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November 10, 2015

56 Rare Historical Photos You May Probably Haven't Seen Before

These rare photos from the past reveal just how much there is that happened that we don’t know about, and probably wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for the surfacing of these historical pictures. They include famous people you never thought knew each other, sides of historical figures that you’ve never seen before, and old photos that capture the essence of era that is now gone.

1. A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 1897.

2. An airman being captured by Vietnamese in Truc Bach Lake, Hanoi in 1967. The airman is John McCain.

3. Samurai warriors taken between 1860 and 1880.

4. A shell-shocked reindeer looks on as war planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941.

5. Walt Disney on the day they opened Disney Studios.

6. Che Guevara enjoying a drink.

7. The Microsoft staff in 1978.

8. The last known Tasmanian Tiger (now extinct) photographed in 1933.

9. German air raid on Moscow in 1941.

10. Winston Churchill out for a swim.

11. The London sky after a bombing and dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.

12. Martin Luther King, Jr removes a burned cross from his yard in 1960. The boy is his son.

13. Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945.

14. The only photograph of a living Quagga (now extinct) from 1870.

15. Hitler’s bunker after the fall of Berlin, 1945.

16. A Japanese plane is shot down during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

17. The original Ronald McDonald played by Willard Scott.

18. The first photo taken from space in 1946.

19. British SAS back from a 3-month patrol of North Africa in 1943.

20. Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.

21. The first McDonalds.

22. Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial.

23. George S. Patton’s dog mourning his master on the day of his death.

24. California lumberjacks working on Redwoods.

25. Construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

26. Bread and soup during the Great Depression.

27. The 1912 World Series.

28. The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912.

29. Construction of Christ the Redeemer in Rio da Janeiro, Brazil.

30. Steamboats on the Mississippi River in 1907.

31. Leo Tolstoy telling a story to his grandchildren in 1909.

32. The construction of Disneyland.

33. 14-year-old Osama bin Laden (2nd from the right).

34. Construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884.

35. Albert Einstein’s office photographed on the day of his death.

36. Construction of the Manhattan Bridge in 1908.

37. Construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1888.

38. Dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

39. Titanic leaves port in 1912.

40. Adolf Hitler’s pants after the failed assassination attempt at Wolf’s Lair in 1944.

41. NIAC, the first computer ever built.

42. Brighton Swimming Club in 1863.

43. Ferdinand Porsche showing a model of the Volkswagen Beetle to Adolf Hitler in 1935.

44. Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke left this family photo behind on the moon in 1972.

45. The crew of Apollo 1 practicing their water landing in 1966. Unfortunately, all of them were killed on the launch pad in a fire.

46. An aircraft crash on board during World War II.

47. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding (29th president of USA), and Harvey Samuel Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.) talking together.

48. Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his son stand in front of The White House in the early 1980s.

49. Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood in 1919.

50. Titanic survivors boarding the Carpathia in 1912.

51. Tsar Nicholas II allows his daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to smoke.

52. Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is returned to the Louvre after WWII.

53. A mannequin from an atomic bomb test site in Nevada during the middle 1950s.

54. The Beatles walking in the opposite direction during the Abbey Road album cover photoshoot.

55. Queen Elizabeth during her WWII service.

56. Cameramen shooting and recording the lion roar for the MGM logo.


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