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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

A very brave and beautiful young lady.

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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 1 year ago

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

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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 1 year ago

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

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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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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#14 Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

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Erik Egtvedt 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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#20 Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

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Alina Purcell 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Kirsten Dunst in Soviet Russia

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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 1 year 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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