They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes, a picture can say even more. We all know the memorial historical photos like landing on the moon, the shooting of Kennedy, and some similar photos that are embedded in our history.
But not all pictures get the same and equal media treatment. Some pictures might be more memorable than you think, and you have no idea. We present you a list of historical pictures that have a ton of value, but you probably haven’t seen them before.
Kathrine Switzer is known as the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon. She did it in April, 1967. The story of how she completed the race starts when she had a conversation with a 15 year Boston marathon veteran, who said to her “no woman has ever raced”. Kathrine took it upon herself, and after training for months, three weeks before the marathon she ran 31 mile. She was ready. But it didn’t go smoothly, as there were people trying to discourage her.
Not many people remember this era, but there was time when people didn’t use horses for pulling carts. Back in the early 1920s, there was a brief period where hippos were trained and used for this task. But it didn’t last long, as it proved unpractical.
On the picture, a boy from Austria getting a new pair of shoes during World War II. While the picture has no historical value, it shows the emotion that picture the ambience during the terrifying war.
There was a time when exotic dancers were considered one of the biggest criminals in Florida. And it took many years for the perception to change. Back then, exotic dancers were scrutinized because the perception was their underwear is too little, and it exposes their body. On the picture, an exotic dancer shows her underwear to the court, demonstrating it is too large and she cannot expose her. She was previously arrested by police officers in Florida.
The story of Hitler’s suicide bunker is as much of a legend and a myth, as it is real story. Whether Hitler really committed suicide at the end of World War II or not is still one of the biggest mysteries and controversies. But this was his actual “suicide bunker”
We have so much to thank to Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest minds and geniuses of our time. In this picture, he is shown in his laboratory with the “magnifying transmitter”. The transmitter is actually an advanced version of the coil transmitter, a high power harmonic oscillator that was intended for wireless technology.
Many of the pictures on this list are from World War II. This one in particular, is from the aftermath of World War II. After taking the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945, Soviet Troops scrawled some graffiti in.
Mount Rushmore is one of the essential parts of American History. It features the characters of four American presidents: Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson and Washington. Roosevelt was the last one added. The initial idea was to have the three founding fathers on Rushmore. Here, a worker is photographed carving the eye of one of the presidents.
For those that do not remember, back in 1930, a fire burst into Madam Tussaud’s wax museum in London, arguably the most famous wax museum in the world. The fire left damaged and melted mannequins behind.
Harold Whittles was one of the first boys to receive treatment for his deafness. Technology for treating deafness arrived in 1974, and it was at that when the five year old Harold heard sound for the first time. He was transported from a world of silence to a world of vibrant sound.
The picture shows lumberjacks working in Redwoods, the home to the tallest trees on Earth. You can see by the size of the lumberjack and the tree.
Did you know that the Statue of Liberty in New York was actually built in Paris? The picture shows the construction work on the Statue, back in 1884. Construction started in 1875, and the statute was opened in 1886.
Nowadays, finding job is relatively easier than it was in the years between the first and second war. There are countless of websites where you can search for jobs, and apply to one as well. But in the early 1930s, searching for a job was not as easy as it sounds. The picture shows what people had to endure in order to find a job.
Dorothy Counts is known as the first black girl to attend an “all white school” in the United States. She enrolled at the Harry Harding High School in 1957 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was teased, taunted and harassed by her peers. After four years of harassment, her parents decided that it is time for her to withdraw from the school, because they feared for her safety.
There have been several accidents in the sports world, where a nation loses a whole team. We all remember the Munich Olympics, or as it is popularly called, the Munich Massacre. But a not so popular accident also happened in 1958. Manchester United, a soccer team from England, lost almost the entire team in a plane crash. Coming back from Beograd after a game against Red Star in Champions League, the plane crashed, and 23 of 44 passengers died. Eight players, two coaches, eight journalists and many others suffered death in the accident.
Muhammad Ali is widely regarded the biggest athlete that has ever lived. He became a sports icon, and had many memorable photos with a number of celebrities. One of the forgotten photographs is with Ali and the member of the Beatles.
Another picture that shows how much our society has evolved. We went from swimming naked in rivers in cities, to swimming and bathing in lakes, seas and oceans. But in the early 1900s, juvenile skinny dippers were common in cities. A policewoman chases them in this picture.
The Berlin Wall divided Germany on East and West, and Berlin was the epicenter of it all. The picture shows the struggle people had living in such conditions, with residents of the West side of the city showing children to their grandparents, who live in the Eastern Side.
The streets of New York City in the late 1930s, when hats were extremely popular. New York has been one of the most dynamic cities, and is known as the “city that never sleeps”. But fashion is also a huge aspect, and the hats show that.
The Empire State Building is one of the landmarks in New York, and has been inspiration for many people. And eve acrobats find inspiration, shown here practicing and finding balance on top of the Empire State Building.
Another World War II picture. This time, we see a 152mm Howitzer battery firing during strategic offensive operation of Belarus in 1944.
No matter how old you are, you will always protect your home from imposters. Pictured here is an Armenian woman, at the age of 106 protecting her home with an AK-47 in her hands.
As we said previously, diving in rivers and bathing was a common theme in the early 1900s. Here, we see a picture of boys diving into Thames, London. The picture is taken in 1934.
Coca-Cola started as the American brand, and soon after its launch in 1886, the drink became internationally famous. And especially after the globalization following World War I and WWII. The picture shows a reaction of French people as Coca-Cola comes to France in 1950.
Is there any more random picture than Teddy Roosevelt riding a mouse? Definitely not. This is one of the funniest and iconic photographs in the same time.
Hitchhiking became popular in the 60s, especially during the Hippie era. Here, we see a pair of hitchhikers that are having fun at Woodstock in 1969.
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara were one of the iconic figures in American history, mostly because the revolution they started in Cuba. But while most of the world remembers them as revolutionaries, they were actually very down to earth people. They are shown fishing here. The picture is taken in 1960.
This picture is known as “The Kiss of Life”. Photographed in 1967, it shows two co-workers, one of which is giving mouth-to-mouth therapy to the other. The first worker was contacted with a high voltage wire, and he was in life danger.
Football helmets serve to protect the bearer from pain, injury and much more. But before they became a common gear for sports, a lot of testing was required. In this picture, for example, we see a man testing a prototype of a football helmet.
Probably the best illustration of the suffering Jews had to endure. This bench is marked “only for Jews”, and its location is in Austria. Jews benches were usually located in the Ghetto, and were part of the official segregation process. This way, Germans separated themselves from the “contaminated”. The benches were first introduced in Poland in 1935. A Jewish woman is photographed here on one of those benches.
Known as the “Bloody Saturday”, this event occurred in 1937. Japan ordered an air strike on civilians in Shanghai, the most populated city in China. The picture shows a baby crying at the ruins. After the photograph was published, nationalists in Japan said it was staged, and the government put a bounty for the photographer at $50,000.
We live in an era where animals are part of medical therapy almost as much as surgeries, transplantation, over-the-counter pills are. But the early stages of animals used as part of medical therapy date back to the 1950s. In this case, ducks are being used for therapy, as the little girl gazes into the pool with baby ducks. The picture is taken in 1956.
Ham the Chimp was the first hominid launched into space, as part of America’s space program. He was launched on January 31, 1961, and the picture shows his return to Earth after 16 minutes of space flight.
1983 was a year when KKK protests reached its culmination point. The picture shows a black officer protecting a KKK member from protesters. The picture shows exactly what the job of police officers is, and that is to protect the people, even when the “people” is someone that insults and offends you.
If you have ever watched an MGM movie, you probably know the logo of a lion roaring. This is the picture showing how the logo was created.