October 29, 2020

36 Rare Photos From The Past You’ve Probably Never Seen

If you think you know your history, get ready to be amazed. Keeping you old big books aside, what’s better than looking at your history through photographs.

A picture is worth a thousand words, it’s true because putting a strong moment into words is very hard, especially when those moments come about after looking other people in times of complete loss and despair.

The rare photos below show a different angle of historical events, and you probably wouldn’t find them in any school textbook.

1. Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

2. Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920

Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920

3. The 2800-year-old kiss

The 2800 year old kiss

4. A V-1 flying bomb “buzzbomb” plunging toward central London, 1945

A V-1 flying bomb “buzzbomb” plunging toward central London, 1945

5. The molten radioactive core after the Chernobyl accident. Known as the “Elephant’s foot”

The molten radioactive core after the Chernobyl accident.

6. A picture of 14-year-old Regina Kay Walters taken by serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades shortly before he murdered her

A picture of 14-year-old Regina Kay Walters taken by serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades shortly before he murdered her

7. Gadget, the first atomic bomb

Gadget, the first atomic bomb

8. The last picture that was taken of the Titanic before it sank

The last picture that was taken of the Titanic before it sank

9. General George S. Patton’s dog on the day of Patton’s death on December 21st, 1945

General George S. Patton’s dog on the day of Patton’s death on December 21st, 1945

10. The control room of the UB-110 German submarine, 1918

Control room of the UB-110 German submarine, 1918

11. 1963 – JFK’s funeral in the Capitol Building.

1963 - JFK’s funeral in the Capitol Building.

12. Young Winston Churchill, 1895

Young Winston Churchill, 1895

13. Gas masks for babies tested at an English hospital, 1940

Gas masks for babies tested at an English hospital, 1940

14. A politician in the Philippines Reynaldo Dagsa photographs his own assassination

A politician in the Philippines Reynaldo Dagsa photographs his own assassination

15. Laughing at Auschwitz – SS auxiliaries poses at a resort for Auschwitz personnel, 1942

Laughing at Auschwitz – SS auxiliaries poses at a resort for Auschwitz personnel, 1942

16. The last Jew in Vinnitsa, 1941

The last Jew in Vinnitsa, 1941

17. 1989 – East German soldier passing a flower through the Berlin Wall before it was torn down.

1989 - East German soldier passing a flower through the Berlin Wall before it was torn down.

18. USAAF B-25 sinks Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze off the coast of Xiamen, China, 6 April 1945

USAAF B-25 sinks Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze off the coast of Xiamen, China, 6 April 1945

19. 1912 – The first World Series Game in New York.

1912 - The first World Series Game in New York.

20. Illegal picture inside the Supreme Court. A man faked a broken arm and hid a camera in his cast

Illegal picture inside the Supreme Court. A man faked a broken arm and hid a camera in his cast

21. Execution of a German Communist in Munich, 1919

Execution of a German Communist in Munich, 1919

22. Einstein’s desk photographed a day after his death

Einstein’s desk photographed a day after his death

23. Nazis singing to encourage a boycott of the allegedly Jewish-founded Woolworths, 1933

Nazis singing to encourage a boycott of the allegedly Jewish-founded Woolworths, 1933

24. The first photograph upon discovery of Machu Picchu, 1912

The first photograph upon discovery of Machu Picchu, 1912

25. Annual midnight swearing-in of Nazi SS troops, Feldherrnhalle, Munich, 1938

Annual midnight swearing-in of Nazi SS troops, Feldherrnhalle, Munich, 1938

26. The underwater detonation of 15 kilotons nuclear weapon

Underwater detonation of 15 kiloton nuclear weapon

27. U-118, a World War One submarine washed ashore on the beach at Hastings, Sussex, England

U-118, a World War One submarine washed ashore on the beach at Hastings, Sussex, England

28. Using banknotes as wallpaper during Hyperinflation, Germany 1923

Using banknotes as wallpaper during Hyperinflation, Germany 1923

29. An illegal picture atop the Giza pyramids in Egypt

An illegal picture atop the Giza pyramids in Egypt

30. The Cologne cathedral stands tall amidst the ruins of the city after allied bombings, 1944

The Cologne cathedral stands tall amidst the ruins of the city after allied bombings, 1944

31. Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

32. Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Nazi officials, 1938

Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Nazi officials, 1938

33. Two German soldiers and their mule wearing gas masks in WWI, 1916

Two German soldiers and their mule wearing gas masks in WWI, 1916

34. Using a traditional Japanese blade, 17-year-old Otoya Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politician Inejiro Asanuma in Tokyo, Japan

17-year-old Otoya Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politician Inejiro Asanuma

35. Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife on the day they were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, 28 June 1914

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife on the day they were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, 28 June 1914

36. Germans testing a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E3, 1940

Germans testing a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E3, 1940

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