This answer describes a hack in which it is possible to upload new media to an "old" folder like 2012/12. That hack no longer seems to work in recent WP versions. Meanwhile, all the plugins I can find for media/folder management seem to want to create an entirely new folder hierarchy, and bypass the native WordPress year/month system completely.
I just want to upload some lost media from original files outside WordPress into an "old" year/month folder associated with the publication date of an old article long since published, but missing its media somehow. I'd much prefer that to linking from within the old article to some new location, because that is just going to raise questions from some people.
So far my only option seems to be to downgrade WordPress and try to find a version that supports that "hack" in the link above. Is there a better way?