Historical/vintage photography

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Protesters, Ireland’s ‘Bloody Sunday’. January 30th 1972.

Marilyn Monroe for Vogue, 1962. This was her last photoshoot before her death.

London’s smallest shop: A shoe salesman with a 1.2 square meter shoe store. 1900

U.S. Marine sniper team, Vietnam, February 1968.

Senator John F. Kennedy campaigning in the Bronx, New York, October 1960

Two young girls share a moment at a Beatles concert, 1964

Filming the atomic blast of Wasp Prime Test, Nevada. 18th February 1955.

Marilyn Lovell, wife of Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, reads newspaper with Apollo 13 news on front page while at home. April 1970.

A dog sled pulls a mother and child down a snow covered street. Chicago, 1904

Revelers celebrate New Year in Times Square, New York, 1938.

The Tasman Bridge Disaster, Hobart, Tasmania. January 5th, 1975.

An English girl comforts her doll in the rubble of her bomb-damaged home. 1940.

Holiday makers enjoy a day at Bondi beach. 1900.

Gerald Ford and his golden retriever Liberty in the Oval Office. 7 November 1974

Lenin and Stalin at Gorki, just outside Moscow. September 1922

Mother Theresa, aged 18. 1928.

British Royal Marines marching across the Falklands. 1982.

St. Paul’s cathedral, London, during the German bombing campaign. December 29th, 1940.


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Muhammad Ali Taunts Joe Frazier Ahead Of Their First Bout The ‘Fight Of The Century’.

Apollo 16 crew. January 12th, 1972.

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger on a train at Euston Station on their way to Bangor. 5th August, 1967.

Car carries looted furniture on its roof during the LA riots of 1992

1980 winter Olympics opening ceremony during the height of the Cold War.

4 children for sale. Chicago, 1948.

Flood waters from the Los Angeles River destroy Southern Pacific railroad bridge. March 2, 1938.

Soldiers from both sides pose for a picture during the impromptu Christmas truce of WW1 on Dec. 24, 1914.

Disneyland opening day, 1955.

Norwich City council’s computer gets delivered, 1957

Two man stand in front of a Coca-Cola delivery truck, 1910.

Diving into the Thames, London, 1934.

Soldiers celebrate the outbreak of peace at the end of the second World War. 1945.


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Sep 11, 2013
Great stuff.

That computer getting delivered pic is crazy. We've come a long way.


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Yakuza Gang member getting tattoo 1945

Former WW2 soldier, Tokyo, 1951

Native American recording songs

Monet with a pigeon on his head

Man selling mummies, Egypt, 1875

Veteran of Waterloo with his wife, 1850

Steven Spielberg and Shark

Bonnie and Clyde, 1933

Black cat auditions in Old Hollywood

Salvador Dali: I do not take drugs, I am drugs

Robin Williams as a cheerleader

Alfred Hitchcock impersonates Ringo Starr, 1964

Recording the MGM lion, 1929

Onna-bugeisha, female warrior in feudal Japan


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Sep 11, 2013
Not really historical but vintage and cool to look at.

1969: Hippie High School
by OzanS · a day ago

Left to right: Pam Pepin, Pat Auvenshine and Kim Robertson, at Corona del Mar High School in California.

A Southern California high school student walks toward her classmates while wearing the "Mini Jupe" skirt.

High school student Rosemary Shoong.

Southern California high school student wear Bermuda overalls.

Southern California high school students wear hippie fashion, in California.

High schooler Lenore Reday stops traffic while wearing a bell-bottomed jumpsuit, in Newport Beach, California.

Beverly Hills high school student Erica Farber wears a checker and tiered outfit as she walks with a young man.

High school student wears hippie fashion consisting of bell bottoms and boots.

High school student band, in California.

High School teacher Sandy Brockman wearing a bold print hippie-style dress, in Denver, Colorado.

Beverly High School classmates.

High school student wearing an old-fashioned tapestry skirt and wool shawl.

High Schooler Nina Nalhaus wears wool pants and a homemade jacket at high school, in Denver, Colorado.

Students of Woodside High wearing hippie fashion, such as ponchos, boots and sandals, in California.

Southern California high schooler wearing a buckskin vest.


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Wow, I like some of that hippie clothing.


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Grotto In An Iceberg, Photographed During The British Antarctic Expedition, 5 Jan 1911.

Painting The Eiffel Tower, 1932

The First Ever Underground Train Journey, Edgware Road Station, London, 1862

Nikola Tesla In His Laboratory, Sitting Behind His “Magnifying Transmitter”

Customers At A London Music Store, 1955

Painter Of The Brooklyn Bridge,1914

The Last Known Photo Of The Titanic Above Water, 1912

Race Organizers Attempt To Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing In The Boston Marathon. She Became The First Woman To Finish The Race, 1967

Salvador Dali Kisses The Hand Of Raquel Welch After Finishing His Famous Portrait Of Her, 1965

Woman With A Gas-resistant Pram, England, 1938

Animals Being Used As Part Of Medical Therapy, 1956

Annette Kellerman Promotes Women’s Right To Wear A Fitted One-piece Bathing Suit, 1907. She Was Arrested For Indecency.

Massive Crowds Gather For The First Woodstock, 1969

Disneyland Employee Cafeteria In 1961

Mother Hides Her Face In Shame After Putting Her Children Up For Sale, Chicago, 1948

The Real Winnie The Pooh And Christopher Robin, 1927

First Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967

The Man That Refused To Give The Nazi Salute, 1936

Georges Blind, A Member Of The French Resistance, Smiling At A German Firing Squad, 1944

Women Delivering Ice, 1918


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Newspaper Boy Ned Parfett Sells Copies Of The Evening Paper Bearing News Of Titanic’s Sinking The Night Before, April 16, 1912

Hannah Stilley, Born 1746, Photographed In 1840. Probably The Earliest Born Individual Captured On Film

Three Men Run In The Marathon At The First Modern Olympic Games, 1896

The Beatles Play For 18 People In The Aldershot Club, December 1961. They Were To Become Superstars In One And A Half Year.

Audrey Hepburn Shopping With Her Pet Deer “ip” In Beverly Hills, Ca, 1958

Coca-Cola Comes To France, 1950

The Unbroken Seal On Tutankhamun’s Tomb, 1922 (3,245 Years Untouched)

Little Girl With Her Doll Sitting In The Ruins Of Her Bombed Home, London, 1940


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Brazillian slave owner poses with her slaves, 1860

Opium den, Singapore, 1940

Paris Opera House, circa 1892

Elephant breaks free from German monorail, 1950

@bartnixon msged me this picture and story from the Ukraine: On 21 July 1950, in town of Wuppertal, Germany, an elephant called Tuffi, jumped off the local monorail, and the photographer was lucky to get the shot. The elephant has survived the fall, due to the low height and the water below, and lived for next 40 years.
New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings, playing without helmets, circa 1967

A woman carefully divides v-mail letters that have arrived from overseas

Using banknotes as wallpaper during hyperinflation, Germany, 1923

Castro and Khrushchev drink wine from a drinking horn in the Soviet Republic of Georgia,1963

German SS troops relaxing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin

Yes, I realize this is a staged photo, please don't fill up my inbox telling me.
The Edwardian Era of architecture arrives in Brazil, circa 1900

Goat carriage rides, Coney Island, 1900


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A man sells ice cream to children, 1918

The first winter Olympics, held in Chamonix, France, 1924

Rwandan Hutu refugees flee Rwanda during the genocide, 1996

The main concourse of the Chicago World's Fair, 1893

Shameless plug, if you haven't read the book Devil in the White City by Erik Larson yet, about the building of the Chicago World's Fair (and other stuff), get off imgur and go read that! Now!
Tokyo after being fire bombed by the Allies, March 1945

The Hollywood sign when it still read Hollywoodland

Downtown Philadelphia, 1905

Filming a television show, 1947

Nelson Mandela on the day he is released from prison, 1990

German Panzer III in the Western desert, 1942

17-year-old Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politician Asanuma in Tokyo, 1960

Transporting a museum piece through Boston, 1970

The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs play in Super Bowl I

The first Tim Hortons opens its doors in Hamilton, Ontario, 1964


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Civil War General Amrbose Burnside, whose unusual facial hair led to the coining of the term “sideburns”

Crowds cheer Adolf Hitler's campaign to unite Germany and Austria again, 1938

Selknam natives en route to Europe for being exhibited as animals in Human Zoos, 1899

The super twisted part about this: the Chilean government gave permission for these people to be put in European human zoos.
A German POW returns home to find his house has been destroyed and his family killed, 1946

Two Soviet infantrymen frozen to death in their foxhole, Finland, 1940

Japanese troops using Indian PoWs for target practise, 1942

A young Khmer Rouge soldier helps gather weapons in Cambodia

Children in an iron lung before the advent of the polio vaccination, 1937

Watching game 7 of the World Series atop the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning

Gay couple at Le Monocle, the first openly gay club, France 1932

The Flying Tigers over China, 1942

A Luftwaffe pilot in Africa, 1941

James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King’s assassin, being led to his cell after his arrest in London, 1968

The last known picture of the Titanic, 1912

Captain Paul Tibbets in the Enola Gay minutes before takeoff to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 1945

Female Viet Cong warrior, 1972

A pile of bodies awaits cremation after the bombing of Dresden, 1945


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A 17 year old Pele on a street of Sweden before the 1958 World Cup

John Lennon signs an autograph for Mark Chapman, the man who would murder him, December 8, 1980

A German soldier lights his cigarette with a flame thrower, circa 1941

Bobby Fischer playing 50 opponents simultaneously at his Hollywood hotel ,1964

His record was 47-1-2
With nylon stockings scarce, women would paint their legs so it looked like stockings, 1942

Funeral services for the 28 Germans who lost their lives in the Hindenburg disaster, New York, 1937

19 year old Russian sniper Roza Shanina had 54 confirmed kills during WWII

Some of the first bananas to ever arrive in Norway, 1905

A mugshot of Benito Mussolini, arrested by Swiss police for supporting a violent strike and protest, 1903

Searchlights on the Rock of Gibraltar, 1942

6 Polish citizens moments before their death by firing squad on Bloody Sunday, 1939

London after a German air raid, 1940

Malcolm X kidding around with Muhammad Ali, New York, 1963

View of an art assembly line of female students engaged in copying World War II propaganda posters, New York, 1942

A German soldier shares his rations with a Russian mother, 1941

Harold Agnew carrying the plutonium core of the Nagasaki Fat Man bomb, 1945

Germany, 1938

Federal ironclad USS Galena showing some battle damage, 1862


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Dwight Eisenhower eats a hot dog with Richard Nixon as the Washington Senators beat the Boston Red Sox, 1960

Women changing discreetly on a British beach, 1929

Actress Veronica Lake demonstrates what can happen to female factory workers who don't tie their hair back, 1943

A 1965 Ford Mustang station wagon

Butcher shop, Edmonton, 1915

During the evacuation of Saigon, at least 45 UH-1 Huey's were pushed overboard from US aircraft carriers to make room for others

An Australian soldier plays with the kangaroo who served as the mascot for the 9th and 10th First Australian Imperial Force batt

A man's failed hippo racing business

Judy Garland in an early screen test for the Wizard of Oz with a blond hairstyle

The Grand Canyon, 1914

Arriving at Ellis Island, 1907

Ted Geisel works on a drawing of a grinch, the hero of his forthcoming book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", 1957

Food taken up on the Mercury and Gemini missions, 1961-1966

Sailors on the deck of the British steam corvette HMS Satellite, circa 1860

A German U-Boat stranded on the southern England coast after surrender, 1918

Mail delivery Snowmobiles in the Khabarovsk Territory, 1983

A french soldier, whose face was mutilated in WWI, being fitted with a mask made by the Red Cross, 1918

A German canteen, circa 1917

Bicycling down the Eiffel Tower, 1923

Ernest Hemingway at a bar in Havana


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Bicycling down the Eiffel Tower, because.. why not?


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The Heavy Gustav, Hitler and generals inspecting the largest caliber rifled weapon ever used in combat, 1941

The Heavy Gustav, was completed towards the end of 1940 and the proof rounds were fired early in 1941 at the Rugenwalde Artillery Range. Both Hitler and Albert Speer, his armaments minister, attended the occasion. Named after the head of the Krupp family, the Gustav Gun weighed in at a massive 1344 tons, so heavy that even though it was attached to a rail car, it still had to be disassembled before moving so as to not destroy the twin set of tracks as it passed over. This 4-story (12 meters) behemoth stood 20 feet wide (7 meters) and 140 feet long (47 meters). Its 500 man crew, commanded by a Major-General, needed nearly three full days (54 hours, to be exact) to set it up and prep for firing. With a maximum elevation of 48 degrees, the Gustav shell could fire shells weighing seven tons to a range of 47 kilometers (29 miles). The caliber was 80 cm, and Gustav could fire 1 round every 30 to 45 minutes.

Shell shocked soldier, 1916

Shell shocked soldier in a trench during the Battle of Courcelette (France) in September 1916. His eyes express the madness of the war. The soldier looks like he has gone insane from what he has seen. In that moment in time everything he’s been raised to work within, the social constructs which make up every part of his life just exploded and shattered to nothing, and he’s lying there, slumped in a trench, afraid for his life, hearing and seeing death around him, his entire psyche broken. The circumstances of the First World War pushed hundreds of thousands of men beyond the limits of human endurance. They faced weapons that denied any chance for heroism or courage or even military skill because the artillery weapons that caused 60 percent of all casualties were miles away from the battlefield. Symptoms included fatigue, tremor, confusion, nightmares and impaired sight and hearing, an inability to reason, hysterical paralysis, a dazed thousand-yard stare is also typical. It was often diagnosed when a soldier was unable to function and no obvious cause could be identified. “Simply put, after even the most obedient soldier had enough shells rain down on him, without any means of fighting back, he often lost all self control.” Some men suffering from shell shock were put on trial, and even executed, for military crimes including desertion and cowardice. While it was recognized that the stresses of war could cause men to break down, a lasting episode was likely to be seen as symptomatic of an underlying lack of character. For instance, in his testimony to the post-war Royal Commission examining shell-shock, Lord Gort said that shell-shock was a weakness and was not found in “good” units. It’s unclear how many were shell shocked and convicted of cowardice or desertion when they really were insane. Later the British government gave pardon to the soldiers executed for cowardice and desertion, in this way officially recognizing the shell shock effect the war had in its troops.

U-118, a World War One submarine washed ashore on the beach at Hastings, England

SM U-118 was commissioned on 8 May 1918, following construction at the AG Vulcan Stettin shipyard in Hamburg. It was commanded by Herbert Stohwasser and joined the I Flotilla operating in the eastern Atlantic. After about four months without any ships sunk, on 16 September 1918, SM U-118 scored its first hit on another naval vessel. About 175 miles north-west of Cape Villano, U-118 torpedoed and sank the British steamer Wellington. Early the following month on 2 October 1918, U-118 sank its second and last ship, the British tanker Arca at about 40 miles north-west of Tory Island. With the ending of hostilities on 11 November 1918 came the subsequent surrender of the Imperial German Navy, including SM U-118 to France on 23 February 1919. Following surrender U-118 was to be transferred to France where it would be broken up for scrap. However, in the early hours of 15 April 1919, while it was being towed through the English Channel towards Scapa Flow, its dragging hawser broke off in a storm. The ship ran aground on the beach at Hastings in Sussex at approximately 12:45am, directly in front of the Queens Hotel. When the people of the town of Hastings awoke one morning to see one of the Kaiser’s U-boats on their beach, it caused some shock. Thousands of visitors flocked to see the beached submarine. The Admiralty allowed the town clerk to charge a fee for people to climb on the deck. Two members of the coastguard were tasked with showing important visitors around inside the submarine. The visits were curtailed when both men became severely ill, they both died shortly after. It was a mystery what killed the men at the time and so all trips into the sub were stopped, it was later discovered that chlorine gas which had been escaping from SM U-118′s batteries had caused severe abscesses on the lungs and brains of the unfortunate men.

Panama, Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv: "This was my first foreign story. I was 23 and had gone, off my own back, to cover the 1989 election in Panama. Manuel Noriega's man lost and so Noriega annulled the results. The next day, the rightful winners took to the streets of Panama City to try to start a revolution. I followed Guillermo Ford, who had been a candidate for vice-president, as he drove around. There was a lot of shooting and tear gas. At the end of a rally, a group of about 40 paramilitary guys came running over a hill towards Ford. They shot his bodyguard, then stabbed him in the arms. He stumbled around and I photographed him. I barely recognised him, in his blood-soaked white shirt. Then, in Spanish, I heard someone say: "Excuse me." I stepped aside and a man in a blue shirt jumped in and started hitting him with a lead pipe. They fought for a few moments, then some soldiers stepped in. Ford was arrested and taken away, but he survived. In fact, when the US invaded and installed a new government, he became vice-president. This was the first time I'd felt bullets shoot past me, the first time I'd seen so much violence. Weirdly, I didn't feel at risk. In fact, when the paramilitary said, "Excuse me", it alleviated any fears I had that they didn't want to be photographed. Fear only set in after Ford was arrested: we were afraid someone might come after us. I rushed the pictures to the news agency AFP. The next day they were on front pages of papers all over the world. Six months later, I found out just how big an impact this shot was going to have – when President Bush used it in his TV speech to the nation to justify the US invasion. For me, it was a monumental moment: I suddenly understood the power of photojournalism. I realised this wasn't about me, it was about the people I was photographing. From then on, that's what I dedicated my career to: enabling people who don't have a voice to get their stories told."

Vietnam Inc., Philip Jones Griffiths

GI’s often show a compassion for the enemy that springs from admiration of their dedication and bravery. This VC had a three-day-old stomach wound. He’d picked up his intestines and put them in an enamel cooking bowl (borrowed from a surprised farmer’s wife) and strapped it around his middle. As he was being carried to the headquarters company for interrogation, he indicated he was thirsty. “OK, him VC, him drink dirty water,” said the Vietnamese interpreter, pointing to the brown paddy-field. With real anger a GI told him to keep quiet, then mumbled, “Any soldier who can fight for three days with his insides out can drink from my canteen any time!”

Bosnia, 1992, Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv: "During the Balkans conflict, I took a photograph of the Serbian paramilitary leader Arkan holding up a baby tiger. He liked it very much, so when I met him, in March 1992, I asked if I could photograph his troops as they fought. “Sure,” he said. Later on, I was following some of his men when I heard screaming. Across the street, they were bringing out a middle-aged couple. The soldiers were telling me not to take any photographs when, suddenly, some shots rang out and the man went down. The woman crouched down, holding his hand and trying to stop the blood. Then her sister was brought out: more shots rang out and both women were killed. As I stood there, I realised that it would be my word against the soldiers’ unless I could get a photograph of Arkan’s men in the same frame as these three people. So as the soldiers set off back to headquarters, I waited behind for a moment. As they moved past the bodies, I lifted my camera. I was in the middle of the street and I was shaking. When people are in the throes of killing it’s like they are on drugs: their adrenaline is so high. It would have been very easy for any of those guys to just shoot me and say the Muslims did it. Then, just as I was about to take the picture, one of the soldiers, a brash young kid in sunglasses who was smoking a cigarette, brought his foot back to kick the bodies as they lay there dead, or dying. As he did it, I took a couple of pictures, then put my camera down. All the soldiers turned and looked at me, so I smiled at them and said: “Great. Let’s go.” I was really nervous. I wanted to leave town before Arkan found out what I had photographed, but I couldn’t leave without his permission, so I hid a couple of rolls of film in my car, and a couple down my pants. Then Arkan arrived. After he heard what had happened, he came up to me and said: “Look, I need your film.” We proceeded to have this whole conversation about whether or not I should give him the film. I made a really big push to protect the film in my camera so he wouldn’t think there was anything else. In the end, I had to give him the film. Then he let me go and I immediately drove to the airport and sent my film to Paris. That night, I was very emotional about what I had witnessed, and how these people had died. But at least I knew I was able to document it. I truly believed that my pictures could have a real effect in preventing a Bosnian war. When my photos were published in magazines around the world they caused a bit of an uproar, but not as much as I had hoped. Instead I think they made a difference on an individual level. One general specifically attributed his decision to fight for the Bosnian side to this photograph, and he was one of the people largely responsible for saving Sarajevo. I’ve been back to Bijeljina and met people in the town who have told me how important it was. The pictures from that day were also used by the war crimes tribunal to indict Arkan, and as evidence in other indictments. A few weeks after the pictures were published, I heard that Arkan had put me on a death list, and publicly stated that he looked forward to the day when he could drink my blood. After that, I spent the rest of the war, right through to the end of Kosovo, narrowly missing him in different places. Though during the Nato bombing of Belgrade, a friend of mine actually spent time with the kid in this picture. The kid said he was very proud of it. It made him famous."


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SS prison guards forced to load victims of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp into trucks for burial, 1945

After the liberation of the camp the dead bodies were buried in mass graves. The SS prison guards were forced by British soldiers to load the bodies into the trucks. Note British troops in background with Sten submachine gun and Lee-Enfield rifles. Photo taken on April 17, 1945, Germany. The prison guards were part of SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV), an independent unit within the SS with its own ranks and command structure. The whole of the SS-Totenkopfverbände training was based on elitism, toughness and comradeship, together with a regime of ruthless discipline. While the Totenkopf (English: Death’s Head) was the universal cap badge of the SS, the SS-TV also wore the insignia on the right collar to distinguish itself from other SS units. Bergen-Belsen was a relatively small concentration camp. Originally established as a prisoner of war camp, in 1943, parts of it became a concentration camp. Before the advance of Red Army the number of prisoners at Belsen was small. In July 1944 there were just 7,300, by December 1944 the number had increased to 15,000 and by February 1945 it had risen to 22,000. However, it then soared to around 60,000 by April 15, 1945. This overcrowding led to a vast increase in deaths from disease: particularly typhus, as well as tuberculosis, typhoid fever, dysentery and malnutrition in a camp originally designed to hold about 10,000 inmates. All inmates were subject to starvation and epidemics. Some 50,000 people are estimated to have died in this camp. The camp was liberated on April 15, 1945 by the British 11th Armoured Division. The soldiers discovered approximately 60,000 prisoners inside, most of them half-starved and seriously ill, and another 13,000 corpses lying around the camp unburied. The average weight of prisoners was 50-60 pounds.The prisoners had been without food or water for days before the Allied arrival partially due to the allied bombing. In the period immediately preceding and following liberation, prisoners were dying at a rate of around 500 per day mostly from typhus.

The Death of an Iraqi soldier, Highway of Death, 1991

This photo at first was regarded by many editors as too disturbing to print, but later became one of the most famous images of the first Gulf War. The death of an incinerated Iraqi soldier on the Highway of Death, 1991. The Highway of Death refers to a six-lane highway between Kuwait and Iraq, officially known as Highway 80. It runs from Kuwait City to the border town of Safwan in Iraq and then on to the Iraqi city of Basra. The road had been used by Iraqi armed divisions for the 1990 Invasion of Kuwait. That soldier was an Iraqi who was the victim of a fuel-air bomb. An article on Color Magazine described and had a photo of a device that looked like a big yellow garbage bin. Apparently it has high explosive as will as zirconium to provide incineration for a large radius. The US were able to destroy much of the opposition before the Iraqi could even target them. It was a bloodbath. Postwar studies found that most of the wrecks on the Basra roadway had been abandoned by Iraqis before being strafed and that actual enemy casualties were low. After the war, correspondents did find some cars and trucks with burned bodies, but also many vehicles that had been abandoned. Their occupants had fled on foot, and the American planes often did not fire at them. The photographer, Ken Jarecke: “The image shows a burned-beyond-recognition Iraqi soldier in the front window of a destroyed truck. The sun is coming in through the back of the truck and most of the surfaces in the image are burned and just torn up, so it’s almost a black and white image although it was made on color film. It was early in the morning, we had been up most of the night. There was supposed to be a ceasefire in about an hour, maybe an hour and a half. We had traveled east from Nasiriya towards Basra, hooked up with Highway 8 and we started travelling south towards Kuwait City. And we came across this… just a single lorry, kind of in the middle of a double-lane highway. I was with a public affairs officer with the US Army and he said: “I don’t really get my jollies out of making pictures of dead people.” And I said… I just thought of the first thing I could think of, and I said: “If I don’t make pictures like this, people like my mother will think what they see in war is what they see in movies.” He didn’t try to stop me, he let me go and I just went over there. And he might have been the driver of the truck, he might have been the passenger, but he had been burned alive and it appears as though he’s trying to lift himself up and out of the truck. I don’t know who he was or what he did. I don’t know if he was a good man, a family man or a bad guy or a terrible soldier or anything like that. But I do know that he fought for his life and thought it was worth fighting for. And he’s frozen, he’s burned in place just kind of frozen in time in this last ditch effort to save his life. At the time it was just something… well, I better make a picture of this. I thought there might have been better pictures. I literally shot two frames and moved on to other things and I didn’t really think a whole lot about it."

A Japanese boy standing at attention after having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, 1945

Joe O’Donnell, the man who took this photo at Nagasaki, was sent by the U.S. military to document the damage inflicted on the Japanese homeland caused by air raids of fire bombs and atomic bombs. Over the next seven months starting September 1945, he traveled across Western Japan chronicling the devastation, revealing the plight of the bomb victims including the dead, the wounded, the homeless and orphaned. Images of the human suffering was etched both on his negatives and his heart. In the photo, the boy stands erect, having done his duty by bringing his dead brother to a cremation ground. Standing at attention was an obvious military influence. Looking at the boy who carries his younger sibling on his back, keeps a stiff upper lip, tries so hard to be brave is heart-breaking. He has epitomized the spirit of a defeated nation. Sometimes later Joe O’Donnell spoke to a Japanese interviewer about this picture: “I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep. The boy stood there for five or ten minutes.” “The men in white masks walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire. The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away.”

Portrait of Corporal Adolf Hitler during his stay in a military hospital, 1918

In October 1918, he was temporarily blinded by a British chlorine gas attack near Ypres. He was sent to the military hospital, Pasewalk, Pomerania, where the news of the November 11, 1918, armistice reached him as he was convalescing. To his right you can see his his beloved “Doggie”, Fuchsl. He only wore two medals, both earned. Most dictators of his time, as well as high ranking officers wore medals like it was fashion. Also notice in every war photo he’s always off to the side as if he was an outcast. Hitler never made it past corporal, which is unusual due to his service length, and noted in German archives as not “officers material”. (This concept is mentioned in Ernst Junger’s book Storm of Steel that really to be officer material in WW1 you’ve got to have been born into the right family).

The ruins of Dresden, 1945

At the end of World War Two the city of Dresden was in ruins, all its buildings destroyed and thousands of civilians dead. The order by Allied commanders to heavily bomb Dresden towards the end of the war has become one of the most controversial decisions made in the European theater. Before World War II, Dresden was called “the Florence of the Elbe” and was regarded as one the world’s most beautiful cities for its architecture and museums, it had numerous beautiful baroque and rococo style buildings, palaces and cathedrals. Although no German city remained isolated from Hitler’s war machine, Dresden’s contribution to the war effort was minimal compared with other German cities. As Hitler had thrown much of his surviving forces into a defense of Berlin in the north, city defenses were minimal, and the Russians would have had little trouble capturing Dresden. It seemed an unlikely target for a major Allied air attack. An important aspect of the Allied air war against Germany involved what is known as “area” or “saturation” bombing. In area bombing, all enemy industry–not just war munitions–is targeted, and civilian portions of cities are obliterated along with troop areas. Before the advent of the atomic bomb, cities were most effectively destroyed through the use of incendiary bombs that caused unnaturally fierce fires in the enemy cities. Such attacks, Allied command reasoned, would ravage the German economy, break the morale of the German people and force an early surrender.

The priest and the dying soldier, 1962

Navy chaplain Luis Padillo gives last rites to a soldier wounded by sniper fire during a revolt in Venezuela. Braving the streets amid sniper fire, to offer last rites to the dying, the priest encountered a wounded soldier, who pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. The photographer Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. The Catholic priest, Luis Padillo, would walk the streets, even through sniper fire, offering last rites to the fighters. Besides priest’s bravery, he also knows the enemy will think a lot before shooting him (just imagine the propaganda) and the enemy soldiers are catholic and would refuse that order. Even more intense about this picture is the setting, in the background is a carnicería (a butcher’s shop). In Spanish a carnicería means both a “butcher’s shop” and “slaughter, carnage”. The phrase “fue una carnicería” (English equivalent: “it was carnage”) is so common in the Spanish language. The parallel really catches one’s eye and draws the horror of the scene even further. The photo was taken by Hector Rondón Lovera, photographer of Caracas, for the Venezuelan newspaper, La Republica. It won the World Press Photo of the Year and the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Photography.

Allied soldiers mock Hitler atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery, 1945

The final victory over Nazi Germany achieved, soldiers and allies of the British, American and Russian armies mimic and mock Adolf Hitler and his ideas on Hitler’s famous balcony at the Chancellery in conquered Berlin. The photo is taken on 6th July, 1945 (1945 (about 2 months after Germany’s surrender, 1 month before Hiroshima and the day after the Phillipines were liberated). Corporal Russell M. Ochwad, of Chicago, plays the part of Hitler on the famous balcony of the Chancellery, in Berlin, from which the former Nazi leader had proclaimed his 1,000-year empire. A British and Russian soldier stand on each side of Cpl. Ochwad, while American and Russian soldiers cheer at the little get-together. The Russians were coming from the East, the Brits and Americans from the West, all with the objective of taking the Chancellery, knowing that would signal the end. So when they both finally met there, and the Nazis were irrefutably vanquished, they must have felt ecstatic. You can barely imagine what those men have gone through, and how many times they have nearly been killed or had to kill others to get there. Just think of the relief they must feel to be standing there knowing that it is over. Source (not mine): http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/


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I apologize in advance for the dupes.

by GregPercussion · 18 hours ago

14-year-old Mary Ann Vecchio cries before recently deceased Jeffrey Miller moments after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard during the Kent State shootings.

Teenager Juan Romero sits by Robert F. Kennedy’s side moments after Kennedy was shot. Romero had been shaking his hand when the presidential contender was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.

After Tropical Storm Hannah ripped through Haiti in 2008, a young boy rescues a stroller.

1965’s “How Life Begins” is one of the first pictures taken with the endoscope.

Dorothy Counts encounters adversity in 1956 as she makes her way to a recently integrated school in Charlotte, North Carolina. After days of harassment, she was forced to withdraw from the school.

Annette Kellerman promotes women’s right to wear fitted bathing suits in 1907. She was later arrested for indecency.

The Bolivian government poses with the corpse of revolutionary Che Guevara in 1967.

Crowds gather at the decrepit Berlin Wall in November, 1989.

Horace Greasely confronts Heinrich Himmler in a German prisoner of war camp in the 1940s. Greasely escaped over 200 times; he was in love with a German woman.

Bronze medal winner John Carlos raises a black power salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

78-year-old Bill Iffrig lies on the ground following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

President Bush receives word of the September 11th attacks while visiting a Florida classroom.

During the 1968 Apollo 8 mission, astronaut William Anders takes “Earthrise”. It’s been described as the “most influential environmental photograph ever taken”.

Obama, Clinton, Biden and members of the national security team wait in anticipation of Osama bin Laden’s death in May, 2011.

A man from Alabama is reunited with his pet following a devastating series of March 2012 tornadoes.

A man weeps before the 9/11 memorial.

In June 1963, Thích Quảng Đức lights himself on fire in protest of the oppressive Diem government in South Vietnam.

Retired police captain Ray Lewis is arrested at an Occupy Wall Street protest in November 2011.

Concentration camp inmates leave their ghostly traces through nail scratches, as seen throughout this gas chamber.

Helen Keller meets president Eisenhower in 1955.


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Christians and Muslims hold hands in solidarity during the Cairo uprisings in January 2011.

Epitomizing politics’ ability to divide as much as it unites, South Korean man sheds a tear when parting ways with his North Korean relative.

A Russian veteran weeps before a Soviet tank used during World War Two.

A child weeps at the funeral of his father, who died during the War in Iraq.

Robert Capa captures a soldier emerging from the waters on D-Day.

An Afghan man offers a US soldier tea near Kabul, Afghanistan. 2009.

Nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated JFK, on November 22, 1963.

A four-month-old Japanese baby brings light to the disaster that was the March 2011 tsunami, which claimed thousands of lives.

The 19th century graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband deny this Dutch cemetery the power of separating them.

A Chinese man stands defiantly before tanks in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989.

A disconsolate Pearl Harbor survivor embraces a fellow veteran (from the War in Iraq) in July, 2004.

Akan Ito cries among the rubble of Natori, Japan. A 2011 tsunami tore the town apart.

In May 2005, NASA’s Mars Rover presents the world with a vision of Mars at dusk.

Timothy O’Sullivan’s “Harvest of Death” features dead Union soldiers strewn about the Gettysburg battlefield.

The Hindenburg zeppelin catches fire on May 6, 1937.

In 1980, a missionary holds hands with a starving boy in Karamoja district, Uganda.

John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father at JFK’s November 1963 state funeral.

Bobby Moore embraces Pele at the 1970 World Cup finals.

In 1993, Kevin Carter documents extreme hunger and poverty in Sudan.

Robert Capa’s timeless photo of a Republican militiaman meeting his death during the Spanish Civil War in 1936


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A man falls from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Family members embrace in the wake of a devastating Alabama tornado in March 2012.

Connie Kopelov and Phyllis Siegel become the first gay couple married in Manhattan in 2011.

In 2007, Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. Gurrola served as a medic near Ramadi.

Terezka, a girl who grew up in a concentration camp, shocks counselors at a Center for Disturbed Children when she draws a picture of her “home” in Poland.

A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994.

A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier during a rehearsal for the Independence Day ceremony in July, 2011.

Robert Capa immortalizes the treatment of French women who were believed to have been Nazi collaborators during liberation “ugly carnivals” in 1944, France

Apollo 11 crew members capture mankind’s first physical brush with the moon in July, 1969.

Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania.


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Sep 11, 2013
The pic of the gas chamber with the scratches is pretty chilling.


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Sep 11, 2013

Female bodybuilder Patricia O'Keefe, who weighed only 64 pounds, gives a 200 pound man a piggyback ride. [1940]

A man testing a prototype football helmet. [1912]

Winners of Miss Perfect Posture contest at chiropractors convention. [1956] Each girl stood on a pair of scales,one foot to each, and the winning trio each registered half her weight on each scale, confirming correct standing posture.

Soldiers use gas masks to stop them crying while peeling onions. [1941]

Moody Jacobs shows a giant bruise on the side his patient, Ann Hodges, after she became the only person in history to have been struck by a meteorite. [1954]

Russian soldiers feed polar bears from their tank. [1950]

The day Sweden switched which side of the road they drive on. [1967]

A police officer judges an ankle competition in London. [1930]

New South Wales police in Australia turn their motorcycles into chariots. [1936]

Woodsmen in Montana put out an advertisement. [1901]

Macy’s department store detectives pose for a photograph with their backs turned so as not to reveal their identity. [1948]

Boy Scouts examine their boots after an 8,000 mile hike to attend the first Boy Scout Jamboree. They walked 25 miles a day for two years. [1937]

A boy stands next to his riding boar. [c. 1930s]

A US Marine, somewhere in the Pacific Islands, poses for the camera. [c. 1941 - 1945]

Teachers have a spot to drink on Spring Break. [1910]
My favorite one

A dog poses with a pipe. [1875]

Children without access to water learn to swim in a schoolyard. [c. 1920s]

The Telefontornet, which connected 5,000 phone lines in Stockholm. [1890]

Sean Connery signs a coconut for a little Jamaican fan on the set of Dr. No. [1962]

The US Capitol Building is painted with a layer of red anti-rust paint, before being painted white again. [1959]


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An ancient statue of Ramses the Great is dismantled and relocated during construction of the Aswan Dam. [1967]

An elephant is used to load supplies onto an American plane. [1945]

The Ku Klux Klan at a carnival in Canon City. [1925]

President Lyndon B. Johnson driving his amphibious car. As a prank, he would drive the car straight towards the lake when anyone visited his ranch. [1965]

British Soldiers with captured German Goliath tank busters, which would drive under tanks and explode. [c. 1939-1945]

Laika, the first dog in space, has her capsule built around her. No provisions were made for her return, and she died in orbit. [1957]

Niagara Falls is temporarily dammed so that repairs can be carried out. [1969]

A dog being posed by a German soldier. [1940]

12,500 officers, nurses and soldiers from Camp Gordon form a human eagle. [1918]

They were quickly outdone by 30,000 men from Camp Custer.

Helen Hulick, a kindergarten teacher and witness to a burglary, was given a five-day sentence and sent to jail for contempt for wearing pants to give her courtroom testimony. [1938]

Four horsemen ride through the streets of Amsterdam on a 'motor-less day', when cars were prohibited due to the oil crisis. [1973]

A foot guard passes out as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during a parade. [1970]
Melts my a****** heart

When they realized that poverty-stricken women were using sacks to make clothes for their children, some flour mills started using flowered fabric for their sacks. [1939]

A Ringling Brothers Circus elephant exits a train car. [1963]

A bulldog guards a British home barricaded during the Blitz. [c. 1939-1945]

The World's Record black sea bass caught by Edward Llewellen. It weight 425 lbs. He bought it in alone. [1903]
We had the tech. Daymn!

A woman rides an early electric scooter. [1916]


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Sep 11, 2013
RIP Laika :sad:


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George Clooney, 7, would grow up to look exactly like his dad. [1968]

Andre the Giant, 19, during a Paris Fashion Show. [1966]

At age 17, Andre moved to Paris to train in wrestling. While there, he made several appearances at fashion shows.
Andy Warhol, 8. [1936]

Audrey Hepburn, 13. [1942]

Audrey was born in Belgium but grew up in German-occupied Holland. Following the end of the war, she moved to England and started acting.
Ben Stiller, 13, on a trip to New York with his father Jerry. [1978]

John Lennon, 17, with his then-girlfriend and future wife Cynthia. [1957]

Frank Sinatra, 10, looking as suave as you would expect. [1925]

Fidel Castro, 17, playing basketball at High School. [1943]

The Dalai Lama, age 2. [1937]

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama, was selected as the tulku (student) of the 13th Dalai Lama at age 2, later becoming the Dalai Lama at age 15.
Cher, 13. [1959]

Cher was arrested after 'borrowing' her mother's car.
Bryan Cranston, 14, with his dog Lady. [1970]

Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, 12. [1954]

After getting into boxing at an early age, Ali started training for championships at the age of 12. He would go on to win the World Heavyweight Championship 10 years later.
Bill Clinton, 12, with his saxophone. [1958]

Clinton was in the chorus of his elementary school and played the tenor saxophone, winning first chair in the state band's saxophone section. He briefly considered dedicating his life to music.
John Wayne, 19. [1926] (a.k.a. daaaamn son)

After losing his football scholarship to USC because of an injury, Wayne started getting small work as extras on movies. This photo is of his very first role, a Yale football player in 'The Brown of Harvard'
Robin Williams, 18, as a senior at Redwood High School. [1969]

Williams was voted "Least Likely To Succeed" while at the school. When the school asked him back to speak to students, he refused, saying it was some of the worst times of his life.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 19, enjoys Oktoberfest in Munich, West Germany. [1967]

Kurt Cobain, 19. [1986]

According to Cobain, who claimed to be "gay in spirit" and "probably could be bisexual", he was arrested for spray painting "God is gay" on cars. Though police records suggest his graffiti actually said; "Ain't got no how watchamacallit"
Marilyn Monroe, 19. [1945]

Monroe was working in a wartime factory when a photographer came to take photos of the staff. The camera and photographer loved Marilyn and he helped her get into modeling.
Stephen Hawking, 12. [1954]

Hawking was relatively unaffected by his motor neuron disease as a child, though it got far worse into his teens.