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15+ Photographs from the Past That Put the Past in a New Light

Many pictures from history can be found in old books, newspapers, and even on the internet, where you can find most of the pictures you want. However, most of the famous historical pictures that we see on a regular basis depict extraordinary events, so we don’t often get a chance to see ordinary events from the past. However, we have a collection of historical photographs that will give you a glimpse of images from the past that you may not have seen or heard before.

#1.  The very first picture of a human being, 1833

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In the spring of 1838, Louis Daguerre took a daguerreotype image of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris from his window. The image could have had a lot more people in it, but all we see is a shoe cleaner and his client.

#2. An Indian tattoo on the face of a white woman, 1863

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Olive Oatman’s parents, who were killed in 1859 when she was only 14 years old, are depicted in this photograph. The girl was abducted by Indians and sold into the Mohave’s slavery. The young woman was able to return to American society after 5 years in the tribe. Because they made Olive’s tattoos, the Mohave may have treated her as an equal rather than a slave.

#3. The first known photograph of an obscene gesture, 1886

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The photographer appears to have made a mistake with baseball player Charles Radbourn. He has flashed his middle finger at the camera, which is the first obscene gesture captured in a photograph.

#4. Students after a snowball fight, 1893


After a seemingly harmless snowball fight, the Princeton students looked like this. They could easily be mistaken for soldiers who have just returned from a battleground or bee swarm victims.

#5. A sculptor helps a veteran disguise the consequences of injuries, 1917

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Plastic surgery was still in its infancy at the turn of the century, but there was an alternative: masks that replaced missing facial features. Anna Coleman Ladd was one of these experts in the field, and while it couldn’t restore the face to its former glory, it was a boon to many people who had given up hope in their appearance.

#6. The tallest person in the history of medical observations, 1930s

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The “Alton Giant,” as he was known, is still the world’s tallest man, standing 272 cm (8′ 11”) tall and weighing 199 kg (439 lb). Unfortunately, he died in 1940 at the age of 22.

#7. A German worker refuses to raise his hand in the NAZI salute, 1936

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August Landmesser, the man in the picture, expressed his displeasure with the Third Reich’s policy by refusing to marry Irma Eckler, a Jewish woman. August joined a penal battalion and vanished, while Irma was sent to a concentration camp where she was killed.

#8. Beer in the fuel tank of a fighter plane, 1944

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Never thought beer could be used as a source of energy! Of course, the beer was not a source of energy. It was delivered to British soldiers fighting in Normandy during World War II in this manner. Before they started pouring beer into fuel tanks, the fighters had barrels attached to them instead of munition.

#9. The future Queen Elizabeth II, serving in the army, 1945

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During World War II, the future Queen of England worked as a mechanic and ambulance driver for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. In the photo, she is holding a clock that was given to her by her coworkers.

#10. American soldiers returning home, 1945

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The dreadnought Queen Elizabeth safely delivered American soldiers to New York after the military action in Western Europe was completed.

#11. Sophia Lauren and Jayne Mansfield, 1957

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Sophia Loren described the situation as follows: “Paramount had thrown a party for me.” The entire cinema was present. Then Jayne Mansfield, the final person to arrive, enters. She was well aware that everyone was watching her. What happened to my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I’m afraid they’re going to end up on my plate.”

#12. The woman with the thinnest waist in the world, 1959

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The photograph depicts Ethel Granger, who holds the Guinness World Record for the thinnest waist. She decided to drastically alter her appearance in order to please her husband, William, and as a result, she was required to wear corsets, which she did not remove at night, as well as high heels and ostentatious piercings, for which Ethel’s husband personally pierced her nose with a silver needle. The woman’s waist shrank from a natural 62 cm (24.4′′) to 33 cm (13′′) over time.

#13. The Beatles crossing the Abbey road in the opposite direction, 1969

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The photo of the famous “Abbey Road” cover is familiar to most of us. There are, however, other photographs of the band taken in the same location. By the way, the white Volkswagen Beetle that ended up in the frame was auctioned off for £2,530 in 1986.

#14. One of “Uncle Sam’s prototype”, 1970

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Uncle Sam, standing sternly on campaign posters, is a common image. This photo, on the other hand, depicts one of his prototype Walter Botts.

#15. A family photo on the surface of the Moon, 1972

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The astronaut Charles Duke, who served as a Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 16 mission, left this photo on the moon’s surface. On the surface of the Moon, Charles, his wife Dorothy, and their sons Charles Jr. and Thomas can be seen.

#16. Iranian pop singers before the 1979 Islamic revolution

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Many Iranians’ lives were changed by the Islamic revolution of 1979. Many Iranians used to dress like Europeans or Americans: they wore fashionable clothes, women didn’t cover their hair, and they wouldn’t hesitate to show up in a bikini on a beach.

#17. Kurt Cobain plays an imaginary guitar, 1993

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Lenny Kravitz shared this photo on Instagram, stating that it was taken at the MTV Music Awards on September 2, 1993. Kurt stood behind the scenes and “accompanied” Lenny on an imaginary guitar as he played his hit “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”



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