n amazing photo gives a different view of the things, rather than just listening to historical stories. It shows you how it all actually looked, letting you understand the historical moment more intimately.
We’ve all seen the famous pictures of Neil Armstrong bouncing on the Moon or a peaceful protester blocking tanks in Tiananmen square. These and many more powerful photos captured not only the image but the whole story perfectly. Apparently, there are more of those incredible shots which, for some reason, weren’t that widespread.
The brave photojournalists that took these interesting pictures saw the morbidity of wars, documented the creation of an atomic bomb, and shot stills of most magnificent constructions being built.
Below are some of the most fascinating rare historical photos ever captured on camera and collected together.
1. The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband, Holland, 1888:
“Love unites the souls not bodies.”
Just look at the strength of this couple’s love from this photo. They were determined to be together and remained together in spite of the adversity created by the culture and the tradition that controlled the society at that time.
2. Eiffel Tower construction July 1, 1887 and completed on April 15, 1889:
This photo shows its 1888 progress, after completion of its first floor.
3. Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper:
This photo shows construction workers eating lunch 840-feet above ground on break from building what is now the GE Building, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Photographer Charles C. Ebbets snapped the photo on September 20, 1932, as work on building progressed to its final stages – the 69th of 70 floors.
4. Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967:
On September 3, 1967, the country of Sweden switched its traffic laws and driving direction. The day marked the day the country switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to driving on the right-hand side of the road.
This was the picture from the first morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967.
5. Construction Of The Opera House In Sydney, 1966
This is the aerial view of the “Construction Of The Opera House In Sydney, 1966”. The iconic Sydney Opera House took 16 years to construct, from 1957 to 1973.
It costs 15 times more than the initially budgeted construction cost, which angered Australian citizens.
6. Pyroclastic flow from the eruption of Pinatubo, Philippines,1991:
Pyroclastic Flow is the mixture of gas, lava, and ash that is expelled from a volcano when it erupts. This is the view of the pyroclastic flow from the eruption of Pinatubo, Philippines in 1991.
7. A humanoid into space, 1961:
This Astrochimp got to do things that no money ever did. He was the first Chimpanzee sent into space. This was a test for NASA to see if they could send a humanoid into space in 1961.
8. Job Hunting In the 1930s:
Such a positive guy.
Well…this seems to be Linkedin of 1930….funny…huh…!!!
9. Acrobats Balance On Top Of The Empire State Building, 1934:
Beautiful people- strength, mobile, challenging themselves, taking risks. A true example of a Proto-Feminist photograph.
10. The Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In Paris In 1884:
From the most incredible inventions to the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy this rare but interesting travel to the past.
It seems as if she is holding an iPhone….First, let me take a selfie…!!!!
11. Leonardo- Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Is Returned To The Louvre After World War II:
It’s commendable when people risk themselves to save art and history during war times and then return it.
12. These Are Titanic Survivors Boarding The Carpathia In 1912:
Those safe boats do not really look all that big as what they are made to look like in the Titanic movies we all see today.
Well…perhaps, these were the few lucky and rich ones…!!!
13. The First Bananas In Norway, 1905:
The Banana Truck – People probably looked at them the same way we look at some exotic fruits.
14. US Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Destroys The Nazi Submarine U-175, April 17, 1943:
Such a Historic moment.
15. The Gadget, The First Atomic Bomb, 1945:
How casually he is sitting next to it! Just because we have the ability to make such weapons of mass destruction, doesn’t mean we should.
16. Crew Of The Japanese Carrier Zuikaku Give One Final Banzai Cheer Before The Ship Sinks, 1944:
There was a total of 1660 people and half died while the other half survived. So, 862 officers and men were rescued in total.
17. The Fat Man Atomic Bomb dropped On Nagasaki On August 9, 1945:
Finalizing The Fat Man Atomic Bomb, which was dropped On Nagasaki On August 9, 1945. On Its Nose It Had Stenciled The Acronym “Jancfu”- Joint Army-Navy-Civilian.
18. The Eiffel Tower During The Nazi Occupation, 1940:
The French probably disabled the elevators so the Germans would have to climb the stairs to hang their flags. The writing says “Germany wins on all fronts”.
19. An aircraft crash on board during World War II:
Such a terrific thing.
20. Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945:
Still the attack feels like trembling the soul.
When it comes to history, all it takes is a photograph!
As the world around us changes rapidly, it can be difficult to picture what life was like many decades ago. Society has gone through such enormous evolutions in the relatively short time humans have inhabited the Earth, but we often get too wrapped up in our own lives to notice.
We often like to refer to the “good old days,” but sometimes, a different perspective on a story you’ve heard before can be enough to make you reexamine things.
Thanks to these great images, we now have before us a rare window to some of the most interesting moments of our world history.