Have you ever wondered how people used to take photos back in the day? If you’re thinking about the old school bulky type camera’s, then you’re probably right. Thankfully, if it weren’t for the invention of the camera, then a lot of rare moments in history would not be captured for us to view today.
No matter how you try to wrap your mind around how these photos were taken, these photos will blow your mind. These are super rare photographs taken back in the day, that you never knew about.
Have you ever wondered how people used to take photos back in the day? If you’re thinking about the old school bulky type camera’s, then you’re probably right. Thankfully, if it weren’t for the invention of the camera, then a lot of rare moments in history would not be captured for us to view today.
No matter how you try to wrap your mind around how these photos were taken, these photos will blow your mind. These are super rare photographs taken back in the day, that you never knew about.
Are you guys a fan of the Beatles? Do you remember their famous pedestrian crossing album cover? Well, here’s a little secret for you, when the Beatles shot their iconic Abbey Road cover in 1969, the primary album photo had to be retaken a number of times for it to be exactly perfect for the cover.
Wait a second, in this photo they were going the wrong way! Check out the photo, here’s Paul, George, Ringo, and John, making their way back across the street for another take. They must have had quite a number of bloopers in this shot before getting the right one, Hilarious indeed!
Here’s an interesting discovery for you, World War II had a lot of significant moments, but one photo that we just can’t seem to wrap our minds around was this one. Did you guys know that Queen Elizabeth used to serve in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service?
This comes as a huge surprise, because of course who would have thought that the Queen of England would look absolutely dashing in uniform? During the Second World War, she serviced and drove trucks for the army. Sure, she may have been out of the action, but she still looks like royalty in a uniform!
A lot happened in the 1970’s in fact, there were a lot of significant and dramatic moments in history. America’s departure from Vietnam was considered one of the saddest and most heart wrenching moment of the 1970’s, as you can see in the photo.
Seeing as a lot of people tried to fly out of the country and escape, they clinged on to the final chopper for dear life, but unfortunately got punched and kicked for their efforts to board it.
Another rare sighting, this photo was taken in 1945, when the allied forces won against Adolf Hitler.
In the photo, they were standing in front of the Fuhrer’s Reich Chancellery in Berlin, where they successfully deposed and mocked Adolf Hitler! Truly an honest moment in History!
In September of 1962, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson received a tour of the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex. In the photo shown above, its kind of hard to imagine to see both the President and Vice President in the same room as all the other members of the administration, let alone get along with another.
It’s rare, because this barely happens, and as you can see everyone seems to be in a heated argument already. What do you guys think of this photo?
What do you guys see in the photo? If you can see a mannequin, then you are correct!
In the 50’s, they used mannequins as bomb testers. Poor thing, he was destined to have his clothes burned down, and body melted to dust while standing under the scorching nevada sun.
Were you a fan of the Disney film Anastasia growing up? That story was actually based on a real life story. Of course, it wasn’t exactly the same, but it came pretty close. This photo shows a photo of Tsar Nicholas II’s missing daughter Anastasia as he playfully holds a cigarette to her mouth before she went missing.
During the revolution of 1917, Nicholas was executed along with his entire royal family, but since his daughter went missing, there were rumors that she had survived the slaughter and vanished.
Who can forget the disastrous tragedy that was the sinking of the Titanic? This rare photo was taken when Carpathia arrived to rescue the only few lifeboats that were drifting in the cold Atlantic waters in 1912.
Sadly, the boat came in too late for the other passengers, because the Titanic had already sunk leaving thousands lifeless in the water.
Remember the most memorable tragedy of the United States? This photo was taken when confederate veteran Lewis Payne was waiting for his execution, after breaking into the home of William H. Seward, the Secretary of State, the night Abraham Lincoln was shot.
Kind of amazing how this photo was taken of him, and we all thought that not a lot of photos like this would be taken. Very Interesting, Indeed.
Have you guys been to Paris? Have you been to the Louvre? There are many rare paintings in that museum, however, everyone always noticed the Mona Lisa. In this photo, she is seen being returned to the museum after the World War II ended. Since, they were worried for her safety, and to make sure that she wouldn’t get stolen, The French had decided to hide her in the countryside, where she will be safe to wait out the war in safety.
Of course, the Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in history, certainly if something were to happen to it, the french would go ballistic!
Have you ever tried to imagine the statue of liberty just as it was being constructed? Did you know that it was first built in France before it even found its way to New York?
Well, in this photo, is a rare glimpse of the statue just as it was being made before getting shipped and pieced together very carefully on her pedestal. In the photo, you can also see her left hand holding the tablet, while the workers construct the rest of her parts in 1884.
It has always been a dream for people in the United States, or even people from other countries to visit the White House in Washington. In this photo, we see Pablo Escobar! Yes, the famous drug lord, hard to imagine him with a son huh?
But just like any normal person out there, he too had dreams of visiting the White House with his son. This photo was taken during a day tour in 1980. Turns out he has a soft spot after all.
We ask you this simple question, have you ever tried to imagine what happens to a car when a human body is dropped from a building? Seems a little masochistic, but at some point it is bound to enter your mind. In this photo, you see Evelyn Mchale.
In 1947, she leapt to her death from the top of the Empire State Building, which was almost 102 floors up in the air, and landed on this vehicle you see in the photo. A passerby, just happened to have a camera in his hand and snapped this shot.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you leave something personal on a place like the moon? Here’s proof that whatever you leave on the moon will stay there. In 1972, Astronaut Charlie Duke went to visit the Moon on the Apollo 16.
Before his trip, he decided to take a photo with his wife, and two kids. He left the photo on the surface, where it still remains to this day along with his footprints. He also had a lunar rover along with him on his trip, and you can see the tracks in the photo on the corner. Amazing!
Have you been to China? Beijing to be exact? Then you’ve been to this place before. This was the Tiananmen Square in 1989, before student protesters consumed the streets and were beaten and put down by the government in a horrible bloody display of power.
It was a sad day for China, thousands of students were killed and almost 100 innocent students were wounded. In the photo, it shows fleeing students from oncoming battle tanks. Scary!
Were you a fan of the silent movie era in Hollywood? If you were, then you’d be happy to see this photo. This rare image shows a very young Helen Keller with the amazing Charlie Chaplin.
In 1919, he was considered the golden star of the silent movie era. Helen Keller could not see or hear either, so, you can guess why Charlie Chaplin became the king of silent movies.
And yet, another photo of the Statue of Liberty, as it was being constructed in France in 1884.
This photo shows a different angle.
In this photo, democracy was on the rise before the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. During this time, all the women in the country were given equal rights as instructed by the constitution. In this photo, shows that rare moment in history during the pre-Taliban days, when Afghan women were still given importance and given the right to a professional career, study in Universities, access public transportation, public spaces, dress in non-traditional clothing. Take note, that during these days, they were given this freedom without any supervision.
But that freedom when to an end during the mid - 90s, when women were no longer given the freedom to a proper education and employment because it was outlawed by the Taliban. Women who were over the age of 8 were no longer given this freedom.
And here is another angle of the Tiananmen Square.
As you can see in the photo, people are fleeing from the tanks.
This photo truly shows the face of bravery.
Here’s a Russian spy who is just laughing at the thought of death in Finland during the Winter War in 1939.
Anyone remember the Lion in Hollywood movies during the late 80’s and 90s? Here’s a rare photo of the MGM lion preparing to roar before the beginning of every movie. This was released in the studio in 1928. Wanna know the name of this handsome Lion? His name is Jack. Such a beauty indeed!
MGM actually gave all of their pet lions the name “Leo.” but only the real one was named that. Cool!
Here’s another of the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, on Sept 1962. As you can see, here’s another angle shot of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and other members of his staff.
It probably makes you wonder, “how did they stand staying in the same room with each other?” here’s good proof that it is possible.
Here’s another rare photo of all the test dummies used for the the Atomic Bomb Testing in Nevada during the mid - 50’s.
Doesn’t it make you wonder where they get all of these mannequins to test their bombs on? Local stores must have dotated them specifically for this purpose.
Do you want to see what really happened in Vietnam when people tried to board the last chopper available so they can escape? Well, here it is. In this photo, you can see another angle of an American Evacuee punching a South Vietnamese man for a spot on the last chopper out of the US embassy.
This was in 1975, when people were being evacuated out of Saigon. Such a rare photo this must be, indeed!
Have you wondered what the world’s most wanted men looked like when they were younger? In this photo, you can see a young Osama Bin Laden. Yes, Folks! You read it right. The terrorist responsible for the 9/11 bombing.
This photo was taken during a trip to sweden with his family in the 1970’s. In case you are wondering if he already looked evil back then, take a look for yourself. He is second from the right wearing a green shirt and blue pants.
Here’s a rare photo of India’s first satellite being transported manually by some workers. It was called “The Apple”.
As you can probably tell from the photo that it looks nothing like a satellite, but at the time it worked it’s magic.
Do bulletproof vests really work? Do you want to know how it works wonders on protecting your body? In this photo, we see the testing of a bulletproof vest dated back in 1923. This demonstration was shot live in Washington City police headquarters. The two men in the photo are WH Murphy and his assistant of the Protective Garment Corporation of New York. The vest weighed about 11lb, which was considered more comfortable because it fit very snuggly on the torso.
Soon after this vest was tested the Protective Garment Corporation of New York started to manufacture a light weight vest for the police to use. Of course, these men were inventors and salesmen, their main goal was to convince the police that their vests worked and that it would save hundreds of lives. It worked!
This is a photo of true bravery, here we see a rare photo of an East German soldier trying to help a young boy over the newly built Berlin Wall the day it was built. Since a lot of families started to flee the area, in the chaos of it all the boy got left behind. Some families were caught, which is why this boy did not have much hope for safety. This soldier looks young, and his eyes were very cautious hoping that no one would catch him, and yet, he still decided to save the boy.
Even if this soldier was given strict orders not to let anyone pass, he helped the boy sneak over the barbed wire. Although he had all the right intentions, unfortunately he got caught helping the boy, and got reprimanded by his superior officer. No one knows what became of this soldier, but thankfully he wasn’t shot dead or given a hefty punishment for helping this boy.
Ever wondered what an Atomic Bomb would look like when it blows up? In this photo, we see the nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll program, which was a series of 23 nuclear devices detonated by the United States between the year 1946 to 1958. Seems a bit scary that it was detonated so close to neighboring islands, but these weapons were tested on the reef itself, and in the air.
This all started in July of 1946, with Operation Crossroads. Don’t worry though, because all the islands were uninhabitable because of all the radiation, which stemmed mostly from caesium-137. The island of Bikini Atoll, is one of the 23 islands that consisted of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Now, that’s a photo we don’t see everyday.
Wondering what that big sphere is in the photo? It’s called Trinity. It was the gadget they used for nuclear testing, but the gadget the atomic device they used for testing was nicknamed The Gadget. This device was considered the first ever Atomic Bomb made to be tested at the Trinity Site in New Mexico, on July 16th, near Alamogordo.
It was also the first bomb to be detonated in the Manhattan Project. J. Robert Oppenheimer came up with the code name “Trinity” which was taken from a line of John Donne Poetry. If you are thinking that it looks familiar, that’s because it is. It was made replicate the design of the Fat man, which was the bombed used to destroy Nagasaki. Awesome!
Are you curious to know what the bombing in 1945 looked like during the World War II? Here’s a photo of the Kobe, when it was being bombed in World War II on March 16 and 17. This was all part of the strategic bombing campaign that was waged by the United States of America against civilian and military targets. After a few months later during the war, the city was bomb for the second time. You may be wondering why it was bombed, well it’s because it was the sixth largest area of japan with the most population. The area had a total of about a million people. It was easy to bomb because most of the structures in that location were all made out of wood, which made them an easy target.
Because of all the bombing that occurred in urban centers during the war in japan, as a result, there was a massive death toll. Some have estimated it to be from 333,000 to 473,000 wounded and killed. Making it an estimate of 900,000 people.
The photo above shows the before and after of Nagasaki when it was bombed on August 9, 1945. A plutonium bomb was detonated over the city, killing over 39,000 to 80,000 people that day. Such a brutal death huh? It was a very sad day, because most people that got hit directly by the bomb died instantly, and the other half suffered through pain. These photos only show rare proof of what had happened that day, and the thousands of families that were not spared from the bombing.
In fact, the bomb used here was far more stronger than what was used on Hiroshima. While this devastating moment in history is well known, but it is not well known that the nuke process of this was smaller compared to the actual bombing. In total, there were around 270 tons of high explosives, 53 tons of incendiary and 20 tons of fragment bombs that were dropped on Nagasaki. It was so bad, that even the Nagasaki Medical School and Hospital was bombed followed by shipyards and arms factories.
Have you ever seen Boardwalk Empire? Well this photo shows alcohol being poured from out a window during a prohibition. Of course, any business owner will go through all kinds of trouble to make sure that their business thrives.
Sadly, these business owner’s idea was cut short. After police had found out of the illegal business going on inside an apartment, naturally they had to dispose of the booze. As we mentioned, prohibition was ultimately unsuccessful in the long run, because many people draw parallels between contemporary recreational drugs and alcohol. Crazy indeed!
Have you ever tried to wonder what people looked like in gas masks? Well, here’s your chance. In this photo, we see a bunch of children from liverpool school in gas masks during the war. As a precaution, all citizens of the UK were required to wear a mask. During the time, there was a time when there was a pervasive fear that the axis powers would launch a huge gas attack on Britain, hence their need for masks.
Although this was very uncomfortable as you can see in the photo, thankfully, the gas attacked never happened. It was merely a precaution. Of course, children were not an exception to this, and were also made to participate.
In 1934, the Thanksgiving Celebration of the Reich, or otherwise called the Reichserntedankfest Rally. There were over 700,000 participants. In fact, it was such a big event that no one expected to have that many people in one place.
It was a powerful event too, and it certainly boosted morale and Nazi royalty among German Citizens. Don’t get your thoughts wrong though, although this photo may look like a rally to so many people, it isn’t. It is a thanksgiving celebration, and can sometimes be mistaken for rallies at Nuremberg.
Ah, the Disco Era! Who could forget all the roller skating and the constant need to disco? Certainly, this is one of those photos that we just can’t get enough of. Did you know that roller skating was invented in the 1930s?
Although it was first introduced during this time, it never really became as popular as it was in the 70s. We have DISCO to thank for that! Yay! In this image, we can see a young woman enjoying her skating with some happy kids from the same neighborhood, during the craze of skating in the 70s. This looks like so much fun!
Did you know that there were devices used to help restrain the enslaved? In this photo, we see a British sailor removing what looks like leg irons from a slave. These devices were used to keep the enslaved restrained from doing anything cautious or at least try to make an escape.
This British merchant was on board the HMS Sphinx removing these restraints in 19. “Britain had abolished slavery in the early 19th century. These traders used to transport their slaves at an estimate of 3.4 million africans to North America during the 245 years that the transatlantic slave trade was still active.
If there was such a thing as roller skating popularity back then, you will never believe your eyes when you see this photo. Here you will see Buster, the roller skating rooster. Yes, you read that right a rooster, named Buster!
This photo was taken on Aug 17, 1952 during the time buster made his way between a girl’s legs during a photo session with the former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Leigh Weiner. Now, there’s a talented rooster!
Makes us all wonder what a massive stack of liquor barrels will look like, but thankfully that is what the photo is for. In the year 1942, the authorities collected and stacked all of the barrels that you see in the photo, because it was ready to be set on fire. This was during the prohibition, when liquor was outlawed.
This law was instituted in 1920 and it lasted until it was supported by a coalition of rural protestants and urban progressives. On December 5th, 1933, this was codified in the 18th amendment, which was repealed with the passage of the 23rd amendment. In the long run however, this has proved to be an unsuccessful project, but it did reduce all the alcohol consumption to about 20%. As a result, it did cause a major rise in crime rate in American Life.
Have you guys heard of Inejiro Asanuma? Well, he was a japanese politician who was quite known for his controversial socialism and advocacy on the post war in Japan. He also was known for supporting the communist party with the Chinese. In this rare photo, Asanuma is seen attacked by a young seventeen year old with a sword during a televised debate on October 12, 1960.
This highlighted event in japanese history sparked a mass demonstration and caused the disintegration of the Japan Socialist party, which eventually was resurrected as the Social Democratic Party in 1996. Curious to know about what happened to the assassin? Well, his name was Otoya Yamaguchi. Right after he killed Asunama, he committed suicide a few weeks later.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to buy a new born baby? The photo you see here is a postcard of what was believed to be a legitimate photo of two unwanted Italian babies being sold.
Don’t get furious yet though, because it turns out to be a humorous postcard that was designed and sold in France.
Mount Rushmore was truly one of America’s greatest creations. In fact, it was even supposed to be much larger than it originally is. In this photo, we see the monument’s designer Gutzon Borglum is seen scrutinizing the scale model.
Sadly, before this scale model was never continued because the project ran out of money.
This rare picture you see is the last known public execution in America. The last person to be hanged like this was Rainey Bethea on August 14. It was an item of personal interest and controversy because Bethea was to be hanged by Florence Thompson, who was at the time the sheriff of Davies County. The former policeman of Louisville, Arthur L. Hash, was offered to pull the trigger for her and she willingly accepted her fate.
America was disappointed because on the actual day of execution, hash showed up drunk and missed his shot. It was a sad day for everyone!
Have you tried to imagine Machu Picchu before it was built? Here’s a rare photo of it before it became what it is today. Yale University professor and explorer Hiram Bingham ventured into the mountainous jungles of central peru in search of an ancient Incan city in 1911.
While on his expedition to find Vilcabamba, he came across Machu Picchu by mistake. Through his travels, he later on discovered that it was one of the best and the most important ruins to be discovered in South America since the Spanish conquest. He may have took the first photo, but he probably wasn’t the first western guy to discover it. Such a disappointment indeed.
Muhammad Ali was no doubt one of the greatest boxers of all time. Do you want to know how he trained for each fight? Before he became who he was, he was Cassius Clay.
In this rare photo, we see him training and posing underwater at the Sir John Hotel, in Miami in 1961. As the saying goes, Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!
The photo that you see before you was made by a makeup artist named Eddie Senz from New York.
The top left photo is obviously the most authentic of all disguises as you can see, Hitler was indeed the Master. These photos were doctored up to give OSS agents an idea of what Hitler would look like if he were to go into hiding and use one of these disguises. Clever!
It’s amazing, who knew Robert Downey Jr. and Mike Tyson have been friends for the longest time? In this photo we see them posing with each other. In Mike’s words: “When there was no fighting or training, I would stay in the city at Steve Lott’s apartment. Many times i would visit Columbus Cafe owned by Paul Herman and Mikhail Baryshnikov. It was located on Columbus Avenue near Lincoln Center. The Cafe drew many famous actors, actresses, models, musicians, and athletes. Here’s a shot with a very young Robert Downey Jr. His great funny film with Rodney Dangerfield, “Back to School,” was playing in the movies. His career skyrocketed. You must see one of his last movies, “The Judge,” with Robert Duvall - a powerful film.”
Coming from Mike Tyson’s words, he truly idolized Robert as a great actor and friend.
In this photo, we see how expert marksman train professionally. Here, German soldiers try to practice at the Karshorter Racecourse in Berlin, in 1935. In fact, they did not only train themselves, but they also trained their horses to not get spooked by the sound of gunshots by shooting in the direction you see on the photo. This is just to make sure that they do not end up panicking during combat.
Although standing on the horse's saddle with both feet was not a common act, they usually kept one foot in a stirrup. When the mechanized warfare following WWI was introduced, soldiers no longer had any use for their horses. However, the Nazis and the Soviets still made use of over six million horses in their military operations in WWII.
It wasn’t always easy for young actors to get casted during auditions, so they had to go through the hard way like all the others before they became famous. Here we see a young Sarah Silverman, waiting for her turn to audition for Gypsy.
This was during the late 80s, years before she became the amazing stand up comedian in the industry of Showbiz. Of course, she didn’t have it easy back then, but look where she is now? Awesome!
We have all heard of the first chimp to journey to the moon. Do you want to know his name? In this photo, we see Ham the Chimp, or otherwise known as Ham the Astrochimp. He was considered the first Hominidae to ever journey to space. He was first launched from Cape Canaveral on January 31, 1961, and thankfully returned back to Earth unharmed except for a small bruise on his nose.
If you are also wondering where he got his name, he was named after the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center in New Mexico. No wonder this chimp became so famous! He certainly deserves his fame!
Visiting London has its perks. If you were one of the few lucky people to experience those stiff guards outside the Buckingham Palace, then you might have wondered how they could withstand harsh weather conditions, like standing under the scorching sun or standing under the pouring rain.
In 1970, during the Birthday Procession of Queen Elizabeth, one of the soldiers fainted. It even happened at the worst possible time, because as she was passing by the soldier fell flat on his face. We don’t blame this guy for not being able to control himself, standing with a heavy uniform on a hot sunny day is indeed a challenge.
Did you know that they used a kitten as a replacement for human testing for medical specifics of weightlessness in space in 1958? Yup! They tried this on a kitten before they started testing on humans. Captain Druey P. Parks flew a F-94C jet to 25,000 feet in the air to study the reaction of the cat while it was up in the sky.
Although this may seem cruel to animals, but the thankfully the cat did not suffer any trauma or transform into a nervous wreck while in the sky. Captain Parks described the cat’s reaction as “bewilderment” It seems funny that of all animals that they could have used, why did they think of a cat? Well, to the captain it seemed like the least convenient option, and the goal was to test it on an animal that wasn’t readily available right away. At least the kitty didn’t get hurt!
Here’s a rare photo of the old Stockholm Telephone Tower. This amazing and tower was built in the Swedish Capital of Stockholm. It was primarily used to connect more than 5,000 telephone wires in 18. Shortly before the telephone companies started burying their wires.
Since most of the people didn't like what it looked like because of the danger and the eye sore, the tower burned down in 1953. Could you imagine that many wires above your head and not get anxious that it might drop on you any time? It’s not a good sight to look at definitely.
In this photo, we see hitler look at the Gustav Railway Gun. This gun was used limitedly during the war. It was used primarily to to break the French’s Maginot line of defenses.
It was a great weapon cannon, but they tried not to use it so much so as not to use up everything all at once. Such a heavy weapon, should only be used on special occasions or in desperation.
Do you know who Bernard Herzog is? Here you can see a photo of him and some tank crew members listening in on his conversation. He was liberated from the camp of Santo Tomas, in Manila, Philippines.
During the World War II he became a prisoner for a few years. He returned to Marysville and worked for a local taxi company after the war ended. Talk about luck for this guy! We are all glad he survived that.
Are you wondering who the woman in the photo is? This rare image shows Olive Ann Oatman. Her family was captured and killed in 1851. Her family was all originally from Illinois, when she was at the age of fourteen. She and her sister was captured by a Present day Arizona Native American Tribe called the Tolkepayas, and later sold the girls to another tribe called the Mohave People. Her sister died of hunger after a few years with the Mohave. Luckily for her she was able to return to American Society after spending five years imprisoned with the Mohave.
Later on, her tale was retold dramatically in the press in her own “memoir” through speeches, novels, plays, movies, and poetry. Many people still do not know what really happened to her while she was imprisoned, but the tattoos that you see on her face, those were put on her by the Mohave, which sparked a media story long after her imprisonment.
With the Second World War rearing its ugly head in the winter of 1938, Men and women from all over the United Kingdom started to take precautions when it came to Chemical Warfare. Of course, there were many rumors of a gas bombing that time, that is why people took their own chance at safety.
Here in the photo, we see a woman walking down the street with her stroller that is completely encased with gas resistant material. This photo was taken in London of 1938. Can you imagine people wearing masks all over London like that? Kind of hard to believe how they survived that lifestyle for a few months after the bombing was called off.
Here we see another angle of the statue of liberty only with her head this time. In this amazing photo, we a young child and a woman standing beside her face as it was being assembled in France. At the time, it was being prepared for shipment to New York, so that it can be displayed as a gift to the United States.
Although this has been one of the greatest moments in history, it seems a little disturbing to only take a photo with the statue’s head. This photo was taken in 1885, which also shows women’s style back then. A very rare photo indeed!
Who could forget the reign of the Rock and Roll King, Elvis Presley? We bet it’s hard to imagine him in uniform after all his cool outfits huh? In this rare photo, we see him in his military uniform together with other soldiers being walked somewhere on base.
Quite a long time before his career shot to fame this photo was taken in 1958. Of course, he seemed like such a young man in this photo, and we are all not used to seeing him this way. It’s quite refreshing.
Have you tried to imagine Charlie Chaplin before he became a star? We are all so used to seeing him with this signature mustache, hat, makeup and attire, but in this rare photo we see him totally raw. Here we see his 27 year old self in 1916 before he became famous for his silent movies.
Before he became well known for his silent films, he was a writer, filmmaker, composer and writer among other things. His comedic timing during the silent film era in hollywood helped him rise to fame, which we all know him to be to this day.
No, this photo is not of the Titanic. Although it looks quite similar, this is a photo of the Hindenburg Disaster taken on May 6th, 1937. This sensational photo occured when the German airship carrying many passengers caught fire when it was trying to dock at a Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey.
A total of 36 people were killed in the fire, but thankfully 62 people survived. The event was marked by photographs, newsreel coverage and eyewitness testimonies that was recorded and played back on the radio till this day. Such a rare opportunity to take this kind of photo. Amazing!
Okay, this photo is a little nerve wrecking and it certainly takes anyone by surprise. During the primitive years, people used baby cages like this which was mean to make sure that children were getting enough sunlight and fresh air. Seems a little dangerous, but that’s how people used to do it back then.
This photo was taken around the year 1937 in a high rise apartment building. Thank goodness there are no more contraptions like this today, or we would all be dying of a heart attack. This was definitely one crazy invention!
Are you afraid of clowns? If you are then you wouldn’t want to look at this photo. But putting aside your fear for clowns, can you guess who this is? You’ll never guess, but this was the original Ronald McDonald before he became what he is now. Yup! That’s him.
In 1963, this is how he looked like. As we all know, this famous clown was the live logo for the fast food chain. In this photo we see him carrying a tray of fries and drinks as he waves at the crowd and the photographer. At the time, his face was made of a cup nose, and face paint that looked like a clown. Luckily, he looks nothing like this today and we are glad!
Have you been to Disneyland? Have you tried to think about where your favorite disney characters go to get something to eat? In this photo, we see the Disneyland employees in their own worker’s cafeteria getting their lunch during break time in 1961.
Although their job might seem like the best in the world, it can also be a little tiring but we can see that they still enjoy what they do and they're all wearing smiles!
In this photo we see a little girl sitting on the ruins of her destroyed home, while holding her favorite doll trying to comfort herself. It seems like such an emotional photo, but that’s because it is. It gives you all kinds of feelings. This happened right after a bomb landed in London in 1940.
These bombings were done by the German Army and were known to be called the Blitz as part of the World War II. Hopefully this little girl turned out okay.
Do you know what the Berlin Wall was made for? Well, in this photo we see the Berlin wall as it was being made back in 1961. This wall was made to separate East Germany and West Germany. It was built by the German Democratic Republic to cut off the Western part of the City. It was both an ideological and physical.
In this rare image, you can see the eastern side working to build the wall while the other side started to wonder what was going on.
This photo seems scary, but don’t get scared. Here you can see Walter Yeo in 1917. He was an english sailor during the World War I who received a very bad injury to his face, and needed serious reconstructive surgery. As you can see, Yeo was thought to be one of the first individuals in the world to ever receive facial reconstruction by the use of a skin flap.
At the time this type of advanced plastic surgery still did not exist, making his case the first in history. As you can see in the photo, it was a success!
Have you tried going to a tanning salon to get a tan? Now a days, the quickest way that you can get a tan is through your local tanning salon. If the beach is not an option to you, this would be your quickest way to an even tan. Want to know how they did it back then?
In 1949, men and women went to a special place to get their skins darkened. In this photo, we see a blonde woman holding a nozzle that is connected to a machine that sprays her skin with tinted tan color. Amazing! Does this sound and look familiar? Yup! It’s exactly the same only the machine is different.
Have you ever experienced that embarrassing moment when your bathing suit would fly? Although at present day that can never happen, back in the 1920’s there wa a specific person appointed at every beach that had authority to measure every woman’s bathing suit to make sure that it was long enough and not considered indecent.
If you really think about it, people back then were very strict with women’s attire at the beach, if was considered too short, she will be fined a hefty fee. Being women, this is not good at all. The inner feminist in us rejects this idea, and if it were to happen at present, we are all pretty sure that there will be some people objecting to it.
Martin Luther King Jr. was one of history’s iconic role models. In this photo, the late civil rights leader is seen with his son on the front lawn of his home, taking a burnt cross from out of his grass. Being the calm and moving person that he is, he took the cross off his lawn after it was burnt there by white supremacist individuals trying to make a statement.
He is a tough man, and removing the cross from his lawn did not seem to bother him much, and he did this all while his son was watching him take it out.
We’ve all seen people with prosthetic limbs. It might not be as best as the real thing, but it comes pretty close. In fact, the science behind it has constantly evolved. In this photo, we see a 1890s version of the prosthetic legs given to a young child.
As you can see, this girl is steadily standing with her two legs to give her support to stand. Back then, prosthetic legs had to be connected to your body to make sure that it would move properly with the designated limb.
As we all know, colored images have not been invented till later on in the 20th century. Here, we see probably one of the only colored images that dated back to the early mid 20th century. In this photo, we see Nazi officers and cadets enjoying their christmas feast in 1941. They all seem happy and sitting beside one another in this dining hall to commemorate their christmas dinner.
At the dinner table, we see all of them with their smiling faces, wearing their uniforms confidently and smiling for the camera as they wait to be served.
Have you guys heard of the Great Depression? Well, this was one of the rare moments in history that occurred between 1929 and 1939 which originated in the United States. In this photo, we see some young children enjoying their christmas dinner. This was during the Great Depression as they were served cabbage and turnips as their christmas feast.
No wonder it was called the Great Depression, because during those years the only food that was sourced regularly was cabbage and turnips, which were also cheap and accessible. Sadly, many people during this time did not know how to care for their children, and became very hungry because of the lack of proper food.
Have you guys heard of the highest security prison in the United States? If you are not familiar with it yet, the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary is located on the island of Alcatraz just right off the coast of San Francisco. It was first opened in 1934 and closed down in the year 1963.
Here we see a rare photo of the last few inmates leaving the prison on the day it was scheduled to close. Are you wondering what happened to it? Why it closed? Well, seems like something out of a movie, but after a successful and violent inmate escape, they decided to close it in June of 1962.
Woah, something seems to be terribly wrong with this photo. It looks like the guys here got into a really bad scuffle. If that is what you are thinking, then you are right! True in fact that these guys were in a fist fight. These guys were Princeton University freshmans and sophomores who got into a huge snowball fight in between their classes back in 1893.
As you can tell, the injuries they experienced were due to a huge blow to the face. Two of these guys in the photo were unable to open their eyes while the other one had an open wound under his eye. Now, that scenario escalated pretty quickly.
Did you guys know that Sweden used to be like England were drivers had been given the authority to drive on the opposite side of the road? Well, in 1967, Sweden allowed their traffic laws to be more like the rest of the western world where they were allowed to drive on the opposite side.
Seems like a disaster waiting to happen, but they crashed into a few issues (pun totally intended) Obviously, as you can see in the photo, there was a huge traffic jam accident after the country shifted their driving laws from the left side to the right side. It’s crazy, but its a little hard to believe that such countries could allow such laws like these to be placed without getting into an accident.
In 1967, did you know that the famous Kathrine Switzer was flagged down by a bunch of organizers during her Boston Marathon? Yes! That’s right. In this photo, we can see those exact people halting her from crossing the finish line. Of course, in their desperate attempt to do so, it only proved unsuccessful, and she ended up becoming the first swiss woman to cross the Boston Marathon finish line.
Fortunately, none of these sexist situations are no longer applicable to this day, and nothing can stop a woman from attempting a feat like this. You go girl!
Oh, look it’s Albert Einstein as never seen before! What a treat! This photo was taken in 1939 in Nassau Point on Long Island, New York. Einstein is the brilliant man behind the theory of relativity and was the Nobel Prize winner in Physics back in 1921. Who can forget all of his contribution to science?
“For his services o theoretical physics and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect” Seeing Einstein in a pose like this relaxed and enjoying the beach is a total surprise, well compared to how he is usually documented, this is totally better!
Here we see another photo of the R.M.S Titanic as it sailed its way from South Hampton to New York City. Before the dreadful sinking of this glorious shiip, it was scheduled to set sail on April 10th, 1912 and on April 14th, 1912 just a few days after it left South Hampton, the thought to be “indestructible” ship hit an iceberg that pierce a hole in the frontal area of the ship and made it sink.
The ship hit the iceberg at exactly 11:40 Pm and sank along with over 1,500 passengers that died, because there weren't enough lifeboats to save everyone on board. Can you imagine? A total of 2,224 people were on board that boat, and only a few made it out alive. Such a sad day for humanity.
Have you tried going to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair? In 1969, this event had over 400,000 people visit from all over the world. It lasted for three days and would usually be held in Upstate New York. In this photo, we see an aerial view of the stated amount of people dancing to some music and enjoying some art.
The event also had free drinks and a lot of other enjoyable activities. If you are a music and art junky like all the other people in this photo, then you would have enjoyed every minute of this festival, because back then it was one event that you shouldn’t be missing.
Have you guys heard of Raquel Welch? This adorable woman as you can see in the photo was one of the most desired woman in the 60s. In this photo, we see the famous painter Salvador Dali who painted a portrait of Welch.
Because of her gorgeous looks and figure, it really does make a lot of sense why dali would paint such a portrait of her or would be infatuated with her as the rest of the world. After finishing the portrait, Dali gave her a kiss on the hand to thank her for posing for his painting.
Ah, who could forget this memorable moment in history? We have all seen this photo somewhere on the internet, and has been proven to be one of the most viewed kissing scenes around the world. This was the V-J Day or otherwise known as the “Victory over Japan Day” which was marked by the beginning of the end of World War II.
When the announcement was made that the US won, this sailor grabbed a total woman stranger and kissed her in the middle of Times Square in New York City on August 14th, 1945. Now, you might be wondering who took the photo? Well his name is Alfred Eisenstaedt who just happened to capture this picture at the right place and at the right time.
In case you didn’t know, Hollywood stars are just like normal people. In a vintage version of “stars, they’re just like us”, we see a young and beautiful Audrey Hepburn in the year 1958.
In this photo we see here making her trip to the grocery store with her pet deer, Ip. Since she lived in Beverly hills, so naturally we would assume that everything is allowed, as there is definitely no way for it to be okay to bring a pet anything into a grocery store. But of course, we are not Audrey Hepburn, so yeah, that might bring an end to the mystery.
Oh Boy, what a dare devil this guy was. This photo captured a pilot the moment his plane was having trouble. In his hurry to get the problem fixed, he climbed out of the plane to fix whatever the problem was. It’s either he had a great deal of training, or he was looking for an instant death wish.
We are not sure what exactly he was trying to prove in this photo, but the more important question would be, who was flying the plane while he was trying to fix the problem outside? Surely, whoever flew the plane did not think twice to allow him out.
This is just adorable! This image shows a young boy who is completely in awe before Andre the Giant’s sheer height. Did you know that this guy was over 7 feet and 4 inches tall? Even better, did you know that he was a wrestler and an actor at the same time? No wonder this little boy showed so much love for him.
In case you were wondering, his most famous role was in the film The Princess Bride, where his gigantism, caused by an excess of the growth hormone came to good use. Of course, this little boy did not understand a thing, but his face surely shows his love for this gentle giant, and we totally agree with him!
This image says a lot about the late Jimi Hendrix. It’s powerful because it was taken before his untimely demise at the age of 27 in 1970. We all know that he was an extremely talented guitarist, and has influenced many people during his reign.
He also sang and performed his own music, which makes him one of the greatest in music history. In fact, he was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his contributions to music during his career. Awesome indeed!
One of the leading members of the Nazi Party, we see a Pow standing right in front of the Heinrich Himmler.
This photo is also a very influential and powerful because, unlike the other imprisoned soldiers, we see a shirtless man but standing in defiance when Himmler and his men walk past the others on the other side of the fence. Now, this guy is brave!
The Blitz took place between September 1940 and May 1941. These German air strikes were flattening England as the conflict between the two nations thanks to the Second World War. Everything was escalating, so what’s so interesting about this photo is the fact that despite all the bombing and other things going on, this milkman still made an effort to get his milk delivery on time
There was so much things going on in this photo, but he stood by his work and delivered those bottles. Good Job! And he was even wearing a smile on his face.
Okay, so what is going on in this photo? We all know that it was taken somewhere in 1969, but we are not sure if it was taken in Woodstock because of the lack of clothing on these women on the photo.
The grin on the guy’s face says that it is something that he is enjoying, but we are unsure why the women are touching the guy in an innocent enough manner. What do you guys think?
A very rare photo in history, this photo was taken in 1945 when the jewish prisoners from the internment camp were finally freed from the clutches of the Nazi. The allied forces got to them on time.
On the top part of the image shows “the photograph inserted below was taken by Major Benjamin at the moment the first of the refugees at the train became aware of their liberation and started to move up the hill toward our troops.” Definitely a beautiful sight!
This photos has probably got to be the most heartbreaking we have ever seen on this list. Here we see a very young John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father alongside his mother Jacqueline Kennedy, during his father’s funeral. The thing that captures our heart the most, is the fact that such a young boy can do such a mature thing like saluting in a serious manner like an adult.
This is definitely something hard to watch, and we are sure that Jacqueline's’ half hidden face is also a sight that is hard to see.
Did you know that Lyndon Johnson was sworn to join the office on Air Force One? As stated by Lady Bird Johnson when she saw Jacqueline, “Her hair was falling in her face but she was very composed … I looked at her. Mrs. Kennedy’s dress was stained with blood.
One leg was almost entirely covered with it and her right glove was caked, it was caked with blood - her husband’s blood. Somehow that was one of the most poignant sights - that immaculate woman, exquisitely dressed, and caked in blood.”