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54 Rare Historic Photographs You’ve Probably Never Seen Before


When you read a history article or story, you usually get mostly dry facts and your imagination. However, an amazing photograph provides something unique. It shows you how everything actually looked, allowing you to better understand the historical moment. Whether it’s a historical landmark, a famous person, or random old pictures from the past, they all have fascinating stories to tell, and we’re about to show you some of them.

The brave photojournalists who captured these fascinating images witnessed the carnage of wars, documented the development of an atomic bomb, and captured stills of the most magnificent structures under construction. You may be unaware that Tel-Aviv was once nothing more than sand dunes, or that someone looks after literally falling from space. Continue scrolling to see Bored Panda’s collection of rare historical photos that may change your perspective on these pivotal moments.

Have you ever wondered how historical black-and-white photos would look if they were restored in color?

(h/t: designyoutrust)

#1 Dorothy Counts, the first black girl in the United States to attend an all-white school, was teased and taunted by her white male peers at Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School in 1957.

Image Source: Don Sturkey

#2 Nikola Tesla in his laboratory, holding his “Magnifying Transmitter”

Image Source: Unknown

#3 During WWII, an Austrian boy receives new shoes

Image Source: Gerald Waller

#4 Jewish Prisoners Following Their Liberation From A Death Train, 1945

Image Source: Unknown

#5 A Catholic Woman and Her Protestant Husband’s Graves, Holland, 1888

Image Source: Unknown

#6 A Solitary Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936

Image Source: wikimedia

#7 Race organizers try to prevent Kathrine Switzer from running in the Boston Marathon. She was the first woman to complete the race in 1967.

Image Source: Unknown


Image Source: Jack Bradley

#9 Job Seeking in the 1930s

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#10 The First Morning After Sweden Switched From Driving Left To Driving Right, 1967

Image Source: Jan Collsiöö

#11 German Soldiers React to Concentration Camp Footage, 1945

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#12 Residents of West Berlin Show Children to Their Eastern Side Grandparents, 1961

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#13 Acrobats Balance On The Empire State Building, 1934

Image Source: Bettmann / Corbis archives

#14 In 1884, the Statue of Liberty was under construction in Paris.

Image Source: Unknown

#15 After being arrested in Florida by undercover cops, an exotic dancer demonstrates that her underwear was too large to have exposed her.

Image Source: Unknown

#16 Mafia boss Joe Masseria is found dead on the floor of a Brooklyn restaurant, holding the Ace of Spades, in 1931.

Image Source: Unknown

#17 Lesbian Couple At Le Monocle, Paris, 1932

Image Source: Georges Brassai

#18 Bolaji Badejo, A Nigerian Design Student And Former Actor, Wearing His Costume From The Now Classic Sci-Fi Thriller Alien, 1978

Image Source: Unknown

#19 The Most Beautiful Suicide – Evelyn Mchale Leapt From The Empire State Building In 1947

Image Source: Robert C. Wiles

#20 The Astronaut Vladimir Komarov’s Remains, A Man Who Fell From Space, 1967

Image Source: RIA Novosti/Photo Researchers Inc.

#21 New York Hats, 1930

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos.com

#22 In 1956, a German child meets her father, a WWII soldier, for the first time since she was a year old.

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#23 Wounded Combat Dog Wounded During Action On The Orote Peninsula, 1944

Image Source: W. Eugene Smith

#24 Frida Kahlo in a Boy Suit, 1924

Image Source: Ernst Haas

#25 A Mother Shows A Photograph Of Her Son To A Returning POW, 1947

Image Source: Ernst Haas

#26 Scottish Piper in a Kilt on a Battlefield During WWI

Image Source: Unknown

#27 After WWII, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is returned to the Louvre.

Image Source: Pierre Jahan

#28 Titanic Survivors Board the Carpathia in 1912.

Image Source: thechive

#29 Eiffel Tower Painting, 1932

Image Source: Unknown

#30 A Rare Photograph of Winston Churchill as a Young Man, 1895

Image Source: wikimedia

#31 Norway’s First Bananas, 1905

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#32 On July 28, 1931 Robert Williams Wood, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein sat in the front row of a Physical Society session in Berlin.

Image Source: Alamy

#33 In 1909, approximately 100 people take part in a lottery to divide a 12-acre plot

Image Source: Unknown

#34 Mount Rushmore Carving Eye, 1930s

Image Source: Getty Images

#35 Tsar Nicholas II Allows Grand Duchess Anastasia, His Daughter, to Smoke

Image Source: Unknown

#36 Marilyn Monroe Performing Her Iconic Scene From The Seven Year Itch. To generate hype, this shot was taken in New York in front of a large crowd of bystanders and press in 1954.

Image Source: Getty Images

#37 Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger at Jagger’s 29th birthday party in July 1972.

Image Source: Getty Images

#38 The Last Public Guillotine Execution, 1939

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#39 Hungarian Jews Being Selected By Nazis To Be Sent To The Gas Chamber At Auschwitz Concentration Camp, May-June 1944, Auschwitz Album

Image Source: Ap Images

#40 Hoover Dam Columns Being Filled With Concrete, February 1934 (Looking Upstream From The Nevada Rim)

Image Source: Alex Stephens

#41 On April 17, 1943, the US Coast Guard Cutter Spencer destroys the Nazi submarine U-175.

Image Source: Jess W. January

#42 The Last Photograph of Vladimir Lenin He’d had three strokes by this point and was completely deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deaf

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#43 Eduard Bloch, The Hitler Family’s Jewish Physician, In His Office, C. 1938. Hitler Later Called Bloch A ‘Noble Jew,’ and He Stood Under His Personal Protection.

Image Source: Bundesarchiv

#44 After capturing Berlin in 1945, Soviet troops scribbled graffiti in the Reichstag.

Image Source: Life

#45 A Jewish woman with her face hidden sits on a park bench labeled “Only For Jews,” Austria, 1938.

Image Source: Institute for Contemporary History and Wiener Library

#46 The Gadget, 1945, The First Atomic Bomb

Image Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory

#47 On April 10, 1924, Minneapolis police arrested Jennie Macgregor for dispensing alcoholic beverages from life-preserver flasks.

Image Source: Getty Images

#48 The Japanese Carrier Zuikaku’s Crew Gives One Last Banzai Cheer Before Sinking, 1944

Image Source: Kazutoshi Hando

#49 Boxing Match #49 On The USS New York, July 3, 1899

Image Source: Unknown

#50 Putting the finishing touches on the Fat Man atomic bomb, which was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. It had the acronym “Jancfu”- Joint Army-Navy-Civilian F*** Up- scribbled on its nose.

Image Source: Unknown

#51 A Young Hitler Celebrates the Beginning of World War One, 1914

Image Source: rarehistoricalphotos

#52 During the Nazi occupation of France in 1940, the Eiffel Tower was destroyed.

Image Source: Unknown

#53 During the 1975 evacuation of Saigon, an American evacuee punches a South Vietnamese man for a seat on the last chopper out of the US Embassy.

Image Source: Getty Images

#54 Men Posing in Front of Lynch’s Slave Market, St. Louis,

Image Source: Thomas Martin Easterly
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