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Interesting History 43 Amazing Historical Snapshots You Were Never Shown In Class. ... But none of those pictures are on this list of interesting photos of history. ... Turn your computer into a time machine and enjoy these cool historical photos you probably haven’t seen before.



1. Young women hosting a 1950s house party
Reference - https://www.1950sglam.com
When - 1950
Location -
Picture Description - As Antiques & The Arts wrote of the new cocktail dress trend: ‘’Celebrating the end of wartime austerity, these dresses emphasized romantic, feminine hourglass silhouettes, full skirts of luxurious, expensive fabric, layers of petticoats and a lengthened hemline. Sloping shoulders, cinched waists, padded hips and a long, rounded back added to its appropriateness for cocktail party viewing from multiple angles”. Now a vintage evening Dior creation might well be the financial equivalent of scaling Everest for most of us but thankfully, with our modern day revival of vintage styling, there are now plenty of stores to choose from, including ours, catering to all tastes and budgets that sell vintage inspired or authentic vintage dresses. What’s more, many of the dress styles of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s were so classic in styling that you also don’t need to worry about your new dress hanging in your wardrobe unused after the party is over. In our modern day era of the casual, a classically styled dress comes in handy for many an occasion that calls for a more dressed up look.


2. 101st Airborne paratoopers paint each others faces on the eve of their jump into the invasion of Normandy (1944)
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - June 1944.
Location - England  
Picture Description - The pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division led the way on D-Day in the night drop prior to the invasion. These night drops caused a lot of trouble for the gliders. Many crashed and equipment and personnel were lost. They left from RAF North Witham having trained there with the 82nd Airborne Division.


3. A 1930 photo from the statue of liberty’s torch
Reference - https://news.nationalgeographic.com
When - 1930
Location - Liberty Island, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S
Picture Description - Circa-1930 tourists peer out of the Statue of Liberty's crown at a photographer on the torch, which has been closed to the public since a 1916 explosion on a nearby island. From the flame's tip to the ground is 305 feet (93 meters).


4. A curious Italian woman inspects a Scottish soldier's kilt at the Coliseum shortly after the liberation of Rome
Reference - https://pinterest.com
When - June 1944
Location - Rome
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5. A graduation ceremony
Reference - https://www.8monks.com
When - 1895
Location - 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604, USA
Picture Description - Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, in the United States.  Founded as a women’s college in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, the school is one of the Seven Sisters and has a historic relationship with Yale University; it became coeducational in 1969.  The college offers B.A. degrees in more than 50 majors and features a flexible curriculum designed to promote a breadth of studies.  Vassar also offers many extracurricular organizations including student theater, a cappella groups, club sports, volunteer and service groups, and a circus troupe.  Vassar College’s varsity sports teams, known as the Brewers, play in the NCAA’s Division III as members of the Liberty League.


6. A Nazi DJ spins records at a radio exhibition
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - August 19, 1932
Location - Berlin
Picture Description - The Nazi booth at a radio exhibition which started in Berlin on August 19, 1932. The booth was designed as propaganda of the Nazi gramophone plate industry which produced only records of the national socialist movement. Propaganda was an essential tool of the Nazi movement. They understood the power of emerging technologies, such as films, radio, and television, to disseminate their message into homes and workplaces. The gramophone was a key piece of this propaganda. With it, Nazis were able to play key speeches on the streets of Germany using loudspeakers mounted on trucks.


7. A teacher in the famous BDM (Bund Deutscher Mädel) inspects her students
Reference - https://www.snopes.com
When - 1958
Location -
Picture Description - The image is actually a still from the 1958 Blitzmädels an die Front (Women Soldiers to the Front), which focused on the role women played during the second world war. During WWII The German ‘Wehrmacht’ is heavily under fire after the invasion of Normandy. There are also a lot of women participating in the war, working at the front line as couriers for the air force. In this war, everyday, they put their lives on the line.


8. A tiny puppy sleeping comfortably between Russian soldiers
Reference - https://pinterest.com
When - 1945
Location -
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9. Allied soldiers mock Hitler atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery,
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - 1945
Location - Wilhelmstraße 77
Picture Description - The Russians were coming from the East, the Brits and Americans from the West, all with the objective of taking the Chancellery, knowing that would signal the end. So when they both finally met there, and the Nazis were irrefutably vanquished, they must have felt ecstatic. You can barely imagine what those men have gone through, and how many times they have nearly been killed or had to kill others to get there. Just think of the relief they must feel to be standing there knowing that it is over.



10. American Nazi organization rally at Madison Square Garden, 1939
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - February 20, 1939.
Location - United States
Picture Description - Supposedly 22,000 Nazi supporters attended a German American Bund rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden in February 1939, under police guard. Demonstrators protested outside. Aside from its admiration for Adolf Hitler and the achievements of Nazi Germany, the German American Bund program included antisemitism, strong anti-Communist sentiments, and the demand that the United States remain neutral in the approaching European conflict. n May 1933, Nazi Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess gave German immigrant and German Nazi Party member Heinz Spanknöbel authority to form an American Nazi organization. Shortly thereafter, with help from the German consul in New York City, Spanknöbel created the Friends of New Germany by merging two older organizations in the United States, Gau-USA and the Free Society of Teutonia, which were both small groups with only a few hundred members each. The FONG was based in New York but had a strong presence in Chicago. Members wore a uniform, a white shirt and black trousers for men with a black hat festooned with a red symbol. Women members wore a white blouse and a black skirt.



11. Anti miniskirt sentiment
Reference - http://www.vintag.es
When - August 1966
Location - New York City
Picture Description - A woman stands outside the Adele Ross clothing design store, looking at an anti-miniskirt sign


12. Atatürk Forest Farm ‘Black Sea Pool’
Reference - https://commons.wikimedia.org
When - 1939
Location - Turkey
Picture Description -  People in Ankara used to come to the Gazi (Ghazi) Forest Farm by cars, buses and the train. During fine weather, they wouldn’t even acknowledge each other and just walk. The small, pretty train station building was built in 1928 and designed by architect Ahmet Burhanettin Bey. During holidays, it was possible to see people having picnics under thick trees. Marmara and Karadeniz (Black Sea) were pools which might have satisfied the need for a sea to some extent. People used to organize rowing and swimming contests between schools.


13. Bergen aan Zee
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1920
Location - Netherlands
Picture Description - Bergen aan Zee is a town on the North Sea coast in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Bergen, and lies about 9 km west of Alkmaar. While it has some older homes and farms, most of the town is young in comparison. In 1906 a new seaside village was built as a result of private investment by large landowners and the mayor of Bergen. Bergen aan Zee has grown into a beach resort town, popular for surfing and sailing. The majority of the visitors come either from the Netherlands or Germany, to enjoy the sandy beach. It is also home to Zee Aquarium Bergen. Between 1905 and 1955 it was the terminus of a light rail line from Alkmaar to the coast, where the Dutch iconic steam engine "Bello" was one of the locomotives.


14. Building the Forth Bridge
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - April 1883
Location - Scotland
Picture Description - The Forth Bridg is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles (14 kilometres) west of Edinburgh City Centre. It is considered an iconic structure and a symbol of Scotland, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Offices and stores erected by Arrol in connection with Bouch's bridge were taken possession of for the new works, and would be expanded considerably over time. An accurate survey was taken by Mr. Reginald Middleton, to establish the exact position of the bridge and allow the permanent construction work to commence. The old coastguard station at the Fife end had to be removed to make way for the north-east pier.[45] The rocky shore was levelled to a height of 7 feet (2.1 m) above high water to make way for plant and materials, and huts and other facilities for workmen were set up further inland.


15. City Hall and The Majestic Theater, San Francisco after the massive earthquake of 1906.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - April 18, 1906
Location - North Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast, United States
Picture Description - The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). High intensity shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days. As a result, up to 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American urban disasters.


16. Construction of the Berlin Wall
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 13 August 1961
Location - East Germany
Picture Description - The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off (by land) West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.


17. Construction of the Manhattan Bridge
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - December 31, 1909
Location - Manhattan Bridge, New York, NY 11201, US
Picture Description - The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Avenue Extension. The main span is 1,470 ft (448 m) long, with the suspension cables being 3,224 ft (983 m) long. The bridge's total length is 6,855 ft (2,089 m). This is one of four toll-free bridges spanning the East River; the other three are the Queensboro, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridges.


18. French female collaborator punished by having her head shaved to publicly mark her
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - August 29, 1944
Location - France
Picture Description - French women who befriended the Nazis, through coerced, forced, or voluntary relationships, were singled out for shameful retribution following the liberation of France. The woman photographed here, believed to have been a prostitute who serviced German occupiers, is having her head shaved by French civilians to publicly mark her. This picture was taken in Montelimar, France, August 29, 1944.


19. German air raid on Moscow in 1941
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 2 October 1941 – 7 January 1942
Location - Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR
Picture Description - The Battle of Moscow (Russian: ????? ?? ??????, translit. Bitva za Moskvu) was a military campaign that consisted of two periods of strategically significant fighting on a 600 km (370 mi) sector of the Eastern Front during World War II. It took place between October 1941 and January 1942. The Soviet defensive effort frustrated Hitler's attack on Moscow, the capital of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the Soviet Union's largest city. Moscow was one of the primary military and political objectives for Axis forces in their invasion of the Soviet Union.


20. Inflating cow skins to use as boats in the Indian Himalayas
Reference - http://www.bl.uk
When - 1903
Location - Indian Himalayas
Picture Description - Stereoscopic photograph of inflated bullock skin boat, or dreas, at the side of the river Sutlej, in Himachal Pradesh, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope' (1907): "I have crossed the river several times on these inflated bullock-skins...The drea-man, after inflating the skin as you see them doing here, places it on the water and places himself on his stomach athwart the skin with his feet in the water; he holds a short paddle in his hands. The intending passenger sits erect, astride the drea-man...You have observed how the skin for this purpose is taken from the animal in one piece and how all openings in the skin are closed except in one leg which is kept open for inflation...These drea-wallahs can drive the skins across the river during high floods when the best swimmer would be helpless in the powerful current." One of a series of 100 photographs that were supposed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. The series was sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was really 'touring' around India. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results. Photographer: Ricalton, James


21. Iron and steel works exhibit. Paris World Exhibition, 1889
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - May 5, 1889
Location - Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Picture Description - The Exposition Universelle of 1889 was a world's fair held in Paris, France, from 6 May to 31 October 1889. It was held during the year of the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, an event considered symbolic of the beginning of the French Revolution. The fair included a reconstruction of the Bastille and its surrounding neighborhood, but with the interior courtyard covered with a blue ceiling decorated with fleur-de-lys and used as a ball room and gathering place. The 1889 Exposition covered a total area of 0.96 km2, including the Champ de Mars, the Trocadéro, the quai d'Orsay, a part of the Seine and the Invalides esplanade. Transport around the Exposition was partly provided by a 3 kilometre (1.9 mi) 600 millimetre (2 ft  0  in) gauge railway by Decauville. It was claimed that the railway carried 6,342,446 visitors in just six months of operation. Some of the locomotives used on this line later saw service on the Chemins de Fer du Calvados.





22. James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King’s assassin, being led to his cell after his arrest
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - June 8, 1968
Location - London
Picture Description - The FBI put him in a bullet proof vest, they weren’t going to take any chances after Lee Harvey Oswald. Martin Luther King was shot and killed by a sniper on April 4, 1968, while standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 4, 1968, Ray stood in the bathtub of a shared bathroom, balanced his rifle on a window ledge and shot King as the civil rights leader was standing on a balcony outside of his motel room. After shooting King, Ray immediately fled, setting off a manhunt that would last more than two months and cover five countries. At the time, it was said to be the FBI’s most expensive and biggest investigation in its history. Finally, on July 19, 1968, the FBI caught up with Ray in London and extradited him to the United States. Ray pleaded guilty to the murder, something he’d spend the rest of his life trying to reverse, and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.


23. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, with his wife.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939
Location - Almonte, Ontario, Canada
Picture Description - James Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) was a Canadian-American physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball at age 30 in 1891. He wrote the original basketball rule book and founded the University of Kansas basketball program. Naismith lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, as well as the birth of the National Invitation Tournament (1938) and the NCAA Tournament (1939).


24. Marilyn Monroe, 1955, after she left Twentieth Century Fox to form her own production company.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962
Location - New York
Picture Description - Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model and singer. Famous for playing comic "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. More than half a century after her death, she continues to be considered a major popular culture icon.


25. New York shoe shine boys photographed by stanley kubrick (1947)
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26. New York World's Fair, railroad pageant. People view the latest in locomotives. Shorpy.
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - 30 Apr 1939 – 27 Oct 1940
Location - New York City, New York, United States
Picture Description - Covering 1,216 acres, in Flushing Meadows, New York, the 1939 New York World’s Fair, like the legendary Phoenix rising from the ashes, was erected on what was an ash-dump. The theme, “Building the World of Tomorrow” echoed in virtually every corner of the Fair. This World’s Fair was a look to the future and was planned to be “everyman’s fair” where everyone would be able to see what could be attained for himself and his community. Within six months of the Fair’s opening, the Second World War would begin, an event that lasted six years and resulted in the deaths of over 50 million people.


27. New York's Times Square
Reference - http://www.businessinsider.com
When - 1911
Location - Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Picture Description - New York, like most older American cities, has changed plenty over the centuries. But one ever-present trait is the city's photogenic nature: it's the backdrop of many a tourist photo, Hollywood movie, and music video. This urban beauty even extends back to the early 1900s. The Library of Congress affords us the opportunity to look back at New York when it was just entering the 20th century.


28. Pablo Picasso and Francois Gilot
Reference - http://www.telegraph.co.uk
When - 1948
Location - France
Picture Description - As a teenager, I collected photo portraits of Picasso. Whether he was dancing across his studio naked from the waist up, playing the part of a matador with a hand towel, or simply pulling silly faces while he posed, Picasso seemed to bask in an aura of magical creativity in even the most ridiculous situations. The most famous artist of his time, he was an exceptionally talented self-promoter. There wasn’t much room in Picasso’s life for anything but himself and his art. The tyranny of genius reduced everyone else around him to playing bit parts in the great drama of his life.


29. Portrait of Frida Kahlo taken by Florence Arquin
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1941
Location - Mexico
Picture Description - Frida Kahlo de Rivera (Spanish pronunciation: ['f?iða 'kalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, who mostly painted self-portraits. Inspired by Mexican popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicanidad movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist. Her work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.


30. Santa with a helmet delivering presents
Reference - http://www.gettyimages.in
When - 23rd December 1940
Location - London Blitz
Picture Description - World War Two: 23rd December 1940, Father Christmas walks the streets of wartime London, The old man has exchanged his civilian red hood for a warlike 'tin hat', but, blitz or no blitz, he is delivering goods this year
World War Two: 23rd December 1940, Father Christmas walks the streets of wartime London, The old man has exchanged his civilian red hood for a warlike 'tin hat', but, blitz or no blitz, he is delivering goods this year



31. Soldiers from Western Canada as cowboys, demonstrating roping,
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1914
Location - United States
Picture Description - Trick roping is an entertainment or competitive art involving the spinning of a lasso also known as a lariat or a "rope." It is particularly associated with wild west shows or western arts in the United States. The lasso is a well known-tool of American cowboys, who developed rope spinning and throwing skills in using lassos to catch animals. Cowboys developed various tricks to show off their prowess with the lasso and demonstrations of these tricks evolved into entertainment and competitive disciplines. There is a well-established repertoire of tricks that can be divided into three fundamental categories: "flat loop", "vertical loop" and "butterfly". In addition there are thrown loop tricks and tricks that involve the use of two ropes. Among the vertical loop tricks is the "Texas Skip", which involves the performer spinning the lasso in a wide loop in a vertical plane and jumping through the loop from one side to the other on each rotation.



32. Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood
Reference - https://www.telesurtv.net
When - Oct. 29, 1917
Location - Australia
Picture Description - World War I broke out in the European hotbed of intense rivalry between nations over the strength of their armies and navies. The German nation was pushing for armies that rivaled neighboring Russia and France, and a navy like that of Britain. The rivalries between the countries were also stoked by competition over the size and extent of their empires and the declining Ottoman Empire. In particular, many European powers were competing for land and wealth in Africa. This was in addition to the potential for conflict growing between smaller European countries, such as those of the Balkans, which sought self-rule, and the larger nations that wished to continue governing them.



33. Summer haze in Moscow.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - August 1929
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34. Teddy Roosevelt was the first president to fly, 1910
Reference - https://www.thisdayinaviation.com
When - 11 October 1910
Location - United States of America
Picture Description - At Kinloch Field, St. Louis, Missouri, (now, Lambert–St. Louis International Airport) Arch Hoxsey, a member of the Wright demonstration team, invited the former president (1901–1909) for a flight. Initially Roosevelt declined, but then accepted the offer to accompany Hoxsey aboard the Wright Model B. Teddy Roosevelt served as President of the United States from 14 September 1901 to 4 March 1909, having assumed the office on the death of president McKinley. Prior to that, he had been the 25th Vice President, 4 March–14 September 1901, and the 33rd Governor of the State of New York. He had been appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President McKinley in 1897. Colonel Roosevelt commanded the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, known as “The Rough Riders.”


35. The Coney Island Rotor ride
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1950
Location - Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230, USA
Picture Description - The Rotor is an amusement park ride, designed by German engineer Ernst Hoffmeister in the late 1940s. The ride was first demonstrated at Oktoberfest 1949, and was exhibited at fairs and events throughout Europe during the 1950s and 1960s. The ride still appears in numerous amusement parks, although travelling variants have been surpassed by the Gravitron.


36. The earliest known documented wheelie
Reference - http://www.vintag.es
When - 1936
Location - America
Picture Description - A photograph of a wheelie dated 1936! Wiki dates the stunt to 1943 when members of the U.S. Motorized Calvary were shown in LIFE magazine performing same, but this fellow has them beat by 7 years. "American Legion in Cleveland" anonymous press photograph, 1936 Collection Jim Linderman, via Dull Tool Dim Bulb.


37. The entire British Concorde fleet in one picture, at London Heathrow Airport.
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - January 21, 1986
Location - Longford TW6, UK
Picture Description - First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercially for 27 years. With a cruising speed of 1,350 mph (2,180 km/h at cruise altitude), its unmistakable roar and sleek, sexy lines the Concorde became an icon of aviation history. For those wealthy enough to afford the expensive round trip ticket, a journey aboard Concorde was the closest they might get to flying on a rocket. Concorde was jointly developed and manufactured by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. Concorde’s name, meaning harmony or union, reflects the co-operation on the project between the United Kingdom and France. Twenty aircraft were built including six prototypes and development aircraft. Air France (AF) and British Airways (BA) each received seven aircraft.


38. The first photo of the USS enterprise model and the men who build it
Reference - https://trekmovie.com
When - December, 1964
Location - 600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Picture Description - The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum held an open house to showcase some of its restoration facilities, and staff spoke with visitors about how they tend to artifacts in their possession at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a converted hangar bay in Herndon, Virginia, about 25 miles from Washington, DC. Thousands of visitors were able to go through rooms that are off-limits the rest of the year.


39. The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street
Reference - http://historicaltimes.tumblr.com
When - 1866
Location - Bristol, England
Picture Description - John Hill Morgan (b 1833), platinum print. “R Holloway Dealer in Marine Stores” Locals would have called this a “rag and bone shop”. Now that means a second hand shop, but in these days it literally meant rags and bone. “Derived from the Victorian practice of literally collecting rags and bones from households for resale.”. See also: Rag and bone man. This view was recorded five years before Steep Street, curving away to the left, was demolished and replaced by a realigned road, Colston Street. Steep Street existed in the medieval period when it was the main road from the centre of Bristol to Gloucester. This photograph was published in 1891 as a nostalgic view by Bristol art publishers and print sellers Frost & Reed. A limited run of 100 prints was produced and the negative destroyed. I researched R Holloway’s shop. You may be able to see “hair bought”. It’s likely a pretty poor part of town with a sign like that.


40. The world’s last commercial sailing ship, The Pamir
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1949
Location - Germany
Picture Description - Pamir, a four-masted barque, was one of the famous Flying P-Liner sailing ships of the German shipping company F. Laeisz. She was the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn, in 1949. By 1957 she had been outmoded by modern bulk carriers and could not operate at a profit. Her shipping consortium's inability to finance much-needed repairs or to recruit sufficient sail-trained officers caused severe technical difficulties. On 21 September 1957 she was caught in Hurricane Carrie and sank off the Azores, with only six survivors rescued after an extensive search.


41. Two members of the Bertram Mills Circus walk head-to-head at Hammersmith Broadway
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1953
Location - Paddington, London
Picture Description - Bertram Wagstaff Mills (August 1873 – 16 April 1938) was a British circus owner originally from Paddington, London, who ran the Bertram Mills Circus. His circus became famous in the UK for its Christmas shows at Olympia in West London. His troupe were the last to perform with live animals on the Drury Lane Theatre stage.


42. U-118, a World War One submarine washed ashore on the beach at Hastings
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 27 May 1916
Location - England
Picture Description - SM U-118 was commissioned on 8 May 1918, following her construction at the AG Vulcan Stettin shipyard in Hamburg. She was commanded by Herbert Stohwasser and joined the I Flotilla operating in the eastern Atlantic. After four months without sinking any ships, on 16 September 1918, the SM U-118 scored her first hit. Some 175 miles (282 km) north-west of Cape Villano, the U-118 torpedoed and sank the British steamer Wellington. The following month, on 2 October 1918, she sank her second and last ship, the British tanker Arca at about 40 miles (64 km) north-west of Tory Island. The ending of hostilities on 11 November 1918 led to the subsequent surrender of the Imperial German Navy. The SM U-118 was transferred to France on 23 February 1919.


43. US Tanks facing Soviet Union Tanks
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - October 1961
Location - Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany
Picture Description - Soon after the construction of the Berlin Wall, a standoff occurred between U.S. and Soviet tanks on either side of Checkpoint Charlie. It began on 22 October as a dispute over whether East German guards were authorized to examine the travel documents of a U.S. diplomat named Allan Lightner passing through to East Berlin to see the opera. By October 27, 10 Soviet and an equal number of American tanks stood 100 yards apart on either side of the checkpoint. The standoff ended peacefully on October 28 following a U.S.-Soviet understanding to withdraw tanks. Discussions between U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and KGB spy Georgi Bolshakov played a vital role in realizing this tacit agreement.






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