Most Powerful Historical Photos Ever Surfaced

What Makes A Moment "Historic"

In some cases, only the passage of time and the consequence of that 'moment' makes us realize just how special it was; in other cases, regardless of time, context or place, we just KNOW that what we're looking at will ultimately have a huge say in shaping human history - with this in mind, we decided to gather together some of the most powerful and shocking historical photos ever taken. some of these photos have shaped human history.

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

An aerial view of the damaged Chernobyl nuclear-power plant, photographed a few weeks after the disaster, in May 1986. On April 26, 1986, a series of explosions and failures destroyed Chernobyl’s reactor No. 4. Several hundred staff and firefighters were faced by a fire that burned for 10 days sending radioactive radiation around the world. More than 50 reactor and emergency workers were killed in the immediate aftermath.

German Soldiers Reaction to Concentration Camps Footage, 1945

As part of the allied policy of postwar denazification, “forced confrontation” brought Germans face-to-face with the worst works of the Third Reich. The image shows the faces of German prisoners of war, captured by Americans. The original photo can be found in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Most Beautiful Suicide 

Bookkeeper Evelyn Mchale Leaps to Her Death from the 86th Floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, 1947. Technically rich, visually compelling and downright beautiful, this photo is widely regarded among the most iconic suicide photographs. In accordance with Mchale’s last wishes, she was cremated with no memorial, service or grave.

The body of 23-year-old Evelyn McHale rests atop a crumpled limousine minutes after she jumped to her death from the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947.

Jewish Families In Sand Dunes That Would Eventually Become the City of Tel Aviv, 1909

In April 1909, more than 50 Jewish families that decided to move outside the crowded and noisy city of Jaffa gathered on a desolate sand dune to parcel out the land by lottery using seashells. This gathering is considered to be the official date of the establishment of Tel-Aviv.

Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Meltdown Forms the World's Most Dangerous Lava Flow

The “Elephant's Foot” Eight months after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, this solidified lava mass of melted nuclear fuel was discovered in the ruins of the reactor building. At the time of its discovery, the emitted radiation was high enough to be lethal in less than three minutes.

West Berliners Lift & Show Their Children to Grandparents Residing on The Eastern Side, 1961

When the Berlin Wall was built in August 1961 entire families and neighborhoods became suddenly divided in what had until then been Germany’s capital. From family to friends to work colleagues, tens of thousands became abruptly separated with no chance of meeting face to face.

Executing a Young German Communist In 1919

Some sources say that the circumstances were real, others claim that the photograph had been staged for PR purposes. Two of the guys in the back rank appear to be unfamiliar with their Mauser riffles? The supposed to be executed man looking way too calm? Authentic or fake, we may never know.

Bob Marley Chillin’ with Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976 and Mother of Damien Marley

Canadian born Breakspeare moved to Jamaica when she was four years old. As a teenager she participated in beauty pageants, including Miss Jamaica Body Beautiful and Miss Universe Bikini. The beauty queen became pregnant with Bob Marley's child, Damian, in 1977. Baby Damian was only two years old when his father died of cancer.

Buchenwald concentration camp

German civilians are forced by American troops to bear witness to Nazi atrocities at Buchenwald concentration camp, mere miles from their own homes, April 1945.

History’s Most Evil Man: A Young Hitler Cheers the Commence of WWI, 1914

Local photographer Heinrich Hoffmann took this photo at a rally in support of war against Russia in Munich’s Odeonsplatz on August 2, 1914. Used countless times in newspapers, books, biographies and school books, this photo would later become a popular tool in the Nazi propaganda machine, appearing with headers such as “Adolf Hitler: A man of the People”.

A Happy Arnold Schwarzenegger Becomes an American Citizen, 1983

Former Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia, California's governor and returning Hollywood action film icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger was only 21 years old when he moved to the United States in September 1968. His bodybuilding career encouraged him to follow his dream and initiated the move.

French Resistance Member Georges Blind Smiles at A German Firing Squad, 1944

Georges Blind was a fireman from Belfort, France arrested in October 1944 for resistance activities. He refused to speak so the Nazis made him undergo a mock execution, hoping his comrades would speak. It didn't work. The Germans then deported him to Blechhammer concentration camp where he was murdered in November 1944.

Last Known Photo of the Titanic Above Water, 1912

We’ve already discussed the Titanic elsewhere in this article, but this picture is something truly special; it is the
last known image of the doomed ship above water. As we all know, the Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg during its
maiden voyage from Southampton in the United Kingdom to New York City – there were an estimated 2,224 passengers and
crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern

Buchenwald concentration camp 2

These are Buchenwald concentration camp guards who received a beating from the prisoners when the camp was liberated by the Americans. The picture was taken in April 1945, by the U.S. military photographer Elizabeth Miller.

Woman Using Suntan Vending Machine in 1949

People who live in countries which don’t get a lot of sunshine will often go on vacation to somewhere with a nice beach
and plenty of warm weather; there’s something about coming back from vacation with a nice tan that just really makes
people jealous! Of course, there are now various alternatives to getting a natural tan, but this option from 1949
really is something else! Can you imagine standing there for an hour as you topped up your tan?

The Dalai Lama as a Child

Dalai Lama is a title given to spiritual leaders of the Tibetan people. Part of the Gelug or ‘Yellow Hat’
school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is
Tenzin Gyatso – and here he is as a baby! Some of his famous quotes are: ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is
always possible.’ ‘Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.’
‘Sleep is the best meditation.’ Words to live by.

Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney Washing Dishes

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney of The Beatles might be two of the biggest pop stars in history, but that doesn’t
mean they don’t have to sometimes do the dishes like the rest of us! While it isn’t clear when this adorable photo was
taken, it might be fair to presume it was around 1983, because that was the period when the two superstars collaborated
on a song called ‘Say, Say, Say’ for McCartney’s solo LP, Pipes of Peace.

‘Knocker-Ups’ Woke People in the Morning, 1900

It’s never easy to get up in the morning and go to work; when most people hear that alarm clock, all they want to do is
press the ‘snooze’ button, or in some cases, throw the blasted clock against the wall! In the UK, around 1900, before
alarm clocks were affordable, there was an entirely different system for waking people up, and you couldn’t press the
snooze button in this scenario – ‘knocker-ups’ were used to wake people early in the morning!

California Lumberjacks Felling Giant Redwoods, 1915

A time when tree logging was at its peak at Humboldt County, California. Up to then, the redwood forest covered more than two million acres of the coast of California. This location attracted ambitious lumbermen, and a minor gold rush brought others to the region.

Mickey & Minnie Costumes, Disneyland, 1930s

In our opinion, these original costumes of Disney icons Mickey and Minnie Mouse are terrifying! The kid in the picture
certainly seems to think so. We’re not entirely sure whose idea it was to give Mickey and Minnie a serious makeover,
but whoever it was deserved a medal – the next version was far closer to how we’ve now become accustomed to seeing them
and the millions of kids who visit the park each year are the happier for it!

The Last Photo of All Four Beatles Together

Everyone has their own particular favorite band or musician, but speaking in general terms, The Beatles are often
regarded as the greatest band of all time – they are certainly one of the most popular. When the four boys from
Liverpool, England decided to call it a day, people around the world were absolutely devastated. Taken August 22nd,
1969, this is the last photo of ‘the fab four’ together. Today, they remain as popular as ever and have influenced
countless other bands.

Couple Refuse to Allow Their Home to Be Destroyed for New Road

Construction seems to be moving at an alarming rate, and it seems that sooner rather than later, there won’t be any
space left in the world; with big corporations looking to build more and more hotels, roads and other infrastructures,
there’s something quite inspiring about individuals taking a stand – this picture was possible because an elderly
Chinese couple refused to sign an agreement allowing their house to be demolished for a new road. What a strange and
surreal sight!

Traffic Chaos On The First Morning After Sweden Changed Driving Lane, 1967

Different countries drive on different sides of the road, and it can often be difficult to pick things up if you find
yourself having to drive in a foreign country; how well you adapt is obviously hugely dependent on how good a driver
you are in the first place. Well, regardless of how good any of these drivers were beforehand, Sweden plunged into
chaos the first morning after they decided to switch from driving on the left to the right.

Madonna, Sting and Tupac Hanging Out

When you get three of the biggest music stars in history gathered around the very same table, one can only imagine what
they were talking about – whatever it was, we bet it was super cool! Of course, this is none other than Madonna, Sting
and hip-hop legend Tupac, you know, just casually hanging out. We would love to have been a fly on the wall during this
night and we bet the three superstars were talking until the early hours.

Animal Tamer Sitting With His Cats, Circa 1903

The skill or art of animal training (or taming) refers to an individual teaching animals specific responses to specific
conditions or stimuli. While the skill is typically associated with training wild animals to be used for entertainment
purposes in a circus, it also extends to training a seeing eye dog to help a blind person. The man pictured is animal
tamer Captain Jack Bonavita, who is looking pretty relaxed sitting down alongside some his cats. The year is roughly

Einstein’s Office on the Day He Died, April 18th 1955

At first glance, this looks like your typical – albeit slightly messy! – office. But then we learn who its occupant was
and the poignancy of the scene is clear: this is Albert Einstein’s office on the day he died, April 18th, 1955.
Fittingly, there are equations scribbled on the board, while the chaos on his desk is befitting of a man who was
notoriously messy. There’s a misconception that to do good work, one must keep a tidy workplace; Einstein proved

Jimi Hendrix & Mick Jagger, New York, 1969

Widely regarded by critics, fans and fellow musicians as the greatest guitar player in history, Jimi Hendrix is
pictured here chatting with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. The year is 1969, and it’s crazy to think that even
now, almost 50 years later, Mick is still touring the world with his fellow band mates! Jimi left us many years ago, in
1970 to be exact, at the age of 27, but even today, his legacy remains stronger than ever.

The Breakfast Club!

When this picture was taken during the filming of iconic 1980s movie The Breakfast Club, the main cast didn’t know they
were making one of the defining films of the era – and the story of five high schoolers connecting during detention
remains as beloved today as it was then! While the cast went on to have varying degrees of success following the film’s
release in 1985, they well and truly made their mark in this movie. Don’t you forget about them!

April 12th 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Funeral Procession

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the Democratic party, he won a record 4 presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. His last years in office were dominated by World War II.

Marilyn Monroe Opens a Soccer Match

Here is Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe kicking out the first ball in a soccer game between a combined American Soccer
League team and Hapoel FC, from Israel. The match took place on the 12th of May 1957. Marilyn is rumored to have had to
try the kick three times before photographers could get the exact shots they wanted – once the actual match started,
the Israeli team ended up winning 6-4. but all anyone could talk about afterward was Marilyn’s ferocious kick!

Niagara Falls Frozen Solid, 1911

The collective name given to the three waterfalls located on the border between Ontario and New York is Niagra Falls,
and they form the southern end of the Niagra Gorge. From smallest to largest, the three waterfalls are the Bridal Veil
Falls, the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. Although the falls commonly ice up most winters, the river and the
falls do not freeze completely. In this magnificent picture from 1911, the waterfalls have iced up.

Circus Elephant Being Transported in the Early 1930's

Established way back in 1871, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was an American traveling circus company
billed as ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’; largely due to weakening attendance and high operating costs, the circus closed
on May 21, 2017, after 146 years in existence. Still, the circus remains a fixture in the US and beyond, and elephants
have long been an integral part of the experience – this picture depicts the transportation of a circus elephant in the
early 1930s.

The Man Who Played Alien

It might not look scary here, but in the movie, it was terrifying. Surprising or not, Badejo’s role in Alien was his one and only every on-screen acting part. He died on the 22nd of December, 1992 from sickle cell anaemia. He was 39 years old.

Acoustic Device Used to Hear Enemy Airplanes During War

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking this incredible-looking contraption was the first version of what would
eventually become the hearing aid, but in truth, this was an acoustic listening device used by the Dutch army between
World War 1 and 2 in order to help detect the sound of enemy planes. Of course, advances in technology have confined
such ‘homemade’ machines to the past, but we can’t help but smile at just how impractical the device now seems!

Original Ronald McDonald Clown

Founded in 1940 by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States, McDonald’s is perhaps
the most iconic fast-food burger chain in American history. Interestingly, the first menu items were hot dogs, not
burgers and a new restaurant opens roughly every 14 hours – perhaps even more incredibly, McDonald’s restaurants feed
68 million people every single day. The chain’s primary mascot is, of course, the clown Ronald McDonald, and here he is
in his first ever incarnation in 1963.

Head of Statue of Liberty on Display in Paris, 1878

Situated on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the people
of the United States. In this incredible photo, the Statue’s head is on display at the World’s Fair in Paris, 1878,
some seven years before it was shipped across the Atlantic (with the rest of course!) on the French ship Isere –
landing in the US on June 17, 1885, the statue was erected and dedicated on October 28, 1886.

Cast of ‘Friends’ Posing for Their High School Yearbooks

Highly successful TV show Friends made household names of its six principal stars, and a big part of the show’s success
is down to how relatable each of the characters were; as if to emphasise this point, here’s a pic of Matthew Perry
(Chandler), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Courtney Cox (Monica), David Schwimmer (Ross) and Lisa
Kudrow (Phoebe) posing for their high school yearbooks, looking as loveable and awkward as the rest of us did in high

Extinct: Only Known Photo of a Living ‘Quagga’

This isn’t something you’ll see every day…in fact, you won’t see this animal AT ALL anymore: this is the only known
photo of a living Quagga at London zoo, taken in 1870. The Quagga was a plains zebra that lived in South Africa before
becoming extinct some time in the latter part of the 19th century. Initially, experts believed the animal to be of its
own species, but genetic studies ultimately decided it was a subspecies of the far more common plains zebra.

Organizers Try to Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing in a Race

While various strides have been taken in terms of creating equality between the sexes, sometimes, a simple picture will
remind us that not so long ago, society as a whole was still so backward; in this shocking pic from 1967, race
organizers are attempting to stop a woman by the name of Kathrine Switzer from competing in the Boston marathon:
resolute and determined, Kathrine stood her ground to become the first ever woman to finish the race. Inspiring.

Park Avenue, New York City, 1964

There are many great cities in the world; London, Tokyo, Berlin, and Paris…but for anyone who’s been there (or is lucky
enough to live there) there is just something extra special about New York City, and this picture of Park Avenue in
1964 is a great illustration why. Upon visiting the city, you’re immediately struck by its high rise buildings and
non-stop energy, and we haven’t even started on the food! It truly is the city that never sleeps.

The Most Expensive Pocket Watch in the World

This pocket watch was designed for none other than infamous royal Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the
French Revolution. Designed by Breguet (a Swatch-owned brand of luxury watches founded by Abraham-Louis Breguet in
Paris in 1775), it is now on display at the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art in Jerusalem. As is very easy to
believe, this stunning timepiece, which took FOUR YEARS to make, doesn’t come cheap and has an estimated value of $10

Bill Gates Gets Arrested

Usually, when someone is arrested, it’s not exactly their proudest moment, but Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft,
seems to have taken it in his stride! Pictured after being arrested in December 1977 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, while
the exact circumstances behind the arrest remain unclear, the general consensus is that he was pulled over after
jumping a red light while driving without a license. Naughty boy! Gates would go onto become one of the richest men in
the world.

Photo of Salvador Dali & Three Flying Cats

Legendary Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali was well known for his eccentricities, so it seems very fitting that
he would be the central subject in this strange and beautiful image. The photo was taken by celebrated photographer
Philippe Halsman, who knew he would need to create something elaborate around his notoriously eccentric subject –
Halsman’s wife and young daughter stood out of the frame and threw three cats and a bucket of water into the air while
Dali jumped up!

The First Ever iPhone

Here is Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs giving the wider world their first glimpse of a technological device that has
since become so popular, it’s hard to remember what life was like beforehand; the iPhone brought the idea of
smartphones into the public sphere, and you rarely meet someone who doesn’t own one. The iPhone was first released on
June 29, 2007; 11 years later, this image has proved to have had powerful implications and has made Apple billions.

Bob Marley & Jimi Hendrix Playing Soccer, 1968

This photo depicts what was a CHANCE meeting between two men who are now regarded as being among the most iconic
musicians in human history. This previously unknown meeting between Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley took place in Greenwich
Village, lower Manhattan in 1968 when a 23-year-old Marley happened to bump into Hendrix jamming with some of Blues
musicians. Clearly, someone who was there that day got hold of a soccer ball and hey presto, this amazing shot was

Unbroken Seal on Pharaoh’s Tomb, 1922 (3,245 Years Untouched)

The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun’s (Tutankhamun means ‘Living Image of Amun’) nearly intact tomb
received worldwide press coverage at the time, and sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt – Tutankhamun was
an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. Tutankhamun
was nine years old when he became Pharaoh and reigned for about ten years; his death may have occurred unexpectedly,
prior to the completion of a grander tomb.

Earliest Born Individual Ever Captured on Film

At first glance, the photo of this woman might not seem particularly special or significant – but the truth is, it is both those things and more! For those who didn’t already know, this woman is none other than Hannah Stilley. Reported to have been born way back in the year 1746, here is Hannah photographed nearly hundred years later – photographic experts believe that Hannah, via this very picture, is the earliest born individual ever captured on film. Incredible.

The Brady Bunch Meets The Jacksons, 1971

Before Michael Jackson went on to achieve incredible success as a solo artist, he was a member – alongside various
family members – of the Jackson 5; a huge success in their own right, this image depicts Jackson and his siblings
meeting another famous family (albeit a fictional one!) in the shape of 1970s TV favorites The Brady Bunch. Considered
one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, The Brady Bunch aired for five seasons between 1969 and 1974.

Joseph Kittinger Skydives From Space, 1960

For some, the idea of skydiving – jumping off a plane with a parachute – is a terrifying one; for others, activities
like skydiving, which get the blood pumping, are exactly the kind of things that make life worth living. But even the
biggest daredevils would have to think once, twice, maybe even five times before doing what the man in this photo,
Joseph Kittinger, is doing: skydiving from space on August 16th, 1960, Kittinger is as brave as they come!

First Ever Hair Dryer, 1920's

You’ve just come out of the shower and your hair is soaking wet, but it’s okay. because you’ve got your trusty,
convenient hair dryer – well, it wasn’t always as simple as that! One of the household appliances we take for
granted today, things were a little bit different in the 1920s when the first ever har dryer entered the
market. Of course, they weren’t yet suitable for the home, and imagine how much space they took up at the

Last of the Alcatraz Inmates Leaving the Prison in 1963

Now a popular tourist attraction after initially being used as the site for a notorious prison, Alcatraz Island is
located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. The small
island was famously used as that aforementioned federal prison from 1934 until 1963. In 1972, Alcatraz became part of a
national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. This pic shows the last of
the inmates leaving in 1963.

Audrey Hepburn & Friend

Audrey Hepburn was a huge movie star in her time and was the lovable star of such Hollywood classics as Breakfast at
Tiffany’s. Roman Holiday, Funny Face, Sabrina, and of course, My Fair Lady. Here she is just doing her weekly shop,
perhaps on the lookout for some bargains…oh, and she just so happens to have her pet deer for company! Long before Mike
Tyson had a pet tiger, Audrey did it so much better with her pet deer!

Muhammad Ali & The Beatles

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942, Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist.
He’s widely regarded as one of the greatest sports icons in history and most fans and critics deem him to be the
greatest boxer ever. Here he is ‘punching’ The Beatles, who are similarly iconic; the British band had an incredible 17
number one hits in the USA while in their homeland, in terms of revenue accumulated, they are the most successful band

The Christmas Truce, 1914

Proving that Christmas truly is a special time of year, the 'Christmas true' was a series of widespread (but
unofficial) ceasefires along the Western Front of World War 1, around Christmas 1914. In certain areas, the ceasefire
would result in the opposing sides engaging in little more than a handshake; elsewhere, the two sides participated in
what must have been a very competitive soccer match in no man's land. A final score of 3-2 to the Germans remains

Acrobats Celebrate the Opening of the Empire State Building, 1931

For those who have been up there themselves, and even for those who haven’t, it’s fair to say the Empire State Building
in New York is a VERY tall building – and is certainly not the best place to visit if you have even the slightest fear
of heights. Clearly, these acrobats don’t have any of those issues, and they are pictured here celebrating the iconic
building’s opening on May 1, 1931. We don’t know about you, but that looks scary!

Shield to Protect Face During Snow Storms in Canada, 1939

When it comes to battling the elements, say, the blazing sun or the terrible chill of winter, there are limits to what
even the most advanced pieces of technology can do, and we usually have to rely on clothes and other garments to help
us battle the elements – so while these strange-looking shields used to protect people’s faces in snow storms in 1939
might look odd, how far have we really come since then? Still, imagine wearing one of these today!

Illegal Alcohol Poured Onto Street During Prohibition

From 1920 to 1933 in the United States, the country was forced to adhere to strict alcohol laws, in a period known as
prohibition – prohibition is the illegality of the manufacturing, storage in barrels or bottles, transportation, sale,
possession, and consumption of alcohol including alcoholic beverages, or a period of time during which such illegality
was enforced. As you can see in this pic from 1929, the illegal alcohol in this building in Detroit is being poured
onto the street.

Teenage Assassin Uses A Traditional Japanese Sword to Kill Socialist Politician in Tokyo, 1960

Otoya Yamaguchi was a 17-year old Japanese extreme right-wing student when he assassinated Inejiro Asanuma, head of the Japan Socialist Party at Tokyo's Hibiya Hall on October 12, 1960. Yamaguchi assassinated Asanuma with a yoroi-dōshi, a traditionally made Japanese sword. The photo was taken seconds after stabbing Asanuma as Yamaguchi attempts a second stab, though he is restrained before that happens.

Michael Jordan Soaring Through the Air, 1988 Slam Dunk Contest

Michael Jordan is generally considered to be the greatest basketball player ever, partly due to his unparalleled
athleticism – this picture shows a young Jordan soaring through the air after taking off from the free throw line on
his way to scoring a perfect 50 in the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest. Jordan is one of only a handful of players to have won
the NBA Slam Dunk Contest; in fact, he was the first to do it back to back!

Nikola Tesla in His Laboratory

Born in 1856, Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and
futurist, best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply
system. His name has become synonymous with all things electrical and he was a pioneer in his field. Here he is in his
laboratory, sitting behind his ‘magnifying transmitter’. Tesla conducted pioneering work in electric light, electric
motors, radio, x-ray, remote control, radar, wireless communications, and robotics.

Mr. T & Nancy Reagan Unveiling White House Xmas Decorations

Born May 21, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, Laurence Tureaud - known professionally as Mr. T - is an American actor and
retired professional wrestler known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team and as
boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III. Here he is posing as Santa Claus to help the then First Lady Nancy
Reagan (Nancy and Mr. T enjoyed an unlikely friendship) unveil the White House Christmas decorations in 1983.

Chase & Sanborn

There’s so much wrong in these vintage sexist adverts. First, in case anyone is a bit foggy on this, it’s a terrible
idea to beat your spouse, and surely the coffee not being fresh enough isn’t even worth an argument. Get over it. Buy a
new canister. Switch to tea. Also, the fact that this woman looks like she’s enjoying it is just horrible on a whole
new level. The most disturbing thing about this ad is a comment we saw posted beneath it, in which a user suggested she
was going to start buying the wrong coffee on purpose, wink wink.

Andy Warhol Holding a Polaroid of…Andy Warhol!

Born Andrew Warhola but choosing to lose the ‘a’, Andy Warhol was an American artist, director, and producer; a leading
figure in the visual art movement known as pop art, Warhol was perhaps the most recognizable artist of the 1960s and
his silkscreen painting of Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) is as iconic as it is valuable – in May 2006, the painting sold
for an astonishing $11.8 million. Warhol is pictured here in 1980 holding a Polaroid of himself. How post-modern!


Well, that’s true. It’s not a shape for a girl, because it’s a fruit. Women are not food. Also, the human being
pictured in the ad isn’t a girl, she’s a grown woman. Nothing like some old school fat shaming to get you going. God
forbid a woman has “too much” bottom or “too little top.” Gasp! Don’t all rush out to get your Little Fibber bras at
once, ladies.

Mississippi River Steamboats, 1907

Steamboats played a major role in the 19th-century development of the Mississippi River by allowing the practical large-scale transport of passengers and freight both up and down-river. After the development of railroads, passenger traffic gradually switched to this faster form of transportation, but steamboats continued to serve Mississippi River commerce into the early 20th century.

The Magnificent Grand Staircase…On the Titanic

At first glance, this looks like the staircase of some gigantic, opulent mansion, perhaps the residence of some hugely
wealthy king or queen…but then you realize it is actually the staircase inside a BOAT – the Titanic to be precise. To
this day, people remain fascinated by the ship’s tragic story, which has become the subject of several movies,
documentaries, and books. Of course, most people will know the Titanic’s story through the hugely popular film starring
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Old School Samurai Warriors Between 1860 And 1880

The samurai were Japan’s most famous warriors. They were members of the important military class before Japanese society changed in 1868 when feudalism ended. Samurai were allowed to fight anyone who did not show them proper respect. A samurai believed that his swords held his soul. That made the sword the most important thing he had.

East Germans Move Into West Berlin After Fall of the Wall

Traffic jams are never fun; in fact, they’re one of the most frustrating parts of driving. Still, there are some
traffic jams worth going through when you bear in mind what the goal is – the traffic jam in this picture took place in
Berlin, Germany in 1989, as thousands upon thousands of East Germans moved into West Berlin on the Saturday immediately
following the fall of the Wall that had kept the two parts of the country divided for 30 years.

The Queen of England During World War II

During World War 2, the woman who is currently the Queen of England. Queen Elizabeth was ‘merely’ a princess – still,
due to her lofty position, she could have excluded herself from any involvement in the war, but that simply isn’t the
kind of person she is. Here she is doing her part in 1945, aged 19, as an honorary Second Subaltern. Before this
picture being taken, she had five months of training in London as a mechanic and military truck driver.

Adolf Hitler Inspecting and Critiquing His Massive 800mm Railway Gun

The German Heavy Schwerer Gustav from the late 1930's was the largest gun ever built. It was more than 149 feet long, 40 feet tall and weighed an astounding 1,500 tons. The steel factory made only two of them by design, and none of them worked well.

The weapon derived from past experience of WWI, After witnessing the success of other railway guns, the German High Command asked Krupp’s engineers to design a weapon who's able to destroy  and break the French border fortifications known as the Maginot Line.


Honestly, this is ridiculous, but compared with other ads and the prevailing thoughts of the time period, it doesn’t
seem so bad — and that’s scary! This ad, claiming that wives are for servicing their husbands in the kitchen, makes us
think, “Meh, I’ve seen worse” — which is so, so terrible. In other news, what are those orange slices doing in that
glass? Is that water in there? Also, is that wine on the right? This machine makes wine? How come my KitchenAid doesn’t
turn orange water into wine? Sorry, I’m just really confused about the wine, clearly.

Sporting Legend, Babe Ruth, Dresses Up As Father Christmas, 1947

The man dressed as Santa Claus in this picture is none other than baseball legend Babe Ruth. The photo was taken during
a Christmas Party for 65 young Poliomyelitis victims given by the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation in the Hotel Astor
in New York City. Ruth is regarded by many as the greatest baseball player ever, and he won a total of seven World
Series', three while playing for the Boston Red Sox and four for the New York Yankees.

The First Ever Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The man dressed as Santa Claus in this picture is none other than baseball legend Babe Ruth. The photo was taken during
a Christmas Party for 65 young Poliomyelitis victims given by the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation in the Hotel Astor
in New York City. Ruth is regarded by many as the greatest baseball player ever, and he won a total of seven World
Series', three while playing for the Boston Red Sox and four for the New York Yankees.

First African-American to Attend White School, 1960

Born in 1954, civil rights activist Ruby Nell Bridges Hall was the first African-American child to attend an all-white
elementary school in the South; the school in question was the William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana, and Ruby
attended during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. Due to the controversy, she had to to be escorted
to and from school by US marshalls, as depicted in the picture. In 2014, a statue of Bridges was unveiled in the
school’s courtyard.

First Disneyland Admission Ticket Ever Sold

The first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Park (originally
Disneyland) opened on July 17, 1955 – and here’s the first ever ticket sold! It’s the only theme park designed and
built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. Originally the only attraction on the
property, its official name was changed to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s. Between 16 million –
18 million people visit the park each year.

Rob Lowe, Sarah Jessica Parker & Robert Downey, 1988

Oh to be young again! Before they went on to star in the super successful movies and television shows that we all know
them for, Rob Lowe, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Robert Downey Jr. were up and coming actors who became part of a
collective known as ‘the brat pack’ in the 1980s. Here they are pictured at the Governors Ball following the 1988
Academy Awards ceremony. Within a few years, they would all become household names.

Del Monte

Sigh. Just like women don’t need their own chips in 2018, they didn’t need their own, easier-to-open ketchup bottles in
whenever the hell this ad is from. She seems so shocked that a bottle has been created just for her, and that she can
open it without the aid of her undoubtedly strapping — despite the fact that he probably sits at a desk all day and
gets minimal exercise — husband.

Salvador Dali Kisses Raquel Welch’s Hand of After Finishing Her Portrait, 1965

Painted by Spanish surrealist painter Dalí as part of the promotional work for Richard Fleischer's Fantastic Voyage (1966), starring American actress and singer Raquel Welch and Stephen Boyd. The painting was made in the window of the National Cash Register showroom at Madison Avenue and 61st St, New York, on 9 February 1965.

1st Class on the Titanic

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912,
after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The ship and its fate were
made into a movie in 1997 (you might have heard of it!) starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For many years, the film was the
highest grossing film ever. The first class quarters on the real ship were certainly luxurious!

Salvador Dali Walking His Pet Anteater in Paris, 1969

Salvador Dali was a prominent Spanish surrealist born in Catalonia, Spain. Known for the striking and bizarre images in
his surrealist work, ‘The Persistence of Memory’, with its melting clocks and desert landscape, is his best-known work.
Highly imaginative, Dali was an expert at self-promotion, and would often hatch crazy plans in order to draw more
attention to his artwork – hence this picture of the time he decided to go for a stroll around Paris with his pet

Love Cosmetics

Simply put, this ad is distressing. We obviously don’t know the age of this model, but she seems to be very young. Even
if she isn’t, the depiction of a half-naked girl in heavy makeup holding a child’s teddy bear while she makes sultry,
bedroom eyes at the camera is disgusting. Add in the “innocence is sexy” tagline and it’s not only in poor taste, but
it’s also bordering on condoning pedophilia. What in the world were these executives thinking? And, more importantly,
who actually consumed this ad and was prompted to become a customer? Gross.

US Battleship, The Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack.

Battleship Row was the name of an eight U.S. battleships formation of in port at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the port on 7 December 1941. These ships bore the worst of the Japanese attack.


We think this is an ad for a special soap for stockings. Mostly we just have questions, specifically:
Do husbands actually care about stockings? Do they even know what stockings are?
What in the world is cake-soap?
Who, post-Depression era, keeps stockings that have runs in them anyway?
We could go on, but you get the point. And the point is that this ad is dumb.

Filming the MGM Studio Emblem in 1928

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (more commonly known by its initialized version MGM) is an American media company,
involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. It is one of the
world’s oldest and most iconic film studios, partly to do with the ‘lion’s roar’ emblem presented before each and every
film it’s involved with. MGM’s headquarters are located in Beverly Hills, California. This image is a behind the scenes
look at the recording of that aforementioned roar!


I don’t, I mean, what-what is happening here? They definitely get some points for grabbing our attention, but, you
know, they kind of lose them all once you finish reading the question. You know what’s an indisputable pair, like eggs
and bacon, or milk and cereal? Murder and a Pitney-Bowes postage meter. Wait.

Testing American Football Helmets in 1912

American Football is arguably America’s favorite sport, alongside baseball and basketball. Of the three, football is
the most combative, and that’s why players have to wear pads and helmets in order to protect themselves – still,
regardless of safety measures, there will always be injuries in any sport. Back in the 1920s, we had not made the same
advancements in sports equipment as we have today, and therefore, football helmets had to be tested in a far more basic
way. Ouch!


Well, we can tell you where successful marriages don’t start — with whichever man thought this was a stellar concept!
Maybe they mean that your marriage literally doesn’t start until you are bent over a stove in your wedding dress,
whipping up a casserole while your new husband peers appreciatively over your shoulder? Either way, no.

Earliest Known Photo of a Surfer, 1890

Taken in Hawaii way back in 1890, this is the earliest known photo of a surfer; as this man stares into the distance –
or is he keeping an eye out for the next big wave? – there’s no way he’d have known how popular this sport would
eventually become. While that board he’s holding doesn’t look particularly safe, he’s have been comforted by the fact
his shorts are super cool. Today, the top 20 – 30 professional surfers earn between $250-400,000 per annum!

Weyenberg Shoes

Uh, where exactly does she belong? Lying naked on the floor staring at a pair of shoes? Should she be cleaning or
polishing the shoes, organizing them, or just gazing seductively at them? Was there another part to this ad that is
just lost in time? What are they trying to sell — the woman or the shoes? Gratuitous nudity for the win!

Michael Jackson & Michael Jordan in 1992

One’s the ‘king of pop’. The other’s the greatest basketball player ever. Here they are playing basketball together in
1992 and while it’s unlikely that Michael Jackson stopped Michael Jordan from getting to the hoop and scoring, we like
to think he gave it a really good go! While the sporting achievements of these two men might be slightly different, one
thing they have in common is they’re both two of the richest entertainers ever and still make millions today.


Is this ad to blame for all those catcalling men thinking that their behavior is perfectly fine? Clearly, women only
exist to be looked at by men, and if those men find their appearance unfavorable, despite the fact that their opinion
about women’s looks doesn’t actually matter, they should work hard to remedy that. After all, women clearly are
worthless without male approval. Aside from that, what opposite world is this ad from, in which mainstream media tells
women to gain weight?!

The Beatles Celebrate Christmas, 1964

Quite incredibly, The Beatles were only active as a band from 1960 - 1970; in that time, they pretty much conquered the
world, and John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are household names to this day. Pictured here
in 1964 beneath a Christmas tree, the four boys from Liverpool, England are the best-selling band of all time, with
estimated sales of over 800 million records worldwide. They have received seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and
fifteen Ivor Novello Awards.

Colorized Picture of New York City, Circa 1900s

New York is one of the world’s greatest cities and this picture shows it in all its magnificent glory! This is a
colorized version of a black and white picture circa the 1900's and it really captures the hustle and bustle of this
magnificent place. Today, New York is as thriving and metropolitan as ever, and there’s something really special about
seeing the unique flavor of the city remaining pretty much the same since the 1900s. Start spreading the news!


According to this comic strip, a woman losing some of the elasticity in her skin because of, you know, the natural
aging process was reason enough for her husband to stop spending time with her, and ultimate justification for leaving
her. Great. Almost equally absurd is the suggestion that husbands during this time paid attention to what soap their
wives were using.


Oh, how nice of you to comfort your wife when she — wait, what did you just say? How is that reassuring? How about you
try making dinner yourself? Why does she have to be crying? Ugh. Anyway, Schlitz beer is still around, if you’re dying
to find out what non-burned beer tastes like. Pabst Brewing Company bought the company in 1999, and recently they
released a Schlitz Gusto variety.

Elvis Presley & Muhammad Ali

Here’s ‘the king’ Elvis Presley and ‘the greatest’ Muhammad Ali squaring up in 1973. Ali was training for his title
defense against Joe Bugner at the time this picture was taken in Las Vegas, and Elvis presented him the robe he’s
wearing as a gift – it supposedly cost around $3000! On the back, it says ‘The People’s Choice’ in rhinestones and
jewels. When Ali wore the robe to a later fight, he lost, and decided never to wear it again!

Man Browsing for Books, Cincinnati’s Old Main Library

With the advent of Kindles and other e-readers, fewer people are reading books in the ‘traditional’ way – in fact,
fewer people are reading in general compared to how they used to. In the past libraries played an important role in the
community, and in this picture, a man is browsing for books in Cincinnati’s cavernous old main library. Alas, this
library was demolished in 1955, as has been the case with many other libraries since then. Still, long live literature!

Arnold & Sylvester

Born in 1947, Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor; but that’s just the start! His staggering
career has also seen him serve as a director, producer, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist,
activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder and powerlifter. During the 1990s, Schwarzenegger’s box
office rival in the action hero genre was a certain Sylvester Stallone (1946) – here they are dancing together! The
success of Stallone’s film Rocky saw him inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.

Painting the Eiffel Tower, 1932

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer
Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Here it is being painted in 1932, and we don’t know about
you, but we’d need to have been paid lots and lots of dollars to be doing what these guys are doing! Actually, no
amount of dollars would get us up there; they aren’t even using a harness!

A Young Steve Jobs & Bill Gates in 1985

Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, and Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft are the two biggest names in the history of
computers, The long-rumored rivals appear to be getting along well enough in this pic, but hey, who knew what was going
on behind the scenes! They’d already made various inroads in their field by the time this picture was taken, but it
would still be many years before they hit the stratospheric heights which made them household names today.

Chernobyl Reactor Liquidation 

Liquidators clear radioactive debris from the roof of the No. 4 reactor after the Chernobyl Disaster. They throw it to the ground where it will after be covered by the sarcophagus. The work be done very fast. They have only seconds  to reach a pile of debris, shovel load, and throw it among the ruins.

Spoils Of War - WWI

After the end of WWI, Americans came back home and showed what they brought back home. It's almost impossible to imagine it happening today but here's a picture of a giant pyramid made out of captured German helmets from WWI, at Grand Central Terminal, New York, 1918

Massive Crowds Gather for the First Woodstock, 1969

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally referred to as simply Woodstock) was a music festival in the United
States in 1969; it has since gone down as perhaps the most iconic music festival in history. An enduring image of the
‘flower power’ movement. the festival attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Scheduled for August 15–17 on a dairy
farm in the Catskill Mountains of southern New York State, such were the revelries, it ran over to Monday, August 18.

Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan, Los Angeles, 1969

Musicians don’t come much cooler than Johnny Cash (aka ‘the Man in Black) and Bob Dylan. Pictured together in Los
Angeles in 1969, they’re probably sharing songwriting tips! They’re two of the most popular singer’songwriters in
history and it’s crazy to think that in Dylan’s case, he’s still writing music after having been in the business for
over half a century. At their peak, it would be difficult to find two more distinctive singing voices than what these
two had.

Man Measuring Women’s Bathing Suits

Imagine: you’ve gone to the beach, and all you want to do is dive straight into the ocean, but before you’re allowed
into the water, this man appears to measure your bathing suit; if it’s too short, you’re fined on the spot. The women
in this picture don’t need to imagine anything, because that is exactly what they were put through in the
1920s. We may have come a long way since then, but there’s still some way to go.


Where should we even begin with this? This beautiful young girl being told her future career depends on her looks? Not
a great message. Her best possible career option is to serve as someone’s receptionist? Also not a great message. What
about all the little girls without great teeth who saw this and thought that they’d never be successful because their
teeth weren’t white enough? It may sound like a leap, but it’s not. Thank goodness we’ve got some semblance of ad
standards in place now.

Historical Urban America - Chicago

If you ever wondered why an elevated train was of the essence, here you have it. Taken in 1909, just look at the hectic street level traffic at one of the city's craziest intersections, Dearborn and Randolph.

Historical Urban America - New York City

Built in 1902 and an early icon of New York City, it really doesn’t matter from what angle you capture the Flatiron Building. This triangular 22-story 285-foot landmark building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan manages to stay beautiful even 100 years later.  

Historical Urban America - Los Angeles

Long before Frank Zappa moved to the corner of Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, here we see a 1913 photo of a man overlooking a beautiful yet unexploited Laurel Canyon in Hollywood.

Historical Urban America - New York City

Can you recognize this historic picture? What would soon become the most important financial district in the world- it’s 1911 Wall Street. The brokers might be billionaires today, but nothing can beat the dandyism of the early 20th century. 

Historical Urban America - New York City

Another rare and historic NY image, March 1919 caught the 27th Infantry Division making a triumphal march through the Victory Arch on Fifth Avenue. Until then, this was the largest military parade the city has ever seen. Read on because the next one is mind-blowing.

Historical Urban America - Miami

Can you recognize the future shopping district of Lincoln Road Miami Beach? Probably not. Shot in 1905, long before South Florida became an endless wall of seaside developments, the clearings had to be cut for development.

Historical Urban America - New York City

Demonstration? March? Nope. In this photo, thousands of New Yorkers crowded together for their love of baseball. Here we see Times Square in October 1919 while the crowd await the results of the World Series between American League champion Chicago White Sox and the National League champion Cincinnati Reds.

Historical Urban America - Chicago

Taken in 1908, this is one of the earliest views taken from the Second City's L (‘Elevated’) train that connected the city. The oldest sections of the Chicago L started operations in 1892 making it the second-oldest rapid transit system in the Americas, after New York City's elevated lines. 

Historical Urban America - Miami

Taken in the 1920s, this gorgeous overview of Miami Beach’s Roney Plaza Hotel and Casino illustrates the non-skyscraper days of what would become the most populous county in Florida.