Rare Never-Before-Seen Historical Photos

The following photos, depicting the most famous people and events from history, will make you do a double-take. While some may be disturbing or melancholic, others will make you smile with glee, and each and every one of them will make you see history in a whole new light…

On The Moon

These photos were the first-ever captured by a human on the moon’s surface. Snapped by Neil Armstrong in 1969, this moon landing would change the course of history and challenge many cultural norms.

Selfie Number One

This vintage selfie, possibly the first selfie ever taken, was shot in the year 1900. The woman is seen posing in front of a mirror with her handheld camera.

Testing, Testing

The nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll program was a series of 23 nuclear devices detonated by the United States between 1946 to 1958. Test weapons were detonated on the reef itself, on the sea, in the air, and underwater. The nukes rendered the island and surrounding area uninhabitable due to radioactivity.

Adolf’s Secret

Adolph Hitler and a laughing Eva Braun taking tea in 1937. Hitler’s relationship with Eva Braun was kept secret from the public until after their deaths. At the close of the War, Braun swore allegiance to Hitler and traveled to Berlin to be with him in his bunker. They both committed suicide shortly after marrying.

The Birth of the Bombshell

If you’ve seen the classic film Blazing Saddles then you know who Robyn Hilton is. Seen here on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, it is said that this appearance was when the term “blonde bombshell” was first coined.

Jamie Lee Perfect

While the 1985 romantic drama “Perfect” didn’t get much love from film critics, viewers all agree that Jamie Lee Curtis was in the prime of her physical shape during this film.

The Transcontinental Railroad

A Native American man gazes upon the completed Transcontinental Railroad in 1868. The section depicted is a segment located in Nevada. A railroad system that changed the world of trade and transportation forever.

Uniform Check

A 1959 photo of a Scandinavian Airlines employee checking the skirt length of stewardess’s uniform shows just how much airline travel has changed over the years.

A Thousand Yard Stare

An American Marine gives the camera the famous thousand-yard stare. He had just undergone two days of combat in the Battle of Eniwetok in 1944.

Submerged

This naval officer made his way out on top of a submerged submarine in order to make some repairs. Risking your life is just part of the job when you’re out at sea.

Einstein Over Here

Reclining on a deck chair, holding a pipe, in Palm Springs, CA, Albert Einstein caught a minute of repose. This photo was taken on January 11, 1932.

 

U.S.S. Enterprise

This is the first known photo of the U.S.S. Enterprise model, taken in Los Angeles in 1965.

 

Mr. Armstrong

Before his historic trip to the moon in 1969, Neil Armstrong enjoyed his last earthly breakfast.

 

Pearl Harbor

After attacks from the Japanese, the U.S.S. Shaw explodes during Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

Floods in Paris

The streets of Paris looked quite different during the Great Flood of 1910. Boats are seen here rowing down what was usually a very busy, bustling street.

U.S.S. Gerald Ford

The $13 billion dollar U.S.S. Gerald Ford had to go through sea trials before it could be commissioned. This would occur in July of 2017.

Honest Abe

The young gentleman pictured above is none other than the 16th president of the United States, Mr. Abraham Lincoln. This is the earliest known photograph of the president, taken sometime around 1840.

A Terrible Taxi

Stalin & Co.

Joseph Stalin was captured in this photograph in 1935 with his two children, Vasily and Svetlana.

Kim Jong on a Ride

The Original Avengers

This group of Jewish assassins called themselves “The Avengers” and tracked and assassinated Nazi officers who went into hiding after the Germans lost WWII.

The Valkyrie Prototype

Seen above is a rare photo of the 6-engine Valkyrie prototype. This wild aircraft was created to be a nuclear-armed, deep-penetration, strategic bomber for the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command, but the USAF eventually gave up fighting for its production and the B-70 program was retired in 1969. Fun fact, it was able to reach Mach 3.1.

Walking the Line

A high-wire artist in Cologne, Germany, takes the walk of a lifetime above a destroyed Heumarkt in 1946.

The Aftermath

The wreckage left in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941

Mahatma Gandhi

Peaceful leader, Mahatma Gandhi reading as he sits cross-legged on the floor next to a spinning wheel which looms in the foreground as a symbol of India’s struggle for independence.

Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal, in NYC, was a sight to behold in the early days of train travel. Due to the large hi-rises now surrounded the station, the sun no longer shines through the windows.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong plays trumpet at the feet of the Sphinx of Ghiza, Egypt. An Egyptian man takes his photo in the foreground.

Declaring War

This photo was taken during the speech in which Adolf Hitler declared war on America. Taken in 1941, this photo was later colorized by Mads Madsen.

Building Liberty

Originally a gift from France, the Statue of Liberty is a sign of freedom and opportunity for Americans. Depicted above, men at work on the newly arrived statue.

Jackie Takes Hollywood

After climbing the Hollywood sign in 1996, Jackie Chan climbed into the hearts of action movie lovers all over the world.

Archduke Ferdinand

Seen above, is a colorized photo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Ferdinand’s assassination precipitated the outbreak of hostilities in WWI.

Soldiering On

Members of the Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade cross a duckboard track. The photo was taken in the bombed-out Chateau Wood in Ypres, Belgium.

British Football

During WWI in 1916, British soldiers had to make their own fun when they could. A game of football kept them entertained, but they had to wear their gas masks just in case.

Labor Laws

A group of young coal miners, posing outside the entrance of the mine. This photo was taken in 1911, well before child labor laws had been passed.

Queenie

Back in the 1950s, Queenie, the waterskiing elephant, made waves with onlookers of all ages.

Malcolm & Muhammad

After defeating Sonny Liston, Malcolm X shook Cassius Clay’s hand at a soda fountain. Cassius Clay is the fighter we now know as Muhammad Ali

Fidel Shoots Hoops

Fidel Castro shooting some hoops in Krakow during his first visit to Poland in June of 1972. Castro was a more ambiguous figure around the world than in America, where public opinion considered him no more than a tyrant.

The Romanovs

Tsar Nicholas II posed with his wife Alexandra and their daughters Ol’ga, Tat’jana, Marija e Anastasia and Aleksej in 1913.

WWII Relief

Two American soldiers taking a moment to laugh during WWII. Apparently phallic jokes transcend time and history.

Castro & Che

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara fishing off the coast of Cuba in 1960.

Samurai Warrior

A Samurai, photographed in Japan sometime around 1870. The photo was taken by Felice Beato and shows the striking wartime garb worn by these famous warriors.

The Beatles Cross The Road

The Beatles prep for their legendary Abbey Road album cover photo shoot. The photo of them crossing Abbey Road is one of the most commonly recreated photos in the world, originally taken on August 8, 1969.

Al Capone

Infamous mobster, Al Capone, attending a Notre Dame vs Northwestern football game on October 10, 1931.

Starcrossed Bullets

These two bullets were found after the Battle of Gallipoli which started in 1915 and ended in 1916 during WWI.

Hydrogen Bomb Testing

This hydrogen bomb is one of the 23 nuclear devices tested and donated by the United States at the Bikini Atoll between 1946 to 1958.

Weightlessness

Back in 1958, scientists were still contemplating about the specifics of weightlessness in space and so, they used a kitten as a stand-in for human testing at 25,000 feet.

The Gadget

The first atomic bomb ever created. It was nicknamed The gadget, but the nuclear test was codenamed, Trinity.

Bombing Kobe

No, not Kobe the basketball player, but Kobe the city in Japan.

The Bombing of Kobe in World War II started on March 16 and ended on March 17, 1945, and was part of the strategic bombing campaign conducted by the United States of America against Japan.

Machu Picchu

In 1911, way before Machu Picchu would become the tourist destination that it is today, Yale Univesity professor and explorer Hiram Bingham braved the mountainous jungles of central Peru and found the ancient Incan city.

Giant Bugs

Taken back in the 1930’s, this is likely a joke postcard, which was apparently all the craze back then.

The Fall of Nagasaki

On August 9, 1945, a plutonium bomb would be detonated over the city of Nagasaki, killing between 39,000 and 80,000 people, with many people dying the instant the bomb hit ground zero.

Alcohol Prohibition

It was standard operating procedure back then for the police to literally dispose of the alcohol whenever they’d found it.

Ultimately, the prohibition would fail and is now being considered as an example by many people as to why the prohibition on recreational drugs will also fail in the future.

London Bombing

Back in the 1940s, there was a pervasive fear that the Axis powers would eventually launch a gas attack on Britain. While it may have never happened, citizens of the United Kingdom were still required to wear a gas mask throughout the war.

Reichserntedankfest Rally

This is a photo of the Reichserntedankfest rally or Thanksgiving Celebration of the Reich, that took place back in 1934 in Buckeberg.

Finally Free

British traders transported an estimated 3.4 million Africans to North America to be used as slaves during the 245 years the transatlantic slave trade was active. However, the Britain would abolish slavery early in the 19th century, which can be seen in this photo where a British merchant on the HMS Sphinx is removing the slave’s restrains circa 1907.

Target Practice

Throughout WWI and WWII, horses were used extensively as a means of transportation. As such, they also had to be trained to stay calm and not panic in the middle of combat.

Pictured above are German soldiers who’re practicing their marksmanship and training their horses to stay calm at the Karshorter Racecourse, Berlin back in 1935.

Tower of Booze

As a result of the alcohol prohibition, authorities would routinely confiscate barrels upon barrels of liquor.

Pictured above is a massive stack of barrels that was ready to be set ablaze back in 1924.

Televised Assassination

During a televised debate on October 12, 1960, the politician Inejiro Asanuma was attacked and killed with a sword by Otoya Yamaguchi, a seventeen-year-old who committed suicide just a few weeks after the assassination.

Watching From Afar

Back when information about the effects of Nuclear radiation wasn’t as known as it is today, people such as this Nevada mother and son would frequently watch nuclear test explosions from the windows of their homes.

Letter to Hitler

This is a photo of the actual letter that Gandhi sent to Hitler back in July of 1939.

The Meeting

When the 3rd Armored Division of the United States Army liberated Buchenwald, this Russian inmate immediately pointed and identified a Nazi guard who was very cruel towards him and the other prisoners.

Fighter Jet

People do crazy things to keep themselves entertained when they’re at war. Case in point, the Navy had this funny tradition that whenever a plane would land on the wrong carrier, they’d cover it with graffiti before returning it.

Duck Hunting

No, this isn’t a prop. This is a real gun that was actually used to hunt ducks. It’s called a “punt gun” because they were used in a boat called a “punt”. They fired almost a pound of shot and could easily kill as many as fifty birds in one shot.

The gun really didn’t last long, as it was later outlawed when they became so effective that they started to threaten wild bird populations.

Selling Babies

While it is true that it was not uncommon for people to sell babies back then, this postcard from the 1940s is actually a postcard designed and marketed in France.

Mount Rushmore

Did you know that Mount Rushmore was originally intended to be much larger? Can you just imagine just how much more magnificent it would have been if it were made even larger?

Anyway, the photo above shows Gutzon Borglum, the man responsible for the iconic landmark’s design, scrutinizing the scale model.

The Last Public Execution

The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14, 1936, would end up being the last public execution in the United States.

Tommy Lee Jones

The photo above shows actor Tommy Lee Jones who was actually just a senior at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas when the shot was taken. It’s probably worth mentioning that Laura Bush went to the same school.

Every Picture Tells a Story

This photo has become famous since it was published in 1937 with the headline “Every picture tells a story.” The photo shows two upper-class British youths standing on the left, while three boys who had ditched school for the day stands on the right.

Steve Carell

As much as Steve may look like an old man here, he actually was still a teenager back when he played a role in this play.

Morgan Freeman

Everything in the photo just screams 1970’s, from the sign down to Morgan Freeman’s overall getup.

Freikorps Soldiers

Many believe this to be a staged photo, something to be used for Communist propaganda purposes. But, whether it’s real or not, what it does show is a German Communist standing proudly as he’s being executed by a squad of Freikorps (Free Corps) soldiers way back in 1919.

Cassius Clay

Before he was Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer in the history of the sport was known as Cassius Clay. Here he is shown posing underwater at the Sir John Motel, Miami in 1961.

A Master of Disguise

These photos show what Hitler would’ve looked like if he ever went into hiding and wore a disguise. If you can’t tell, the top-left photo shows the real Hitler.

The photos were created by a makeup artist from New York named Eddie Zens for the Office of Strategic Services.

Steve Buscemi In His Younger Years

Before he became an actor, Steve Buscemi was busy rescuing people as a New York firefighter. He started when he was 18 and worked for four more years after. In fact, after the events of 9/11, Buscemi returned to his old job and worked for days alongside other firefighters to search for dead bodies and survivors.

Not So Subtle

This is a staged photo by Life Magazine, who was responsible for providing all the trucks free. It shows a number of families moving into their new suburban homes in Lakewood, California. As you can see, the names of the trucks have all been obscured to the camera. NOT!

Mike Tyson and a Young Robert Downey, Jr.

 

 

Back when Mike was still in his prime, while Robert Downey, Jr. was a young up comer who had yet to become the face of Iron Man. 

Laika The Space Dog

This Moscow stray was the first ever animal ever to be sent up into orbit. Unfortunately, she would never survive the trip, and now, there’s a monument in Moscow of a dog standing on a rocket paying tribute to her sacrifice.

A Young Sarah Silverman

Taken sometime in the late 80’s, the photo shows Sarah Silverman well before she would end up becoming one of the most famous standup comics in the country.

Ham The Astrochimp

Ham was the first Hominidae to ever successfully fly to space. He was named after the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center in New Mexico. He flew from Cape Canaveral on January 31, 1961 and returned to Earth soon after with nothing more than a bruised nose.

The Cathedral of Amiens

Many battles were fought for the small city of Amiens, located at around 75 miles north of Paris, during the first two world wars. The cathedral above is considered the largest 13-century Gothic cathedral in France. Amiens was also the home of Jules Verne.

Struck by a Meteorite

This Sylacauga, Alabama resident may be the only person in the world to have ever survived being struck by a meteorite. The 8 1/2 pound meteorite crashed straight through the roof of her home and hit her radio before it ricocheted into her side, leaving a nasty bruise that very much looks like a meteorite.

The Ku Klux Karnival

The Ku Klux Klan, otherwise known as the KKK or just The Klan, is an extremist white resistance. The photo above shows some members riding a ferris wheel at a carnival in Canon City, Colorado back in 1925.

Welcome To Jackass

Apparently, this is how they tested football helmets way back in 1912. So much for concussion protocols, eh?

A Literal Dry Run

Back then, children were sometimes trained to be in their form out of the water. The photo above, which was taken in 1923, shows eight kids practicing their strokes in a literal dry run.

One Man Down

Standing still in the middle of the full heat of a sunny day is hard enough as it is wearing comfortable clothing. Now, just imagine how much worse it would feel if you were wearing a heavy uniform?

The soldier shown above has fainted probably as a result of exhaustion and heat during a 1970 birthday procession for Queen Elizabeth as she was passing by.

The Old Stockholm Telephone Tower

The tower pictured above was built in the Swedish capital of Stockholm to help connect over 5,000 telephone wires in 1887. Shortly after, telephone companies opted to bury much of their wires instead, causing the city’s residents to be happy. The tower later burned down back in 1953.

On Opposing Sides

These two childhood friends find themselves on opposing sides during a demonstration way back in 1972.

Union Prisoners

The photo above was taken in 1864 during the Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. It shows Union prisoners getting their rations while staying at Fort Sumter.

Prisoners of War

Those are German prisoners of war watching a video from a German concentration camp.

The Gustav Railway Gun

The Schwerer Gustav was a massive railway artillery cannon developed to break through the French’s Maginot line of defenses during World War II. However, the weapon would see limited use throughout the war.

War Dog

A brave war dog sits on top of a canon while surrounded by soldiers during the first World War.

Ice Ladies

Who ever said women didn’t have equal rights back then? This photo taken way back in 1918 shows women were also doing menial work that was typically reserved for men even back then.

Spoils of War

This photo, which was taken in 1940, shows a girl sitting outside what remains of her home in London after it was bombed.

A Haunted Photo

Enough said.

An Encounter With The Unknown

Why Not???

Who says gas masks are only useful during war times? Here’s a photo of soldiers using it for a more domestic purpose.

That’s One Big Fish

The biggest seabass on record was caught by Edward Llewellen, the man pictured above. The fish weighed 425 pounds and what’s even more amazing is that Edward brought it in all on his own.

Desperate Single Men

How desperate do you really have to be to actually look for wives this way? But hey, whatever floats their boat, right? Plus, it doesn’t seem like they don’t know what they’re doing, seeing that they brought cats and dogs with them.

A Haunting Smile

How could someone smile in the midst of all that war going on? This World War I soldier definitely seems to have kept himself together all throughout, or maybe it’s just that all that fighting has knocked a few screws loose on his head.

Ventriloquist Dummies

Quick, kill it with fire!!!

How To Kill a Vampire

That right there is the mummified heart of August Delagrange, a man who was rumored to be a vampire. He was believed to have killed 40 people and was executed for his crimes in 1912. To make sure that he stayed dead, they pierced his heart with a stake, as it is a common belief that doing so is the only way to truly kill a vampire.

A Freaky Hairpiece

Perfect for those who just want to show the world how much they love furries.

 A Nun’s Head

This natural beauty of a head reportedly belongs to the first “possessed” nun.

Dead in the Water

Talk about taking things a little too literally. The picture above allegedly shows a dead body at the bottom of the swimming pool, which was caught by accident during a photo shoot for the hotel.

Cannibalism

These artifacts from the German town of Hexelheim reportedly date back to around 7,000 years ago.

Close examination of the bones showed that they were being propped for eating, while the flesh was stripped intentionally from the bones, evidence that cannibalism existed even back then.

Abandoned Mental Asylum

This is definitely not a place you’d want to spend a night, nor a day. Just stay as far away from it as you can.

Unknown Twin

The photo above was taken in the early 1900s at a gravesite. However, the “twin” was only discovered many years later.

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Spontaneous human combustion is a widely unknown phenomenon where living or very recently deceased bodies suddenly blow up without any evident source of ignition.

Most recorded cases include these six characteristics:

  • The victims are chronic alcoholics
  • Majority are elderly females
  • Overlooked external sources of ignition
  • It’s usually the feet and hands that fall off
  • The “fire” does little damage to other combustible things around the body during the explosion
  • The resulting explosion usually leaves a greasy residue and fetid ashes which have a very potent and offensive smell

The Beast of Buchenwald

 

 

Ilse Koch was married to a concentration camp officer and committed various appalling crimes while staying at the Buchenwald concentration camp. She reportedly even took skin souvenirs from dead prisoners who had interesting tattoos.

She would later be sent to a women’s prison, where she’d spend many years before committing suicide in 1960.

Uninvited Dancer

One mother took this photo in the middle of her child’s dance recital. If you look at the background, you’ll see a dancer who appears to not have legs.

Ghostly Silhouettes

They’re always watching.

Back From The Dead

While it may seem very unusual and downright creepy now, it was apparently quite common in the past for family members to pose with their deceased loved ones. This was especially common throughout the Victorian era.

The Bloodthirster

Loana is believed to have died in 1909 after drinking her own blood.

This Evil Popcorn

Don’t you wonder what sort of powers you’ll be getting after eating such an evil-looking popcorn?

Simone Segouin

 

 

Simone Segouin was an 18-year-old who fought for the French Resistance during World War II. She reportedly came to help liberate Paris on August 19, 1944.

The Last Civil War Veteran

Bill Lundy was Florida’s last Civil War veteran. He claims to have served with the 4th Alabama Infantry and was, at the time, one of the last living Confederate veterans of the American Civil War.

He is shown in the photo above posing with a jet fighter way back in 1955.

The Last Photo

 

The image above was taken on April 30, 1945. It’s believed to be the last snapshot of the füh·rer before he committed suicide at the tail-end of the war.

Sharing Rations

This picture showing a German soldier sharing his rations with a Russian mother passing by was captured way back in 1941. It was taken by the photographer of the 291st Division of the Wehrmacht George Gundlach.

Lucy The Orphan

World War II saw many good men and women die, and as a result, many children were orphaned. To help save them from starving to death, many Russian military unit officers chose to adopt orphans.

The toddler pictured above is the two-year-old Lucy, who was adopted by Russian sailors of the Baltic Fleet after her parents died during the siege of Leningrad.

Showing Off To The Ladies

Schwarzenegger began weight training early on at the age of 15 and by 20, he’d go on to win the Mr. Universe title. He went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven more times and eventually became a model, action star and today, a politician.

In the photo above, he can be seen showing off his “guns” to two lucky elderly women back in the 70s.

Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp

The SS prison guards were forced by British soldiers to dump the victims of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp into trucks to be buried. However, after the camp was liberated, the dead bodies were eventually buried in mass graves.

One Curious Lady

This Italian woman curiously inspects the kilt of Scottish soldier near the Coliseum. This photo was taken after the liberation of Rome from the Axis powers sometime in 1944.

War Stories

American tank crews huddle up and listen to Bernard Herzog as he tells war stories after his liberation from the camp of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. Herzog was held as a prisoner of war for many years in the Philippines during World War II.

After his release, Herzog returned to Marysville where he started working for a local taxi company.

From Son To Father

A young John F. Kennedy, Jr. can be seen saluting his father’s coffin in the photo, along with the honor guard. His father, John F. Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States and was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

 

 

A Merry Christmas

During the war, civilians and armed forces alike made an effort to help combat boredom and raise morale in underground shelters.

Case in point, parties were still held during Christmas for the children where the shelter walls would be decorated, while there’d also be amateur singing nights and sewing circles, just to name a few.

Psychological Warfare

In an attempt to scare and intimidate the Soviet Troops, Finnish soldiers would sometimes take fallen, frozen Soviet Soldiers and pose them upright like a scarecrow. This was most effective during the Winter War where many of the Soviet soldiers were not prepared for the harsh winter conditions and ended up freezing to death.

Armenian Genocide

The photo above shows one Turkish official teasing the starving Armenian children with bread during the Armenian Genocide. The said event was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of the Armenian minorities within their historic homeland.

Mocking Hitler

After World War II had ended, many citizens couldn’t help but celebrate the end of many years of suffering, fear, and war.

The photo above shows Allien soldiers celebrating by way of mocking the Third Reich leader with his salute atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery.

Human Remains

This photo, which was taken in 1944, shows Soviet soldiers standing over a mound of human ashes found at the Majdanek concentration camp.

Located on the outskirts of the city of Lublin during the German occupation of Poland, Majdanek is considered as the most well-preserved Nazi concentration camp from the German Holocaust.

The Hibakusha

In order to force Japan into submission during World War II, the United States bombed the major cities of Japan, including Tokyo. Although the proverbial final nail in the coffin would be the nuclear bomb “Little Boy”, which was dropped on Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, killing about 80,000 people on impact.

There were reportedly six victims who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Pictured above is one of them.

Animal Companions

Despite the many advances made in war technology at the time, animals were still in use in both WWI and WWII.

The photo above shows a mule being equipped with a gas mask over their muzzle to help protect them from inhaling phosgene, which was commonly used as a chemical weapon during World War I.

Checkpoint Charlie

The photo above shows US tanks facing off against the Soviet Union Tanks at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. The said spot is actually a Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.

After the reunification of Germany and the Eastern Bloc was dissolved, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction that you can visit up until today.

Japan Surrenders

After a series of relentless bombings that left the country crippled, the Empire of Japan was forced to surrender, which marked the end of World War II.

To make the surrender official, a formal written agreement was signed by representatives from the Empire of Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of China, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and the many other countries that participated in the war.

The signing took place on the deck of USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

Disney Studios Opens

The Disney brothers and their wives, as well as their mother, gather together on the day they opened their studio in 1923. The Walter Disney Company would also start in the same year.

The Nine Kings

Taken at Windsor Castle during the Funeral of King Edward VII, the photo above shows one of the rare occassions that the nine kings were together in one place.

Standing from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel of Portugal, Emperor William II of Germany, King George I of the Hellenes, King Albert of the Belgians.

Lt. Custer and Union Troops (Colorized)

 

General George Armstrong Custer was a famed United States Army officer and cavalry commander who was active during both the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars.

He was killed, along with all of his men, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which is also now known as Custer’s Last Stand, in 1876 while fighting against a coalition of Native American tribes.

Entertained

This photo, which was taken in Paris in 1963, captures the excitement and joy of children as they are watching a puppet show on the streets of Paris. Back then, puppet and marionette shows were a popular form of attraction and entertainment on the Paris streets.

A Powder Monkey Aboard The USS New Hampshire

Powder monkeys or powder boys are young lads who were tasked to ferry sacks of gunpowders, especially during the Age of Sail. They get their name from gunpowder and because they were known to just run and jump over and around the cannons like monkeys would.

The Korean War

The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953, with a death toll of more than 1 million soldiers from the battlefield alone.

As soldiers lost their comrades one by one, they often sought the comfort of each other in such turbulent times.

Losing An Arm

This German soldier just lost his arm in a last during World War Two. But, even with such an injury, many would still refuse to surrender. In fact, in 2013, a troop of 21 German soldiers was found entombed inside a perfectly preserved World War shelter, choosing to remain inside and to never leave their assigned posts.

First Photo of Outer Space

This shot from a United States V-2 rocket on a sub-orbital flight is considered the first ever photo taken of Earth from outer space. It was taken on october 24th, 1946.

Hungarian Revolution of 1956

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a populist uprising against Soviet control. The revolution would later be crushed, with the Soviet power being reinstated in a rather brutal manner. Khrushchev’s refusal to negotiate with the rebels and use of force would also be the cause of controversy and was considered by formerly sympathetic observers as a miscarriage of authority.

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