We at Bored Panda love to see history come alive, which is why we think you'll also like this series of colorized photos by Russian Flickr user klimbims. Russia's history reads like a novel--which may be why it has been the subject of so many novels--and these colorized photos bring that history into the modern age.


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If you like these photos, be sure to also check out Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky's Russian color channel photography for another old-school way to turn the past into color. But first, don't forget to vote on your favourite photo below!

More info: flickr (h/t: designyoutrust)

#1 Family Nicholas Ii Of Russia, 1914

Family Nicholas Ii Of Russia, 1914

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Ronja Rövardotter 7 months ago

Russian czar's family. Very sad story. They were all brutally murdered in their basement shortly after the revolution in 1917.

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#2 Grand Duchess Maria Of Russia, 1906

Grand Duchess Maria Of Russia, 1906

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Cathy O'Keeffe 7 months ago

Beautiful child, so brutally murdered.

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#3 Russian Sniper Roza Shanina

Russian Sniper Roza Shanina

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Richard Petch 7 months ago

A very brave and beautiful young lady.

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#4 Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Soviet Sniper During World War II. Credited With 309 Kills, She Is Regarded As The Most Successful Female Sniper In History, 1940

Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Soviet Sniper During World War II. Credited With 309 Kills, She Is Regarded As The Most Successful Female Sniper In History, 1940

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Vu Nguyen 7 months ago

Real deal

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#5 Yuri Gagarin With His Matra Bonnet Djet Vs Coupe, 1965

Yuri Gagarin With His Matra Bonnet Djet Vs Coupe, 1965

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Norbert Stockmaier 7 months ago

They See Me Rollin' ..... They Hatin ;)

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#6 The First Passengers Of The Moscow Metro, 1935

The First Passengers Of The Moscow Metro, 1935

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ya2nm 7 months ago

nice smiles :D

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#7 Gymnasium Girls, Imperial Russia, 1900-1917

Gymnasium Girls, Imperial Russia, 1900-1917

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agneta 7 months ago

Beautiful girls!

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#8 The Four Romanov Daughters With Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra, 1913

The Four Romanov Daughters With Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra, 1913

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Miikka Ukkonen 7 months ago

Is it just me, but the second girl from the left looks like Sid from Ice Age :D

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#9 Worker And Supervisor, Car Factory, Moscow, 1954

Worker And Supervisor, Car Factory, Moscow, 1954

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Karyne Serret 7 months ago

Those arms tho...

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#10 Russian Family, Ekaterinburg Region, Siberia In The Late 19th Century

Russian Family, Ekaterinburg Region, Siberia In The Late 19th Century

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Alina Purcell 7 months ago

Looks like they were trying for a daughter... Reminds me of my grandparents' pictures

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#11 Yekaterina Ryabova, Russian Military Pilot, Heroine Of The Soviet Army, 1945

Yekaterina Ryabova, Russian Military Pilot, Heroine Of The Soviet Army, 1945

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Richard Petch 7 months ago

Most of their female pilots are better than their male counterparts even now.

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#12 Jose Raul Capablanca Vs Alexander Alekhine, 1913

Jose Raul Capablanca Vs Alexander Alekhine, 1913

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Jean 7 months ago

good work. especially where they brought color to the dark. Considering this was taken in 1913 they did a hell of a job.

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#13 Soldier Waves A Soviet Flag, Berlin, 1945

Soldier Waves A Soviet Flag, Berlin, 1945

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Irina Fedina 7 months ago

Amazing photo.

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#14 Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

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Erik Egtvedt 7 months ago

WW1 lasted a long time in the soviet union...

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#15 102nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, 1943

102nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, 1943

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Yuliya Gorshkova 7 months ago

Looks like Hollywood celebrities

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#16 Soviet Athletes In Moscow, 1937

Soviet Athletes In Moscow, 1937

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Jean 7 months ago

The color pops in this image. However the detail on the legs and face, highlights the lack of detail in the dress and footwear.

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#17 A Man With A Group Of Russian Children, 1940

A Man With A Group Of Russian Children, 1940

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Bridget Goodman 7 months ago

A man? He looks like a child himself...

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#18 Nicholas II Of Russia In The Uniform Of The Life-guards 4th The Imperial Family’s Rifle Regiment, 1912

Nicholas II Of Russia In The Uniform Of The Life-guards 4th The Imperial Family’s Rifle Regiment, 1912

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Adrian Ursu 7 months ago

It looks like Medvedev

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#19 Russian Wrestler Karl Pospischil, 1912

Russian Wrestler Karl Pospischil, 1912

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Tomáš Ďuriš 7 months ago

name looks like czech one :D

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#20 Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

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Alina Purcell 7 months ago

"Manuscripts don't burn"... Love him

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#21 Russian Soldiers In Berlin 1945

Russian Soldiers In Berlin 1945

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Dana Erasmowitz 7 months ago

Must have been a victorious feeling! There's even a woman in the combat squad. So ahead of the Yanks

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#22 Anti Tank Artilery, 1940s

Anti Tank Artilery, 1940s

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Ju Li 7 months ago

Kirsten Dunst in Soviet Russia

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#23 Romanov Sisters And Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra Working In A Military Hospital During Worl War I

Romanov Sisters And Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra Working In A Military Hospital During Worl War I

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Anja Tupala 7 months ago

First from left is Anna Vyrubova

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#24 Soviet Sniper Semyon Nomokonov With His Famous Smoking Pipe, 1942

Soviet Sniper Semyon Nomokonov With His Famous Smoking Pipe, 1942

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Jean 7 months ago

Great color, great image. It may have been posed but it looks like the guy in the middle is in mid story.

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#25 Saint John Of Kronstadt

Saint John Of Kronstadt

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