15 Rare Historical Photos Captured at the Perfect Time

Archived images are not just a bunch of old photos. They are quick flashes of the past and every single one of them shows an important event we ought to remember. You can see a lot of things in these snapshots like love in the middle of a war, peaceful children, and even a lama traveling in a taxi!

smartzune.com has made a new compilation of historical photos so that you can take a quick trip back in time

15. A switch operator poses by the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Russian Empire, 1910 in rare, original color.

The Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made between ca. 1905 and 1915. In those years, photographer Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time – when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.

26 Rare Historical Photos Captured at the Perfect Time

Around 1905, Prokudin-Gorsky envisioned and formulated a plan to use the emerging technological advances that had been made in color photography to document the Russian Empire systematically. Through such an ambitious project, his ultimate goal was to educate the schoolchildren of Russia with his “optical color projections” of the vast and diverse history, culture, and modernization of the empire.Outfitted with a specially equipped railroad-car darkroom provided by Tsar Nicholas II and in possession of two permits that granted him access to restricted areas and cooperation from the empire’s bureaucracy, Prokudin-Gorsky documented the Russian Empire around 1909 through 1915.