Unbelievable Photos of History You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

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The First Photographed Wheelie – 1936

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The first wheelie was actually photographed in 1936 in Ohio. People once thought that this occurred in 1943 when some members from the U.S. Motorized Calvary executed the same stunt for photographers from Life Magazine. However, seven years prior to this happening, this wheelie was actually photographed and included in the book The American Legion in Cleveland.

Teary-Eyed Neil Armstrong After Walking on the Moon – 1969

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Taken by Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969, this photograph was taken just after Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. When he stepped off of the Eagle, the lunar landing module, he was approximately 240,000 miles from the planet Earth. After 76 hours, they entered the moon’s orbit on July 19. On the following day, the Eagle, manned by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, was released from Apollo 11. Less than three hours later, Armstrong spoke the infamous words “The Eagle has landed”. At 10:56 p.m., Armstrong had climbed down the ladder from the lunar module and had taken his first step on the moon, stating “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, the world watched as it was broadcast on television.

Baby Cages Back – 1920s

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When parents lived in the city but wanted to ensure that their babies received an ample amount of fresh air, a rather odd contraption became quite popular. Often referred to as baby cages or window cribs, these attachable window compartments fit into windows inpiano a similar fashion to today’s AC units. Physicians at that time even suggested “airing” babies to build up their immune systems and tolerance to common colds. This idea came to light for the first time in Dr. Luther Emmett’s book, The Care and Feeding of Children, which was published in 1884.

1920’s Mobile Booking Cage

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A police officer transporting a prisoner on his Harley-Davidson. These were the mobile booking cages common back in the 1920s.

Space Chimp Lives -1961

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Known as Ham The Chimp, this chimpanzee was the first humanoid to be successfully launched to space. The chimp poses for a picture after the journey in 1961.

Construction of Disneyland

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What was originally thought to be a 16-acre family park later became Disneyland. The construction of Disneyland in 1932 can be seen in the picture.

Prohibition Cow Shoes – 1922

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In 1922, Prohibition was in full swing. Lasting all the way into the 1930s, Prohibition banned alcohol, including its sales in public and private places, its production, transportation and importation. During this time, moonshiners would incorporate all sorts of interesting tactics to avoid detection by the local authorities.
Most moonshine stills were hidden in fields or forests, so law enforcement personnel were always trying to follow footprints that could lead to something of interest. By devising “cow shoes”, regular shoes with wooden pieces attached to the bottom so as to resemble the hoofs of cows, moonshiners hoped to elude officers by confusing them into thinking that their tracks did not belong to humans at all. These shoes and the idea behind them faintly resembles the idea born in the midst of WWII, when people would try to fool the Germans by putting the soles of their shoes on backwards.

Women Being Fined For Wearing Short Bathing Suits – 1920

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How the times have changed. In the past, there were laws and fines associated that applied to all manner of things, including personal attire. However, the law that really seems to stand out is the old bathing suit law from the 1920s. Women’s swimming attire could not be over six inches above the knee. You may wonder how often this rule was enforced, and quite unbelievably, law enforcement were often called out to the local beach to ensure that a bathing suit was of the designated length, arriving armed with a measuring tape. Fines were issued and, in the most extreme cases, arrests were even made for these infractions. Men were also included in the laws connected with swimming attire. They were not allowed to go shirtless until 1939, and they would be immediately removed from a beach if seen attempting to take off their shirts.

Medical Therapy with Animals – 1956

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In the 50s, animals were introduced to the realm of medical therapy, with the hopes that they would assist in calming patients and providing an overall better state of mental health in regards to the treatment that they were receiving. Today, animals are used extensively in medical treatments and therapies, especially dogs. Dogs are primarily known for being utilized to assist the blind and are now even trained to work with patients who have seizures or other similar health issues.
Even though a bit more exotic, dolphin therapy is even being used in some instances. Dolphins are commonly assisting patients that are diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.

German Troops Raising the Swastika over the Acropolis – Greece, 1941

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German soldiers raise the swastika flag of Nazi Germany over the historical Acropolis in Greece.

NASA’s Water Landing Rehearsal – 1966

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NASA did a lot of really interesting things to be sure that their pilots were ready for anything during their missions. The space program was very important at that time, not only for the rewards that could be reaped from important discoveries and landings in space, but because it also offered a wonderful sense of hope for Americans across the country. Therefore, NASA pulled out all stops in their efforts to ensure that the pilots could cope with any unexpected surprises, whether in space, on land or on water. The Apollo spacecrafts were designed for the impact of water landings when they arrived back on Earth. This meant that NASA employed all sorts of ways to prepare the pilots for these landings. Many preparations were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, so that the pilots could learn to adequately deal with the ocean’s conditions. However, other practices were even held in swimming pools, like at their hotel in Houston.

Helmet Testing – 1912

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Back in 1912, helmets for professional football game were tested in this manner.

Sunshine for Submariners -1942

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At HMS Forth, they ensure that the Royal Navy Submariners, who rarely saw any real sunlight, got a healthy dose through these artificial rays. This ensured they kept up with their Vitamin D, as well as got a little bit of a tan.

Boxing Back in the Day

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Boxing is a sport that has always enthralled its fans. With today’s top participants being celebrities in their own rights, glitzy fights in Las Vegas and top-watched pay-per-view bouts excite people all over the globe. With boxing’s many rules and regulations, every measure is taken to ensure that the fights follow lists of safety precautions and are as civilized as possible.
That wasn’t exactly the case in 1897. Make-shift rings could be constructed in a moment with a few crates and a length or two of rope. While the rounds were supposed to be timed, they could often go on until the time-keeper just decided to ring the bell, never wanting to interrupt any real action just to maintain the rules.
Bare knuckle boxing was also popular at the time. Needless to say, broken knuckles were often a side effect of this more extreme, yet more organic form of boxing.

Piano Playing By Elton John

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Elton John aboard his private plane chilling at the piano bar.

Chance Vought’s “Naval Aircraft” Near Pacific During World War II

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Natives taking a close look at The Vought F4U Corsair and admiring it back in 1943. It was an American fighter aircraft that was widely used in World War II.

Albert Einstein’s Office At Princeton Cluttered With Books And Journals

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Albert Einstein’s office desk photographed on the day of his death, 18 April, 1955. His office was at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Manhattan, New York in 1908

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This is a picture of Manhattan, New York City back then in 1908. You do not see these scenes anymore as you see in this black and white picture; though the city is still as amazing at present.

New York World’s Fair, Railroad Pageant

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44 million people came together at the Railroad pageant at New York World’s Fair to catch glimpse of a possible future. The latest and greatest in locomotives were exhibited at the fair, similar to the airshows of today.

“The Ice Women” – 1918

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Young women delivering ice in 1918 before the days of refrigeration and freezers.

Want Some Fries With Them?

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The original Ronald McDonald in 1963 and he wasn’t as good-looking.

Shopping Therapy with Pet

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Audrey Hepburn indulging in pastime shopping with her loving pet deer, Ip, in Beverly Hills, CA- 1958.

Circus Acts – 1924

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This image is from the original Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus of Freaks. While this large, profitable entertainment giant still runs circuses across the country, things were a lot different back in the day, when acts were based primarily on those individuals who had a deformity of sorts, which was sensationalized for profit.

Blackfoot Indian Chief Being Recorded – 1916

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We all know that the relations between the Native American and people of the United States have not always been calm. However, this Blackfoot Indian chief stepped into the Smithsonian to be recorded speaking about his people in his native tongue.

Grotto in Iceberg

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Grotto witnessed in an iceberg at the time of British Antarctic Expedition on 5th Jan 1911.

NASA Water Training – 1967

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Neil Armstrong may look like he’s just going for a swim, even though he’s in full space attire. However, many of NASA’s water training was conducted in a swimming pool, ensuring that astronauts were fully equipped to deal with water landings.

Paining The Brooklyn Bridge, 1914

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Painters suspended on The Brooklyn Bridge in 1914.

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair – August 15-18 1969

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Woodstock event, the most profound event in the entire history of music that saw massive crowd gathering in 1969.

Disneyland Employee Cafeteria, 1961

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Backstage cafeteria of Disney where artists used to chill and have fun during their breaks.

First Ever Underground Train Journey from Edgware Road Station – 1862

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This is the Edgware Road Station, London, and the first ever underground train journey in 1862.

Starting Of Google

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And that’s when Google officially began!

Punt Guns Banned in 1860

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Punt gun, a custom-designed firearm of unusual size were used mainly for duck hunting. It wasn’t uncommon for a single shot to kill over 50 waterfowl. As a result they were later banned in 1860s due to depleting stocks of the bird.

Dust Bowl at Stratford, Texas- 1935

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Severe draught along with extensive farming caused The Dust Bowl in Stratford, Texas on April 18, 1935. Many scenes from the recent movie Interstellar were inspired by these events.

Vintage Library in 1928

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In 1928, the Los Angeles Public Library devised a program to ensure that even residents that were sick and in the hospital could still check out books from their library to read while they were immobile. What appears to be a bookcase with wheels was used to transport books to several locations throughout Los Angeles.
After several studies were completed on how to lift the spirits of those who were sick and recovering from an illness or an accident, making sure that the patients were entertained and had a way to pass the time kept coming up at the top of the list. It didn’t take long for the Los Angeles Public Library to devise a program to deliver books to patients across the city.

Picture Perfect

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Swimwear in 1952 had definitely come a long way from the days of length restrictions and law enforcement agents carrying tape measures when on duty near the beach. A lot of changes came during the war, when economic conditions assisted in passing legislatures to cut down on the amount of fabric required to be used in women’s bathing suits. The fabric that was removed was the mid-section, which gave birth to the bikini right before the 1950s made their mark in fashion history.

No Equal Rights For Women

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It’s no secret that it took the United States, along with the rest of the world, a long time to get on board to support women’s rights. Often, women were not allowed to participate in activities that were deemed fit only for men. Sporting events were a prime example of the exclusion of women, and when women occasionally found creative ways to dodge the rules, they were definitely not always met with open arms. Such was the case at the Boston Marathon in 1967. Although she wasn’t the first woman to run in the race, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to compete as a registered, numbered participant, allowing her to run and finish the Boston Marathon, even though she was met with opposition, some even physical, along the entire way.

Elephant-mounted machine-gun, 1914

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A soldier seen with an elephant-mounted gun during the First World War (1914- 1918)

Extinct Tasmanian Tiger

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Referred as ‘Tasmanian Tiger’, this species is now extinct. It had striped lower back and was a native to continental Africa.

Transcontinental Railroad of Nevada in 1868

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A native American takes a look at the newly completed transcontinental railroad of Nevada in 1868.

Beatles Walking In Backward Direction

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This is a famous cover of Beatles album. Looks so? No, it is the gang walking back in an opposite direction.

A Lovely Frame to Treasure Forever

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A beautiful photo frame gifted to George Turner in 1876. It shows the pictures of George and his gorgeous wife Elizabeth.

Assembly Line of Porsche at Stuttgart in 1960s

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The amazing photograph of Porsche’s Stuttgart Factory and the assembly line of Porsche’s in there. It was taken in late 1960s.

Headquarters of Benito Mussolini – 1934

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This photograph shows the headquarters of Benito Mussolini, Italy in 1934.

Mercury Train in Chicago, 1936

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In 1936, railroad introduced Mercury’s engine in New York Central to lure passengers back to rails.

Louis Armstrong Playing Trumpet In Front Of Sphinx, Egypt -1961

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The great Louis Armstrong visited Egypt in 1961 with his wife, Lucille as a cultural ambassador. There, he played trumpet in front of the Sphinx.

9 Kings in One Frame -1910

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A rare photograph of nine kings sharing the same picture in Windsor Castle. The picture was taken on 20th May, 1910.

Russian Peasant’s First Time With Electricity – 1920

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First moment when the Russian peasants got electricity in 1920. The photograph was taken by Arkady Shaikhet.

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It is the oldest known photograph of men drinking beer. It was taken in Edinburgh, 1844.

King Tiger – WW2 tank in October 1944

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One of the world’s heaviest WW2 tanks, King Tiger was amongst the last gambles of Hitler.

Bill and Hillary Playing Volleyball in 1975

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Young Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham enjoying the game of volleyball at Yale Law School of Connecticut in 1975.

Construction of Berlin Wall – 1961

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When the Berlin Wall was still in construction phase during 1961.

Spray Tan Vending Machine – 1940

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A woman can be seen using a spray tanning machine.

Lifeguards 1920s

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This is how the lifeguards used to dress up in 1920s.

Weird Bicycle for Four in 1939

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In October of 1939, Charles Steinlauf showed off his invention in Chicago, Illinois. This two-story bicycle could transport Steinlauf’s entire family. He would sit at the top of the bike, guiding its direction with the help of a large automobile wheel. His wife would sit below him on a platform, all while operating a sewing machine as she was in motion. The Steinlauf’s son would help pedal in the back, while their daughter rode on the large handlebars in the front, with her feet on a metal platform. When the bicycle was still, the legs of the sewing machine would keep the entire contraption from tipping over and crashing. This interesting mode of transportation was dubbed the “Goofybike”. While it was never mass produced or sold to the public, it was definitely a curiosity.

Bowling Alley Pinsetters – 1909 in New Jersey

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Perhaps this is one job that no longer exists. During 1909, young boys were employed for setting pins after the bowler hit the pins. Such laborious job even paid in pennies.

Concentration Camp Squabble – 1945

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Prisoners from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp took this chance to beat a former kapo, who was a prisoner put in a leadership role, often overseeing labor and punishing other prisoners. Needless to say, they weren’t too popular in the camp.

Beauty Pageant Winners 1922

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There was a time when the standards of beauty were way too different. In this picture, you can see two beauty pageant winners from 1922.

Dutch Anti-aircraft Motorcycle in Action

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This photograph was taken during the German invasion was going on in May, 1940. You can see the Dutch anti-aircraft motorcycle.

Newspaper Selling During Civil War -1863

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During the civil war era, newspapers were quite dominant medium of communication. In this picture, a newspaper vendor is seen selling at a Union camp in Virginia during the outbreak of civil war in 1863.

Soldier Playing Billiards -1915

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This is an amazing picture from 1915, where a soldier who had lost both his legs in WW1, is seen playing a game of Billiards.

Times Square, New York City -1915

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How beautiful Times Square, New York looked even back in 1911.

Cigarette Vending Machine -1931

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Already lit cigarettes were sold for a penny in England in 1931. These machines were banned later on.

President Nixon Confused On Using Chopsticks

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President Nixon puzzled by some food, or probably learning to use the chopsticks.

San Francisco Fire And Earthquake In 1906

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This picture was taken on April 18, 1906 by Arnold Genthe when a devastating earthquake destroyed the San Francisco city. This also resulted in a fire across the gulf regions and west coast of America.

Kiss of Freedom

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An extremely famous picture taken after the end of the WW1 in Times Square. The couple can be seen enjoying a kiss freely on June of 1945.

Saipan Operations – 1944

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Navy photographers brilliantly captured a Japanese plane being shot down in 1944 while the battle of Saipan was going on.

Diphtheria Treatment – 1937

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A young child being treated in an iron lung at the Harvard University in 1937 for Diphtheria.

Liberty’s Head – 1886

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As the Statue of Liberty was being assembled, it became a pretty big deal to sneak around and try to gain photo opportunities during various stages. However, having a photo with the head was by far the most popular.

Child Laborers -1880

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Shocking picture of child laborers who used to work in the mines in 1880.

Mississippi Steamer Boats – 1907

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An amazing old colored photograph of passenger steamer boats of Mississippi.

NASA’s Massive Chalkboards

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Before there was PowerPoint, iPads and all the other electronic devices that we don’t know how we’d live without, people found all sorts of ways to still manage to solve all of life’s problems and blaze trails leading toward new and exciting adventures. NASA would use these gigantic chalkboards, so tall that ladders were needed to climb to the top to finish equations, draw diagrams, jot down calculations and write codes that eventually changed the world.

Construction of Manhattan Bridge – 1909

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This photograph was taken while the Manhattan Bridge was still in the construction phase.

Titanic Leaving Port -1912

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The day when titanic left the port in 1912.

Titanic Boarding Pass – 1912

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A real boarding pass of R.M.S Titanic.

The First Computer

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The ENIAC – first computer in the production phase.

5-10 Walton’s Store

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Five and Dime Store of Sam Walton is now the Walmart Visitor Centre in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid 1901

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Much ahead of its time, the first hybrid Porsche that was developed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1901.

First Female Tattoo Artist

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This is the first popular female tattoo artist, Maud Wagner, of United States in 1907.

First Interracial Marriage in 1889

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Frederick Douglas married Helen Pitts in the late 80s, which was not a happy occasion for whites and blacks. This interracial marriage was not popular with their communities.

The first McDonald’s 1948

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A great old photo of the first McDonald’s that opened back in October, 1948. The food joint had a humble beginning. It was started by brothers Dick and Maurice McDonald in San Bernadino, Calif.

The First Subway Food Joint

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Fred DeLuca who mad a humble beginning with the opening of a sandwich store started Subway in 1965.

Tea Party -1960

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John F. Kennedy having a tea party with his daughter Caroline Kennedy in 1960.

Oldest Surviving Aerial Shot Of Boston Taken From 2,000Feet

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First and oldest surviving aerial shot of Boston, Circa taken in 1860 from hot air balloon.

Star Trek Crew In Front Of Space Shuttle

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The creator and crew of Star Trek stand in front of Enterprise, the first space shuttle. This picture that was taken in 1976 also has members of NASA standing alongside.

Gas-Free Baby Stroller – 1938

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During WWII, common citizens, especially throughout Europe, weren’t taking any chances at all, where their children were concerned. However, still not wanting to miss that noonday stroll, this contraption was invented to be sure that no toxic fumes were breathed in by the infant.

Macabre Advertisement -1944

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In Papua, New Guinea, taking this new anti-malaria drug, Atabrine, was serious business. With so many to-the-point advertisements floating around during WWII, the promotional team for this important medication wasted no time in spreading the word about just how important is not to ever skip a dose.

Opening Of Sarcophagus Of King Tutankhamun – Feb 1924

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In this picture, Howard Carter is seen opening the King Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus. The tomb had laid for over 3,000 years.

Confidence In Your Product

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A fearless man standing and testing out a newly invented bulletproof vest.

Girl In Artificial Legs-1890

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Prosthetic legs supporting a girl back in 1890.

The Great Depression Of The 1930s

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In order to support their survival, a family auctioned its 4 children. This happened during the great depression period in 1939.

When Sweden Switched Driving Lanes – 1967

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This is what happened on the day Sweden switched its driving side from left to the right in 1967.

Knocker-Up in 19th Century

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When there were no alarm clocks, there was a ‘knocker-up’

Bear Lapping Up Bowl Of Honey

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A waitress offering a bowl of honey to a baby bear in her café in 1950.

Miss Atomic Bomb Wnner -1950

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Winning moment of the Miss Atomic Bomb pageant in 1950.

Afghan Women in 1950

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Pre-Islamic Taliban era where women can be seen casually dressed and using a public library in 1950.

House Party- 1950

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A colored picture of a house party in 1950.

Pele and Bobby Moore After World Cup 1970

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Pele and Bobby Moore greeting each other after the conclusion of the World Cup in 1970.

Hindenburg Caught Fire On May 6, 1937.

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One of the most infamous disasters ever known in the history – the Hindenburg caught fire on May 6, 1937.

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Smoking

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Tsar Nicholas II gives permission to his daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to smoke.

Taking Pictures On Beach – 1912

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A Kodak moment on the beach in Atlantic City in 1912.

Iconic Marilyn Monroe Image – 1955

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Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress blowing up scene on the subway gate in NYC.

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