40 Timeless “Pictures Of Humanity” That Are Full Of Raw Emotion

Published 10 months ago

There are some pictures that seem to tell a story so well that they leave an indelible mark on us. These photographs of people long gone from the world still retain their iconic status as they give us an unfiltered glimpse into mankind’s history. 

The “Pictures of Humanity” Instagram page collects and shares emotional images that succinctly tell the story of important events from around the world in quite a moving manner. Much like the image of the sailor dipping a nurse into a jubilant kiss at the end of WWII, the following images found on the page capture emotional moments in such a way that even many years later, we can still feel everything that the subjects likely felt at the time.

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#1 Protesting The Ban On High School Girls Wearing Slacks In Brooklyn, NY. 1942

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GrillMeASalmonWell if it ain’t the most well-dressed protest I’ve ever come by…

#2 A Mother Laughs At Her Husband Who Just Fainted. 1986

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Bear Hall: “Tell me again who is the stronger sex?”

#3 The Earliest Known Photograph Of A Surfer. Hawaii, 1898

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#4 Bride Leaving Her Recently Bombed Home To Get Married. 1940

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#5 Buzz Aldrin Takes The First Ever Selfie In Space. 1966

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Bear Hall: I wish every selfie would live up to this standard. We could live without all those influencers.

#6 The Day Sweet Rationing Ended In England. 1953

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James S: My dad vividly remembers

#7 The Great North Dakota Blizzard Of 1966

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#8 Rollerskating To Work In New York City. 1940

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#9 Sign Seen At A March For Women’s Rights In Pakistan. 2020

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#10 Heavy Metal Fan In Botswana, Africa. 2011 By Frank Marshall

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Darryl Martin: There are no words to express how cool this person looks.

#11 She’s In Someone’s Locket. 1940s

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GrillMeASalmon: …and in someone’s heart.

#12 Australian Man And His Dog Watching Their World Burn. 2020

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#13 A Drive-In Restaurant In Dallas, Texas Caters To Women With Men As Car Hops. 1940

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Holly Stevens: Pretty sure a lot of dudes stopped by as well

#14 Us And El Salvador Under 16 Basketball Teams. 2019

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Ace: Nutrition is a wonderful thing.

#15 Teachers On Spring Break. 1910

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#16 A Stewardess Examines A New Uniform Proposal For Scandinavian Airlines. It Was Not Approved. 1964

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#17 Two Parents Listening To The Heart Transplanted From Their 23 Year Old Son, Who Died Of An Opioid Overdose. 2018

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#18 Albert Einstein Giving A Lecture At Lincoln University, A Historically Black College. 1946

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#19 Walking Practice At The Polio Hospital. 1953

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#20 Iraqi Protestor Sits On The Chairs Of The Elected Officials That Have Failed Them. 2019

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#21 Open-Air School In The Netherlands. 1957

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#22 Boy Watching A TV For The First Time In A Store Window. 1948

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Bear HallMy father traveled for a day just to see a color TV.

#23 Police Officer Looks After An Abandoned Baby. 1971

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#24 Child Car Seats In 1940

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Bear Hall: More like a child sized catapult seat.

#25 Punk Rocker Lets Curious Child Touch His Jacket. 2012

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#26 Chinese Doctor Saying Goodbye To His Wife Before Leaving For Wuhan To Treat Coronavirus Patients. 2020

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FeelingFriskyI hope he returned to her.

#27 Whang-Od Oggay Is A Filipina Tattoo Artist. Currently 106 Years Old, She Is The Oldest Known Person To Practice Mambabatok, An Ancient Traditional Form Of Kalinga Tattooing

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#28 Father Bathes His Daughter And Niece In Their Bombed Home In Gaza. 2015 By @emadsnassar

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#29 Nasa Before Modern Computers. 1961

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Elizabeth Elliot: “To work as a physicist at Nasa you’ll need a head for heights.” “Don’t you mean numbers?” “I know what I said.”

#30 Jazz Artist Big Jay Mcneely Performing In Los Angelos. 1951

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#31 Children In France Playing With A Toy Guillotine. 1959

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Holly StevensHow very Addams family of them

#32 Margeret Hamilton, Lead Software Engineer Of The Apollo Project, Standing Next To The Code She Wrote By Hand That Helped Take Us To The Moon. 1969

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GrillMeASalmon…and she was only 33 years old at the time. Respect…

#33 Two Girls Greet Their Wounded Father Returning Home From War. 1940

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#34 A Bystander Attempts To Catch A Cup Of Moonshine Being Poured Out By Police During The Prohibition Era. 1925

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Katey Doll: No need for the cup, pour it straight down my throat.

#35 Milkman Continues Working During The Bombing Of London. 1940 By Fred Morley

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#36 An Italian Boy Helps His Little Brother Who Lost His Leg During The Bombing Of Naples. 1944

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#37 Sailor Returns Home After 14 Months At Sea. 1966

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#38 Testing American Football Helmets. 1912

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Jez Coates: How Darwin Awards came into being.

#39 Siblings Found In Earthquake Rubble After Being Trapped For 17 Hours. Both Were Successfully Rescued. 2023

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Natalie Bohrteller: What a nightmare. Such strong kids!

#40 A Man Listens To His Phonograph In His Destroyed Bedroom In Aleppo, Syria. 2017 By Joseph Eid

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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