2 March, 2013 in Article, Images | Comment

Sometimes, one simple picture can tell you more about history than any story you might read or any document you might analyze.

1. First selfie, ca. 1920:

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2. Animals being used as part of medical therapy, 1956:

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3. Elvis in the Army, 1958

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4. A teary-eyed Neil Armstrong photographed by Buzz Aldrin shortly after walking on the moon, 1969

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5. Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937:

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6. Woman With A Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938:

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7. The unbroken seal on Tutankhamun’s tomb 1922. 3,245 years untouched:

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8. Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

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9. Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916

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10. Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

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11. Circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924

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12. Annette Kellerman promotes women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907. She was arrested for indecency

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13. Studying the effects of weightlessness on a living mammal at 25,000′, 1958:

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14. Annie Edison Taylor, the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901

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15. 106-year-old Armenian Woman guards home, 1990

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16. The original Ronald McDonald, 1963

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17. Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961

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18. Advertisement for Atabrine, anti-malaria drug, in Papua, New Guinea during WWII

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19. Soldier shares a banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan, ca. 1944

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20. Little girl with her doll sitting in the ruins of her bombed home, London, 1940

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21. Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

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22. Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

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23. Bookstore in London ruined by an air raid, 1940

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24. Walter Yeo, one of the first to undergo an advanced plastic surgery and a skin transplant, 1917

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25. Suntan vending machine, 1949

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26. Measuring bathing suits – if they were too short, women would be fined, 1920′s

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27. Martin Luther King with his son removing a burnt cross from their front yard, 1960

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28. Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it, ca. 1964

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29. Lifeguard on the coast, 1920′s

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30. Artificial legs, UK, ca. 1890

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31. Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test, Las Vegas, 1953

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32. Mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948

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33. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941

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34. Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

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35. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

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36. Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, 1963

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37. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930

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38. A space chimp posing to camera after a successful mission to space, 1961

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39. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, 1929

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40. Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight, 1893

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41. A beautiful suicide – 23 year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landed on a United Nations limousine, 1947:

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42. First morning after Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right, 1967:

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43. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885:

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44. A little girl holds a penguin’s flipper as they walk together around the London Zoo, 1937:

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45. The last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sunk in April 1912:

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46. Marilyn Monroe with Ella Fitzgerald at the the Mocambo, a popular Hollywood night club at the time that would not book Ella because of segregation. Marilyn told the manager that she would reserve a front row table every night Ella performed there. Ella performed a week later, 1955:

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47. Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII:

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