we no longer have to wonder what it might look like. The principal contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers and restorers that bring historic photos to life through color, and while we can’t be sure that those hues are exactly as they were at that time, it’s close enough to give us a solid idea.
Aging is inevitable, but if you want to speed the process along quite a bit, I suggest that you run for president. As these pictures show, even just four years in office can age you about 10 times faster than normal.
Remember high school yearbooks? So many people telling you to “Have a great summer!” and “Let’s stay in touch!” with colored pens on the inside covers, while the pages were filled with awkwardly-posed pictures of every student that set foot through the classroom doors.
While you might not recognize 99 percent of the faces in your yearbooks today, the people who went to school with these celebrities could probably sell that autographed album on eBay for a pretty penny.
Then again, it’s kind of fun to have a reminder that even the most famous among us went through those awkward teenage years…
Looking back from the vantage point of 2015, the way the editors of this 1946 college yearbook decided to describe all the women is surprising at best. It’s unimaginable that these types of captions would end up in a current yearbook, but if they did, it would be indefensible.
The 40s were a different time, however, and today’s expectations don’t exactly fit. So, more than being offensive, these pics serve as a reminder of how far we’ve come…
Whether you like football or not, you probably watch the Super Bowl at least to see the commercials or what train wreck will attempt to entertain the millions of people during the halftime show. If nothing else, the game is a good reason to consume large amounts of food and yell at the TV and consider it “festive” and not “another Sunday night.”
But after the touchdown dances are completed and the confetti is cleaned up, there’s that little matter of creating and distributing the championship rings. As you can see, they’re ridiculous and over the top and pretty much everything you would expect from a league that has a salary cap of around $140 million. But they’re also pretty cool to look at…
Jan. 15, 1967 – Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA. Kansas City Chiefs – 10 Green Bay Packers – 35
We’re spoiled today in that there are a ton of new “genius” inventions that are presented to us on a daily basis. But as far as we’ve come — you’re reading this on a computer the size of your hand, most likely — they had some, shall we say, “different” ideas about what would be genius a few decades ago.
Some seem rather brilliant, while others make you glad that they stayed back in the past. (Looking at you, vibrating bra.)
Call me crazy, and I know there were no Starbucks around, but this doesn’t seem safe. According to the designer, the machine held enough water for three cups of coffee and could also be used for preparing soups, boiling eggs, or heating water for washing or shaving. Great if you live out of your car. Not so great if you want to survive.