Historic Photos

Since the very first photo was snapped all the way back in 1814, incredible moments have since been captured and immortalized for people of the future to look back on.

While you may be familiar with the some of the most famous photographs ever taken, it's these 24 rare historical photos that will be sure to leave you speechless. These photos are so amazing that you will doubt if they are even real.

Advertisements

 


ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND LEO THE LION

You know Alfred Hitchcock. And you know Leo, too. He is the one that roars at the beginning of every MGM Movie. A fun fact is that there were seven lions used for the logo from 1916 to 1957 and they refer to all of them as Leo, when actually this one in the picture (The last one, still in use) is the only one called that way.

pinimg

WOODEN SWIMWEAR

Four girls posing wearing not so comfortable looking bathing suits made of spruce wood veneer. Luckily this was intended as a campaign of the Wood Industry of Washington to promote Wood Week in 1929 and not an actual trend, but still very kinda crazy.

pinimg

THE BORDER

Mexico and USA border is probably the most famous border in the World. It's also the most legally crossed border, with more than 300 million crossings every year. But it was always a matter of discussion. In this picture you can see United States border patrol officers capturing a fugitive who's trying to flee the country and enter Mexico, out of their jurisdiction, with the help from his friends.

diply

THE DYNASPHERE

A monowheel, called "The Dynasphere", built in 1932 by John Archibald Purves, inspired by a sketch made by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was a hard and dangerous vehicle to drive, since you had to lean your body in the direction you wanted to go, like you can see in this photo of Archibald's son driving the Dynasphere in the beach.

funtastique

THE PORTABLE LIVING ROOM

Created in 1967 by german Walter Pichler, this Helmet looking TV was a concept model of a portable TV that viewers wears on their head and get isolated from external sound and light. This was never mass produced but remained in the design books as a classic.

googleusercontent

MISS LOVELY EYES

This is not some Hannibal Lecter cosplay meeting. "Miss Lovely Eyes" contest was held in 1930's Florida and though we don't have much info about this one in particular, they were a common thing back then. Women wore masks that hide every feature on their face except their eyes to help the judges decide.

tumblr

HEARING DEVICES

World War I soldiers wearing Sound Finders. These devices were used to determine better which direction enemy planes were coming from. The glasses were intended to help the soldier find the planes in the sky easily. There was another model with vision totally blocked, to improve sound sensitivity.

tumblr

SURREALISTIC PET.

Artist Salvador Dalí loved being eccentric. And there's nothing more eccentric than walking you anteater pet in the streets of Paris in 1969. Some think there's some kind of symbolism or homage behind this situation, since this was taken after father of surrealism André Bretón's death. Bretón was usually called "The anteater".

pinimg

OPERATION BABYLIFT

Operation Babylift was a mass evacuation of children and babies after their parents died in the Vietnam War. These orphaned babies were transported by plane to the United States and to other allied countries, were they were adopted by families. Over 2500 children were relocated.

perfectmedia

PAINTED STOCKINGS.

Nylon stockings were a hit in 1940's. All american women wanted to have a pair. But when war began, nylon was difficult to find and it was all used for parachutes and soldier outfits. That's why women had to be clever and paint their stockings themselves.

blazepress

PRETTIEST ANKLE IN TOWN.

We already talked about funny beauty contests. They were a thing back then (more than they are now) and they were very specific. In this photo you can see a police officer in 1930, judging women's ankles. The women are covered by a sheet from the legs up so only their ankles are visible.

doba

BEER BOMBS

Barrels of beer strapped to a spitfire plane were dropped over the barracks. The brewery donated the beer to the troops but it was very difficult to deliver the barrels, so the pilots came out with this brilliant idea.

tumblr

WOMEN’S BOXING MATCH

Women have participated in boxing since it was created, but their were relegated for most of this sport's history, so they had to keep it a secret. Here you can see a bunch of girls holding an amateur boxing match on the roof of a building in the 1930s. It's unclear who the winner was.

imgur

TOO MANY HATS.

There's two fashion items we can talk about in this picture. First and obvious: The hats. As you can see, almost every man in the occidental world wore a hat in 1939. And of course, the cars, that weren't that popular at that time, allowing people to walk in the streets freely.

imgur

FLOOD WATERS.

People in Paris, 1924, avoiding the flood waters by walking along a series of chairs set up along a footpath. We are not sure if it's water or lava, because it looks like the solution is a little bit more dangerous than the actual problem.

pokazuha

THE HOOPS.

Fashion takes time. A woman in a London dress shop in 1860, waiting for the hoops of her dress to be completed. The hoop skirt exists since ancient times and were meant to keep the legs fresh in summer and also keep to keep the cloth away and allow some hard work at the farm, for example.

bien

REAL LIFE WINNIE THE POOH

Christopher Robin was the son of author A.A. MiIne and the basis of his father's Winnie The Pooh stories and a few other poems. He owned a bunch of stuffed animals that are the stars of this stories and they are now exhibited at New York Public Library since 1987.

blogspot

PRAGUE SPRING RIOT

Soviet soldier chasing a Young Czech teen during the Prague Spring in 1968. It was a period of political liberation of Czechoslovakia after World War II and it was meant to release the people from soviet restrictions to their liberty. This man in the picture was throwing rocks at a tank.

blazepress

SPIELBERG IN A MINIATURE SET

Director Steven Spielberg taking photos of the miniature set used to film a scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones movie, made in 1981. This is a common resource, used in a lot of movies since the beginning of film history, that uses perspective to create fantasy escenarios.

hipertextual

REFUSING TO SALUTE

The Nazi salute was mandatory for civilians and soldiers. If you look closely, you'll see one man in this 1936 photo who refused to perform the salute. That could get him in serious trouble, but he doesn't seem to care.

thejournal

TWO REVOLUTIONARIES

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara lead Cuba to its revolution, setting the basis of the country's communist politics, that remains in our days. They were close friends and you can see them here in a fishing boat with an unidentified man.

funfact

AFTER D-DAY

Two boys look from a tree at the aftermath of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history. American soldiers can be seen in the vehicles below, driving through Saint Lo, France, a city that was still occupied by the Germans. This invasion lead to the allied victory over Germans.

blazepress

TO PROTECT AND SERVE

Imagine having to protect a guy that hates you and your family. Imaging being protected by someone you hate and want to destroy. In this picture you can see a member of the KKK being protected by a black police office during a rally in Austin, Texas in 1983.

redd

THE PLANE CRASH

After losing control of the English Electronic Lightning F-1, test pilot George Aird ejects himself before the plane crashes to the ground below. Jim Mead tried to photograph the plane in its test fly, and ended up shooting an incredible photo. The guy in the tractor was not posing. Actually he was telling Mead that he was unauthorized to be there.

imgur

SECOND SUBALTERN ELIZABETH

Before becoming a queen, Queen Elizabeth helped served her country in a different way. During World War II, the then-Princess Elizabeth joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945. As "Second Subaltern Elizabeth Alexander Mary Windsor," she trained as a mechanic and driver. She still loves cars.

Imgur

MAKING THE BRIDGE

The Golden Gate is one of the most famous bridges in the world and definitely the most photographed. It was built in four years beginning in 1933 and was, until 1964, the longest suspended bridge in the planet. It also hold another record: It has the second rate of suicides in the world.

Imgur

THE EIFFEL TOWER

I bet all this people in the picture were hating the construction in the back. Made for the World Exposition of 1889 in Paris, The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable monuments in the World and a tourist magnet, but it is still hated by parisians.

Imgur

WAR BLACKOUTS

During World War II, the Army determined that New York City was too bright and that this would make it an easy target for german submarines. So tall buildings and monuments should shut the lights after certain hours. That measure included The Statue of Liberty.

imagens

THE LAST ONE

Amelia Earhart was a the first pilot woman to cross the Atlantic by aire. She disappeared during a flight and remains one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th century. Here you can see her getting her last haircut in 1937.

imagens

MOURNING KENNEDYS

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, murdered in 1963. His funeral was attended by hundred and consisted in a lot of ceremonies during several days. In this picture you can see his wife, Jackie and his children, Caroline and John.

imagens

NO LONGER FRIENDS

When it comes to ideals, people is often divided. In this picture you can see two childhood friends reunited at opposite sides in a manifestation. They haven't seen each other in more than twenty years.

imagens

DINOSAURS IN NEW YORK

New York's 1964 World Fair was an amazing event that gathered more than 50 million visitors from all over the world. It was full with attractions from different countries. The dinosaurs in the photograph are one of them. After the book fair all the attractions were dismantled, with only one exception: The Unisphere, now a symbol of Queens.

imagens

MISERY

Imaging what this mother was going through to come to the extreme of selling her children. She hides her face in shame while the photographer takes a photo that remained in history as a show of misery and desperation.

imagens

TITANIC SURVIVORS

In April 15, 1912 the RMS Carpathia was doing its usual journey from New York to Austria when the captain received the may day calls from the Titanic. He changed the course of the journey, reached a record speed and managed to save more than 700 people.

imagens

THE FIRST DAY OF DISNEYLAND

The Gates of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle open for the first time in 1955. That day the park received more than 3500 visitors, double the expected, because most of them had fake tickets or just managed to jump the fences.

imagens

FROM ABOVE

We now have planes and drones and helicopters, but in middle nineteenth century, they used balloons, kites, pigeons, and even bombs. First known aerial photograph shows Paris from above. It was probably taken from a balloon, as used in that time.

imagens

FIRST TIME AT WAR

Although this picture doesn't show any battle field action, this was taken during the Mexican War and it's said that it is the first war picture ever taken, in 1846, only sixteen years after the invention of photography.

imagens

GUILTY

This photo is quite possibly the only known photographic evidence of the actual iceberg that sank the Titanic. Of course nobody had bothered to photograph it while the ship was sinking, so it's impossible to be sure. But this photograph was taken the day after the collision and in the same area, and it features not only the evidence of a strike: It also has a streak of red paint.

imagens

THE SURPRISE PHOTO

A man bought this photo for 2 dollars in a garage sale. He later found out it is one of the only portraits of Billy the Kid and his gang in New Mexico in 1878 (Billy is the one in the Middle playing cricket) and now this photo is valued in about 6 million dollars.

Recreoviral

THE MOST FAMOUS TOMB

The seal of Tutankhamun's tomb, intact after almost 3300 years. Although it is said that was Howard Carter who found it, in 1922, it was actually a ten years old kid who did it. He was carrying water to the explorers and tumbled with the stairs that lead to the tomb.

recreoviral

LENNON’S GLASSES

This were the glasses John Lennon was wearing when he was shot. His wife Yoko Ono kept them, along with the clothes he was wearing that day, to use it as a prove that violence is not the way. They are exhibited regularly.

recreoviral

SPACE SELFIE

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. takes a selfie on board of the Gemini 12 in 1966. Aldrin was the second human being to set foot on the Moon, after Armstrong. He spent twenty hours there and then came back. He then started to suffer depression and alcohol problems and retired.

recreoviral

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Special Effects in the filming of Batman's TV Show. This was the effect used regularly in the making of TV Shows and Movies, to get the impression of climbing a tall building. It was replaced by green screens. Note that Batman's cape has a structure to make it look like it's hanging.

diariouno

MOUNT RUSHMORE

The Construction of Mount Rushmore in 1939. Nearly three million people visit this american symbol every year. This carved-stone sculptures took 15 years a million dollars and to family generations to be finished.

diariouno

CAST MEMBERS OF DISNEYLAND

Disney's Employees Canteen in 1961. Actually, employees can't be called that way, the actual denomination is: Cast Member. There's a lot of funny rules for them but we can talk about them another time. A Preview: Cast Members can't say "I don't know".

4tololo

FLOATING POOLS IN NEW YORK

This was known as a "Floating Bath". They were huge metal structures that floated in the Hudson River in New York. They served to fight the heat from early 1800's to 1920, when they were prohibited because of sanitary reasons.

webstage

WOMEN’S ARCHERY

Women's Archery at the Summer Olympic Games of London in 1908. Great Britain was the only country to send competitors, so it was the winner. Queenie Newall set the record for oldest competitor: 53 years old. It's still unbroken.

lifebuzz

THE NINE KINGS

There are nine kings in this photo and this is the time most reigning kings were photographed together. It was taken during Edward VII funerals. They were the kings of: Portugal, Norway, Bulgary, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom and Denmark. Only five of those nine monarchies still exist.

boredom

COCO AND SALVADOR

Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel at a smoking break. When Coco met Salvador she invited him and his wife Gala to live with her at her mansion and became lovers. A fun fact is that the only painting Coco bought in her life was a Dali: a bunch of spikes, a symbol of high couture.

boredom

THE KISS OF LIFE

This photo, known as "The Kiss of Life" was taken by Rocco Morabito in 1967 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968. It shows a worker giving CPR to another, who was just electrocuted. Not only he survived: He died in 2002. Morabito took this picture when he was returning from covering a protest.

boredom

Advertisements