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20 Rare Historical Photographs You Must See

It's a simple notion that applies to many aspects of our lives, but especially to historical photography,For over 150 years, photography has helped us capture the world as it appears before the lens. Check Out 20 Outstanding Photograph from the past


Audrey Hepburn Shopping With Her Pet Deer “ip” In Beverly Hills, Ca, 1958
Description - Audrey Hepburn and her pet deer, Ip, shopping in Beverly Hills, California, 1958. Photograph by Bob Willoughby. “When I visited Audrey, she had already had the deer for several weeks, and it had become part of the family…. Audrey took IP shopping in Beverly Hills, and what a sensation she created.  Beverly Hills habitues are fairly blase about what they see, but Audrey being followed around town by this lovely creature stopped everyone in their tracks…. It was truly amazing to see Audrey with that fawn.” - Bob Willoughby


Austrian Boy’s Moment Of Pure Happiness After Receiving New Shoes During WWII
Description - "New Shoes" by Gerald Waller, Austria 1946, Six year-old Werfel, living in an orphanage in Austria, hugs a new pair of shoes given to him by the American Red Cross.
This photo was published by Life magazine.


Coca-Cola Comes To France, 1950
Description - In 1950, the Coca-Cola company decided the people of France were ready for the great taste of Coke. So it began a marketing campaign targeted to the country. ... A bystander watches as a man pours a bottle of Coca-Cola into a glass held by a smiling, elderly man, in Paris, France.
Under the slogan "Drink Fresh," vans toured the streets and salesmen distributed samples to adults and children, in what Coke now calls "La révolution du froid" (The cold revolution).


Elvis In The Army, 1958
Description - American singer Elvis Presley served in the United States Army between March 1958 and March 1960. At the time of his draft he was the most well-known name in the world of entertainment. Before entering the U.S. Army, Presley had caused national outrage with his sexually charged performances and rock and roll music.
Many parents, religious leaders, and teachers groups saw his draft, removing him from public view, as a positive thing. Despite being offered the chance to enlist in Special Services to entertain the troops and live in priority housing, Presley decided to serve as a regular soldier.


First Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967
Description - Dagen H (H day), today usually called "Högertrafikomläggningen" ("The right-hand traffic diversion"), was the day on 3 September 1967, in which the traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right. The "H" stands for "Högertrafik", the Swedish word for "right traffic".
The decision to move to the other side of the road was not taken lightly. In fact, the idea had repeatedly been voted down during the preceding decades. In 1955, a popular referendum showed that 83 percent of the Swedish population was opposed to the change. However, in May 1963 the Swedish Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of implementing the switch to right-side driving. With all of Sweden’s neighboring countries driving on the right, it made sense for Sweden to do the same. Also, despite the left-hand driving rule, cars in Sweden typically had the steering wheel on the left, leading to many accidents, especially on narrow roads.


Georges Blind, A Member Of The French Resistance, Smiling At A German Firing Squad, 1944
Description - Blind was born in Belfort, France in 1904.In 1941, he became a member of the resistance. He operated during the night between the territory of Belfort and Alsace with the ambulance firefighters. Which secretly carries officials of the Resistance, wanted people, weapons, intelligence and clandestine newspapers.
This was a mock execution attempting to get the resistance fighter, Georges Blind, to talk. It didn’t work. Georges did not divulge any information. It’s interesting how they’ve placed him at the corner of the building rather than against the stereotypical flat wall. It must make ricochet injuries to the firing squad members much less likely.
Of course this was a mock execution, but most likely they used the same site for real executions. Georges Blind was eventually forwarded to a concentration camp, where he was selected for termination on arrival, dying some time in late November 1944.


Grotto In An Iceberg, Photographed During The British Antarctic Expedition, 5 Jan 1911.
Description - Grotto In An Iceberg, Photographed During The British Antarctic Expedition, 5 Jan 1911.


Measuring Bathing Suits, If They Were Too Short, Women Would Be Fined, 1920’s
Description - Measuring Bathing Suits, If They Were Too Short, Women Would Be Fined, 1920's.May 9, 2013 - In 1922, if your bathing suit was too short , it warranted police action. We... ... It shows a policeman using a measuring tape to verify the distance between a young woman's knee and bathing suit bottom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.. According to ... We're pretty positive that law would NOT fly today.


Mother Hides Her Face In Shame After Putting Her Children Up For Sale, Chicago, 1948
Description - This picture was taken August 4, 1948, and published in a Chicago newspaper. After the picture appeared in papers throughout the US, offers of jobs, homes and financial assistance poured in. The mother, Lucille Chalifoux, was shielding her eyes from the camera, not sobbing as I first thought, according to the newspaper reports from the time, but then how do we really know.
She was 24, married to an unemployed man 16 years older, and pregnant with her fifth child in six years at the time of the photo. Who’s to judge her true feelings?
No one knows how long the sign stood in the yard. Apparently shortly thereafter the father abandoned the family, and records show he had a criminal record. Lucille went on governmental assistance. A fifth child, David, was born in 1949. The story line is not complete, but David was either removed from the home or relinquished in July 1950.


Nikola Tesla In His Laboratory, Sitting Behind His “Magnifying Transmitter
Description - The Tesla coil is an electrical resonant transformer circuit designed by inventor Nikola Tesla in ..... Tesla used this type on his big coils, and they are used today on large .... At his Colorado Springs laboratory during 1899-1900, by using voltages of the ... In the magnifying transmitter, Tesla used a modified design.
Tesla did not disclose how far away the transmitter was. The Tesla Experimental Station was a Colorado Springs laboratory built in 1899 by inventor Nikola Tesla and used that year for his ... Dickenson Alley) of Tesla sitting in his Colorado Springs laboratory with his "magnifying transmitter" generating millions of volts.


Norway Receive Their First Ever Shipment Of Bananas,1905
Description - This is one of the first batches of banana that was sent to Norway. One of the persons in this picture is Christian Mathiessen, the founder of Norway’s biggest fruit importer, Bama. Norway was the second country to import bananas into Europe, after the UK.
It had the weight of 3,000 kilos and came in crates/boxes. One of the people in this picture is Christian Mathiessen, the founder of Norway’s biggest fruit importer, Bama. Norway was the second country to import bananas in Europe, after the United Kingdom. It’s very interesting that before global trading became as it is today, people really didn’t encounter many products that weren’t made locally. Seeing an item made in China must have seemed exotic to someone living in Mexico during 1832.


Painting The Eiffel Tower, 1932
Description - The repainting campaign is an important event in the life of the monument and takes on a truly mythical nature, as with everything linked to the Eiffel Tower. It represents the lasting quality of a work of art known all over the world, the colour of the monument that is symbolic of the Parisian cityscape, the technical prowess of painters unaffected by vertigo, and the importance of the methods implemented.
The 300-Meter Tower ", Gustave Eiffel wrote, "We will most likely never realize the full importance of painting the Tower, that it is the essential element in the conservation of metal works and the more meticulous the paint job, the longer the Tower shall endure."


The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband Seperated By A Wall, Holland, 1888
Description - Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to ... 1880 and was buried on the protestant part of the cemetery against the wall. His wife died in 1888 and had decided not to be buried in the family tomb but on the ... her worship the way some different guy said, is no reason to separate them.
Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together. On the Protestant part of this cemetery J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg is buried. His wife, lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842,the lady was 22 and the colonel 33, he was a protestant and didn’t belong to the nobility.


The Kiss Of Life – A Utility Worker Giving Mouth-to-mouth To Co-worker After He Contacted A High Voltage Wire, 1967
Description- Taken in 1967 by Rocco Morabito, this photo called “The Kiss of Life” shows a utility worker named J.D. Thompson giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker Randall G. Champion after he went unconscious following contact with a low voltage line. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the low voltage lines at the very top of the utility pole.
His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder. Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived, eventually making a full recovery.


The Last Known Photo Of The Titanic Above Water, 1912
Description - This photograph is the last known picture of RMS Titanic on the surface of the ocean. It was taken during her maiden voyage at Crosshaven, Ireland, just after the vessel departed Queenstown where it had stopped before heading westwards towards New York. Three days after this photo was taken 1,514 people would be dead and the Titanic would be on the bottom of the North Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
According to Time Magazine this photo was taken by Irish Jesuit priest Francis Browne who sailed with the ship for the first leg of its journey, from Southampton (England) to Cobh (Ireland) then called Queenstown.


The Man That Refused To Give The Nazi Salute, 1936
Description - Nazi party in the 1930s, Hitler's infamous "sieg heil" (meaning "hail victory") salute was mandatory for all German citizens in order to show loyalty to the Fuhrer, his party, and his nation. August Landmesser, the lone German refusing to raise a stiff right arm amid Hitler's presence at a 1936 rally, had been a loyal Nazi.
It's a an now-iconic photo of civil disobedience: A German man standing at a rally in 1936 Hamburg refuses to give the Nazi salute.
The photo lay unnoticed for nearly 55 years, resurfacing in 1991, when one of the children of August Landmesser identified the disobedient man as her father when the photo appeared in a German newspaper.


The Unbroken Seal On Tutankhamun’s Tomb, 1922 (3,245 Years Untouched)
Description - This seal was actually a seal to King Tut’s fifth shrine. The king was buried in a series of four sarcophagi, which were in turn kept inside a series of five shrines. This unbroken seal stayed 3,245 years untouched.
The tomb of the boy-king was opened by the famous archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter in the early 1920’s. The tomb contained treasure more spectacular than any previous discoveries. Shortly after Howard Carter removed the lid of the outermost shrine in Tutankhamun’s Burial Chamber, he discovered three more. Harry Burton photographed the ornately decorated doors of the second shrine while closed, their simple copper handles secured together tightly by a rope tied through them.


Three Men Run In The Marathon At The First Modern Olympic Games, 1896
Description - The men's marathon event was a special race invented as part of the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. Michel Bréal originated the idea of a race from the city of Marathon to Athens, taking inspiration from the legend of Pheidippides. The first such marathon race was a Greek national competition that served as a qualifier for the Olympic marathon; the qualifier was won by Charilaos Vasilakos. The length of the marathon in 1896 was approximately 38–40 km


Woman With A Gas-resistant Pram, England, 1938
Description - Most of us have heard of the bomb shelters that residents of Britain's big cities used as protection during the Blitz.  Most of us have heard of the gas masks.  But who has heard of the gas resistant prams?  Here is a photo of a woman pushing her baby in a gas resistant pram in 1938, the year that Germany occupied the Sudetenland.  While Prime Minister Chamberlain had proclaimed "Peace in our time" after appeasing Hitler, the general consensus was that war was on the horizon.
And the public wanted to be prepared.  However, the gas resistant pram, which resembled a coffin more than a baby carriage, never really took off.   


Women Delivering Ice, 1918
Description - Young women delivering ice, 1918. During World War I, women took over the jobs the men fighting overseas left behind. While not to the extent of World war II-era female employment, women answered the call for workers time and again. Through their hard work and dedication, these women reiterated the fact that not only could they do ‘man-sized’ jobs, but could do them well! The two above are not Rosie the Riveter but, rather, Rosie the Riveter’s mother, aunt, or neighbor.





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