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41 Rare Historical Photos

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1. Audrey Hepburn Shopping

The photo of Audrey Hepburn shows her shopping at a grocery store with her pet deer. The photo was taken in 1958. The sight of someone casually shopping with their deer appears unusual.

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2. Alcohol Pouring Out of Windows

The photo shows a large amount of alcohol pouring out of the windows of a factory in Detroit Michigan. It was taken in 1929 at a time when alcohol was prohibited in the United States.

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3. Albert Einstein Summer Vacation

The photograph of Albert Einstein on vacation in Nassau Point, Long Island was taken in 1939. The photo is interesting because it reveals a relaxed side of Albert Einstein which is a lot different from how people would think of a physics genius.

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4. The Last Photo of the Titanic

The Titanic hit an iceberg and led to more than 1500 fatalities. On its last photo, the Titanic is in perfectly good condition and it is almost impossible to imagine the Titanic accident.

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5. Jimi Hendrix On His Last Days

The photo of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on his last days shows him looking relaxed with his guitar on sight. Jimi Hendrix was a legendary musician who died at only 27 in 1970.

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6. POW Standing Up to Heinrich Himmler

The photo is a powerful depiction of courage. It shows POW, a soldier without a shirt confronting Heinrich Himmler who was a powerful member of the Nazi Party.

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7. The Head of The Statue of Liberty

The photo of the head of the Statue of Liberty was taken in France in 1885. On the photo, a woman and a child are standing to the statue as it is being assembled. It also shows how women in France dressed at that time.

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8. Elvis Presley in The Military

Most people only think about Elvis Presley as an artist. The photo was taken in 1958 when he was still young. He is in his uniform together with other soldiers.

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9. Young Charlie Chaplin

Most photos of Charlie Chaplin show him as an older man with a mustache and a hat. This rare photo of his younger days was taken in 1916 when he was only 27.

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10. Baby Cages

The photo was taken in 1937. It shows a baby inside a cage. The cage is a lot like an animal’s cage. Baby cages were used as an alternative to babysitting.

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11. Jacqueline Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson as He Takes Oath

The photo of Lyndon Johnson taking an oath is breathtaking. Mrs. Kennedy’s dress is covered in blood as she stands beside Lyndon Johnson. She appears calm and beautiful.

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12. Freed Jewish Prisoners

The photo was taken in 1945 when Jewish prisoners were released from their camp. The photo was taken immediately the first refugees learned about their liberation.

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13. Two Bullets

The photo of the two bullets that collided mid-air was taken after the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. The photo is a sad memory of the loss of 65, 000 troops by Turkey and 46, 000 troops by Britain, France, Australia, and New Zealand.

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14. The First Atomic Bomb

The atomic bomb was nicknamed The Gadget. It was the Manhattan Project’s first project. The photo of the bomb will always be an important part of history.

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15. Roller Skating in The 70s

The image of a happy woman skating along with some kids is a representation of the skating hype in the 70s.

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16. Nagasaki Before and After

The comparison photo of Nagasaki before and after the 1945 bombing is a sad one. The bomb killed at least 39, 000 people.

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17. Liverpool Kids Wearing Gas Masks

The photo of Liverpool school skids wearing masks was taken after the 1941 bombings. The environment was scary and all citizens wore gas masks during the war for fear of a gas attack.

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18. British Sailors Removing a Slave’s Iron Legs

Iron legs were used to restrain slaves. The photo, taken before Britain abolished slavery trade, shows a sad picture of how things were.

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19. Target Practice

The photo taken in 1935 shows German soldiers practicing with their horses. Horses were trained to stay calm during gunshots to prepare them for combat.

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20. Breaking News of The Titanic

In the photo, a young boy appears to be selling copies of a newspaper. He holds a piece of paper breaking the news of the accident.

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21. Milkman During London Attacks

The photo of a milkman delivering his milk during The Blitz is a true reflection of dedication to work. The conflict between Germany and England was rising and there is destroyed property all around the milkman.

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22. Cafeteria of Disneyland Workers

Most people do not think about where their favorite Disney workers go during their lunch break. The photo taken in 1961 might provide an answer. It shows a few Disney characters having lunch in a cafeteria.

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23. Andre The Giant

The photo shows a little boy who seems amazed with Andre. Andre, a wrestler and actor, was over seven feet tall. The little boy does not appear to be saying anything but the shock on his face is clear.

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24. Fixing a Plane Mid-Flight

The photo shows a pilot climbing out of an airplane to fix an issue. It is not clear what the issue was but it looks really dangerous. This photo is one of the most outrageous ones. It is not clear who took it and whether or not the pilot managed to fix the issue

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25. The Kiss of V-J Day

The V – J Day came after the US won against Japan in the Second World War The photo shows a sailor who grabbed an unknown woman and kissed her in Times Square in New York City.

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26. Snowball Fight

In the photo, three men appear to have been in a serious fist fight when they were in fact in a snowball fight. The photo of the Princeton University freshmen was taken in 1893.

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27. Swedish Driving Rules

When Sweden changed their traffic laws, there was a lot of confusion. The driving laws changed from left side to right side and most drivers were not prepared. The photo taken in 167 is a representation of the confusion.

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28. Kathrine Switzer at The Boston Marathon

The photo shows Kathrine Switzer attempting to complete the marathon amidst protests from the organizers. She, however, completed it and became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon.

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29.  1890s Prosthetic Legs

The image of a little girl with prosthetic legs shows how they looked in the 1890s. The girl is able to stand without help but the prosthetics seem very uncomfortable.

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30. Measuring Length of Bathing Suits

The image of a man measuring the lengths of women’s bathing suits for decency. It was taken in the 1920s. While the idea may sound sexist and outrageous now, it was common practice in the early 90s.

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31. Early Spray Tan

The photo shows a woman using the older version of a spray tan. She is holding the nozzle of the spray tan which is connected to a tan machine and spraying it on her skin. The photo was taken in 1949.

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32. Constructing The Berlin Wall

The photo shows the Berlin Wall under construction. It was taken in 1961. On this image, the Eastern wing appears to be busy at work while the Western wing looks. They appear to be surprised.

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33. The Hindenburg Disaster

The sad photo was taken in 1937 when a German airship with many passengers caught fire A least 36 people died. The devastating event is still marked. Presence of photos, newsreels and recordings of eyewitness testimonies help to remember it.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

Brooke Hurbert

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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

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Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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40 of the Worlds scariest bridges

Brooke Hurbert

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Everyone has a fear of something and fear of bridges is not less a fear. There are some bridges in the world which are very scary and even dangerous to cross over. These bridges in different parts of the world have set records as the most hazardous and the scariest bridges in the world. For people with fear of bridges; gephyrophobia, these are bridges you definitely want to stay away from but for the fun-loving daring people then this is an adventure you may want to venture into.

The Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado;

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This bridge found in the USA was made in 1929. During the time of its building, it did not have any wind cables which makes it very interesting. It was not until 1979 when wind cables were added to the bridge. It is in the highest suspension point in the United States which is similar to its historic significance, crossing 955 feet high over the Arkansas river. The Royal Gorge Bridge has held record as the tallest bridge up until 2001 when the Liuguanghe Bridge of China surpassed it. It spins 1260 feet over a rocky canyon.

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The Invention of Pinball

Cynthia Brooke

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Pinball is an arcade game where you score points by manipulating balls around on an inclined play field with flippers. The goal is to hit various targets without losing the ball through the drain at the bottom. Most modern pinball machines are themed—they tell a story and players complete objectives to finish the story. Pinball has been around for decades. But where did it come from?

Origins Date to 1871

In 871, the British inventor Montegue Redgrave received a patent for his game, “Improvements in Bagatelle”. Bagatelle was a game that used a table and balls, but Redgrave received the patent in order to make changes to the original game. He added a coiled spring, a plunger, inclined the playing field and made it smaller, and replaced the larger balls with marbles—all of which are features of pinball.

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Mass Production 1930s

It wasn’t until the 1930s that pinball machines appeared in mass. In 1930 and 1931, these games were countertop machines, rather than freestanding with legs as we know them today. Manufacturers began adding legs in 1932.

The first countertop pinball machine was called “Bingo”, and was produced by the Bingo Novelty Company. This was the first pinball machine manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Company. Next, the company released “Baffle Ball”, another countertop mechanical game. In 1935, they released the same game in an electro-mechanical standing version. It even had a payout.

In 1931, another countertop pinball machine was released called “Bally Hoo”. It included optional legs and was the first coin-operated pinball machine in existence. It was developed by Raymond Maloney, the founder of Bally Corporation.

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Origins of the Name

The game was not actually called “pinball” until 1936. The first pinball games did not have flippers, the balls were instead directed by static nails, or pins, which gave the game its name.

Features

One of the most popular pinball machines in history is “Advance”. The tilt mechanism was invented in 1934 because players had been physically lifting the machines to shake the ball around. Tilt fixed this problem.  The tilt mechanism was first used in “Advance” the pinball game made by Harry Williams.

In 1933, battery-operated pinball machines were introduced. They were first made by Harry Williams; by 1934, electric machines showed up which allowed them to offer plenty of extra features, like new sounds and lights. In 1937, the bumpers were added in a game simply called “Bumper” by Bally Hoo. Flippers were then added in 1947, in a game called “Humpty Dumpty”. Flippers were invented by Harry Mabs and incorporated into the D. Gottlieb & Company game. It used six flippers, three per side.

In the 1950s, pinball machines got flashier—they incorporated lights behind a glass scoreboard which helped highlight the scores and added two player options. In 1963, multiple balls were introduced; designed by Steve Kordek and first used in the game, “Beat the Clock”. He is also the one that moved the flippers to the bottom of the game.

Ever Changing Pinball

Pinball has continued to change with the times. Digital scoring was introduced in 1966, and 1975, the first solid-state electronic pinball machine was released. Later, in 1998, pinball machines incorporated video screens, and today, players can play pinball online.  

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