Rare Photos In History

Some really neat pictures of historical events.  Many differing perspectives.  (HatTip WeaselZippers)

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15 Responses to Rare Photos In History

  1. ZurichMike says:

    Wow. Some amazing photos.


  2. BabyBoomer says:

    OMG!! These were fantastic!! The light-hearted ones combined with Albert Einstein and Tolstoy were captivating…a bit embarrassed for Einstein’s shoes!! Especially the 20 minutes after Nagasaki…unfathomable, so much terror and destruction…human race forever changed. Thanks for sharing and giving us a peep into remarkable moments in modern history.


  3. sangell says:

    Old films and photographs are so fascinating. They preserve a moment in time and so few early photos and films were taken of ordinary life and street scenes. Most were portraits of people posing ( in part because the exposure time for early photography was so long) and because many early films were filmed in studios. An exception were comedies. Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin and Oliver & Hardy often filmed their movies ‘on location’ so they are also ‘documentaries’ that show Los Angeles in the 20’s and 30’s.


  4. FoxyGranny says:

    Amazing share….thank you


  5. kinthenorthwest says:

    Wow thanks for sharing…It is so neat that we have these glimpses into a time many don’t know about or remember..
    WIth what people are trying to do with the holocaust I am so glad that some military men filmed what they saw when they got to the camps.


  6. Bijou says:

    That was great.
    Particularly liked the shot of the “Christ the Redeemer” under construction.
    It’s one of my favorite Christian (man-made) symbols.


  7. Wow – simply amazing. Talk about inspiring melancholy and awe. I was struck by the Nagasaki photo – to think someone stood there to take that photograph and wondering what that person’s fate was. The men with the Redwoods was amazing, also. They ALL were.
    Does anyone know the history of the 14 year old Osama bin Laden? Where was that photo taken?? Wow!
    Beautiful presentation. All of the pictures were amazing, many of them breathtaking. The American Indian looking at the railroad was poignant. The men building the Statue of Liberty and the size of her hand compared to them – incredible. The Samurai. Unbelievable. I wish I could see more. More, more, more! I could look at pictures like these all day.
    Thanks so much for sharing this.


    • sangell says:

      I hadn’t seen the Nagasaki photo before but what is curious is there are only a handful of photographs all taken by the same person of Hiroshima after the atomic bombing. You would think after something like that lots of people ( especially the Japanese who would later become rather famous for their tendency to take photographs) would have taken pictures of the death and devastation of their community. It was wartime and film may have been hard to come by but still only ONE person known to have taken pictures that day? Here they are:



      • kinthenorthwest says:

        Remember that was in the 40s where cameras were a luxury that not every family had the money to buy, especially during war..


      • Wow – particularly the person “disintegrated” at the moment of the blast. That is unreal. So, did this man take the photo that we saw earlier in the slideshow? The quality seems much better, so I wonder if there are more from that photographer we have not seen?
        I know that my ex-husband was a combat photographer during the Vietnam War and he did 2 tours there. He had top clearance and secretive rank to access many “classified” areas and scenes. He told me the story of the wiping out of an entire village of mainly woman and children by Allied forces. He photographed it and, when they were done, his camera and film were confiscated by one of the Allied Generals (not American.) He was able to maintain a roll of film and when he returned to base his commanding officer called him in and asked him for the roll of film – they obviously figured out he had retained one. His photographs were unreal – both in Vietnam and back in the states, where he still maintained a press pass. He used it to get backstage for many concerts during “the day” and he lived in Miami, so saw many, many famous people – Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elton John – just to name a few – and got to photograph them up close and personal. Amazing, though, what our government classifies and hides from the public.
        In another set of photos from Vietnam, he and a buddy were out on a weekend “stroll” through the countryside and wandered upon an isolated Buddhist temple and monastery. They were “welcomed” and invited in and fed by the Monks and they allowed him to take photographs – absolutely beautiful.


  8. sangell says:

    Here’s is what I meant about old comedies also being ‘documentaries. This is a 1928 Harold Lloyd 5 minute short that features… Babe Ruth ! ( he was a pretty good actor too)


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