For most of human existence, humans have had to swear by written accounts to understand historical events. But since the creation of the camera, we have invented a new method to capture moments that allows future generations to have a more comprehensive understanding of history.
To prove our point, we have put together a collection of extraordinary vintage pictures that portray amazing moments that happened over the years. These pictures are original and unaltered and give you the opportunity to witness history from a viewpoint you certainly didn’t learn about in school.
Women Join the Factory Workforce
World War II was a large-scale conflict that consumed the entire planet. Though the war didn’t take place in North American, U.S. civilians had to help out. While young and non-disabled men were deployed to Europe and Asia fight, women were recruited to private and military factories.
These students at James A. Garfield High School in LA clocked in for work at the high school airplane factory in December of 1943. This was the first time after World War I that women were allowed to do these kinds of jobs because they previously considered them “manly” roles.
The Stars of Star Wars
Star Wars is one of the most acclaimed movie franchises around the world, so it’s interesting to see what occurred off-camera. This photo shows actors Peter Mayhew, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Kenny Baker while filming the original Star Wars trilogy in 1980.
The actors enjoyed make the movie and were playful between takes. Everyone agreed that Fisher (Princess Leia) entertained the whole set with her sense of humor and constant pranks. Fun fact, she often made Mark Hamill stroll around the set, donning her outfits to try and loosen up the environment.
The Building of Lady Liberty
This picture was taken in 1883 and depicted the construction process of Lady Liberty in the Monduit & Bechet Workshop in Paris, France. The Statue of Liberty was a present from France to the United States and was devised by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.
The monument itself is 151 feet tall, with metal framework supporting it that was built by Gustav Eiffel, the man responsible for the Eiffel Tower in Paris. While the statue should portray Roman goddess Libertas, the story goes that Bartholdi pulled inspiration from his mother when he was working on the face of the statue.
Lost Art of Globe Making
Years ago, globe-making was one of the main tools for students and professionals. In this photograph from 1933, there are employees creating globes using old school methods by carving wooden spheres and hand-painting the world map on smalls strips of paper.
The strips are then glued to the wooden spheres to create the globes we know. This job was incredibly difficult and required intense precision but gave wonderful results. Due to the fact that one error can ruin the whole map, the production of globes is entirely done with machines nowadays.
Helen Mirren’s Theater Roots
Helen Mirren is a beloved actress, but before she won countless awards for her performances, she was involved in theater. She appeared in a musical play about a struggling rock band that plays a concert for students attending the University of Cambridge.
David Hare’s Teeth ‘n’ Smiles first hit the stage in 1975 at London’s West End. Mirren played the character of the band’s rebellious lead singer, Maggie Frisby. A number of years later, Mirren said in an interview that she thoroughly enjoyed playing Maggie because of her spunky character.
The Splendor of Disneyland
Walt Disney’s biggest goal was to make a place where both kids and adults would have fun together. He spent years working on this idea and found inspiration from various playgrounds that were already operating, like Henry Ford’s history museum and World Exposition.
This is a rare picture of Disney and his coworkers from 1954 standing next to a mini replica of Disneyland. The opening day was exciting and invite-only to journalists. But of the 30,000 guests, only 15,000 of them were invited. The other half forged their invitations to attend the event.
Family Vacation on Wheels
By the end of the 1900s, England entered a phase of caravan and camping obsession. People began traveling for pleasure and planned their vacations around it. It all began in 1907 when a journalist named J. Harris Stone established the Caravan Club. Initially, only a few people could afford it.
Twenty-five years later and camping trips are much more common since more people owned vehicles. This photograph was taken at a 1934 caravan campsite. These days, this club has more than one million members, and there are over 3,000 known English camping sites.
Locomotion in Its Simplest Form
The Dynasphere, a one-wheeled car developed by J.A. Purves and his son, was heavily inspired by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings. It came with a basic engine that propelled the car forward up to speeds of 30 mph.
Purves genuinely thought this simple form of an automobile was the future of vehicles. But it was considered dangerous because it was nearly impossible to brake or guide. The sole technique to turn was to tip the entire wheel by leaning to one side, like Purves’ son did in this photo from1932.
The Birth of Ronald McDonald
Willard Scott was a well-known name in the entertainment business in the ’50s and ’60s. He developed several successful characters, such as Bozo the Clown and Commander Retro. Though Bozo was initially a big hit with children when it first aired, the show eventually ended.
During the time that the Bozo chapter was ending, Mcdonald’s was searching for someone to develop a new character that would become McDonald’s franchise mascot. Scott was contacted about the job, he accepted the task at hand, and the original Ronald McDonald was born in 1963.
Father of Impressionist Painting
Frenchman Claude Monet, born Oscar-Claude Monet, lived from 1840 to 1926 and was a founding father of impressionist painting. He was always considered as defiant throughout his years of painting because he chose to draw things as the artist sees them rather than attempting to portray them in a realistic fashion.
He began losing his vision later in life, but this did not fully prevent him from painting masterpieces. In this picture from 1923, Monet is standing next to several canvases of waterlilies. The picture was taken in his garden at Giverny, just outside of Paris.
Ultimate Leading Lady in Action Films
Milla Jovovich is a Ukrainian-born actress, clothing designer, model musician, and singer who’s well-known in Hollywood. She moved to the United States at age five and began modeling when she was 12. In this 1988 picture, 13-year-old Jovovich is gripping her Lei magazine cover.
While her modeling career was a huge success story, it took her some time before she finally broke into acting. Her first role was in the movie Return to the Blue Lagoon. Since then, she’s starred in countless projects, namely action movies, including the incredibly popular Resident Evil franchise.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore is an enormous carving in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borlum designed the national monument, which took about 13 years to complete, from 1927 to 1941. The presidents carved into the monument are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson.
Over 400 people worked on this project, and the initial plan was also to include their bodies. But as the undertaking proved to be way too expensive and demanding, they had to stop after their heads. The worker on Jefferson’s eyelid is staged in the 1934 picture.
One Giant Leap for Mankind
Space Race was one of the largest events of the 20th century and one that pushed the United States ahead of the Soviets with spaceflight capabilities. During the Cold War, the team members of the Apollo 11 spacecraft made the largest impact as they won the Space Race.
In the picture, Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong is celebrating his 39th birthday in 1969 at the Crew Reception Area inside the Manned Spacecraft Center’s Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. Commander Armstrong was the first human being to walk on the Moon’s surface.
I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar
For American soldiers and citizens, World War I took place far away from home, and it came with heaps of other hardships as well. As young men were drafted and deployed abroad to fight battles in Europe, whole industries were left without any workforce.
To compensate for this lack of workers, they decided to hire young women to do fill the empty positions. One of those positions was carrying large blocks of ice. This was a time before modern refrigerators, so the blocks were built into “ice boxes” to keep food cold.
Pushing the Boundaries in All Areas
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her immense talent and rebellious personality against societal norms. It was normal to see her in men’s clothing, and her paintings inspired people to question class, gender, identity, and race in Mexican society.
She was married to another painter, Diego Rivera, which put her in his shadow for the majority of her lifetime. Fortunately, her special style and self-portraits are getting much-deserved acclaim these days. This is a rare picture from 1926 of Frida standing with her mother Matilde, sister Cristina, and a couple of other family members.
Elegant Train of Tomorrow
People have always been fascinated about the future, but interest peaked in mid-20th century America. After World War II, humanity was super optimistic about new technology and the growth of the country. Industries thrived, and transport companies were exceeding records.
During all this, engineers enrolled in a race versus each other to design the ideal modern vehicle for the American nuclear family. Americans do love proving themselves in competition! One of these automobiles is the lounge car of General Motor’s Train of Tomorrow, as shown in this picture from 1947.
Queen Tour Takes Asia
The British rock band Queen was established in 1970. The band and their music symbolized youth defiance and often rebelling against society’s gender norms with their long hairstyles and flashy clothing. Led by Freddy Mercury’s theatric vocals, they became a global sensation overnight.
One of their first large-scale tours included Japan, where they posed for this photograph in 1975. In Asia, they performed in seven cities and were amazed by the number of loyal fans they had. After returning from the tour, the band to the studio and recorded their influential album Night at The Opera.
America Doing Better Than Ever
After the disastrous consequences of World War II, America found itself in a new era of affluence, modernization, and automobiles. During the 1950s, American families were doing better than they ever had and were converging on the suburbs.
Income was flowing freely, and the primary status symbol because the type of car you drove. This might explain why most of them looked like a gadget out of sci-fi comics. In this rare picture from 1956, we can spot models posing with the newest line of General Motors vehicles in Michigan.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
To this day, people still spot workers on the Eiffel Tower. This 1953 photograph depicts a worker painting the beams. The Eiffel Tower was meant to be an interim piece for the 1889 World Exposition in Paris. It stood at 1,063 feet tall and took two years to complete.
In the beginning, thousands of artists protested its construction. They asserted that the gigantic iron structure would disrupt the flow of the city of Paris. Writer Guy de Maupassant actually ate his lunch inside the Tower because it was the only place in the city that he couldn’t see the Tower.
American Football Origin Story
Football is the top sport in the United States, with an interesting origin story. Also referred to as gridiron, football came from a combination of sporting events like rugby and soccer. The first-ever recorded football game in the United States took place in 1869 between the colleges of Princeton and Rutgers.
A professional league was started in 1920 and was called the American Professional Football Association. In 1922, it was later renamed to the National Football League. This picture is of a football team from a high school in 1910.
The Mass Appeal of Harmonicas
Going back to ancient China, the harmonica is one of the instruments that have been around the longest. However, it was only brought to North American and Europe at the start of the 19th century. The harmonica became an instant hit as it was cheap, lightweight, and easy to use and make.
They were made with the intention to play classical music but became popular with blues and folk musicians too. While harmonicas are typically small, here we have a large Blue Bird harmonica played by two women in a music store in 1938 on London’s Regent Street.
Enticing and Revealing Staff Uniforms
Airplanes were once a futuristic endeavor and a favorite way to travel for wealthy people. By the mid-1960s, commercial passenger flights were increasingly affordable for the average traveler. In order to draw in more customers, airline companies introduced a new flight attendant uniform as a company promotion.
The uniform for the staff was supposed to be enticing and revealing. One example of their enticing uniforms is photographed and worn by BOAC Stewardess Patricia Bleasdale, who is donning the 1967 New Paper Dress Uniform at London Airport. Fortunately, it was a short-lived trend that ended by the mid-’70s.
Taking Tennis to New Heights
The sport of tennis has seen several changes over the years, but one thing always remained consistent with this popular pastime: it is played on the ground. At least we thought it was. In 1925, tennis gained serious momentum due to two brave stuntwomen: Ivan Unger and Gladys Roy.
They had a tennis match on top of a biplane traveling up to 60 miles per hour at an elevation of more than 3,281 feet. The photograph, taken during the match, was put on a postcard during the 1920s. What a truly incredible and daring feat!
Societal Shift From Corsets to Bras
Society has told women to cover up their chests in a socially acceptable way in public. There has been a plethora of attire and complex devices used to shape the body, but the corset was the most famous and most painful one for many centuries.
Fortunately, the end of the 19th century brought the end of corsets with it. They were replaced by the first bras. A few years passed before bras took today’s familiar shape. In this picture, the woman is wearing a modern bra design that was very popular in the ’40s and ’50s.
Computer Defeats Chess Master
When chess is discussed, the name that most people associate with the game is Garry Kasparov. He was the undeniable chess grandmaster for over 30 years, and several of his records still stand today. But in 1997, a computer defeated Kasparov in a groundbreaking victory! Since this match, computer victories have become commonplace.
But back then, it was revolutionary and just a small glimpse into the capabilities of artificial intelligence. This picture from the match wonderfully sums up the emotions, bewilderment, and general reaction by Kasparov and the spectators surrounding him.
Highway Chase Stuns the World
Not only was O.J. Simpson a known NFL star during his professional athletic career, but he’s also one of the most infamous people in modern-day crime. He began playing professional football in 1969, and his legacy was tainted when his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson was tragically murdered.
She was found stabbed to death outside of her L.A. home in 1994. O.J. was the primary suspect, but he refused to come down to the station. On June 17th, 1994, O.J. Simpson was entangled in a low-speed chase driving the infamous white Ford Bronco SUV when the police tried tracking him down.
Luxurious Flights with Feasts
Commercial flights and have made it possible and accessible to travel to far-away places for a reasonable cost. But in the past, this method of transportation was only for the wealthy minority. Those who could afford the airplane ticket would receive luxurious service like never before seen.
This picture shows the airline staff serving a common Scandinavian country-style buffet on a 1969 SAS Scandinavian Airlines aircraft. Beginning in 1946, SAS has provided air transport for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and their inflight service is considered one of the best in the business.
Jesse Owens at the ’36 Olympics
The 1936 Summer Olympic Games were in Germany under Hitler’s Nazi regime, where discrimination and claims of a supreme race were everywhere. Jesse Owens was one of the runners for the United States’ track and field team and went on to win four Olympic gold medals!
According to ESPN, being an African American man and the winningest athlete at that Games made Owens single-handedly destroy Hitler’s claims of Aryan supremacy. These days, the Jesse Owens Award is awarded as the most prestigious accolade for the year’s top track and field athlete.
San Francisco’s Iconic Bridge
According to many travel guides, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic and most photographed bridges on the planet. The suspension bridge covering the Golden Gate strait links San Francisco with Marin County, which is on the northernmost part of the San Francisco Peninsula.
It is internationally acknowledged as a symbol of the city, and the American Society of Civil Engineers has announced it as a Wonder of the Modern World. This picture depicts the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1936, a year before it was completed and officially opened.
Injecting Normalcy Into Royal Life
The late Princess Diana, also fondly referred to as Lady D, was beloved by the whole world. Her breathtaking beauty and no-nonsense personality made her very popular amongst people who weren’t royalty. Despite marrying into royalty, she always encouraged her children to have typical childhoods and enjoy various typical activities.
This iconic picture of Princess Diana and Prince Harry having fun on a waterslide at an amusement park was snapped in April 1992. Sadly, Lady D passed away in a tragic car accident in Paris in 1997, when she was only 36 years old.
Marilyn Monroe’s First Husband
Very few celebrities become as famous as Marilyn Monroe remains to this day. During the 1950s and 1960s, she was one of the most popular entertainers in show business due to her provocative appeal and acting talents. Monroe was married three times, all before her untimely death at 36 years old.
She was 16 years old during her first marriage to LA police officer James Dougherty in 1942. Her second wedding was to MLB player Joe DiMaggio in 1954, while her third and final marriage took place in 1956 to playwright Arthur Miller.
Jimi Hendrix in 101st Airborne Division
Throughout the Cold War, being a rock star didn’t excuse you from the military draft. Here is a photograph of Private James Hendrix of the 101st Airborne in 1962 strumming an electric guitar at Fort Campbell. The music career of Jimi Hendrix was incredibly short and only lasted four years.
But during those years, he had such an impact on the music industry that he is still considered as one of the most important musicians in history. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame actually described him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”
The Ocean’s Friendly Giant
The enormous manta ray in this photograph was captured in New Jersey in 1933 and drew attention due to the shock value of its size. A gigantic oceanic manta ray can grow up to be about 23 feet long and is the largest kind of ray known to humankind.
Their natural habitat is in warm and humid waters, but it isn’t unheard of to find them in mild waters as well. Due to their massive size, they are often confused for dangerous sea creatures. But they’re actually incredibly gentle and friendly.
Served in Tank Battalions
This picture was taken in Arkansas in 1958 and depicted the King of Rock being sworn into his mandatory army service. Elvis Presley was nearing the peak of popularity and was a household name in the entertainment business when he was drafted into the U.S. military.
Because of his notoriety, the Army gave him the option to enlist in Special Services, where he could continue to entertain and sleep in priority housing. Presley refused and opted for service as a regular soldier for the two full years! He gained national and international respect and recognition for his decision.
Saying Goodbye to the 18th Amendment
The 18th Amendment to the Constitution was one of the most despised prohibitions in American history that was enacted on January 16th, 1919. It made alcohol, and its industry prohibited. The Amendment was a direct consequence of an anti-alcohol campaign and movement that maintained intoxicating liquors were the main offenders behind the high crime and poverty rates.
In reality, the crime rate skyrocketed during this prohibition because gangsters exploited and profited from the black market. On December 5th, 1933, the nationwide alcohol ban was repealed with 21st Amendment. All types of people came together to celebrate.
Land of Mystical Discoveries
Egypt has captivated people worldwide since antiquity, but it only opened up to foreigners in the mid-1800s. This allowed archeologists from all over Europe to congregate in this mysterious land and begin excavations. This picture depicts the partially uncovered Great Sphinx of Giza in the 1860s.
Not much is known about the limestone sculpture that has the head of a man and the body of a lion. It is generally believed to be the oldest monumental statue in Egypt. Experts believe it dates back to 2558-2532 BCE and displays the face of Pharaoh Khafre.
Mormon With a Lip Tattoo
Olive Oatman was a Mormon pioneer who became somewhat of an urban legend during her lifetime. When she was just 13 in 1851, Olive’s family was traveling to California. On the journey, the majority of her family was murdered, and she was captured by Yavapai Indians.
She was eventually traded to the Mohave Nation. They raised her as their own, and as a testament to this, they adorned her face with a blue tattoo. Despite living happily with the Mohave, she was traded back to civilization at 19 years old.
A Passionate Send-Off
In this picture from 1963, we see American troops giving goodbye kisses before being deployed to Egypt. The Cold War was marked by intense and continual tensions between the superpowers of the world, with countless proxy wars occurring across the planet.
During 1962-1970, the Middle East was one of the most intense places thanks to numerous countries’ involvement in the North Yemen Civil War. The royalist side was supported by Britain, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, and the republican faction was supported by Egypt and provided supplies by the Soviet Union.
Knowledge Knows No Bounds
Once upon a time, schools were constructed in natural spaces where students were not confined to a classroom. This photo shows a version of this school in 1957 in the Netherlands. The reason for open-air schools was due to the large-scale rise of tuberculosis.
Experts were confident that fresh air improved health and shrank the likelihood of catching this fatal disease. All open-air schools were set up at a distance from urban city centers and placed in rural locations. By the mid-1970s, these designs were considered out-of-date, and all remaining open-air locations were closed down.
The Chaos of Deadwood
The town of Deadwood is a notorious and illegal settlement built on territory that had been allocated to the Lakota people according to the Treaty of Fort Laramie. In 1868, this area was granted to the Lakota people, who thought it to be sacred land.
But in 1874, Colonel George Armstrong Custer discovered gold in the foothills of the Black Hills mountain range and set off one of the largest Gold Rushes in those days. People from all over the United States gathered in present-day Custer, South Dakota, and founded the chaotic town of Deadwood.
Militaristic Easter Celebrations and Messages
In 1941, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor, and the United States entered the largest and fatal conflict in the world. World War II continued for six years and included upwards of 80 million deaths. Even before getting involved in this international conflict, there was a severe anti-German sentiment in the United States.
As a result, the United States joined the Allies in their mission of defeating the Berlin-Tokyo-Rome Axis. In this 1944 picture, here are two soldiers from the 969th Field Artillery Battalion writing on the shells that would be delivered to the German front lines.
King Tut’s Unique Tomb Seal
This rare piece was found on Tutankhamen’s tomb and dated back 3,245 years. The picture was taken moments before the seal was destroyed in 1922. King Tut was a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. He was the last ruler of the 18th Dynasty during the period recognized as the New Kingdom.
Egypt always mesmerized archeologists, and when Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb mostly intact, he got international press coverage. His unbelievable discovery of more than 5,000 artifacts triggered renewed interest in all things ancient Egypt. The golden mask of King Tut is still the most popular emblem of Egyptology.
The Normalcy of Air Pollution
While this may look like a pixelated picture due to a low-quality camera, it was actually an actual photo of New York pollution in 1969. Because of rapid modernization and industrialization of cities in the United States, pollution became a major issue all across the country.
It was a normal situation until Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, titled “Silent Spring,” sparked the creation of civil groups that focused on environmental issues specifically. The government took notice of the public’s anger and established the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA in December 1970.
Quite the Curious Cat
In the middle of war, it’s tough to remember how to be a human. This iconic picture from World War II shows a Red Army soldier petting a small kitten. War is an awful affair and can transform humans into animals when they are fighting against each other on the battlefields.
This is one of the explanations as to why soldiers often show more compassion for actual animals than humans. Several U.S. military units chose an animal as their official mascot since tradition dictates that these pets bring good luck.
Sharp Shooting Female Soldiers
Wars are typically considered a man’s area of expertise. But in World War II, the Soviet Union had so many difficulties that they had to start drafting any willing soldiers, including women. Several Soviet women were enlisting into one specific military branch where they were superior: sniping.
More than 2,000 female snipers served in the Red Army throughout the war. They were so skilled that Ukrainian-born sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko had the highest total of confirmed kills. This picture was taken in 1945 and showed off the smiley 3rd Shock Army’s Female Snipers, 1st Belorussian Front.
A Little Taste of Home
Marilyn’s second marriage was with Joe DiMaggio, and the newlyweds took their honeymoon in Japan. DiMaggio played professional baseball and went to his baseball clinics during their vacation in the country, while Monroe did her own traveling and went to Korea.
At the time that they were there, the merciless Korean War ended, and the country had split into North and South Korea. Monroe chose to visit American military bases and perform for the Allied troops that were still waiting to return home. This specific picture was taken on February 11th, 1954.
Only Want One Job
The Great Depression was an international economic depression that began in 1929, lasted four devastating years, and finally concluded in 1933. It wrecked the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. The unemployment rate rose to 23% in the United States alone.
This picture of a man wearing this sign is one of the most iconic symbols of the hard times of the Great Depression. It was a period that affected nearly every single person and left many qualified employees without a job or any job offers on the horizon.
Bird’s-Eye View of Hiroshima
Here’s a bird’s-eye view of the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, before and after the nuclear bomb. During the conclusion of World War II, the Japanese government and military forces wouldn’t surrender. To force their submission, the US government dropped nuclear bombs on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Experts say between 90,000 to 150,000 people died from the bombs. The annihilating blast from the bomb itself killed half, and the effects from the nuclear radiation were the causes of death for the other half. To make matters worse, a majority of the casualties were civilians.
A Convergence of Cultures
This has got to be one of the most unbelievable cultural exchanges recorded in modern history. In 1864, the Tokugawa Shogunate sent a diplomatic delegation to Paris. On their journey to France, the diplomats had to stop in Egypt before they could resume the trip.
The delegation, donning traditional Samurai clothes, was photographed next to the Great Sphinx of Giza. The picture, taken by Antonio Beato, depicts a rare historical moment because the 1800s saw both the fall of Samurai culture and the uncovering of the Great Sphinx of Giza.
The Anti-Slavery Ships
This picture captures the deck of the HMS Daphne in 1868. Onboard are hundreds of rescued slaves. Anti-slavery operations started in the early 1800s when the British legislature passed the Slave Trade Act of 1807. This Act allowed Royal Navy the authority to halt all and any slave trade.
HMS Daphne was an Amazon-class sea vessel of the Royal British Navy and recognized as one of the most successful anti-slavery ships. It operated on the western Indian Ocean and policed the primary slaving route between Yemen and Tanzania along the coastlines of Somalia.
Celebrating the Allies’ Victory
On May 9th, 1945, all over the Soviet Union, people were celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany. Across Moscow, the sky was lit up with a beautiful salute of 30 artillery barrages from 1,000 rifles, light beams from 160 oversized searchlights, and countless technicolor flares.
Victory Day continues to be celebrated by all Allied countries that took part in the war and contributed to overthrowing Nazi Germany. The recognized date worldwide is May 8th, but the Soviet Union celebrates it the day after and continues to commemorate this day every year.
Coalition to Defeat the Boxer Rebellion
This picture showed soldiers from the Eight-Nation Alliance in 1900. The Eight-Nation Alliance was a military bloc that invaded North China to overthrow the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers were militarized citizens that assaulted and killed foreign missionaries and were dedicated to exterminating any and all external influence in China.
The Alliance was made up of approximately 45,000 armed forces from eight nations: Austria, Britain, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Many of them would be allies in the world wars. The soldiers invaded and overran Peking on August 14th, 1900.
Australian-United States Joint Operation
The Battle of Cape Gloucester was a shared operation between the Australian and the United States militaries against the Japanese forces occupying what is modern-day New Guinea. The battle was a piece of a largescale Allied strategy in the Pacific Ocean Areas and went on from December 26th, 1943, to January 16th, 1944.
The picture depicts U.S. Marines landing in three feet of rough water as they leave their Landing Ship Tank to charge the beach at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, at the start of the operation on December 26th, 1943.
Last Photograph of the Titanic
John Morrogh took this final picture of the Titanic on April 11th, 1912, as the famous ship was departing from Queenstown, Ireland. RMS Titanic was a British passenger ship that was traveling from Southampton to New York City.
Tragically, the ship never made it to its final destination because it sank into the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15th, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg. Of the 2,224 total passengers and crew aboard, about 1,500 of them were pronounced dead. To this day, it is considered the deadliest commercial nautical disaster.
Revolutionary Wright Brothers Flight
One of the most influential inventions of the 20th century was the Wright Flyer, the first motor-operated aircraft from the Wright brothers. The first controlled and uninterrupted flight of a powered aircraft occurred on December 17th, 1903.
The flight was only for 12 seconds. They set a new record later that same day, recording a flight of 59 seconds, which was plenty of time to change the world. However, the brothers’ largest breakthrough came from a three-axis control system that gave the pilot the power to steer effectively.
Mount St. Helens Volcano
Mount St. Helens is an operating stratovolcano found in Skamania County, Washington. It is a section of the Pacific Ring of Fire and is most famous for its large eruption on May 18th, 1980. This volcanic activity remains the deadliest and most destructive in the history of the United States.
The sizable eruptive cone made of lava rock combined with ash, pumice, and other deposits made it especially deadly, killing 57 people and destroying more than 200 houses and 47 bridges. The explosion left a crater that looks like a horseshoe.
Eyes on the Future in 1900s Germany
At the start of the 20th century, Germany had big goals for humankind when it came to inventions. They pictured a futuristic way of life with wings and assorted flying machines.
This postcard was created for the 1900 Paris World Fair and was titled “Germany in the year 2000”. It looks absolutely accurate, doesn’t it?
But we have to say that they weren’t ridiculously far off. Metaphorically, people nowadays to have a type of wings. Technology has also become advanced enough to travel quickly and speak to people around the world without ever meeting them in person.
Earthquakes, Fires, Destruction, Oh My!
On April 18th, 1906, there was a colossal earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 that hit San Francisco. The intense shaking was felt from Eureka up on the North Coast to Salinas Valley down in the South. This earthquake was one of the largest recorded in the United States.
However, it was actually the fires that broke out after the quake that destroyed 80% of the city. The fire raged on for several days and killed upwards of 3,000 people. The natural disaster remains one of the biggest and deadliest in the history of the country.
Old School Reality Television
Reality shows have been a huge draw for larger audiences starting in the ’70s and ’80s. Back in those days, the Battle of the Network Stars reigned on television. It was a special entertainment project where celebs and TV actors from ABC, CBS, and NBC competed against one another in various athletic and sporting events.
This picture of Lynda Carter and Mark Spitz was taken during the premiere season of Battle of the Network Stars in 1976. If you were famous during this time, you made your rounds and eventually ended up competing in one of the show’s seasons.
Jamie Lee Curtis’ Active Start
Over the last two decades, Jamie Lee Curtis has been preoccupied with playing the mother role in projects. But back in 1980, when she was first beginning her acting career, she was far from the motherly type. Lee Curtis starred in several blockbusters, and no project defined her more than when she played a poised aerobics instructor in Perfect.
She starred opposite John Travolta and trained for months to perfect her technique. While the film didn’t receive overwhelmingly positive reviews, it quickly grew into a cult classic, with millions of fans across the globe falling in love with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Kansas Family of Adrenaline Junkies
It is fairly simple to chase tornados and dangerous storms with modern equipment and cars, but this woman is on an entirely new level. She’s wearing nothing but a regular t-shirt and shorts and is posing in front of a destructive tornado in Kansas, 1989.
What makes this whole thing even more intriguing is that the photo was taken by her mother! The yearning to chase the adrenaline rush must run in the family, but they better run along and pack their things if they still want to remain residents of Kansas.
Dolly Parton’s Secret to Marriage
The woman in the picture with a glamorous updo is none other than famous country singer Dolly Parton, and the man with her is Carl Dean. The picture was taken in 1966 when the happy couple exchanged vows and chose to spend the rest of their lives together happily wed.
Parton shared with People magazine that the secret to her long-lasting marriage was distance. Due to her line of work, she travels a lot. So when she is home, they truly enjoy their time together and appreciate the little things. They do say that distance makes the heart grow fonder!
The Three Stooges Go Sightseeing
The Three Stooges were an iconic comedy trio that produced some of the most legendary comedy bits in cinematic history. This specific picture shows the three of them enjoying a trip to Yellowstone National Park in September 1969.
The picture was posted on Reddit with the caption: “My grandpa worked as a park ranger in Yellowstone, where he took this photo of The Three Stooges when they visited. 1969.” This is quite an unbelievable memory and souvenir to have, particularly with the handwritten note on the bottom of the photo.
Feline Friend of Freddie Mercury
Freddy Mercury was in his own lane. Apart from being an incredible singer with vocals and a range that could tear down walls, he also adored his lavish lifestyle, indulgent clothes, and cats. One of his most cherished furry friends was Tiffany, the grumpy cat that didn’t enjoy being photographed.
This picture was taken in 1988, a few of years before the Queen lead singer passed away. What makes the photograph even more precious is that Mercury is wearing an odd but stylish shirt that perfectly depicts his fashion boldness.
Unexpected Friendships Formed in the Arctic
This heartwarming picture depicts a Soviet Union soldier forming a bond with polar bears and offering them food during an Arctic exploration. Odds are that these glorious animals saw a machine like this for the first time and were curious to explore it.
The expedition was executed in the ’50s when the Soviet Union was reeling from all the post-war despairs after a painful experience in World War II. But the picture is a beautiful depiction that even in moments of trouble, there is always a time to include some happiness.
Chicago Chiropractic Convention of 1956
During the chiropractic convention in Chicago in 1956, a competition was held to locate a “Perfect Posture” based on contestants’ X-ray results and their capacity to stand up straight. There were three winners, who each went home with their own trophy, as this picture captures.
The contest was created as a show for the convention attendees and a strategy to promote chiropractors. Their field was something new during that time, and they needed all the assistance they could get to spread the word about this new, up-and-coming health practice.
Legendary Dancing Auschwitz Prisoner
The woman in the picture is Franceska Mann, who was a brave prisoner in Auschwitz during World War II. With thousands being murdered each day, she had to get creative to try and stay alive. Since Mann was a professional dancer, officers often commanded her to strip for their own entertainment.
The Jewish Polish dancer had to conform but also used it to her advantage. With her dancing skills and flirting routine, Mann managed to distract one officer and snag his gun. She then killed him and shot another officer before being apprehended by soldiers.
Modeling a Potato Sack Dress
Back in 1951, Marilyn Monroe went to a high-profile party and opted to wear a low-cut red dress that had everyone’s attention. But not everyone was fond of Monroe’s looks, especially one reporter, who made a comment that the dress made her look “cheap and vulgar” and proposed that a potato sack would be a better option.
Monroe, obviously, chose to respond to this comment but in quite an unexpected way. Rather than reply with a snarky comment, Monroe actually chose to wear an actual potato sack and show the naysayers that she looked fabulous no matter the clothes.
Get By With a Little Help From His Friends
Feast your eyes on one of the most iconic goodbye kisses captured on film. It depicts soldier Robert Maye leaning his entire body out of the window of a train to give his wife Gloria one last kiss before getting deployed to the battlefields of the Korean War.
In the picture, he’s being held by his friends Frank Harvey (right) and Harvey Wilson (left), who is keeping his legs inside and ensuring he doesn’t fall. Looking at the scene, it’s tough not to think of it as the perfect example of ’50s romances that were both beautiful and sad.
The Cooking Legend Just Cooking
Late chef Anthony Bourdain was a legend in the food world, celebrated for his cooking skills and charismatic personality. But before he rose to fame, he was just a 30-year-old hopeful cook who was prepping meals in his small New York City apartment, as this 1986 picture shows.
By the early ’90s, Bourdain would establish himself as a premier chef and would expand his ventures into documentary and writing. He penned the bestselling book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” in 2000 and hosted several foods and travel shows such as No Reservations and A Cook’s Tour.
Wait Your Turn to Talk
Due to modern technology, we can now be in touch with family and friends at any time. But back in the ’70s, things weren’t as easy. This historical picture depicts a group of college students speaking to their loved ones using the dorm’s payphones.
On the floor, there are groups of students lounging and waiting for their turn. We wonder whether college students in today’s world even know how to use a payphone, let alone know the torture of having to be quick because you only have a limited timeframe you can spend talking.
In Memory of Noble Steeds
Tragically, wars always come with casualties, though these casualties don’t always have to be human. In the past, horses were generally used in warfare, and it wasn’t a shock if they didn’t return from a fight. This was the case with World War I when millions of donkeys, horses, and mules were killed on the battlefields.
After the war was finished, American soldiers chose to pay respect to their fallen comrades by standing in a formation of a horse head. As you can see from the picture, it took quite the organizing to pull off this impressive tribute.
Cleopatra: 20th Century Fox’s Extravagant Queen
Egyptian queen Cleopatra is often correlated with riches, lavishness, and extravagance. So it wasn’t a surprise that the film about her from 1963 stuck to the same sentiment. Following its public release, Cleopatra was thought to be the most expensive movie ever made and almost thrust 20th Century Fox into bankruptcy.
In the end, it was a huge hit at the box office, but even this made it difficult for the studio to recover from their investment. This specific picture is one of the few behind-the-scenes photos captures that shows extras in their grand costumes enjoying the special experience.
The North American Blizzard of 1966
Just take a gander at this picture the next time before you even begin to complain about a couple of inches of snow. This was an actual picture from 1966 when the North American Blizzard ravaged the United States and Canada.
It resulted in intense snowfall that threatened to overtake the telephone poles completely. In some places, there were almost 103 inches of snow recorded. The storm ended up going on for four and a half days, with 201 people dying because of the freezing temperatures or related accidents.
Police Officer Saundra Brown Armstrong
Saundra Brown Armstrong earned her place in American history in 1970 when she went on to become the first woman to complete shooting training and get certified as a member of the Oakland police force. The picture is from one of her numerous training sessions.
Armstrong served on the force for eight years (1970-1977) before pivoting to law. She was a trial attorney and worked as an Alameda Superior Court judge before being chosen to be the Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1991 by George H. W. Bush.
Lepa Radić, the Brave Soldier
This is a grim story, but it displays a sense of toughness and true heroism. Lepa Radić was a Yugoslav Partisan, or member of the National Liberation Army of Serb origin. At only 17 years old, she helped by shooting and killing German soldiers during WWII. Eventually, she was executed by the Nazis.
Before her execution, she was proposed a pardon if she gave up the names of her commanders. She refused to share that information. In 1951, the teen’s heroism was awarded with the Order of the People’s Hero for her courage, the second-highest military award in Yugoslavia.
The Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield Photo
This 1957 photo of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield might just be one of the most talked-about photos in history. And it’s pretty obvious why. At the time, Sophia Loren was a newcomer who recently skyrocketed to stardom. This Beverly Hills party was meant to officially welcome Loren to Hollywood. But guess who showed up to steal the thunder? The blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield.
Loren later said that even though she was having a good time with Mansfield that evening, her mind was always on that dress, especially how low cut it was. Another ultra-popular photo from this same night is the one where Loren is giving Mansfield some serious side eye. Now we know why!