17 Historical Pictures Screening The Past In A New Light

Several pictures of the history can be seen in ancient books, newspapers and also you can see most of the pictures that you want even via browsing the internet. However, most of the famous pictures of history that we see frequently, presents the significant events that took place and therefore, we do not regularly get a chance to see ordinary happenings of old days. But here we present a collection of historical photos that show you a few previews of pictures from history that you would not often see or hear.

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#1 The Very First Photograph Of A Human Being, 1833.

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This photo shows a daguerreotype image of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris made by Louis Daguerre from his window in the spring of 1838. There could have been a more people in the photo, but we can only see a shoe cleaner and his client.

#2 An Indian Tattoo On The Face Of A White Woman, 1863.

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The picture shows Olive Oatman’s parents who were killed in 1859 when she was only 14 years old. This girl was kidnapped by Indians and then she was sold into the slavery of the Mohave. After spending 5 years in the tribe, the young woman managed to return to American society. The tattoos on her body shows that perhaps the Mohave treated Olive not as a slave but as an equal hence they made her tattoos which are looks alike to the tattoos that they wore themselves.

#3 The First Known Photograph Of An Offensive Gesture, 1886.

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It seems that the photographer has done something erroneous to baseball player Charles Radbourn. He has shown the middle finger at the camera and hence that, it can be recorded as the first offensive gesture captured in a photo.

#4 Students After A Snowball Fight, 1893.

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This is how the Princeton students looked like after a apparently innocent snowball fight. It is really possible to mistakenly consider them as soldiers who have just returned from a frontline or as the victims of violent bees.

#5 A Sculptor Helps A Veteran Disguise The Significances Of Injuries, 1917.

Image source: EAST NEWS

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Plastic surgeries were still at their early stage at the beginning of the 20th century, but it was replaced with an alternative: masks replacing missing parts of the face. Anna Coleman Ladd was one such expert in the field and even though it couldn’t make the face as it was before. This method was a blessing for many people who had vanished hopes about their look.

#6 The Tallest Person In The History Of Medical Observations, 1930s.

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Robert Pershing Wadlow who has been nicknamed as the “Alton Giant” still remains as the tallest man in the world’s history: he was 272 cm (8′ 11”) tall and weighed 199 kg (439 lb). Awkwardly, he died at the age of 22 in 1940.

#7 A German Worker Declines To Raise His Hand In The NAZI Salute, 1936.

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The man in the picture is August Landmesser and he showed his disagreement with the policy of the Third Reich because he couldn’t marry the Jewish woman, Irma Eckler due to this. Irma was later sent to a concentration camp and she was killed there, and August entered a penal battalion and vanished.

#8 Beer In The Fuel Tank Of A Fighter Plane, 1944.

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Do not think beer was a fuel any time! Though beer is not a fuel, this is how it was carried to British soldiers fighting in Normandy during World War II. Before the barrels were attached to the fighters instead of munition they started to pour beer into fuel tanks.

#9 The Future Queen Elizabeth II, Serving In The Army, 1945.

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The future Queen of England served in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as a mechanic and ambulance driver during World War II. This photo shows her holding a clock in her hands which was a gift from her co-workers.

#10 American Soldiers Returning Home, 1945.

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The dreadnought Queen Elizabeth safely delivered American soldiers to New York, after the military action in Western Europe was finished.

#11 Sophia Lauren And Jayne Mansfield, 1957.

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“Paramount had organized a party for me. All of the cinema was there. And then in comes Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come. She knew everyone was watching. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate.” this is how the Sophia Loren described this situation.

#12 The Woman With The Thinnest Waist In The World, 1959.

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This is a photo of Ethel Granger who entered into Guinness records as the woman with the thinnest waist. She decided to change enormously to satisfy her husband, William. Therefore, she had to wear corsets, has to stay without taking them off at night, as well as high heels and exaggerated piercings, for which Ethel’s husband himself pierced her nose with a silver needle. Over time, the woman’s waist reduced from an ordinary 62 cm (24.4″) to 33 cm (13″).

#13 The Beatles Crossing The Abbey Road In The Opposite Direction, 1969.

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How many of us have seen the photo of the famous “Abbey Road” cover? Most of us have. There are other pictures of the band made in the exact place. By the way, the white Volkswagen Beetle, which unintentionally got into the frame was sold at auction in 1986 for £2,530.

#14 One Of “Uncle Sam’s Prototype”, 1970.

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Uncle Sam, strictly watching from campaign posters, is a collective image and this photo shows one of is prototype Walter Botts.

#15 A Family Photo On The Surface Of The Moon, 1972.

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The astronaut Charles Duke who took part in the Apollo 16 mission as a Lunar Module Pilot has left this photo in the surface of the moon. The picture shows Charles, his wife, Dorothy, and their sons Charles Jr. and Thomas on the surface of the Moon.

#16 Iranian Pop Singers Before The 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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The Islamic revolution which took place in 1979 has made changes in the lifestyles of many Iranian people. Previously, many Iranians looked like Europeans or Americans: they wore stylish clothes, women didn’t hide their hair, and they didn’t even hesitate to be on a beach in a bikini.

#17 Kurt Cobain Plays An Imagined Guitar, 1993.

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Lenny Kravitz who posted this photo on his Instagram, said that it was made on September 2, 1993, during the MTV Music Awards ceremony. Lenny was playing his hit “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and Kurt “accompanied” him on an imaginary guitar standing behind the scenes.

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