Rare Historical Photos (Pic Heavy)

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  1. Kaickul

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    Hey guys, I just want to make a thread that compiles all the rare historical photos. Please feel free to contribute. Lets make this one EPIC thread!

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    Charles Godefroy taking his Nieuport 11 “Bébé” through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on August 7th, 1919.
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    Construction of the Eiffel tower in July, 1888.
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    A Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber named “Enola Gay” was the bomber that dropped the “Little Boy” (nuclear bomb) over Hiroshima, Japan during World War 2. It was the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb as a weapon of war.
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    Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
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    Filming Star Wars inside of the iconic “Millennium Falcon” spacecraft.
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    The unbroken seal on King Tut's Tomb.
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    The first Google team in 1999.
     
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    The first Wal-Mart store was opened in 1962 by [a salesman] Sam Walton. It was called Walton's Five and Dime.
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    One of the first McDonald's restaurants open in 1948.
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    Henry Ford (the founder of Ford Motor Co.), Thomas Edison (inventor of the phonograph, motion picture camera and the practical light bulb), Warren G. Harding (29th president of USA) and Harvey Samuel Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.) lounging together.
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    One of the first photos that was taken inside of Hitler's bunker (Führerbunker) in 1945 by Allied soldiers.
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    Madonna, Sting and Tupac hanging out.
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    The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra. The only Quagga to have been photographed alive was this mare at the Zoological Society of London's Zoo in Ragent's Park in 1870.
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    Steve Jobs and Bill Gates chatting in 1991.
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    During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles Duke left a family photo on the moon that was enclosed in a plastic bag.
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    This photo was taken in space right after World War II (1946). A team of soldiers and scientists used a German-made V-2 missile equipped with a camera to capture this shot. Making it the first photo in space.
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    Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender instrument aboard the USS Missouri, 1945
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    Hitler inspecting the massive 800mm “Schwerer Gustav” railway gun from afar. It was the largest-calibre rifled weapon ever used in combat, and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece.
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    Joseph Goebbels on his wedding day. Hitler was his best man and can be seen behind him in a trench coat and top hat.
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    George Armstrong Custer and some of his fellow soldiers, during the American Civil War.
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    Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut.
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    An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.
     
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    Samurai. ~ 1860 – 1880
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    A team of SAS soldiers in North Africa, 1943.
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    Soviet soldiers stop for a break in 1945 on the outskirts of Berlin.
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    John Young and Charles Duke training for the Apollo 16 mission in the New Mexico desert.
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    An American soldier replaces "Adolf-Hitler-Str." sign with a "Roosevelt Blvd" one in Berlin, Germany, 1945.
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    Microsoft staff. December 7, 1978.
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    One of the heaviest WW2 tanks ever created, the Tiger II. It weighed ~68.5 tonnes and had 100-180mm armour on the front. Budapest, Hungary, 1944.
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    nts after a Freshman / Sophomore snowball fight. Princeton, NJ, 1893.
     
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    Really enjoying this thread!
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    Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his front yard. His son is at his side. Atlanta, GA, 1960.
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    39th Tomsk infantry regiment with their motorcycle-mounted machine guns during WW1, Russia.
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    A man on the corner is reading a newspaper which headline reads “Nazi Army Now 75 Miles Away from Paris”. New York, May 18, 1940.
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    A native American man overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in Nevada, ~1868.
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    The original Ronald clown of McDonald's. 1963.
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    Aircraft await orders while being grounded on 9/11. Nova Scotia, Canada. Photo: Halifax Airport.
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    A WW1 submarine with a hull number of U-118 was found washed ashore on the beach at Hastings, Sussex, England. After the surrender of Germany, its towing cable snapped as it was being towed to France for dismantling.
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    Disneyland employee cafeteria of 1961.
     
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    Sven-Ole Thorsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of Conan The Barbarian.
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    A German Krupp K5 283mm railway gun firing. It was one of the most commonly used railway guns during World War 2 by Germany.
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    Californian lumberjacks working in the Redwoods. These trees have lived for thousands of years, so seeing photos like this saddens us (the trees didn't hurt anyone). Check out our recent article on the tallest, biggest and oldest trees in the world.
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    Bill (Clinton) & Hillary playing volleyball in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. 1975.
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    106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. 1990.
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    The first photo upon discovery of Machu Picchu, 1912.
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    Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein at the Bohr-Einstein debates over quantum mechanics.
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    Johnny Cash performing for prisoners at Folsom Prison. January 13, 1968.
     
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    Star Wars set at lunchtime.
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    Times Square in New York, 1911.
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    Train Derailment at Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France. 1895.
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    Release of Windows 95
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    The Beatles meet Muhammad Ali.
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger on the day he recieved his American citizenship.
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    Times Square, New York, USA. 1972.
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    Looks like a bad day to mow your lawn. Pictured are lineups at a gas station during the 1973 fuel shortage.
     
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    Queen Elizabeth II firing a British L85 battle rifle. Surrey, England,1993.
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    Construction of the Statue of Liberty, 1884.
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    Tearing the Berlin Wall down, 1989.
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    Einstein's office at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, photographed on the day of his death, April 18, 1955.
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    Luftwaffe pilots playing cards during the African campaign, 1942. The plane in the background is a Me-109.
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    Elisabeth "Lilo" Gloeden stands before judges, on trial for being involved in the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life, 1944.
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    A vending machine that sold already lit cigarettes for a penny. England, 1931.
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    US Airfoce pilot watches a napalm strike hit from his cockpit. Vitenam, 1963.
     
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    taking a break from fighting as they play with a cute kitten. 1943.
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    A Grumman X-29 experimental aircraft. It was engineered to test a forward-swept wing, canard control surfaces, and other novel aircraft technologies. The aerodynamic instability of this arrangement increased agility but required the use of computerized fly-by-wire control.
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    President Richard Nixon trying to figure out how to use chopsticks while visiting in China. 1972
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    Soviet soldiers pose with 'Hitler's Globe'. Berlin, Germany, 1945.
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    USS Nautilus visiting New York in 1956. It was the world's first nuclear-powered submarine.
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    Babe Ruth shakes hands with U.S. President Warren G. Harding during a game at the Yankees Stadium. April, 1923. Ruth set career records for home runs which totalled at 714!
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    People having a picnic in the middle of a highway during the 1973 oil crisis.
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    A drive-in plays "The Ten Commandments" in Utah, USA, 1958.
     
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    People entering a makeshift bomb shelter. Chungking, China, 1939.
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    Construction of the Manhattan Bridge. 1908
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    The original “Blue Angels” flying in formation over Niagara falls. The aircraft pictured are Grumman F-11 Tigers. 1957.
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    Construction of the Berlin wall. Germany, 1961.
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    Natives admiring an American Air Force F4-U “Corsair” somewhere in the Pacific. 1943
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    Adolf Hitler's pants after the assassination attempt at the Wolf's Lair. Rastenburg, East Prussia, 1944.
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    Steven Spielberg examining a scale model on the set of “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark”. 1980
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    John F. Kennedy having a tea party with his daughter, Caroline.
     
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    Times Square. New York, USA, 1943.
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    Ferdinand Porsche showcasing the Volkswagen Beetle to Adolf Hitler. ~1935.
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    St Paul's Cathedral stands untouched after a raid on London during the Blitz.
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    Notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar and his son in front of the White House. 1980's.
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    The first flight of the Wright brothers. Dec 17, 1903.
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    The headquarters of Benito Musolini and the Italian Fascist party. Rome, ~1930.
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    Crew members of Apollo 1 rehearsing their water landing. 1966.
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    Construction of Mount Rushmore. 1934-1939.
     
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    A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 close air support jet that was damaged by a Georgian MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System). Most likely a replica of the Soviet designed 9K38 Igla. Georgian Conflict, 2008.
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    Folsom Street in San Francisco, USA after the great earthquake of 1906.
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    Soviet cruiser “Murmansk” that ran aground off the Norwegian village Sørvær during the transfer to be scrapped in India. 1994.
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    Hoover Dam penstocks and outlet pipes such as this one were fabricated from 45,000 tons of steel and welded into nearly three miles of pipe varying from 8.5-30ft (2.6-9m) in diameter.
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    Soviet sniper, Lyudmila Pavlichenko. By the end of World War 2, she had 309 confirmed kills - thus making her the most successful female sniper in history.
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    US Customs agent pointing a gun at a car that is suspected of transporting marijuana across the US-Mexico border. 1969.
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    L Motors dealership that specialized in selling Dodges and Plymouths. New York City, USA, 1948.
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    Stalin is captured in this photograph by Lt. Gen. Nikolai Vlasik, the Soviet dictator’s bodyguard. Vlasik’s off-the-record photos of Stalin caused a sensation in the early 1960s when an enterprising Soviet journalist spirited some out, selling them to newspapers and magazines worldwide.
     
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    Prone position pilot bed that was designed in an attempt to lessen pilot fatigue and ease the effects of gravitational forces. 1949.
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    Members of the RECON platoon are shown unloading from a UH-1D (Huey) helicopter. Operation "Oregon" operating 3 kilometers west of Duc Pho, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam.
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    Filming of The Matrix. The movie utilized high tech (for that time) visual effects and 3D animation.
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    Abraham Lincoln's hearse, 1865.
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    F1 pilot ejects at extremely low altitude. The pilot survived with multiple fractures. 1962.
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    German engineers testing the Messerschmitt BF109 E3.
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    Golden Gate Bridge construction. 1937.
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    Jimi Hendrix driving a dune buggy with an unidentified woman. October 6, 1968.
     
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    Manhattan, New York City. Circa 1908.
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    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mugshot before he was jailed for "demonstrating without a permit" in Birmingham, AL. April 12, 1963.
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    Mona Lisa being returned to its home at the Louvre in Paris, France after WW2. 1945.
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    St. Catherine Street, Montreal, Quebec. Circa 1916. Shorpy.
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    NASA before Powerpoint. Life Magazine.
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    New York World's Fair, railroad pageant. People view the latest in locomotives. Shorpy.
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    Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911. You can see people walking right at the bottom of the frozen waterfall.
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    The original Piggly Wiggly Store, Memphis, Tennessee. The first self service grocery store, opened 1916.
     
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    A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 1897.
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    Albert Einstein looking fabulous.
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    A shell shocked reindeer looks on as World War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941
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    The last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed in 1933. The species is now extinct.
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    Winston Churchill out for a swim.
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    The London sky following a bombing and dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.
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    Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945
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    The Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906.
     
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    A Japanese plane is shot down during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.
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    Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial.
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    The 1912 World Series.
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    Child laborers in 1880.
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    Construction of Christ the Redeemer in Rio da Janeiro, Brazil.
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    The construction of DisneyLand
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    Fourteen year-old Osama bin Laden. He's second from the right.
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    A liberated Jew holds a Nazi at gunpoint.
     
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    Just because I'm a huge gun snob, I would like to point out that the rifle in that picture is not an AK-47, but an AK-74, an updated version of the AKM chambered in the 5.45x39mm instead of the 7.62x39mm. The bakelite magazine is a dead giveaway, as the rifle was adopted with orangish-colored bakelite magazines to eliminate the possibility of feeding 5.45mm in a rifle chambered for 7.62mm or vise-versa.
     

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