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Historical Photos From The Past Which You’ve Never Seen Before

1. The White Bronco Chase

24 years ago on June 17th, 1994, the world witnessed one of the most bizarre moments in the history of L.A’s criminal justice. A man named O.J. Simpson was asked to surrender for having a connection in his ex-wife’s murder and her friend but instead, he gave the authorities a wild chase across the freeways of Los Angeles which was seen live around the world through a live broadcast. The chase began in Orange County and ended in the driveway of Simpson’s Brentwood estate.

The White Bronco Chase

2. Goodbye Kiss

This photo goes back to the year 1963 when the American soldiers were about to sail to Egypt. This photo captures nothing but love, for those who have been in a long distance relationship would know how hard it is to say goodbye to your loved one especially when they are going to another country for war. The soldiers have their heads stuck out from the windows of the ship, whereas the women are sitting on the dock kissing them goodbye and saying their farewells.

Goodbye kiss of 1963

3. The Blue Tattoo

Olive Oatman was a woman who belonged to Illinois. At the age of 13, in the year 1851, while traveling west towards Zion her family was killed and she was captured and made a slave by the Yavapai Indians. She served as a slave for about a year and was then sold to the Mohave who raised her as their own and even tattooed her face. Olive was happy among the Mohaves, but at the age of 19, she has to leave them behind after she was released by the white society. This brought instant fame for this young woman, but fame which cost her an immense amount of pain and a disturbing childhood.

Olive Oatman

4. WWII Girls’ Athletic Club

World War II destroyed the lives of millions around the world, which was followed by a shortage of food, fuel, and many other things. To keep the morale high and maintain some normality among the civilians the combatant countries like the United States, Britain, Germany and many more focused on two things which were sports and entertainment. This is a picture of a German women’s athletic team where the gym teacher is inspecting her team, this picture is more towards the humorous side because it looks like the coach is focusing more on the player’s breasts rather than her fitness.

WWII girl's athletic club

5. Golden Gate Bridge Construction

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, linking the city of city of San Francisco, California to San Francisco Peninsula. The construction of the bridge started on 5th January 1933  and finished after 5 years on 27th May 1937. This picture below was taken in the year 1934 while it was in its initial phase. The whole project cost more than $35 million.

Golden Gate Bridge Construction 1934

6. SAS Scandinavian Airlines, 1969

This is a picture of the SAS Scandinavian Airlines taken back in 1969. By the looks of it, you must have already guessed that this is the first class of the aircraft where the air hostess and steward are serving a Scandinavian country-style buffet to their passengers. The airline still functions and is known for its first class services, but by the looks of this picture, we have to say it was more luxurious in the old times.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines, 1969

7. Free Borsht

Joseph Stalin was a Soviet revolutionary and a politician of Georgian ethnicity. The man was involved in killing millions of Ukrainian by genocide and starving them to death. So it’s not a surprise when he died in the year 1953 Ukrainians all around the world celebrated. This one Ukrainian family based in America, who ran a restaurant, put up a poster about free Borsht in the celebration of Stalin’s death.

ukrainian celebrating stalin's death

8. Open Air Schools

Open air schools, also known as the schools of the woods, were built with a purpose to prevent and fight the rise of tuberculosis which was spreading in large areas, this happening in the period not so far before the Second World Wa took place. This picture was taken in the year 1957 in the Netherlands where we can see an old teacher teaching a handsome amount of children out in the open. The idea of open-air schools has now been forgotten and vanished with the passage of time.

Open Air Schools in Netherland 1957

9. The Iran Revolution

After Ayatollah Khomeini brought a revolution in the Islamic Republic of Iran, women were accustomed to acting according to the shariah laws which included many things as well as compulsory hijab ruling. This law meant that women are required to wear a headscarf when away from home. On March 8th, 1979, which is also the International Women’s Day, 100,00 women gathered in the streets of Tehran to protest against this hijab law. Women from almost every profession took place in this protest and made it a part of history.

1979 protest in Iran again the hijab law

10. Forced Confrontation

This photo was taken in the year 1945, which shows the horrified faces of German POWs, captured by Americans while watching a film about a concentration camp. The idea behind this forced confrontation was to bring Germans face-to-face with the evils of the Third Reich. It was a part of the Allied policy of postwar denazification, whose aim was to get rid of any unwanted feelings Germans had of the remnants of Nazi rule and rebuild its civil society.

germain pows looking at footage in American prison in 1945

11. Live Assassination

In the year 1960 17-year-old Otoya Yamaguchi, who was a was a Japanese ultranationalist,  assassinated Inejiro Asanuma, the head of the Japan Socialist Party, on October 12th using a Japanese blade called the yoroi-dōshi, at Tokyo’s Hibiya Hall while he was delivering a political debate in the advancement of parliamentary elections. Three weeks after the assassination Yamaguchi hung himself in his prison cell, with a note on the wall saying, ‘Seven lives for my country. Long live His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor.’

Yamaguchi assassinating Asanuma in 1960

12. A Break Down Moment

This picture was captured in the White House on July 31, 1968, while the U.S.A President Lyndon Johnson was listening to a tape recording of his son-in-law Capt. Charles Robb, who was sent to Vietnam as a Marine Corps company commander. You can tell just by looking at the picture that how devastated the president looks. The picture was captured by Jack E. Kightlinger.

President Lyndon listening to a tape of his son-in-law Capt. Charles Robb

13. The Moment of Relief

Apollo 8 was the second manned spaceflight mission in the United States space program, which was launched on December 21st, 1968. This was the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth, reach the Earth’s Moon, and return safely to Earth. There were three astronauts on board, Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Ander, who also became the first humans to travel beyond Earth. This picture was taken back on Earth which captures the relief and excitement of the wives of the astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission, the moment they heard their husbands’ voices from orbit.

relief of Apollo 8 mission's astronauts' wives

14. Deadwood, 1876

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, which is named after the dead trees found in its gulch. The population of the city is around 1,270, it is a National Historic Landmark known for its well-preserved Gold Rush-era architecture. The settlement of Deadwood began illegally in the 1870s after the land has been granted to American Indians in 1868, but in the year 1874, Colonel George Armstrong Custer led a journey, with his few men, into the Black Hills and announced the discovery of gold on French Creek in South Dakota. This announcement activated the Black Hills Gold Rush and gave rise to the new and lawless town of Deadwood.

Deadwood, 1876

15. Easter Eggs Delivery

This picture was taken during World War II when the United States was in a war with Germany. This photo clicked in the year 1944 captures two soldiers of the US army who belonged to the 969th Field Artillery Battalion. It looks like it was Easter that day and the soldiers wanted to have some fun in the dark times of terror, so they decorated the shells they were going to deliver to the front line in Germany by writing stuff like Happy Easter Adolf and referring to bombs as easter eggs for Hitler.

US soldiers decorating bombs for easter

16. That Happy Moment

This is a picture taken back in the year 1946 in an orphanage in Austria. This boy in the picture is an orphan who looks extremely as he got a new pair of shoes. You can guess his level of happiness by the looks of his face. It’s no doubt that living a life is an orphanage is hard, but this brings tears to our eyes knowing how one can be so happy about receiving something so small. It’s a lesson that one should appreciate the things we have because many in the world don’t have that either.

orphan boy receives shoes

17. SI SI SI

The building you see in the photo is Palazzo Braschi which is located in Rome, it is the headquarters of the Fascist Party Federation. The building did not always look like this, this was a set-up made for the elections of 1934. The party called out the Italians to either vote for or against the Fascist representatives. The letters “SI SI” which you see in the picture means “Yes Yes.” This was basically a propaganda for the plebiscite elections which were held during the Fascist Regime, the electors did not vote for individual parties not for single candidates instead, they just voted ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a single list of candidates given by the Duce.

Palazzo Braschi in 1934

18. Great Sphinx of Giza

The Great Sphinx of Giza most popularly known as the Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion. This picture was taken back in the 1860’s when this great piece of art was partially excavated. Over the years a lot of work has been done to make the sphinx better and glorifying than before, and as we all know today it stands as one of the great work in the history of Egypt.

Great Sphinx of Giza in 1860's

19. Farewell 18th Amendment

The 18th Amendment of the United States of America ratified in the year 1919, put a prohibition of alcohol all over the country. By the end of the year 1932, there was a change in public opinion which led to the Democratic Party repealing the 18th Amendment. The strength of the Democrats was strong and the public was also in their favor, this was enough to make Congress pass a resolution repealing the 18th amendment and adopting of the21st  Amendment. On December 5th, 1933 ban over alcohol was lifted resulting in celebrations around the nation. This is a picture taken on the same day, where we can see a great number of people celebrating in a bar with drinks in their hands.

alcohol ban removed in 1933

20. The Ancient Seal

This seal which you see in the picture below was a seal to King Tutankhamun’s fifth shrine. The boy king was buried in a series of four stone coffin which was kept inside another series of five shrines. The seal stayed unroken for 3,245 years untouched, but in the year 1922, it was broken by the famous archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter. When the tomb was opened it revealed great treasure, some of which was spectacular than any discoveries made in the past.

ancient seal of King Tutankhamun's fifth shrine

21. The Big Three Meeting

In the year 1943, the three leaders of that time met in Tehran and held a conference of three days from November 28th December first. Those three were Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill. It was a strategy meeting which took place in the embassy of the Soviet Union in Tehran. This was the first of the many World War II conferences between the Allied leaders of the Soviet Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

the big 3 meeting in 1943

22. NewYork Before EPA

According to a recent study, the city of New York City produces twice as much trash as any other mega-city.  But did you know NewYork was at it’s worst before the EPA was formed in the year 1970? It was said to be America’s most polluted city as air pollution was a huge issue in the city. The year 1966 marks a historic smog event in NewYork when a great amount of air was polluted because of vehicles, chimneys, and factories. This picture was taken on the same day.

NewYork Before EPA in 1966

23. The Good times During War

War is a horrifying thing which has a great effect on people of both sides; the ones fighting it and the ones surrounded by it. This picture was taken during World War II where a Red Army soldier was captured playing with a cat. We get chills down our spine reading about the horrors of WWII, now imagine being a part of it. In those times of war playing with a cat could have also been a moment of stress relief for a soldier like this young man.

soldier playing with cat in WWII

24. Royal Fun Moments

This beautiful photo of Princess Diana with her youngest son Prince Harry goes back to the month April of the year 1992. The picture was clicked when the Royal family was visiting the Thorpe amusement park to have some family fun. Here are the mother and son enjoying themselves on a tube water slide. Their faces can tell how much they enjoyed the ride.

princess diana with prince harry in amusement park in 1992

25. Hardworking Girls

This is a picture of three young females of Soviet College captured back in the late 1960s. They all seem to be studying for a math test, as we can see formulas written down on the pavement. Now we aren’t sure if the paper was expensive or short during that time, or they did not have chalkboards, otherwise, why would someone do algebra on the side of the road.

soviet college girls studying in late 1960s

26. Female Snipers

During the Second World War, Russia was facing a threat to its existence as it could not fight Germany in terms of technology, training, or skilled officers. What Russia did have was a tremendous population, so they decided to win the war by outnumbering the enemy. In need of soldiers and factory workers, the Soviet government up toed upto 8 million women, among which 800,00 served in the armed forces. Amongst many combat roles played by women, the sniper duty was one they excelled at. 2000 female snipers are credited to kill 12,000 people in the WWII. This is a picture of a few female Snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front, taken in the year 1945.

emale Snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front 1945

27. Marilyn Monroe in Korea 1954

In February 1954, Marilyn Monroe traveled to Korea to perform in front of 100,000 American troops. She entertained the troops by putting together a show which was named ‘Anything Goes’, the show went on for 4 days. According to the actress, this Korea tour was one of the best things that had happened to her as it helped her to overcome her stage fright. In an interview taken after the tour, Marilyn said, ” I never felt like a star before in my heart. It was so wonderful to look down and see a fellow smiling at me”. This picture was taken on 11th February, which was one of the four days of the Korea tour.

Marilyn Monroe in Korea 1954

28. Job Hunt in 1930

The year 1930 was the year of the Great Depression, the stock market had crashed and the economy was falling to the ground. Many lost their jobs and there was a chaos everywhere. This picture was clicked in the same year, which shows a man looking for a job. He has a board hanging on his back which says, “I know 3 trades, I speak 3 languages, fought for 3 years, have 3 children and no work for 3 months. But I only want one job.” This picture shows how desperate people were at that time for a job just so they could feed their family.

Job Hunt in 1930

29. Ku Klux Klan on a Ferris-wheel

The Ku Klux Klan lived a much different life back in the 1920s, which included riding Colorado’s amusement park Ferris wheels. The 1920s was the peak era of the KKK with more than 4 million members across the United States. The picture was taken in the year 1925 where 40 KKK men were seen riding a Ferris wheel, but it did not get published anywhere until 65 years later when one of the family members of these men donated a copy of this photograph to the Royal Gorge Museum & History Center in 1991.

Ku Klux Klan on a Ferris-wheel in 1925

30. On the sets of The Wizard of Oz, 1938

Everyone is aware of the famous The Wizard of Oz. This picture was taken between the shooting of the first film in the year 1938. In the photo you can see Judy Garland taking a break during filming, she is sitting on a chair relaxing and reading a magazine. On her back, we can see some other artists from the film as well. This picture would be interesting for anyone who is a fan of the film.

Judy Garland taking a break during filming WOO in 1938

31. Jesse Owens wins Gold

In the year 1936, Jesse Owens reached Berlin to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics held in Germany. The Nazis wanted to use the Olympics to show the world a renewed Germany. The Adolf Hitler Nazi propaganda revolved around concepts like Aryan racial superiority and depiction of ethnic Africans as inferior. But in the Olympics Owens countered this whole idea and won four gold medals for his nation. Even though rumors were spread that Hitler has not been nice with the players from other countries, but his personally penned letter to Owens to congratulate him on his spectacular victories spoke of another reality.

Jesse Owens wins Gold in 1936

32. Two Legends Together

This photo was taken back in the year 1978, which captures two legends of the comedy world, Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller. The father and son were both in NewYork to check out a Broadway show. You may recognize Jerry Stiller as he has looked that way ever since we saw him on television, but you may have a hard time recognizing the 13 year olf Ben Stiller, who is now a famous comedian, actor, and producer.

Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller in 1978

33. An Unexpected Kiss

During the 1936 Olympics game in Germany, shortly before the finish of the men’s 1500 meters freestyle swimming a woman in red hat broke the condo, while everyone was busy watching the finish of the race, shook Hitler’s hand and then kissed him. The crowd of 20,000 enjoyed this moment with a laughter along with Hitler who was in high spirits joined in the fun and clapped his hands as the woman returned to her seat. The woman was a 40-year-old American, named Carla De Vrie who was traveling in Europe. Later, because the security personnel failed to stop one woman, several of Hitler’s hulking Schutzstaffel guards were dismissed and several more were demoted in rank.

woman kisses hitler in 1936 games

34. Look from the Above

In the year 1945 on August 6th, an American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over Hiroshima, a Japanese city. The blast was equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT, it turned four square miles of the city to ruins and immediately killed 80,000 people. This is a picture of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bomb. To this date the city has been suffering from the after-effects of this horrifying bombing which can not be forgotten in the history of Japan.

Hiroshima before and after the atomic bomb

35. Dog Warrior

This is a picture taken during World War II, in the year 1940. The photo captures a bunch of soldiers dressing up a dog like a German soldier. Looks like even during the dark times of war, the soldiers took out some time to have fun amongst themselves.

dog dressed up as german soldier in 1940

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