40 Incredible Photos That Changed Our View of History!
Our perception of history is molded by pop-culture. A single image can dramatically change how we feel about a person, place, or event. Yet, it is the images that we don’t get to see which end up challenging our memories the most! Today, we are going to be taking a walk through history in order to revisit some of the most famous people, events, and places of all time. The 40 images that you will find below will challenge your memory of history forever!
Refusing To Salute Hitler in Germany
This photo is of August Landmesser who was 26 at the time the photo was taken. He decided to cross his hands in protest of the Nazi party because he was engaged to a Jewish woman. Being engaged to a Nazi woman was a serious crime for members of the Nazi party.
Aerial Mining Tram
Humans are nothing if not creative. Here we see an incredible photo from the Kimberley Diamond Mine located in South Africa. This photo was captured in 1885 and features miners riding on an aerial tram. Diamonds are notoriously difficult to find and the Kimberley Diamond Mine was at the center of the hunt. An entire town cropped up around this mine back in the 1880s.
Fashionable Club Xenon
In the ’70s, there was only one nightclub worth visiting, the infamous Studio 54. However, photographer Bill Bernstein did his best in order to capture the smoke-filled haze of another famous go-go club at the time, Xenon. Xenon competed with Studio 54 for a couple of years while simultaneously making go-go dancing a ‘thing’ in the area. We can practically smell the nightclub from here.
University of Texas Track Team
Track and field events sure were different back in 1964! Here we see an incredible picture of the University of Texas women’s track team. These haircuts are a perfect encapsulation of the ’60s and we’re still not sure how these women managed to compete with that much hairspray in their hair.
Marilyn Monroe Relaxing With An Injury
Marilyn Monroe could make anything look good, so we’re not surprised to see her rocking an ankle injury. As one of the most famous faces of all time, Marilyn Monroe has had an undeniable impact on the pop culture world. We wonder how her career would have progressed if she hadn’t died so tragically young.
Building The Hoover Dam
It can be easy to take certain things for granted. After seeing this picture, we’ll never take the Hoover Dam for granted again! Building the Hoover Dam helped to yank America out of the Great Depression. The dam cost $49 million to construct over a five-year period. Using inflation, that $49 million is equivalent to roughly $631 million in today’s money.
Meryl Streep In High School
Meryl Streep may be one of the finest performers to ever grace a movie screen, but she was once an awkward high school student like the rest of us. Here we get to see a rare peek into Streep’s childhood. Streep has been putting out incredible performances since she made her film debut back in the ’70s. Most recently, Streep starred in Mary Poppins Returns and the hit sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
Anne Frank At The Beach
This sobering image gives viewers insight into the real life behind the famous face and story of Anne Frank. Anne and her family moved to Amsterdam after fleeing Germany due to the rise of the Nazi. Due to Anne’s age in the photo, this shot likely shows the last time that Anne and her family had a worry-free day together.
Hollywood Legends & A Mermaid
If you’ve seen Splash, you know just how stacked the cast is with Hollywood legends. In this iconic photo, we see the late John Candy standing alongside Tom Hanks and Eugene Levy. On the table, we see Daryl Hannah as she gets put into her mermaid costume. Apparently, Hannah had to go through eight hours of wardrobe every single day.
Twins From The Shining
Stanley Kubrick did his best to make an entire generation of people fear twins with his work on The Shining. Fortunately, this backstage photo from the film should help to allay some of that latent fear. Here we see Louise and Lisa Burns, the infamous twins featured in the aforementioned film. They look a little less intimidating while smiling, right? Well, okay, maybe they still are a little scary. The Burns twins recall their time on set as a joy-filled ‘exclusive party’.
Different Era For Air Travel
Have you ever felt cooped up while traveling on an airplane? Imagine flying with an entire baby cradle hanging over your head! It may be hard to believe, but at one time it was totally acceptable to string your baby up by the overhead compartment while flying through the air. These special cradles were actually known as ‘sky cots’.
Bringing SciFi To Life
Here we see the Star Trek Enterprise in all of its glory! Well, at least the model built by Mel Keys, Vernon Sion, Volmer Jensen, and Richard Datin. This model was built in 1964 for Star Trek: The Original Series. We’d say that their work has definitely held up over time!
Robert DeNiro & Mrs. Scorsese
For most film fanatics, Goodfellas was a seminal experience. The film is often seen as the gangster movie and one of Martin Scorsese’s best works. Here, we see Robert DeNiro digging into a homecooked meal made by Mama Scorsese herself. Fans of Goodfellas might remember this kindly old lady as the woman who cooks dinner for the gang after Joe Pesci’s infamous murder scene.
Too Cool To Be Outsiders
There are some pictures that make you distinctly aware of how normal you look. In this picture, we see a sea of handsome faces on the set of the 1983 film, The Outsiders. Why is this picture so amazing? This film was released before most of these people were famous and it served as a launching board for Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, and even Rob Lowe. We also see Matthew Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, and C. Thomas Howell. Talk about a talented bunch.
Happy Easter From America
You won’t be finding these Easter Eggs in your backyard. In this picture we see American soldiers prepping a special Easter surprise for a certain Adolf Hitler. These 105MM Howitzer shells were decorated by the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion in Southern Germany back in 1945. Who knew that such a small gesture could bring such Easter cheer?
Woolworth Building, NYC, 1926
New York City has an incredible skyline. Walking downtown and looking up at the buildings soaring above you can be an incredible experience. With that being said, those buildings didn’t crop up on their own! Here we see an incredible picture of a group of painters working on the Woolworth Building. How far would you go to get your job done?
John F. Kennedy and Caroline
Presidential masks have always been popular, but we can’t recall the last time that we saw a President sitting by someone wearing one of their own masks! Here we see John F. Kennedy with his daughter Caroline. In an image sure to be adopted by Jordan Peele at some point in the future, Caroline is seen wearing a mask of her own father.
Otherworldly Beauty In Egypt
This photo was captured by Ernest R. Ashton in 1897. While going for a stroll one evening, Ashton decided to capture the view laid out before him. What we see here is the famous Egyptian pyramids at sunset with what appears to be a low fog rolling through the area. This looks like a scene from a different planet. So beautiful.
Prohibition Era Crime Shoes
If you were a bootlegger during prohibition, the last thing you’d want to do is leave evidence behind of your crimes. These special shoes featured wooden platforms that allowed bootleggers to hide their footprint. The shoes emulated the footprint left behind by cows.
Walt Disney Goes To War
It may be hard to believe, but this picture shows a 16-year-old Walt Disney serving as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross Ambulance Corp. This photo shows Disney by the ambulance that he drove during the war. You can even see some of the cartoons that he doodled while serving during the war. Disney would sketch letters and pictures for fellow soldiers to send to their family members and girlfriends.
Different Kind Of Celebration
While divorces are more culturally accepted than ever, it wasn’t always that way. Here we see someone taking it upon themselves to celebrate the end of their marriage in their own unique way. He’s probably still miserable in this shot, but at least the guy has a sense of humor!
Birth of Beatle Mania
When The Beatles were big, they were big. The Beatles rose to prominence in the ’60s and the music world would be changed forever. The Beatles created a type of excitement that has rarely been replicated in the years since. Here we see two young female fans fawning over a pair of Beatles records. The Beatles were a worldwide phenomenon and photos like these serve to underscore that idea.
Macy’s Night Security
Have you ever noticed that older cartoons and TV shows tend to place an emphasis on security dogs? There is a reason! Security dogs used to be a real thing, even in places like this Macy’s department store. Guard dogs were incredibly popular in the ’50s and ’60s but they’ve since been phased out in lieu of the modern security system.
Has Anyone Seen The Doctor?
Speaking of outdated concepts, here is a graveyard filled with telephone boxes. Once upon a time, red telephone boxes adorned every corner of the U.K. Now, these telephone booths are more well known for being painted blue in order to be featured on the hit TV show, Doctor Who. This specific phonebooth graveyard is in the village of Carlton Miniott in England.
Joan Jett, 1978.
Joan Jett used to be the rockstar of the ’70s. s the co-founder of The Runaways and the leader of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Jett has managed to do just about everything in her career. Joan Jett even featured on a few songs with the Sex Pistols. Nowadays, Jett is still performing and her work has reached a broader audience than ever.
Lion Cub Forgets His Homework
Here we see Kyla, a little lion cub, visiting children in a Kansas City school back in 1956. Apparently, Stuart Hansen, a Kansas City local, ended up hosting the lion cub in his home. The cub became so popular that he began to take it around local schools for children to see and pet. Can you imagine the number of concerned parents if this happened today?
Young Robin Williams
While Robin Williams definitely went through his troubles, he was always a source of light for those around him. In this amazing photo, we get to see Robin Williams with a genuine grin plastered on his young face. This shot was captured in 1979 well before Williams became the mega-star and comedic genius that everyone knows and loves.
Abandoned Gothic Architecture
We aren’t saying that this home is haunted, but if someone wanted to call in Zak Bagans, we wouldn’t be complaining. This ancient looking gothic home showcases one of the late 19th centuries most amazing architectural trends. From the pointed roofs to the arching windows, gothic revival was so cool looking it would have made Tim Burton blush.
1930 Beach Babes
Times change but people will always love hanging out on the beach. Swimming attire has changed dramatically over the years and that is pretty obvious when looking at this image. This picture shows a trio of friends hanging out at the beach in the ’30s. These swimsuits were made with Lastex which was similar to spandex. It’s amazing to see how much fashion has changed, even for beachwear!
Streets of San Francisco
This shot of California Street in San Francisco looks like it came straight out of Inception. This photo was taken in 1964 and it beautifully showcases the length and breadth of California Street during its heyday. If you’re ever in this part of town, make sure that you take some time in order to see the Masonic Auditorium.
President Lyndon Johnson Signing The Civil Rights Act
While it can be easy to throw your hands up in disgust at today’s political climate, you always have to remember that good people work in the government, too. Here we see President Lyndon Johnson signing the massively important Civil Rights Act of 1964. This Act went toward outlawing discrimination based on sex, nationality, color, religion, and race.
Dancing By The Parisian Canals
While Paris was still reeling from German occupation during WWII, Paris locals took to the streets to celebrate the departure of German soldiers. With the Nazi occupation over, people were ready to dance by the canals — and they did so! Paris would once again become a city of romance, music, love, and art.
George Harrison at the Taj Mahal
You may take one or two cool selfies in your life, but no selfie will ever be as cool as this. This is one of the earliest known ‘selfies’ and it features one of the most famous musicians of all time, George Harrison. Here we see Harrison posing in front of the Taj Mahal. Harrison would famously fall in love with Indian culture.
Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium
Queen was one of the most famous rock bands to ever step onto a stage and this photo definitely proves it. Here we see Freddie Mercury singing his heart out at their Wembley Stadium show in 1986. Queen would play for more than two hours during this show, rocking the faces off of their countless adoring fans.
The NASA Beauty Pageant
Did you know that NASA used to have their own official beauty pageant? Here we see the winner of Miss NASA from 1971. The pageant only ran for five years and we kind of understand why. We suppose NASA has more important stuff to pay attention to.
Gunnar Kaasen and Balto
If you know your history or at least have seen the animated film, Balto, you know why Gunnar Kaasen and his dogs are considered heroes. In 1925 in the remote town of Nome, Alaska, there was an outbreak of diphtheria. Kaasen along with 20 other ‘mushers’ performed a 674-mile relay in order to get medication to the town, saving many lives in the process.
Building the Washington Monument
It is hard to imagine Washington D.C. without the Washington Monument standing tall. This rare photo shows the Washington Monument still under construction. The project began in 1848 and it would take until 1888 for the final touches to be administered. This shot shows how the monument stood for nearly six years without proper funding to complete the construction.
Young Dr. Seuss
We all tend to think of Dr. SEuss as the older author who helped change children’s storytelling forever. While Dr. Seuss was many things in life, we really get to see a look back at who he was before his fame. Bor Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss was raised in Massachusetts where he would work alongside his father inside of their brewery. When not working at the family brewery, which was shut down during prohibition, Dr. Seuss would sketch animals at the nearby zoo.
Happy Alfred Hitchcock
When we say the name, Alfred Hitchcock, what image first comes to your mind? You probably immediately summon up an image of the stoic director on set. Here, we get to take a peek behind Hitchcock’s reputation in order to see him having a laugh with his grandchildren. The Master of Terror suddenly doesn’t look so scary, does he?
Colonel Sanders and Alice Cooper
In the entire history of the known universe, this picture still seems to be the most surprising. Here we see Colonel Sanders and Alice Cooper hanging out at some point in the ’70s. Colonel Sanders looks confused and Alice Cooper still looks distinctly young. Cooper recalls the meeting with Sanders by saying, “Suddenly, I realize that this is the Hannibal Lecter of chickens.”
Grace Kelly’s Wedding Day
In today’s world of constant social media contact, it can be odd to consider a celebrity wedding as a private affair. However, back on April 18, 1956, celebrities still had a modicum of privacy in that regard. Here we see Hollywood superstar Grace Kelly in her wedding gown on the day that she married Prince Rainier. The dress took 30 seamstresses almost two months to create. In attendance at the wedding were Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, and even Cary Grant.