Journey Into the Past: 45 Must-See Historical Photos


1. Punt Gun

punt gun

The Punt Gun could discharge over a pound of shot at a time that could kill as many as 50 birds. This depleted stocks of wild waterfowl and by the 1860s most US states had banned the practice.

2. General Amrbose Burnside

general amrbose

Civil War General Amrbose Burnside, whose unusual facial hair led to the coining of the term “sideburns”

3. Crown in New York

Crown in New York

A picture of a crowd in New York, 1939 (there is not one unhatted head)

4. The First Bulletproof Vest

The First Bulletproof Vest

Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

5. Class Divide

Class Divide

A photo illustrating the class divide of pre-war Britain, 1937


6. American Troops

American Troops

Crowded ship bringing American troops back to New York harbor after V-Day, 1945

7. Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

A rare color photo of Adolf Hitler showing the blue color of his eyes.

8. German Soldier

German Soldier

German soldier taking aim from the back of a trained horse, 1935

9. Dagen H

Dagen H

Dagen H, the day Sweden switched sides of the road, 1967

10. Animal Therapy

Animal Therapy

Animals being used as part of medical therapy, 1956


11. Women’s Rights

Women’s Rights

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

12. Annie Edison Taylor

Annie Edison Taylor

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

13. Artificial Legs

Artificial Legs

Artificial legs, UK, ca. 1890

14. Atabrine

Advertisement for Atabrine

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

15. New Shoes

New Shoes

Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII


16. Berlin Wall Construction

Berlin Wall Construction

Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

17. Ruined Bookstore

Ruined Bookstore

Bookstore in London ruined by an air raid, 1940

18. Boxing Match

Boxing Match

A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 1897

19. British SAS

British SAS

British SAS back from a 3-month patrol of North Africa in 1943

20. Young Charlie Chaplin

Young Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916


21. Children for Sale

Children for Sale

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

22. Great Depression

Great Depression

Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

23. Disneyland Employee Cafeteria

Disneyland Employee Cafeteria

Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961

24. The Making of Eiffel Tower

The Making of Eiffel Tower

Construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1888

25. Elvis in the Army

Elvis in the Army

Elvis in the Army, 1958


26. Gas-Resistant Pram

Woman With A Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938

27. Mourning Dog

Mourning Dog

George S. Patton’s dog mourning his master on the day of his death.

28. Bread and Soup

Bread and Soup

Bread and soup during the Great Depression

29. The President and the Businessmen

The President and the Businessmen

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding (29th president of USA), and Harvey Samuel Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.) talking together

30. Hindenburg Disaster

Hindenburg Disaster

Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937


31. Hippopotamus Pulling Cart

Hippopotamus Pulling Cart

Circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924

32. Battle of Saipan

Battle of Saipan

A Japanese plane is shot down during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

33. Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy telling a story to his grandchildren in 1909

34. Lifeguard Outfit

Lifeguard Outfit

Lifeguard on the coast, 1920’s

35. Little Girl

Little Girl

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


36. Discovery of Machu Pichu

Discovery of Machu Pichu

The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912.

37. Construction of Manhattan Bridge

Construction of Manhattan Bridge

Construction of the Manhattan Bridge in 1908

38. Original Ronald McDonald

Original Ronald McDonald

The original Ronald McDonald, 1963

39. The Young Osama bin Laden

The Young Osama bin Laden

14-year-old Osama bin Laden (2nd from the right)

40. Samurai Warriors

Samurai Warriors

Samurai warriors taken between 1860 and 1880


41. The Soldier and the Goat

The Soldier and the Goat

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

42. Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885

43. Titanic


Titanic leaves port in 1912.

44. War is Hell

War is Hell

Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

45. Real Winnie the Pooh

Real Winnie the Pooh

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


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