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. Historical life in Russia reads like a novel--which may be why it has been the subject of so many novels--and these vintage photos bring that forgotten way of life into the modern age.

If you like these interesting photos, be sure to also check out Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky's Russian color channel photography for another old-school way for photo restoration. But first, don't forget to vote on your favorite old photos 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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Grand Duchess Maria Of Russia, 1906

Grand Duchess Maria Of Russia, 1906

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#3

Russian Sniper Roza Shanina

Russian Sniper Roza Shanina

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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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#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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#6

The First Passengers Of The Moscow Metro, 1935

The First Passengers Of The Moscow Metro, 1935

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#7

Gymnasium Girls, Imperial Russia, 1900-1917

Gymnasium Girls, Imperial Russia, 1900-1917

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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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#14

Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

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#15

102nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, 1943

102nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, 1943

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#16

Soviet Athletes In Moscow, 1937

Soviet Athletes In Moscow, 1937

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Jean
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#19

Russian Wrestler Karl Pospischil, 1912

Russian Wrestler Karl Pospischil, 1912

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#20

Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

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#21

Russian Soldiers In Berlin 1945

Russian Soldiers In Berlin 1945

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Dana Erasmowitz
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#26

Maria Dolina, Hero Pilot Of The Soviet Union, 1945

Maria Dolina, Hero Pilot Of The Soviet Union, 1945

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Amanda Panda
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful. Looks like an older version of Shirely Temple

#27

Tank Driver Mikhail Smirnov, 1944

Tank Driver Mikhail Smirnov, 1944

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#28

Reaper, 1914

Reaper, 1914

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Justyna
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

isn't it amazing how they used to wear so many warm clothes in the middle of summer?

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#29

Group Of The Sisters Of Charity In The Dining Room During Lunch, Rhe Herbovets Community, 1900s

Group Of The Sisters Of Charity In The Dining Room During Lunch, Rhe Herbovets Community, 1900s

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Mario Acuña
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Old cameras took way better pictures than modern digital ones. This picture almost looks 3 dimensional.

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#31

Tashkent, 1930

Tashkent, 1930

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#32

Grigori Rasputin, 1904

Grigori Rasputin, 1904

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#33

Olga And Tatiana Romanov, 1900s

Olga And Tatiana Romanov, 1900s

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Katia
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

their dresses are so elegant and beautiful

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#34

Russian Ballet Dancer Galina Ulanova In Swan Lake, Ca, 1930

Russian Ballet Dancer Galina Ulanova In Swan Lake, Ca, 1930

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#35

A Russian Man Stand By A Ford-a Made In The Ussr, 1930

A Russian Man Stand By A Ford-a Made In The Ussr, 1930

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#36

Air Squadron Commander Of The 124th Fighter Regiment Alexander Pronin, 1942

Air Squadron Commander Of The 124th Fighter Regiment Alexander Pronin, 1942

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Iulia Bianca
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why is this not on the top ones? Amazing photo! <3 Beautiful man

#37

Arseny Tarkovsky, 1907

Arseny Tarkovsky, 1907

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Anna Popova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Arseny Alexandrovich Tarkovsky (25.06.1907 – 27.05.1989), russian poet This photo was taken by Gueorgui Pinkhassov in 1979

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#38

A Young Russian Bride, 1903

A Young Russian Bride, 1903

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#39

Russian Actor Nikolai Rybnikov In “Spring On Zarechnaya Street”, 1956

Russian Actor Nikolai Rybnikov In “Spring On Zarechnaya Street”, 1956

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#40

Anti Tank Artillery Soldiers, 1943

Anti Tank Artillery Soldiers, 1943

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#41

Soviet Air Force Officers Rufina Gasheva And Nataly Meklin, World War II

Soviet Air Force Officers Rufina Gasheva And Nataly Meklin, World War II

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Mick Fowler
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those Polikarpovs Po-2s had a top speed just shy of 100 mph. They harrassed the German front lines in the night. They were known as the "Night Witches."

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#42

Nurse, 1914-1916

Nurse, 1914-1916

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#43

Traffic Controllers, Wolchow Front, 1943

Traffic Controllers, Wolchow Front, 1943

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Yuliya Gorshkova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate war! The life of such beautiful people - flawed.

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#44

La Comtesse Elisabeth Moussine-Pouchkine, 1903

La Comtesse Elisabeth Moussine-Pouchkine, 1903

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#45

Red Cross Personnel Attending To Wounded Soldiers On A Russian Battlefield, WWI

Red Cross Personnel Attending To Wounded Soldiers On A Russian Battlefield, WWI

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#46

Easter At The Front, The Letter Symbolize The Fraze "Christ Is Risen", 1916

Easter At The Front, The Letter Symbolize The Fraze "Christ Is Risen", 1916

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#47

Grand Duchesses Olga And Tatiana Romanov In Livadia, Crimea, 1914

Grand Duchesses Olga And Tatiana Romanov In Livadia, Crimea, 1914

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Emily Jelassi
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

beautiful dresses, but they don't look very happy.

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#48

Friends, 1934

Friends, 1934

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Luis Sancho
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing photo. Looks like something from the sixties.

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#49

Russian Soldiers Pose Before The Attack, 1916

Russian Soldiers Pose Before The Attack, 1916

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David Soares
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the thoughts this picture makes me think . wow

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#50

Soviet Sailors Raise The Ussr’s Naval Ensign Over Port-Artur, 1945

Soviet Sailors Raise The Ussr’s Naval Ensign Over Port-Artur, 1945

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#51

Captain Alexander G. Pronin And Major Sergei Stepanovich Bukhteyev Aboard A Plane, 1943

Captain Alexander G. Pronin And Major Sergei Stepanovich Bukhteyev Aboard A Plane, 1943

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Mick Fowler
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The aircraft appears to be an American-made Bell Airacobra (P-39)

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#52

Soviet Car In The May Day Parade In Tel Aviv, 1947

Soviet Car In The May Day Parade In Tel Aviv, 1947

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Amanda Panda
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hang on.... we have a Weasley on the truck...he won't get off"

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#53

Nikolay Felixovich Yusupov, Prince Nicholas, Eldest Son Of Princess Zenaida And Prince Feli

Nikolay Felixovich Yusupov, Prince Nicholas, Eldest Son Of Princess Zenaida And Prince Feli

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Anna Schweizer
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, he is just gorgeous! He looks like a prince, jumped out a wonderfull fairytale <3javascript:void(0);

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#54

Berlin, 1945

Berlin, 1945

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#55

Soviet Sniper Lyubov Makarova (left), Hero Of The Soviet Union Dmitry Nazarenko (right)

Soviet Sniper Lyubov Makarova (left), Hero Of The Soviet Union Dmitry Nazarenko (right)

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Steph Dumais
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

both look like the kind of people you wouldn't want to piss off

#56

Lenin, 1900

Lenin, 1900

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Inna Yermolayeva
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I doubt this picture is from 1900. Lenin only turned 30 in 1900

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#57

Anti Tank Artilery Man, 1940s (left), Russian Sniper Nadiezhda Kolesnikova, 1943 (right)

Anti Tank Artilery Man, 1940s (left), Russian Sniper Nadiezhda Kolesnikova, 1943 (right)

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Inna Yermolayeva
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The photo is not taken in 1940. The man's medals are for winning The Great Patriotic War (World War II in the USSR); in 1940 the war hadn't had started yet.

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#58

Natalia Meklin (kravtsova), Sofia Burzaeva, Polina Gelman, 1943

Natalia Meklin (kravtsova), Sofia Burzaeva, Polina Gelman, 1943

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thepinkrobot
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Back when Russian women were amazing and beautiful

#59

Soviet Soldiers Are Monitoring The Movement Of German Troops Near Sevastopol, Crimea, 1941

Soviet Soldiers Are Monitoring The Movement Of German Troops Near Sevastopol, Crimea, 1941