Old Photos That Captured Some Big Moments In History
Photography is the perfect way to revisit old memories and remember everything that happened long ago. We couldn’t be more grateful that someone came up with a method of capturing the best moments, and here are some pictures that might make you take a second look. You might even see a few weapons. Let’s take a look!
THE DARING PAINTERS OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Eugene de Salignac took this iconic picture in the year 1914. Eugene, an employee of the Department of Plants and Structures, took pictures randomly for his pleasure. In his over 27 years of working with the New York Department, he was always with his camera taking pictures of mesmerizing projects and the people involved in them. This picture particularly was taken on Brooklyn Bridge where the workers were walking on suspensions trying to paint.
His works would later be recognized 65 years after his demise. People only began to see his masterpieces after his death. He, however, received a posthumous award for his works. With photos like this, it's not hard to see why!
This is an amazing shot of a boy in Berlin in 1931 selling his lemonade with a portable dispenser. It’s not that kind of image you normally see from the 30s, but clearly, this kid was ahead of the game. Even children in the 50s still used a stand for their lemonade sales. Of course, you can see a bunch of these dispensers nowadays too.
But, they are mostly used by local children who dream of being businessmen with their lemonade trade. However, even adults have worn them because brands like Fanta, Nestea, Red Bull, and many others have hired people to promote their drinks with one of these devices. Of course, they are updated, modern versions, but you might have seen them in clubs, concerts, and other populated events.
THE MAJESTIC SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
This building is without any shred of doubt, the most distinctive and famous structure in the world. Standing at 4m tall, this multi-venue for performing arts cost almost $1 billion to erect. Architect Jorn Utzon was tasked with drawing up the plan after coming first place in an international design competition. He didn't think it was going to cost that much. The building holds multiple events that host well over 1.2 million people annually. Over 350,000 people visit the place annually, and It stands as a world heritage site.
It took well over ten years to opened formally; construction started around 1959 before commissioning in 1973. The cost gulped in more money than was initially stipulated. It took in 15 times what was initially set aside for its completion. Australians were angry at the construction as they felt it was a waste of resources. The tune has changed now though as they are proud of the revenues, it has brought in to their country.
TAKING BABIES TO SAFETY
Babies, in as much as they are the cutest being around, they are also the most defenseless creatures. As such, they are to be treated with the utmost care and given full attention. This picture shows a tip of what happened to babies during the cold period of the Vietnam War.
This is a rare picture of babies delicately arranged in boxes on a plane. These babies were being airlifted from the war in Vietnam to America for safety purposes. It is important to note that these babies are orphaned and had lost their parents to the war in 1975.
This lady in this picture might seem very familiar, but no one knows her by her real name Norma Jeane. She was famous as Marilyn Monroe, but this photo was shot in 1943 when she was just 17 years old. Monroe is still regarded as one of the most beautiful women in history and a sex symbol. Her life was split, though.
She was rich but had a troubled relationship with many male suitors. Most believe that she was too co-dependent on men, and despite her beloved looks, Marilyn allegedly suffered from low self-esteem. On the outside, she pretended to be outgoing but was terribly shy in reality. In fact, she actually had a stutter due to her crippling shyness. Speech lessons helped, but she never lost it.
JOHNNY CASH IS IN TROUBLE
Having sold 90 million records worldwide, Johnny can is considered as a musical legend, and his awards would testify to that fact. Inducted into Country music, Rock n Roll, Gospel music halls of Fame, this is more than a confirmation. He likes to see himself as a country music guy, but he also dipped his feet in other genres too. Johnny is known for his profoundly calming baritone voice, all and sundry accepted his music. His music cast shadows on themes revolving around moral tribulation and redemption. He was a worldwide sensation.
The "man in Black," a nick he earned from always wearing black clothes and sporting black-themed stages, succumbed to drugs. As his illustrious career was taking off, he became addicted to drugs such as amphetamines and barbiturates. The US narcotics team later caught him after his plane was raised. In his plane, he had enough drugs that could take him for a year. He would later be released.
SHOE-MAKING IN THE 19TH CENTURY
This picture shows what it was like to make shoes in the 19 century. Up until then, the art of shoemaking was just handicraft, but things changed by the end of the century after the industrial revolution. Most of the shoes were now being made in factories with machines to great scales. However, we still have images like this to remember a time when things were a lot simpler.
Shoes were made by hand long ago, and this is just a tiny peek into that time. The thing is that when mass-production wasn’t involved, attention to detail was better. It was about quality and not quantity. Shoemakers were real craftsmen. They used leather, wood, and plants to make their footwear, and they would often add several layers to ensure a long-lasting shoe. There were more than 15 methods of making them.
AMERICAN PRESIDENT, JOHN F. KENNEDY
This picture was taken in 1962. It was the Halloween season and no better time to celebrate it with your daughter with a skewed photo of yourself. It was what happened when President John F. Kennedy decided to allow this picture taken as a father-daughter bonding, after some hard day's work. The Halloween picture would later go viral as it inspired people making masks of themselves looking horrible.
JFK is one of the most famous presidents of the United States of America ever had. Some media outlets refer to him as the most charismatic man the white House has ever seen. John wasn't all about the intricate policies of politics, and he was the man for the people. While JFK was in high school, he was known as one hell of a charming personality. Not one who was an excellent student but he excelled in all the courses he found interest. Nobody would have believed that this same man also battled for his life at a young age due to prolonged illnesses. He would, however, overcome all these to become one of the greatest Presidents in US history.
CONSTRUCTING THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
This picture shows the early construction of the golden gate bridge in 1935, of what would go on to be the second-largest suspension bridge in the world. The workers on the bridge understood the importance of safety. They decided to lay a net under the bridge in case anyone falls off. Did it turn out to be a great idea? Yes!
They were able to save 19 persons who fell off while working on the bridge. These were people termed to be members of the famous club "Halfway to Hell." For the records, the longest suspension bridge was the Verrazano Bridge constructed in 1964.
A RAT CATCHER
This is a picture of a professional rat catcher, and it was considered a real job because they got money for every animal they found. They used to go down the sewers of Europe around 1904 looking for the vermin.
It was similar to pest control and vital for the people because preventing the growth of the rat population also prevented diseases from spreading like the Black Plague. Additionally, they also helped prevent the contamination of foods in storage.
THE WORKERS OF 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA
Only a few knew that 30 Rockefeller Plaza is in the rank of elite buildings until the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission listed it in their records in 1985. 30 Rockefeller Plaza had a lot of misgivings before it was agreed to be built in 1930. Its construction was between 1932 and 1940 on a piece of land that John D. Rockefeller Jr. leased from the University of Columbia.
The picture shows workers having lunch on a railing that is as high as 850 feet approximately 260 meters. This picture can make one feel queasy, but well, the photo was taken without capturing the cakewalk underneath their feet. One would be made to believe that they got there magically. Although the building isn't the tallest in New York, it still maintains a place among famous buildings in the state as the 22nd tallest construction. GE building (General Electric) would later be the name of the monument from 1988-2015. Again the name changed to Comcast Building after there was a transfer of ownership in 2015.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S SON
This is a picture of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Tad, who was known for being more than playful. He was Lincoln’s fourth and youngest kid with his wife Mary Todd. His full name was Thomas Lincoln III, but they nicknamed “Tad” because his head was very big, and he was “as wiggly as a tadpole” as a baby. Tad had a wild side, wouldn’t go to school, and ran around the White House when Lincoln was president.
He would often disturb meetings, would bring animals along, and ignored visitors to see his dad. Tad was the one most heartbroken when the former was murdered, but he in another theater and started yelling, “They killed Papa! They killed Papa”. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 18 on July 15, 1871.
THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEW YORK SUBWAY
In 1904, the New York City Mayor having witnessed casualties from the transport systems of the massive influx of people decided to find an alternative mode of transportation to motor cars and carts. He, therefore, resorted to instigating what would later be one of the most popular means of transport in New York City. Step forward, New York City Subway opened in 1904 before its leasing to the New York Transit Authority. The New York City subway hands down as the oldest public transit system. Apart from being the oldest, it is also one of the most used transit systems with over 472 stations. Its construction was linked with the explosive population of New York City.
The New York Subway is by far the most significant public transit system, with an annual ridership of 1.7 billion boardings about 6,418 vehicles. With stations scattered about Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, it is no surprise why it has a lot of ridership. One other intriguing thing is its 24-hours service every day. With that vast ridership, people regard it as the busiest rapid transit system in the whole of the Western Hemisphere.
THE INNOCENCE IN THE MIDST OF WORLD WAR II
This picture would stand to be one of the most emotional images of all time. The devastating effects of World War II took its toll on everyone regardless of their age and social status. But you cannot but feel terrible when little girls and boys were affected with no-one to look out for them, considering that they lost their parents.
This picture is a representation of lost children who have nothing to cling to than their inanimate buddies. This girl has probably lost everything, including her home as a result of airstrikes. She's only left with her doll, which would serve as her companion amid the storm.
THE ICONIC RINGLING BROTHERS CIRCUS
The story behind this circus is complicated. It was the most popular traveling circus at the time. Started by seven brothers, the idea was to bring a live demonstration of animals with some showmanship. After the increase in its patronage, they decided to include the tag, "the greatest show in the world" and it would serve as one of the many things they were known for. It started as a small circus back in 1871, and it grew in leaps and bounds moving from the western world to eastern Europe.
Despite seeing several changes of administrations, the circus would go on to operate for almost 150 years before it later became defunct in 2017. However, the entertainment place suffered greatly due to the great depression in 1930, but it bounced back and became Americans' favorite circus. Before it became defunct, it announced in January 2017 the intention to close after several logistical issues.
AN OLD-FASHIONED MCDONALD'S
It is rare to find anyone who hasn't heard about the McDonald's brand. It is a success story that has traveled around the world and has been used in seminars where young entrepreneurs gather. Here is a 1953 picture and it depicts where the McDonald started. One thing that is also interesting to hear is that this same place is still operating till this very day. It should become a heritage.
Located at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard, Downey, California, this restaurant was where the story began. Although they had been in operation since 1940, they owned this place in 1953. With over 38,000+ restaurants around the world, it is safe to say that they are without a doubt, the biggest fast-food joint.
THE BATTLE OF ENGLAND VERSUS GERMANY
Millions of people lost their lives during World War II. The loss can be said to be more widespread in England and Germany, as both countries were at each other's throats. We could say that the war was majorly between these two countries, and they destroyed a lot of things in their wake. There were several things the Germans and the English didn't agree on, and violence was the only way each can show it was superior to the other.
This picture shows the sky during the war, and it is clear that warplanes were in action and in their most destructive mode. A lot of buildings suffered damages, and millions of people were injured, with some losing their lives. It was one of the fiercest wars between the two countries, even though it was called the World War.
THE NEW YORK BLIZZARD OF 1947
The strangest thing about this snowstorm was that there were no high winds. You know a snowstorm comes with some chilly high winds, but this blizzard came with none. It is regarded as the worst snow Blizzard since 1888. It started just around 3:20 am that Christmas morning, and by the time people would wake up, there was snow all over and reached an unprecedented height of 67.1cm. It is the second-highest snowfall in history. It came without warning.
By the time it stopped the next day, it had left a lot of destruction in its wake. Cars, buses, and houses were buried under the snow. Nobody could navigate to wherever they were going. The snow brought the whole of Northeastern America to a halt by crippling businesses and services for the new day. Such was the effect that a name was given to it; Extratropical Cyclone Blizzard. A disaster of that kind does not go without having deaths. Over seventy-five deaths were recorded in that period.
THE AMAZING HOWARD HUGHES
In his time, no one came close to this man's business acumen. He was a business tycoon, pilot, investor, philanthropist, engineer, and a film director. Howard Hughes was always doing one big thing or the other. Before he became a prominent figure in the aviation industry, he was already a very successful film producer. He was also known for receiving many awards for his philanthropic acts. Acts that made him found the Howard Hughes Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical institute that is still in operation today.
This photo showed when he broke the record of the fastest speed for a plane in 1935. He was later inducted into the Aviation hall of fame for his groundbreaking achievements. People see Howard in the aeronautical world as a pioneer. More then in life, he was known to be eccentric, a character attributed to his Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
CELEBRATING THE END OF WORLD WAR II
Following the end of World War II, the streets of New York erupted into a frenzy of happy people running around and congratulating themselves. It was what everyone had looked forward to after a disastrous war period. The ruins were getting too much to keep up with, plus people were tired of hiding. Everybody wanted to go about his/her business without the thought of a bomb explosion.
This picture showed the excitement when President Truman announced over the radio that Japan had surrendered, and there was a celebration because at last, the war came to an end. You can see people out in their numbers troop out. Some of them might have lost their homes, but they have hope that they could rebuild what they had lost.
WALKING HER DOG DURING THE 50s
Not many girls have such a womanly figure at age 17. In fact, this girl's stature is what so many ladies would do anything to get. This Joan Bradshaw picture was in 1950, and It shows her walking a dog in some elegant clothes. She looks every way ravishing.
This picture would later go viral, and subsequently, she was encouraged to contest for beauty pageantries. Joan Bradshaw would then clinch the first prize as Miss Texas in 1953. Such was her popularity that she would go on to model for many organizations' products. Also, Bradshaw would later become a figure most young girls looked up respect as she spells the word beautiful with every part of her body.
KNOWLEDGE CANNOT BE DESTROYED
A young boy is seen seated on a log of wood going through a book. We can also see piles of books on the ground as a result of an airstrike. This place was supposed to be a bookstore where people come to get books for reading pleasure, no thanks to the London Air Raid in 1940; the bookstore is in ruins.
The world war had devastating effects on most of the social amenities that the good people of England enjoyed. Among many of these social institutions was the bookstore that served a lot of people. The ruin of activities in this place will not go down without remembering World War II.
ALDWYCH STATION DURING THE BLITZ
In World War II, Germany and England were the most embattled, as they always sought to cancel each other out. The hostility was so intense between them that the Germans called the operation, "the lightning," which the British press called "the Blitz." It was in this war that Germans used warplanes to destroy everything that came across their paths in England. Nowhere was safe for the Britons, save hiding in subway stations.
This picture shows one of those stations, the Aldwych station that served as a haven for the people of England. The place would later be converted to a safe house with the government providing toilet materials and bunk beds to alleviate the burden of just cramping in together.
ONE OF THE GREATS, ROBIN WILLIAMS
Robin Williams, according to many was regarded as one of the best comedians till his death in 2014. He was well known for his ability to improvise and the plethora of memorable character voices he could create. Many critics have lauded Williams as one of the funniest comedians of all time. Williams won a Grammy for his comedy album in 1979. He was such a natural.
When the photographer took a picture of two young mimes, little did he know that one of them would go on to become one of the greatest comedians America would ever see. Daniel Sorine only wanted to take random pictures at the Central Park in 1974, until two boys who were entertaining passers-by caught his attention. This picture would go on to be the foundation of the career of Robin Williams.
This is an image of soldiers from several countries in 1900. In order of appearance, they belonged to Britain, the USA, Australia, India, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, and Japan. They were troops from the Eight-Nation Alliance, although Russia didn’t appear. It was a military coalition between several countries that rose after the Boxer Rebellion in China.
The eight countries were Japan, Russia, Britain, France, the United States, Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary. Several international delegations were kidnapped in Beijing by Boxers for the Qing rule in the summer of 1900. Therefore, armed forces were sent to aid in the “humanitarian intervention” and get people safely back to their countries.
SOME OF CHEVROLET MOST ICONIC CARS
Chevrolet-branded vehicles are sold in most automotive markets worldwide except for most Asian countries and Sudan. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, has been in existence for over 107 years. Registering billions of sales as well as worldwide recognition, Chevrolet or Chevy as it is informally known is a brand that has stood the test of time. It has continuously revamped its brand over and over. In 1958, Chevrolet produced some of the most distinctively looking vehicles, and one of them was the Impala.
The Impala would go on to be a darling of motor users not only because of its sleek and beautiful looks but because of its efficiency. The design was released alongside BelAir in 1958, and it would go on to be one of the favorite cars that people love to have a cruise.
THE TRUTH IN A HELMET: WAR IS HELL
Historical pictures have a way of reminding us about things that happen in times past and lessons derived from them. This picture was taken in 1965 of a soldier actively in battle in the Vietnam War. It carries a lot of memory for those who experienced the cold war.
The captivating thing about this picture is the profoundly penetrating eyes of the soldier and the inscription on his helmet: "war is hell." A testament to the fact that war is not anything we should long for, irrespective of the power our country wields.
MAKING THE BERLIN WALL
There have been enough raves about the Berlin Wall that is more than enough to register the name on our minds. This picture shows the great Berlin Wall in its early stage of construction in 1961. You probably wouldn't have seen it if you do not live in Germany. It is famous for its height and the heavy security that are attached to either side.
The history behind the Berlin wall is one popular one; it was built to divide Berlin. When the government then decided to start its construction, no one thought it was going to be effective, as people felt it was unnecessary. The wall, according to the mayor Brandt, restricted the freedom of movement and therefore received the tag " wall of shame."
THE BEST WELCOME HOME
Imagine a soldier with a young family, getting trapped in a war-torn country while on national assignment, and then taken as a war prisoner. It is certain that aside from the physical torture he might be exposed to, he also would have to battle with mental anguish, as his mind would always be concerned with how he must survive.
Happiness, joy, love... Everything was radiating in this picture. Lt. Col. Robert Stirm, was meeting up with his family after six years of being a prisoner in the Vietnam War. The joy here is what here means to his family, his wife, and kids. You can imagine the delight they all would be having seeing their father, brother, son, and husband after there was no certainty he would be released by the gruesome Vietnams.
THE MAKING OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING
The American seat of Congress is a delight to see in terms of the architectural details on display. Located in the capital city of Washington DC, the building is the seat of the legislative arm of the US federal government. With a floor area of 16.7 acres, it is undoubtedly a massive structure. It is important to note that Thomas Jefferson proposed the name "Capitol," a Latin name synonymous to the "temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus."
Construction kicked off on September 18, 1793, and took about seven years to complete in 1800. Since then, it has undergone a series of renovation and expansion. In 1959, the architect decided to restore the dome structure of the Capitol building, which was made of iron. He instructed that the building be painted with a rust-proof substance that would allow the building to receive its new color.
THE CHIMP THAT WENT TO SPACE
Ham the Chimp wasn't any ordinary Chimp, it was one who got international acclaim after being the first animal to be sent to space as a test to see if humans would survive. Did he survive? Yes, he did. The picture was taken in the year 1961 after Ham had completed the trip to space sponsored by NASA. He looked happy, yeah?
Can you guess how Ham got his name? "Ham" is an acronym that was derived from the laboratory that prepared the chimp for the historical space mission- the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center. The name "Ham" was also in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton, the commander of the laboratory.
A HUGE MANTA RAY
There are millions of species of flora and fauna in the ocean. As we all know, 70% of the earth is covered by water. Again, some animals would survive in water other than land. What this means is, the water bodies have the most extensive diversity of animals. Here is an amazing catch of a creature that lives in the water.
The first thought that comes to your mind when you see this picture is, how is it possible to have a fish as gigantic as that? Well, this is not a picture hoax. It is real; a live Manta Ray. Captain Al Khan, a sailor, was the one behind the big catch. The Ray weighed about five thousand pounds and was over twenty feet wide. It was the largest ever seen Ray, so large that it people nicknamed it the "devil's fish."
DOUBLE-BARREL WHEELLOCK PISTOL FROM GERMANY
This is an image of a double-barreled wheellock pistol that measured 49.2 cm in length, weighed 2,5 kg, and the cal. of the barrel was 11.7 mm. It was made for Emperor Charles V of Germany in 1540. It’s an incredible work of craftsmanship, even for a weapon. They made it in Munich, and the gunsmith was Peter Pack, who also made watches.
However, this particular pistol was one of Pack’s first weapons. It might have two locks but they are triggered together and have separate ignitions for each barrel. The inscription “PLVS VLTRA” means “More Beyond”. Meanwhile, the maker designed it with his personal symbols: the eagle with two heads and Hercules’ columns.
THE GREATEST CROONER IN THE WORLD, FRANK SINATRA
You can't count more than five musical sensations back in the day without mentioning Frank Sinatra. He was the darling of many people. Apart from the fact that he was a musical genius, his eccentricity precedes him. He was also a famed actor who was usually the pick of producers.
Frank was famous not only because of his musical ingenuity and fiery acting but also because of his extravagant lifestyle and ostentatious living. Asides this, Frank was always the talk of every concert he performed. He didn't allow people to choose between him and any other person, and it was him and others.
THE ICONIC BABE RUTH
If we begin to list all the achievements of Babe, well, perhaps we would have to dedicate a whole post for him. They are too numerous to list on one page. He was phenomenal as one of the finest baseball players ever. Little wonder he was inducted into the Baseball hall of fame. Babe was the best, and nobody could lace his shoes.
Here is Babe's 1934 picture in one of his most beautiful moments where he hit his 700th home run. The stadium had erupted with the chant of his name. He had changed the face of the game and was the standard for many aspiring baseball players who wanted to have a glittering career like his. Babe was a role model to many. He was the reason many fell in love with baseball.
A DANISH PISTOL/AXE STOLEN BY SWEDEN
This picture shows an ax that is also a pistol. It was taken as a war trophy by the Swedish during the 17th century. This hybrid weapon is known as a Flintlock pistol ax, and they were the most common arm used by pirates in the 18th century. It had a flint stone that needed to connect with the hammer to produce a spark that would lead to a gunshot.
It was not the best weapon for a confrontation because it only released one shot at a time. It had to be manually reloaded each time. However, the ax was perfect during those moments because people could use it to defend themselves. Most of the time, the user would save their gunshot because trying to reload was so time-consuming, and they mostly used the ax during fights.
This is a picture from 1920, and it was taken by Italian Photographer, Domenico Riccardo Peretti Griva. He was one of the pioneers of the Italian pictorial movement from 1920 to 1950. He had a fondness for capturing nature and making portraits that struck emotions much like this one.
He was also a fan of the bromolian technique and would often retouch his creations by hand to make better blurry effects. He also enhanced the contrast, that helped make the feeling of this dreamy-looking masterpiece. Peretti Griva was born on November 28, 1882, in Coassolo Torinese, Italy. He died on July 12, 1962, in Turin, Italy.
THE MEN WHO BUILT CHASE
This picture shows the 3,000 men who worked on the construction of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. It was taken in August 1964 and was 810 feet high. We have seen many pictures of construction workers doing their jobs from impressive heights, but this is another look at how many people are involved in the amazing structures we see all the time.
The Chase National Bank and the Manhattan Company joined their ventures in 1955, paving the way for this building and The Chase Manhattan Bank. However, it took them almost ten years to join the New York City skyline, which has always been famous. This picture was taken when they were almost finishing the construction. We cannot even imagine standing so close to the edge like these men.
CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE FOUND IN SHIPWRECK
This is a picture of an unopened bottle of champagne found in the Baltic Sea. It’s estimated to be around 200 years old. Talk about aging. In 2010, a group of researchers dove into the sea off the coast of Finland and discovered a shipwreck in the form of a trading schooner, which had many treasures including this finding.
In fact, they found 168 bottles of French champagne that they brought to the surfaced, and they had been aged perfectly. Unfortunately, the government seized the bottles, which were probably valued at a lot of money. However, before they came along, the group of experts and their professor Philippe Jeandet got to taste a bit.
THE AMAZING STARDUST CASINO AND HOTEL
When Stardust was constructed in 1958, it was by far the largest casino, spanning an incredible 16,000 square feet, with about 1,000 hotel rooms. The idea was borne out of sheer curiosity by Tony Cornero. He died three years before the project ended in 1955. John Factor then bought the place. If you still remember the movie "Casino" which starred Sharon Stone, Robert Deniro, among many others, the Stardust' Casino was what inspired the film.
When Stardust opened in 1958, the creme de la creme of the society was in attendance, ranging from the senators, Government officials to Hollywood stars. It was the talk of the town because of its state-of-the-art and luxurious equipment. However, that wasn't only the perk; it was located in funky Las Vegas but would later be demolished in 2007. After six years, a Malaysia-based Genting Group bought the building site from Boyd Gaming, with its plans to open Resorts World, by 2020.
THE LAST MALE NORTHERN WHITE RHINO
This picture might open many people’s eyes about climate change and the impact our actions have had on the world. Here in Sudan, the last male northern white rhino being protected by his carers from poachers. Unfortunately, he died in 2018 at the age of 45 due to failing health. People tried to get him to mate with the two female northern white rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya but to no avail.
Sadly, his death marked the end of the species, and National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale had dedicated her life to documenting the decline of the rhinos. In an Instagram post, Vitale mourned the death of Sudan last year, writing, “Today, we are witnessing the extinction of a species that had survived for millions of years but could not survive mankind.”
DAGEN H: THE DAY SWEDEN SWITCHED LANES
The iconic thing about this picture is the clumsiness. One would think there was a traffic warden who was asking them to go that direction. In fact, at first glance, you are curious as to why they are all moving towards that direction. Is there a roadblock on the other path? Is that one way? You are free to have those questions. But what if we told you they were carrying out a newly imposed traffic law, would you buy it? Well, they were.
Dagen H, the day Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side to the right-hand side. September 3rd, 1967, was the day the traffic laws changed its direction.
THE MAJESTIC THEATER IN LIBYA
This is an image of 2,000-year-old theater in Libya that was built in ancient-Roman style. It is located in Leptis Magna, Sabratha, Libya right near the Mediterranean coast. The theater initially served as a trading location for the Phoenicians, but it was later part of the Roman Empire. The statues located inside were built during the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.
Leptis Magna was an important city during the rule of the Romans, but it sadly fell to the Vandals in 439. It became part of the Eastern Empire in 533. Unfortunately, it was conquered once again by the Muslims in c. 647, and then, left barren. Now, it’s a city of ruins right along the coast of Wadi Lebda and the sea. Luckily, this theater is one of the best-preserved sights of the ancient Roman Empire.
This is a picture of a train workshop from 1935, and that’s a Pacific train engine, a vintage steam one. Steam locomotives were made in Great Britain in the 19th century, and they used them as railway transportation until the 20th century. The trains move thanks to the steam created by burning coal, wood, or oil.
The steam rises up to move the pistons that are linked to the main wheels. The first steam engine was invented by army engineer Thomas Savery and was built in 1698. His design pulled water out of coals mines and was known as the Miner’s Friend. It had a simple boiler, with valves on top, and the pipe led to the water in the mine.
This is a picture of some ladies showing off their pretty clothes from the 1920s. The decade was truly a turning point for fashion, especially after the end of World War One. It was finally a time where people could look brightly into the future, and be a little more relaxed regarding social rules. The stock market was booming, and women were starting to work.
In fact, the number of women started careers was unprecedented, and the country was ignoring Prohibition, which made alcohol illegal. With every revolution, fashion shifts and adapts accordingly. One major trend of the era was “flapper”, a term is given to the girls because their clothes were loose-fitting. They longer wore corset or tight-fitted ensemble as they began to dress for comfort.
A TOOL FROM 1935
This might not seem very familiar, but it’s a daily tool that, even today, we use every day. Yes, it’s a stove from 1935. It looks completely different, and we have to be grateful for the advancements in technology. Many things have changed since the 30s in astounding ways, especially regarding home life. In the 30s, a new house cost around $3,450, and the rent was around $22 a month.
Meanwhile, you could buy bread for just 8 cents, and one pound of hamburger meat cost around 11 cents. That’s just crazy, but of course, job salaries have also changed. So, it’s not like everything was better back, although some would say that life was simpler. On the other hand, gas was 10 cents a gallon, and you could buy a car for $625.
1858 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
This picture shows an exhibition of the Photographic Society of London in 1858, where they had a bunch of old photos and cameras to present. It was the first time in history that photographs were displayed in a museum at all, and they were using that section for the first time as well. It featured 1009 images and included 250 from the French branch, the Société française de photographie.
The organizers were the Photographic Society of London, and the Museum crew member, Charles Thurston Thompson, was the one who captured this image back in 1858. Therefore, this is the first photograph of the first photographic exhibition in a museum in history.
U.S.S. FRANKLIN FROM 1916
This is a picture of the U.S.S. Franklin, and it was taken in 1916. The ship was used for training, and there are other four ships with the same name for a total of 5. Additionally, there was also U.S.S. Franklin in the movie ‘Star Trek Beyond’ from 2016. Donald Canney recounts in his ‘The Old Steam Navy Vol. 1’ that the boat was constructed in 1853.
It was first used in 1864 and was the last traditional frigate with guns on two decks. It worked from 1867 to 1877. After that, the ship was used to receive the people at the Naval Training Station close to Norfolk, Virginia. It also featured some stores inside that were important for the station. It was sold in October 1915.
THE STEREOTYPE OF BLONDES
Everyone knows the age-old stereotype that blondes are less intelligent. We could say that these blonde jokes might have emanated from Carol Wayne features on late night shows, looking or sounding confused. But you can't judge a book by its cover! Maybe it was a ploy to get famous? Either way, she was very popular with her ditzy behaviors in front of the camera.
Such was her popularity that she featured in over 100 skits that portrayed blondes as featherbrained. She was, as a result, the target of comedians at the time. One such comedian was John Carson who repeatedly used her for his often criticized jokes.
HALLOWEEN FROM A CENTURY AGO
This picture is from Halloween, and it might give insight into why most horror movies are based decades ago, instead of modern times. Things were just plain scarier in the past. Most Halloween nowadays will see a bunch of kids dressed up as the Avengers, but these children are actually goblins, and they knew that October 31st was supposed to be a fearsome event, not just a party.
The history of Halloween goes back to the Celtic festival of Samhain (you pronounce it “sow-in”). The Celts who lived thousands of years ago in Ireland, the UK, and France, celebrated their New Year’s on the first day of November. It was supposed to mark the end of summer and the harvest. It was the beginning of winter, which is a time where most people about death. They believed that the day before New Year’s, the door that separates the world of the living and the dead opened up.
PROTECTING AGAINST GERMAN ATTACKS
The Germans were known to be ruthless in their war approach. In the 1930s, there was tension between England and Germany, and people were sure that any of them could attack them at any point in time. There were lots of things the two giants didn't agree about, and there was the talk of taking up territories that shared borders with them. So, at every point, there was always the question of "who will attack the other first"?
This picture shows a woman in England who took precautionary measures to protect herself from being attacked by any biological attack, hence her use of face mask and resistant stroller to keep herself safe. She probably would have taken to warnings dished out on the radio to warn against being taken unawares.
ROBERT DE NIRO SR. AND JR.
This is a picture of Robert De Niro as a child with his father, Robert De Niro Sr. when he was just 24 years old in 1946. The famous actor was just 3 years old at the time, and you can already tell that he was going to be a bad boy. His first film was Brian De Palma’s ‘The Wedding Party’ made in 1963, but it premiered in 1969.
The role was pivotal because it helped build his friendship with Martin Scorsese, who launched him into stardom. You might remember seeing him in 1973 when he played Johnny Boy in ‘Mean Streets’, and in 1974, he got the role of Vito Corleone in ‘The Godfather Part II’. The latter earned him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
OLD DATING APP
All kidding aside, it seems that this picture depicts exactly what men did in the 1800s when they needed to find a wife. It sounds completely insane now, but it was a common practice back then, and a bunch of women probably noticed the woodsmen of Montana thanks to this sign which they hanged in 1901.
In fact, men would get really creative when they needed to find themselves a partner to start a family. They wrote to their relatives asking them to introduce to a special lady and more. However, the most common practice was posting marriage advertisements in the newspaper, which might be considered the original dating app method. Anyone who was interested replied to the ad, and they could meet up.
SHOES FROM MORE THAN 2,000 YEARS AGO
This is a picture of a shoe discovered on a bog body that is estimated to be more than 2,300 years old. They were on the feet of a man from Damendorf, Germany who died somewhere around 300 B.C. His corpse was found in the early 1900s at the See Moor in the village in Schleswig-Holstein. A bog body is a human corpse that was mummified by a peat bog.
Peat is dead plant material, which normally accumulates in wetlands, also known as bogs. It has been known for some time that bogs preserved bodies in an amazing way, and the condition of these shoes is incredible. Unfortunately, the rest of the body only had hair, skin, nails, and other clothing such as a belt that was well-maintained. The peat was heavy so the man's body was crushed a bit.
GOING TO SCHOOL
This is an image of children crossing a river by pulley just outside Modena, Italy in 1959. There are no real explanations about this particular image, but they must have lived in a small town with no real roads or transportation system. However, it could also have been the best shortcut to the school. Education in Italy takes place between the ages of 6 and 16, and it’s mandatory. The kids go through kindergarten (scuola dell'infanzia), primary school (scuola primaria or scuola elementare), lower secondary school (scuola secondaria di primo grado or scuola media inferiore), upper secondary school (scuola secondaria di secondo grado or scuola media superiore) and university (università).
Luckily, education is free in the European country, and everyone who is a resident can receive this benefit. They have a private and public school system, but the quality of public schools is higher than private in certain aspects. The system has existed in 1859 when the Casati Act made education mandatory to increase literacy. Towns had control of primary education, provinces oversaw secondary education, and universities were handled by the State.
WOMEN FROM 1889
This picture shows women from 1889 who were wearing corsets like the one we see on TV shows, but they also had shotguns, which is not something we see very often. Unlike most of the images on this list, this one is particularly popular. It was the cover of the book ‘Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women’ by Marianne Monson.
In the written work, you can find stories about a group of 12 women who were “called” to the West from all over the world. Some came from the East Coast, others from Europe and even New Zealand. Their tales are heartbreaking and filled with hardships that these brave women had to face, especially because they fought for their rights and other social endeavors.
FRENCH DAGGER FROM THE 19TH CENTURY
This is the picture of a dagger that measures 42.5 cm, and it clearly features a skeleton at the hilt. It’s dated back to 19th-century France. The skeleton is dressed in a robe, which normally signifies Death or the Grim Ripper. Meanwhile, the blade has two wires with floral decorations.
In the middle groove, you can see the crescent-moons that flowing down from the bronze hilt. Aside from the intricate design of the skeleton, you can also see that there is a snake on the hilt. Meanwhile, the wooden scabbard was covered in leather, which was painted by hand, and it also had a gilt brass mount.
PYROCLASTIC FLOW FROM A VOLCANO
Whoever took this picture, one thing we are sure of is the person's bravery. It is a picture of a volcano still in its prime. According to geography, nobody stays close to an erupting volcano. But our man here obviously has a wild heart. His act of bravery deserves an accolade for making us see this incredible sight.
In the picture, what is in the display is a pyroclastic flow. So you are tempted to ask, what does it even mean? Well, it is the mixture of lava, gas, and ash that is released from an erupting volcano. This particular volcano happened in the Philippines in the year 1991.
This is a picture of a chapel built in 1669 on a treehouse, and it’s still active today. It’s located in a village in France, and it has two chapels inside that are still visited currently. This oak tree called Quercus is estimated to be the oldest-standing tree in France, and it’s also considered the strongest because it survived wars and rainstorms.
It also survived the fire that hollowed the center of the oak in the late 1600s. People thought that it was a sign from God, and so, they turned into a church. It’s called the Chêne Chapelle, which means Oak Chapel, and it features several places to pray. Many people still go to the site all the time.
This is a picture of Albert Einstein with a puppet of himself from 1931. He might be the world’s greatest genius, but this picture might be a bit scary for some people. Apparently, the puppet was part of a theater production called Teatro Torito, and the famous mathematician went to see it. Allegedly, he enjoyed terribly.