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20 Rare Historic Photos You Probably Haven’t Yet Seen

Published 4 years ago

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. And apparently, there are more of those incredible shots which, for some reason, weren’t that widespread.

Thankfully, the guys at Bored Panda have compiled a list of these rare historic shots. From famous landmarks being built to tragic events during the wars, these photos have cemented key moments in time that you now get to witness.

(h/t: boredpanda)

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#1 Nikola Tesla Sitting In His Laboratory With His “Magnifying Transmitter”


Image source: unknown.

#2 Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII


Image source: Gerald Waller

#3 Dorothy Counts – The First Black Girl To Attend An All-White School In The United States – Being Teased And Taunted By Her White Male Peers At Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957


Image source: Don Sturkey

#4 Jewish Prisoners After Being Liberated From A Death Train, 1945


Image source: unknown.

#5 Race Organizers Attempt To Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing In The Boston Marathon. She Became The First Woman To Finish The Race, 1967


Image source: unknown.

#6 The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband, Holland, 1888


Image source: unknown.

#7 Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974


Image source: Jack Bradley

#8 A Lone Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936


Image source: wikimedia

#9 Job Hunting In 1930’s


Image source: rarehistoricalphotos

#10 First Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967


Image source: Jan Collsiöö

#11 German Soldiers React To Footage Of Concentration Camps, 1945


Image source: rarehistoricalphotos

#12 Residents Of West Berlin Show Children To Their Grandparents Who Reside On The Eastern Side, 1961


Image source: rarehistoricalphotos

#13 Acrobats Balance On Top Of The Empire State Building, 1934


Image source: Bettmann / Corbis archives

#14 An Exotic Dancer Demonstrates That Her Underwear Was Too Large To Have Exposed Herself, After Undercover Police Officers Arrested Her In Florida


Image source: unknown.

#15 Mafia Boss Joe Masseria Lays Dead On A Brooklyn Restaurant Floor Holding The Ace Of Spades, 1931


Image source: unknown.

#16 The Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In Paris In 1884


Image source: unknown.

#17 Lesbian Couple At Le Monocle, Paris, 1932


Image source: Georges Brassai

#18 The Most Beautiful Suicide – Evelyn Mchale Leapt To Her Death From The Empire State Building, 1947


Image source: Robert C. Wiles

#19 7-Foot Bolaji Badejo, A Nigerian Design Student, And One-time Actor, Wearing His Costume From The Now Classic Sci-Fi Thriller Alien, 1978


Image source: unknown.

#20 The Remains Of The Astronaut Vladimir Komarov, A Man Who Fell From Space, 1967


Image source: RIA Novosti/Photo Researchers Inc.

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