A picture is worth 1,000 words. That saying is even more appropriate when looking at rare, old, historical photographs. They manage to take us back to a strange, previously unknown moment in time so easily. Each photo is like a small time machine.
Found all across the internet, these rare historical pictures will make you think twice about the history you thought you knew.
1.) Taking pictures on the beach in Atlantic City, 1912.
2.) U.S. troops begin their day in a daze after a third night of fierce fighting against North Vietnamese forces.
3.) Vietnam veterans protesting the war, 1970.
4.) Louis Boutan taking one of the world’s first underwater photographs in 1893.
5.) Helen of Many Glacier Hotel, a Native American Phone Operator in 1925.
6.) Robert Kennedy’s wife Ethel tries to comfort her dying husband after he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel, 1968.
7.) Reunion of veterans from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913.
8.) A newspaper vendor at a Union camp in Virginia during the Civil War in 1863.
9.) A behind the scenes look at the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate.
10.) An unemployed lumber worker and his wife following the bean harvest during the Great Depression. His social security number is tattooed on his arm.
11.) The 1891 Bowdoin College Tug of War Team.
12.) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1940.
13.) A couple in West Berlin peers over the Berlin Wall as the woman speaks to her mother on the other side.
14.) An army intelligence officer attends to Hideki Tojo, the prime minister of Japan during WWII. Tojo attempted to shoot himself in the heart as U.S. troops approached his residence to arrest him. The bullet missed his heart and instead went through his stomach. Tojo made a full recovery before being tried, found guilty of war crimes, and executed.
15.) Eduard Bloch was Hitler’s Jewish physician. Bloch was protected by the German secret police and fled the country to the United States before the war began.
16.) A rush on the banks to withdraw gold before the arrival of the communists in Shanghai, China, 1949.
17.) Troops at the battle of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968. This was one of the longest, most violent battles of the war, lasting 77 days.
18.) The first McDonald’s in 1948.
19.) View of the Statue of Liberty from Jersey City in 1973.
20.) American POWs heading home from Vietnam as their plane finally lifts off.
The image of the POWs heading home from Vietnam is too powerful. I can’t even imagine the euphoria they must have felt at the moment. Amazing.