A photographer can take a picture of an event so momentous or ordinary and preserve it for generations to see. Some photographs are so significant that we see them in history books and newspapers. Such images help us learn about the people, places, and events that played a substantial role in shaping our world.
If we look at those photos, we might find little or no difference from how we visualize those people and places now in our minds. Take, for instance, Mount Rushmore. If asked to imagine what it looks like, we’d probably picture it the way we usually see it in postcards. We’d envision the massive sculpture of four great American Presidents on the face of a mountain. Adolf Hitler would be this austere-looking man with brown hair, brown eyes, and a toothbrush mustache.
But do we even know what that mountain looks like before Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum carved those prominent faces there? Or remember the Berlin wall before people painted colorful graffiti on the barrier?
We have here several rare historical photos, and they’re all pretty mind-blowing!
Picture of a man with a punt gun, 1860
The punt gun was a custom-built, enormous shotgun used in the 19th and 20th centuries. Professional hunters designed these weapons to shoot large numbers of waterfowl. A single shot from a punt gun could annihilate as many as 50 birds. Aside from its meat, they hunt ducks to supply the demand for feathers, which they used to adorn women’s hats. The punt gun was banned in the 1860s.
A slave pen owned by Price, Birch & Co. in Alexandria, Virginia, 1861-1865
Formerly a jail for Confederate prisoners, slave traders turned this edifice into a slave pen in the early 19th century. Here, merchants imprisoned the slaves shipped from Louisiana. Around 3,750 people deployed to the plantations of the Deep South passed through this place.
Inside a slave pen in Alexandria, Virginia, 1865
While enslaved people wait to be auctioned off, traders kept them locked up in pens and cells like these.
President Lincoln’s second inaugural address on March 4, 1865.
Thousands of people gathered at the Capitol to hear President Lincoln take the executive oath.
Lewis Powell a.k.a Lewis Payne in custody, 1865
Claiming to bear prescribed medicine from William H. Seward’s doctor, Payne entered the Secretary of State’s bedroom and stabbed him in the neck and chest. The incident occurred the same night actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. Secretary Seward survived, and the authorities arrested Payne on April 17.
The remains of the temple of Jupiter, 1870-1885
Because of its massive size, the temple of Jupiter in Baalbek, Lebanon, is often linked with the Nephilim. The Nephilim were the giants mentioned in the Bible.
Little Coyote and Morning Star, 1873
Little Coyote (Little Wolf) and Morning Star (Dull Knife) were chieftains of the Northern Cheyennes.
The infamous outlaw William H. Bonney alias Billy the Kid, 1879
Civil war general Ambrose Burnside, 1824-1881
“Civil War General Ambrose Burnside was known for his unusual style of facial hair, which included a bushy beard and moustache [sic] along with a clean-shaven chin. These distinctive whiskers—originally dubbed “burnsides”—later inspired the term “sideburns.”
The Statue of Liberty under construction in Paris, 1883
The Eiffel Tower under construction, 1888
Adolf Hitler at school, 1899
We see a young Adolf Hitler in this Austrian class picture taken in 1899. There he was, the tallest boy in the back line.
Nikola Tesla's "magnifying transmitter," 1899
Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla sat in his laboratory in Colorado Springs. Beside him was his “magnifying transmitter.” However, this was only a publicity photo.
A husband and wife in Korea wearing their traditional everyday dress, 1904
A Navajo medicine man, 1904
A picture of Mount Rushmore in 1905
Annette Kellerman in a bathing suit, 1907
In this photo, Kellerman promotes a woman’s right to wear a form-fitting, one-piece bathing suit. However, she was later arrested for indecency.
A grotto in an iceberg, 1911
Explorers found this picturesque cave during the British Antarctic Expedition on January 5, 1911.
The Olympic (left) and the Titanic, 1912
This is, perhaps, the only picture of the two sister ships together. Photographed on March 6, 1912.
Lifeboats from the Titanic, 1912
Two lifeboats reached the RMS Carpathia days after the Titanic sank.
The “Mona Lisa” in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, 1913
Vincenzo Peruggia, a Louvre employee, stole this painting. Being an Italian patriot, he believed da Vinci’s artwork should be displayed in an Italian museum. The Mona Lisa was recovered two years after, but it was exhibited in Uffizi for a couple of weeks before it was returned to the Louvre.
Men painting the Brooklyn bridge on December 3, 1915.
A British soldier in a trench during the Battle of the Somme, 1916.
The Wall Street on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.
This day marked the end of World War I. Thousands of people gathered at the Subtreasury Building on Wall Street to celebrate.
A French radiographer wearing his protective gear, 1918
Charlie Chaplin holding a doll version of his film character, 1918
Charlie Chaplin stands on Douglas Fairbanks’s shoulders, 1918
Photographed during a rally to promote liberty bonds on Wall Street.
The unbroken seal on the third shrine of Tutankhamun’s tomb, 1922
Leo, the MGM lion, 1928
A snapshot of the men who filmed and recorded the lion roar, which has been used by MGM for their logo.
Christopher Robin Milne with his teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, 1928
Christopher Robin Milne is the son of A.A. Milne who authored the Winnie the Pooh series. A.A. Milne based the character of his books to his son and his stuffed toy bear.
A Zeppelin flying over the pyramids, 1931
One man refuses to participate in a Nazi salute, 1936
The Hindenburg disaster, May 6, 1937
The last photo of the Hindenburg as it crashes in New Jersey.
Japanese forces bury Chinese prisoners alive, 1938.
Japanese soldiers tortured and murdered approximately 200,000 Chinese civilians during the Rape of Nanking.
A letter Gandhi sent to Hitler, 1939
This Russian spy laughs through his execution in Finland during the Winter War, 1939
IRA terrorist attack, 1939
This picture shows the horrendous aftermath of an IRA terrorist bombing in Coventry, England, in August 1939.
The Reich Chancellery, 1939
The 14th Dalai Lama at age two. Photographed in 1940
“The Dalai Lama is found rather than chosen. He is believed to have the power to choose the body into which he is reincarnated, meaning that the current Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of the last.
The search for the reborn Dalai Lama is the responsibility of the High Lamas of the Gelugpa tradition and the Tibetan government,” the Guardian reports.
The 14th and the current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso.
The German 7th Panzer Division prepares to attack the Soviet Union, 1941
An Australian soldier watches as a Japanese soldier kills himself in New Guinea on December 1942.
HMAS Armidale survivors, 1942
The Armidale sank when a Japanese aircraft attacked the ship. The survivors on this raft waved to a Catalina flying boat. An aircrew from the Catalina took this photo; however, they couldn’t land because of the rough water. Sadly, the aircrew never saw the pictured survivors again despite extensive air and sea searches.
The New York Times newsroom, 1942
Frank V. McKinless swears in the first women Marines in New York, 1943
The official U.S. Army magazine, The Stars and Stripes, reported Hitler’s death, 1945
Evelyn McHale jumped from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, 1947
McHale, 23, jumped from the Empire State Building and landed on top of a limousine, which was parked below. Robert Wiles, a photography student, heard the crash and took this photo immediately after.
A manninquin from an atomic bomb test site in Nevada during the mid-50s
Elvis Presley sworn into the United States Army, 1958
The assassination of socialist politician Inejiro Asanuma in Tokyo, 1960.
The Berlin Wall under construction, 1961
Photo of Ham the chimp prior to the Mercury-Redstone 2 capsule test flight on January 31, 1961
Ham was the first higher primate in space.
US and Soviet tanks standoff at Checkpoint Charlie during the Berlin Crisis, 1961.
President John F. Kennedy during a tour at the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, 1962
President John F. Kennedy receives the annual White House Thanksgiving turkey from the National Turkey Federation, 1963
This was photographed three days before his assassination in Dallas.
Jimmie Nicol with the Beatles, 1964
Jimmie Nicol substituted for Ringo Starr when the latter fell ill. Nicol was their drummer for eight concerts within ten days. During a tour in Australia in June that same year, Nicol returned to his home in Melbourne. He just faded from the spotlight.
A lineman gives mouth-to-mouth to a colleague who was knocked down by 4,160 volts of electricity, 1967
Large crowds come together as Swami Satchidananda gives the opening speech at Woodstock, 1969.
John W. Young on the moon, 1972
Young, commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972, became the ninth person to walk on the moon. Photo by Charles M. Duke Jr.
An American evacuee punches a South Vietnamese man during the evacuation of Saigon, 1975.
He hit the man for a place on the last helicopter out of the US embassy.
Photo of drug lord, Pablo Escobar with his son standing in front of the White House, 1980
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10 Shocking Anti-Women’s Rights Propaganda from the 19th Century
The women of the early 20th century had nowhere near as many rights as the modern woman. Back then, women couldn’t vote, they almost always had to stay at home to take care of the kids, and they definitely couldn’t expect to be as independent as men. It’s as if women were only made to clean, cook, and make babies, while the men were free to do whatever they pleased. Anti-women's rights activists were rampant!
We’ve come a long way from those dark days of the past. But every once in a while, when we feel like we’re still not treated as equals in the world of men, it’s good to look back at the anti-women’s rights propaganda that once stood in the way of progress. This is exactly why Catherine H. Palczewski, a professor of women’s and gender studies of the University of Northern Iowa, has been collecting these postcards for the last 15 years.
Here are a couple of downright shocking, offensive, and even laughable anti-women’s rights propaganda from the early 20th century.
1. Apparently, people used to think that rights = dominance.
7 Bizzare Incidents of Mass Hysteria in History
From the ‘meowing nuns’ to the ‘laughter outbreak,’ these examples are absolutely the weirdest!
Also known as collective hysteria or group hysteria, mass hysteria is a term used in sociology and psychology which, according to Wikipedia, “transmits collective delusions of threats, whether real or imaginary, through a population in society as a result of rumors and fear.”
Throughout history, there have been numerous examples of mass hysteria, most of which are just plain weird.
For this post, we’ll share with you 7 cases where a society was consumed by strange delusions.
1. Meowing Nuns
Lost Ancient Fortress Of Acra Unearthed In Jerusalem After a Century of Searching
Unearthed lost fort of Acra symbolizes historical Jewish revolt.
Archaeologists unraveled a mystery about the ancient Greek citadel from more than 2000 years ago. Considered as one of Jerusalem's greatest archaeological mysteries, the stronghold was unearthed at the City of David National Park as told by researchers who found it.
Dating back to 215-164 B.C, the almost 65-foot tall fortress called Acra was built by the Greek ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes to control Jerusalem. Hellenic rule banned Jewish traditional rites and rededicated Temple Mount which was known to be a holy site for the Jews.
"We now have massive evidence that this is part of the fortress called the Acra," Doron Ben-Ami, an archaeologist with the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.