Some images will instantly put you in awe because of their beauty and elegance, making it impossible for you to look away. There are also, however, individual pictures that will do more than just that. The photographers behind these moments captured will give you a new way of looking at history. Some of them are strange, some of them are funny, but others are utterly unsettling. At any rate, after seeing these old photos, you will learn a thing or two about the world. Are you ready to check them out? We sure hope you do.
Sophia Lauren And The Side-Eye
Sophia Lauren, who is seen sitting beside Jayne Mansfield, is the gorgeous woman on the left. At her coming-out party, this photo was taken. People thought that the way Mansfield was stealing the show with her décolletage displeased her. A few years later, Lauren revealed that she feared it would “blow” the dress her colleague was wearing. In 1957, the Italian actress signed Paramount pictures. The party was thrown in her honor at the Beverly Hills Hotel!
Cages For Babies
Did you know that moms used to use “baby cages” in the past to keep their kids occupied while cleaning around the house? These things were also helpful, of course, when they just needed a break. During the 1880s, this thing was introduced in London but came into fashion only forty years later. How appalling is that?
Young Josef Stalin
In the image is Josef Stalin at the age of 23 in 1901, he still had more than two decades before becoming the head of the Politburo. He has extended his country’s borders, taken Russia to the nuclear and industrial age, and defeated fascism. Sadly, by going after enemies and collectivizing agriculture, he also killed hundreds of thousands of his people.
A Journalist In Disguise
Even though she’s nothing short of beautiful, you ought to watch out. A few months before Gloria Steinem chronicled her Playboy bunny days in “A Bunny’s Tale” as an undercover journalist. In 1963, when Playboy had millions of subscribers, she was a cocktail waitress. Back then, Heffner wrote monthly essays on “the Emancipation Proclamation of the sexual revolution.” We are delighted that Steinem revealed the realities of the club of his gentleman.
The French Angel
Known as the French Angel, this man was rumored to have inspired Shrek. He was also a two-time world champion wrestler. Even if Dreamworks never confirmed this, there is an unmistakable physical resemblance between the two. This man, born Maurice Tillet, had a hormone disorder that caused his bones to expand. In his feet, hands, and face, this is evident. In this photo, Dorian Leigh didn’t look like she had a lot of fun!
Anne Frank Having Some Fun In The Sun
This is Margot’s photo and Anne Frank spending a day at the beach in Zandvoort, the Netherlands. Anne wrote in her diary on August 1, 1944, “Will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?” Unfortunately, only three days after that, she was interned by the Nazis. Although she died in a concentration camp, her diary was ultimately published and has sold 30 million copies in 70 languages since then.
Abraham Lincoln Before And After The Civil War
If you check out the side by side comparisons of presidents starting their term and leaving the office, you will see that this power position takes a considerable toll. When the left-hand photo was taken, Abraham Lincoln was 42 years old. He was in office for four years and enjoyed only 44 war-free days! The right image shows him at the age of 45, but he looked like he was two decades old in just three years.
Right In The Boot
In this photo, to the delight of Herman Goring and Adolf Hitler, we can see Ferdinand Porsche lifting the lid of a Volkswagen Beetle. He was showing a model of this national project to political and military leaders. Did you know that “Volkswagen” means “people’s car”? Hitler worked with Porsche in the ’30s to make automobiles for the German people. Even to this day, The Beetle remains popular!
Testing A Bullet Proof Vest
Testing the effectiveness of an invention is essential. However, we think that they might have pushed the first bulletproof vest differently. Simply, this is too dangerous! Even so, this photo shows how Jan Szczepanik and Casimir Zeglen tried it. This turned out to be a success in marketing! After the Mayor of Chicago was shot to death, Zeglen reportedly began working on it.
The OG Ronald McDonald
Most people imagine a cartoon clown these days when they think about Ronald McDonald. However, the guy in this picture was more likely to make us cry than bring a smile to our face. Willard Scott was the man who played the original Ronald McDonald, but he was eventually fired because of his weight and lack of energy. A paper cup nose, a styrofoam McDonald’s meal hat, and a cheeseburger belt were included in the costume. We now understand why, after seeing this, some individuals have an irrational fear of clowns.
The Wright Brothers
This is Orville Wright as he tries to get out of the plane after suffering a crash. Perhaps you’re familiar with Wilbur, his brother. In December 1903, Orville lost a coin toss, which is why Wilbur became the first person to fly! The photo was taken in 1911, although Orville Wright crashed the plane three years before that. A part of the propeller fell off while carrying a passenger on an airplane and caused the aircraft to crash. The accident killed the first person to die in a plane crash, Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge.
Peeling Onions And Wearing Masks
They had gas masks and decided to use them to stop crying over onions by themselves. This photo was shot during World War II in 1941! There were fewer chemical weapons used in the conflict, so using the gas masks as they wanted was not a problem. It must be enough punishment to wear these masks in the heat of North Africa, to be fair.
Swimsuits Were Banned
It’s not because they’re dancing that this lawman swings the woman around. No, she’s fighting because he wants to throw her in prison! She was caught wearing “abbreviated swimsuits” with her pals, which violated the time’s modesty laws. This one was shot in 1922 in Chicago. Men were unable to take their shirts off the beach in Atlantic City at that time because they didn’t want “gorillas on our beaches.”
A Meteor Hit Her
The woman in this picture is Ann Hodges. She’s the only known individual to have been hit by a meteorite! Others may have suffered the same fate, but not a lot of people survive something like that. When a nine-pound rock struck her radio, ricocheted, and hit her side, she was napping on the couch. She still ended up more fortunate than others, even though she had been unlucky.
The Lovely Jane Fonda
Before Jane Fonda became known as ‘Hanoi Jane,” she was “living the good life” and was considered the fantasy of every American man. This image shows her protesting the war in Vietnam after visiting the Asian nation. She became known as an advocate for Native Americans, the Black Panthers, and the anti-Vietnam War movement in the next few years. At five U.S. bases, she was even arrested! Ultimately, she apologized for her actions. We can not deny, however, that seeing a pin-up girl turn into an activist was cool.
Nikola Tesla And His Office
Giant bolts of lightning were found by the genius Nikola Tesla to be soothing. These electricity strands have a 22-foot length! He looks reasonably unbothered in this photo, but that could be because it was used as a marketing ploy. His “magnifying transmitter could produce millions of volts.” Amazing right?
Greeting The President Happy Birthday
Marilyn Monroe’s “swing sweetly” to a man while sitting right next to his wife was quite scandalous. On May 19, 1963, the gorgeous actress stunned the viewers in Madison Square Garden. We wonder how the whole thing was responded to by Jackie Kennedy! It is said she had her own “revenge” affairs to get back to JFK! Men such as Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, and Warren Beatty were linked to her.
On The Set Of Goldfinger
All the while surrounded by lovely women, Sean Connery looked right at home playing Jams Bond. Did you know that five guys from the Edinburgh gang were beaten on their own by him? Her boyfriend got jealous of the actor while working on Another Time, Another Place with Lana Turner, and attempted to shoot him! Luckily, before anything else could happen, Connery was able to take the gun away.
A Young Female Freedom Fighter
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who left her family, education, and life to join the protests, was a young freedom fighter. Before it was accepted in the United States, she challenged societal standards and free speech. She participated in many demonstrations and sit-ins for civil rights and even spent time in prison and death row! What an inspirational young woman.
Smash Your Head In
If you think this looks stupid, maybe it’s because it truly is. It seems the men behind him are having a lot of fun here. This was one of the first-ever manufactured football helmets. Based on what we know about them, we are sure that he was losing brain cells rapidly. We hope that earlier than later, he stopped doing this.
No Use Crying Over Spilled Beer
In this photo, there were lots of things going on. This was taken during the era of Prohibition in Detroit. Agents heard of a secret distillery which, in the hope of preventing discovery, then dumped the moonshine into Boston Harbor. In Michigan, prohibition was very unpopular. In 1928, there were 16,000 to 25,000 Detroit Speakeasies. Besides, Michigan was the first state to ratify its repeal!
The Final Ride Of Bonnie And Clyde
We don’t know you, but there are other ways to go on a date than to go out together in a blaze of glory. This well-known American crime couple is showing us the end of their adventures. When they were in their mid-20s, they were killed. They terrorized banks, gas stations, and groceries before that. They also killed at least nine police officers.
The Last Photo Of The Fab Four
Who’s not in love with the Beatles? Sadly, this is the last known photo of them together. When it was shot on August 2, 1969, they looked pleased. When it came to their careers, they did not see eye to eye anymore, but it was also tricky after their manager, Brian Epstein. In 1966, they stopped touring, but Epstein succeeded in bringing the Fab Four together to work on different albums.
Testing Nuclear Artillery
While it was not the highest yield atomic bomb in existence, the arms race was in high gear. The United States developed a lot of low-yield, short-range nuclear weapons. However, this was the only one that it ever tested. The Upshot-Knothole Grable nuclear weapons test-launched an 11-inch projectile in the air for 19 seconds on May 25, 1953. Upon its landing, it had a blast radius of 6.2 miles or so. The 15-kiloton bomb had around the same yield that Little Boy had in Hiroshima, but it was much smaller.
Watching The Challenger Explosion
Can you guess what gave rise to those awful reactions? On January 28, 1986, the unthinkable took place. When it fell apart and exploded in the sky, the Space Shuttle Challenger was just 73 seconds into its 10th flight. NASA’s investigation revealed that the crew was likely to be alive for a few minutes after that and attempted to regain control. Christa McAuliffe was a member of the team. After she won a contest with more than 11,000 applicants, she was supposed to be the first American teacher in space.
Looking At Stolen Art
This photo shows the Nazi looting of Generals Bradley, Eisenhower, and Patton. Those were some of the world’s most famous paintings! They were collected as most of Europe had been invaded by the Nazis. In two museums created during the Second World War, they kept the works and displayed them. The first featured Aryan works, while Picasso and other famous artists were placed in a “degenerative art” museum. But ultimately, the latter saw four times as many visitors as the other one!
The Gettysburg Address
On the cemetery grounds of the fallen, Abraham Lincoln may be seen delivering the Gettysburg Address. He summed up the Constitution’s objectives in more than two minutes, the philosophy behind the Declaration of Independence, and the reason we are fighting. Unfortunately, his speech was received poorly. After the previous speaker went on for over two hours, the crowd was already dazed from the heat. Nobody applauded Lincoln, and he reportedly said that “it fell on the audience like a wet blanket.”
Jesse Owens Won Gold
During the 1936 Olympics, this photo was taken. As he receives one of the four gold medals he bagged, Jesse Owens can be seen standing tall! He destroyed the Nazi government’s plans to display Aryan athletes’ alleged superiority. During the Olympic Games, his performance is still considered one of the most outstanding individual sports history achievements. The crowd had been hostile to him, but he ended up setting new world records and tying the 100 m dash world record in various sports.
John Quincy Adams
You are looking at none other than the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. His time in office was so unremarkable that his accomplishments included being photographed as the first president. He is the son of President John Adams and was the only candidate from a third party to win the presidency. It has only happened since the two primary candidates wound up in a tie, so instead, the House of Representatives selected him. The truth was that his name had only 31 percent of the popular vote.
Sukarno And Khrushchev
This photo shows Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premier, helping Indonesian President Sukarno light his cigarette. They seem friendly here because, after China and Russia led him away, Sukarno managed to eliminate Western Imperialist oppression in his country. It all changed when, on September 30, 1965, communist forces staged a coup. After that incident, he was ousted.
The Vietnam War Memorial
In this photo, there is a good reason for the emotional reaction of “Doughboy Joe.” He was 86 years old when he took it. During his time as a World War I soldier, he was dressed in the uniform he wore. In November 1982, Joseph F. Ambrose showed up in his full uniform at the Vietnam Memorial. He carried the flag that draped his son’s coffin, who had died thirty years before in the Korean War.
Barrel Roll On The Niagara
Annie Edson Taylor shows us that, at the same time, you can be both dumb and brave. To be fair, she made history with something amazing to do. Were you aware that she was the first person in a barrel to survive a 180-foot fall from Niagara Falls? She was 63 years old when she and her cat made the legendary barrel roll. With nothing more than a scratch on the head, she came out of it somehow!
Meet The Astrochimp
The first American astronaut to survive under the name of Ham. He was sent to space and returned home successfully. He was able to beat Yuri Gagarin 12 days later and Alan Shepard almost two months later. He was not, however, the first animal to go to space! That honor goes to Laika for the second Sputnik.
A Flying Cat
They say that “cats always land on their feet,” but if this one does not, gravity is at fault. In their experiments during the ’50s and ‘ 60s, the Air Force and NASA extensively used monkeys, mice, and cats. They were used to observe how organic matter reacted to the blastoff and space in high-velocity and high-altitude experiments. A monkey was the first American astronaut, whereas a dog was the first Soviet one.
No More Prohibition
On December 5, 1933, this photo was taken. Till the end of the Prohibition era, everybody was in good spirits and drinking. The United States eventually put a lot to its 14-year ban on alcohol. The booze then flowed out like rivers in big cities! Sources said the celebrations had been a bit subdued. Since speakeasies and saloons simply functioned covertly, Prohibition did not sober up the nation. Thanks to the liquor laws, people like Lucky Luciano and Al Capone made a lot of money.
Easy Company Can Finally Relax
Easy Company, which was featured in HBO’s Band of Brothers, received this order after they took Eagle’s Nest: “Stand fast.” This decorated combat unit wound up in Hitler’s house in the Alps during the last days of the war. Major Dick Winters is the guy right of center. He led the 101st Airborne company through some of the war’s most hard-fought battles. He was a great leader who, more than once, brought his men to safety.
Another Gettysburg Photo
Let us go back once more to the battlefield of Gettysburg. However, this photo was taken on the 50th anniversary of the battle in 1913. After participating in one of the most ferocious fightings in the country’s history, Union and Confederate soldiers showed respect for each other. The veterans take part in a reenactment each year. Picket’s Charge was recreated by Confederate veterans, while Union veterans surrendered to them. This was a gesture that was well-received because it paid tribute to these brave men.
Word War I Leaders
Check out this historical photo taken during King Edward VII’s funeral! In the middle is King George V, while Kaiser Wilhelm II is fourth from the left. This was the last time the two of them had a peaceful meeting. As tensions were flaring in Europe at the time, there was already trouble simmering. Assassinations led to various monarchs’ deaths, but the real catalyst of the Great War was the assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.