In some situations, only the passage of time and the consequences of that ‘moment’ lets us appreciate how momentous it was; in other situations, regardless of time, context, or location, we just KNOW at the very moment that what we’re looking at will have a major impact on human history.
In the picture above, you can see German Wehrmacht General Anton Dostler tied to a stake before his execution by a firing squad in a stockade in Aversa, Italy, on December 1, 1945. The general, the commander of the 75th Army Corps, was sentenced to death by a United States military commission in Rome for having ordered the shooting of 15 unarmed American prisoners of war in La Spezia, Italy, on March 26, 1944. With that said, we decided to compile a collection of some of the most touching, inspiring, and alarming historical images ever captured. Some of these images have influenced human history, while others have captured human bravery, generosity, and horror. This is the story of human experience from the old to the new world.
Circus Elephant Being Transported in the Early 1930s
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was an American travelling circus business that was founded in 1871 and touted as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The circus stopped on May 21, 2017, after 146 years in operation, partly owing to dwindling attendance and expensive operating costs.
The circus is still popular in the United States and abroad, and elephants have long been a part of the show – this photo shows a circus elephant being transported in the early 1930s. The circus’ extraordinary animals and the acts they performed were formerly considered the biggest entertainment in town. Rather than animal entertainment training, we now want excellence in human entertainment.
Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Meltdown Forms the World’s Most Dangerous Lava Flow
About eight months after the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy, the “Elephant’s Foot” was photographed. In the main reactor building ruins, this solidified lava pile of melted nuclear material was found. The emitted radiation was high enough at the time of its discovery to be deadly if a human stayed close to it for three minutes.
This shot was snapped in a flash, and the occupants rushed out of the room as quickly as they could. These images were not taken for fun, but to investigate the extraordinary consequences of a catastrophic nuclear meltdown. Was it eventually beneficial? That’s something we’re not so sure about.
Earliest Born Individual Ever Captured on Film
At first sight, this woman’s photograph may not appear to be particularly noteworthy or significant, but the truth is that it is both of these things and so much more! This woman is none other than Hannah Stilley, in case you didn’t know.
Hannah, who is said to have been born in 1746, has been photographed at the age of nearly a century. Hannah is believed to be the earliest born person to ever be captured on film, according to photographic specialists who conducted considerable research on the subject. This amazing discovery is not only fascinating but also crucial for a variety of academic fields.
German Soldiers Reaction to Concentration Camps Footage, 1945
As part of the allies’ post-war denazification strategy, “forced confrontation ” brought Germans face to face with the Third Reich’s worst works. The faces of German POWs captured by Americans are depicted in this photograph. The original photograph is on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. These soldiers were confronted with the horrific consequences of their conduct.
The lives that have been lost, the lack of human compassion, and the evil that has resulted from their deeds. As you can see in the photo, some of them seem shocked and ashamed, while others sit and smile, look enthralled, or appear emotionless.
West Berliners Lift & Show Their Children to Grandparents Residing on The Eastern Side, 1961
The construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 was a devastating event for the inhabitants of Berlin. In what had been Germany’s capital until then, entire families and neighborhoods were shattered. Thousands of people, from families to friends, were abruptly separated with no chance of reconnecting face to face.
Children were separated from their adult parents, brothers and sisters from each other, aunts and uncles, and forced to live in almost separate countries. These types of meetings were popular among Berlin residents who needed to stay in touch in some way. In 1989, the Berlin Wall was demolished, reuniting long-separated families.
Buchenwald concentration camp
The deeds of the Nazis horrified the 6th armored division of the United States Army as they liberated the horrible death camp, which was responsible for the deaths of almost 56,000 people. After a short time, they rounded up German people living near the death camp and forced them to watch Nazi crimes that occurred just a few miles from their homes between 1937 and 1945.
The heinous acts that took place on that cursed ground are beyond description. Without saying anything, the civilians were quite content to live next to this misery on earth. They were now compelled to realize the consequences of their conduct. The dead bodies, the ashes, and the despair.
Einstein’s Office on the Day He Died, April 18th, 1955
This appears to be your ordinary – if a little dirty! – office at first glance. The poignancy of the situation is obvious when we realize who the tenant was: this is Albert Einstein’s office on the day he died, April 18th, 1955.
Equations are written on the board, and the disorder on his desk is appropriate for an infamously messy man. It’s a common notion that doing good work necessitates keeping a clean workspace; Einstein demonstrated this to be untrue! Take a glance at your own desk. Is it just as messy? You’re in good company, so congrats!
First-Ever Hair Dryer, 1920’s
Consider this scenario: you’ve just gotten out of the shower and your hair is dripping wet, but that’s okay since you’ve got your handy hair dryer. Is that correct? So, what if you didn’t have it? It wasn’t always so straightforward! Back in the 1920s, one of the household items we take for granted now seemed absolutely weird.
The original hairdryer was a truly bizarre device when it hit the market. They weren’t yet acceptable for home usage; thus, they were primarily employed in hair salons. Consider how much room those big things took up in the salon!
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Funeral Procession on April 12th, 1945
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945) was an American leader and politician who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. He was known by his initials FDR.
He was a member of the Democratic Party who won four presidential elections in a row and played a major role in world events during the first half of the twentieth century. The fight in the Second World War dominated his final years in power. While the country grieved Roosevelt’s death, European troops continued to fight German forces, eventually winning the war in September of the same year.
Last of the Alcatraz Inmates Leaving the Prison in 1963
Prison houses and tourist attractions are two concepts that aren’t usually associated with each other, but Alcatraz Island is a rare testament that this isn’t always true. The small island, which is located in San Francisco Bay, is now a prominent tourist spot, after being used as a federal prison in the mid 1930s until 1963.
The picture below shows the last few inmates making their way out of the prison hellhole. Who would have thought that such a dark and bone-chilling place would turn into a world-renowned spot for tourists to have fun? Mind blown? I know right!
The Last Photo of All Four Beatles Together
Everyone has their own taste—in food, drinks, or anything under the sun— but undeniably, one thing that most people share is their love for the Beatles, which is oftentimes regarded as the greatest and most popular boyband of all time.
That said, it comes to no shock that when news about these four going their separating ways broke out, an uproar of mixed emotions such as shock, confusion, heartbreak, and devastation arose from millions of people worldwide. Taken on August 22, 1969, this is the last official photograph of the unforgettable quartet together in a single room. Over fifty years later, ask anyone, and they’d still know about The Beatles and their music. Now, go jam to your favorite The Beatles song! I’ll be doing the same!
Audrey Hepburn & Friend
Hollywood classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Funny Face, Roman Holiday, and the heavily adored musical My Fair Lady, cemented Audrey Hepburn as the breakout movie megastar during her time. Ever wondered how life was for this superstar on a normal day? Well, here’s a gorgeous picture of her going on with her weekly shopping, alongside an unusual friend to keep her company!
Picture-perfect, as we call it nowadays. Aubrey Hepburn definitely didn’t need any filters to show off her natural beauty and to stand out. Who’s crying of jealousy right now? Definitely all of us!
Muhammad Ali & The Beatles
Did you know that more than being the professional boxer he is, Muhammad Ali was also an activist and philanthropist? Well, now you do! This icon is hailed as one of the greatest athletes in the realm of boxing, if not all of sports history.
Now I’m having all the feels because this is probably one of the most iconic photos I’ve seen. Here, Ali is seen alongside superstars, The Beatles, during the British band’s tour in the United States. Is it just me or this photo just screams star power?
Illegal Alcohol Poured Onto Street During Prohibition
Probably the darkest time in American History (please notice my sarcasm!), there was a time when the United States strictly implemented alcohol laws, and people were not allowed to purchase, possess and consume alcohol.
I know right! What a living hell?! HA! However, as we know, nothing really stops people from getting what they truly want, and therefore, thousands of bars and liquor stores were hidden from the eyes of the law. If you get caught selling these illegal drinks, police officers will through all your drinks onto the streets! So wild to think they’re wasting so much drinks! Anyone within the vicinity would’ve been so lucky to drink some free raining beer!
Nikola Tesla in His Laboratory
Arguably one of the most striking names in engineering history, Nikola Tesla, was a Serbian-American all-around talent— an inventor, electrical engineer, physicist, mechanical engineer, what more can I say? He’s got it all, and that’s why he’s regarded as a living legend.
Considered as the biggest visionary and pioneer of all things electrical, here’s a cool photo of him working in his laboratory, alongside a fantastic capture of static electricity. Quite amazing right? Just as amazing as his otherworldly mind!
Bill Gates Gets Arrested
Getting arrested isn’t really something to be proud of, but maybe Bill Gates, eminent founder of Microsoft, didn’t feel like this was the case; he was even all-smiles in his mugshot right here, after being arrested in New Mexico back in 1977!
It’s quite weird that the reasons for his arrest still remain ambiguous. For such a big name like Bill Gates, rumors and gossip would have easily spread like wildfire, but I guess maybe his big name also played a role in containing the news. In the end though, he still got the last laugh, as Gates, and his baby Microsoft, would go on to achieve greater heights, becoming one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Adolf Hitler Inspecting and Critiquing His Massive 800mm Railway Gun
Did you know that the largest gun ever built stood more than 149 feet long and 40 feet tall? Still can’t quite picture how big this is? Well, maybe this could help you. Imagine a gun that weighs an astounding 1,500 tons;
That’s how big the German Heavy Schwerer Gustav was. This big son of a gun (couldn’t use the b-word HA!) was built in the late 1930s, but ironically, it was never really good enough to be used in battle!
First African-American to Attend White School, 1960
Racism was still at its peak back in the 1960s, and for any African American in the country, moreso, a kid like Ruby Nell Bridges Hall, this was such a horrifyingly tough experience.
As the first African-American kid to attend an all-white school in the South, Ruby, at age six, underwent grieve threats of violence from her white peers and their parents. Because of this controversy hitting an all-time high, as seen in the picture, she unfortunately even had to be escorted out of school by US marshals. I can’t even fathom how a kid like her felt during that time!
Salvador Dali Kisses Raquel Welch’s Hand After Finishing Her Portrait, 1965
As part of conceivably the most unique promotional campaign of all time, renowned Spanish surrealist painter Dali created this masterpiece to spread the word about Richard Fleischer’s movie, Fantastic Voyage movie.
Especially considering the fact that this was done over 50 years ago, this was such a bold, innovative, and masterful marketing campaign to celebrate the release of a new movie! How exciting would it have been to live in an era where surprising creations like these were made to introduce something new to the market!
Filming the MGM Studio Emblem in 1928
Ever wondered how the roaring lion intro (the one played before your favorite films) was shot? Well, look at this image to have a glimpse of how that resounding roar was recorded by media company juggernaut, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
(or MGM), decades and decades ago. Probably the most famous introduction of all time, the classic roaring lion is one that anyone can easily identify, and perhaps, this contributes to why the film studio is still one of the most prominent film studios up to this very day.
Marilyn Monroe Opens a Soccer Match
At one point in the past, every guy who existed probably had a huge crush on Hollywood superstar Marilyn Monroe. Taken in the year 1957, check out this photo of Monroe kicking the first ball in a soccer game between the United States and Israel’s very own Hapoel FC.
Unbeknownst to many, taking this shot was not an easy feat to accomplish. Rumor has it that photographers even had to reshoot the photo multiple times (more than five!) before arriving at this masterpiece. Ironically, this image was the only thing memorable about the match!
Bob Marley & Jimi Hendrix Playing Soccer, 1968
A photo with Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, two of the most influential musicians known to man, would’ve broke the internet if the internet existed fifty years ago. Lucky for you, I have that exact photo! The meeting of these two superstars happened back in 1968 when Marley stumbled upon Hendrix playing some tunes with his friends.
Aside from being musical geniuses, these two probably had soccer skills up their sleeves as well (being fans of soccer themselves), and it definitely shows in this photo!
Jewish Families Stand In Sand Dunes That Would Become Tel Aviv, 1909
It’s quite mind-blowing that more than a hundred years ago, money can buy you enough land to buy a city, and that’s exactly what these Jewish families did. In the process of establishing the city Tel Aviv, land was distributed through the use of seashells, how so?
I also don’t have a single clue! What’s important is that they’ve done so successfully because now, Tel Aviv houses approximately 500,000 residents, establishing itself as one of the major cities in Israel.
Arnold Schwarzenegger On The Day He Became An American Citizen, 1983
Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger originally wasn’t even an American citizen? Before being a certified box-office star, he was a simple young man from Austria, who wanted to pursue a passion in bodybuilding and acting. After chasing his dreams, the rest was history.
But more than all the accolades and success of this star, did you know what he dreamt of all his life? Well, it’s to simply be an official American citizen! Look at how big he smiled when that day finally came!
Special Device Used by the Dutch Army to Identify Approaching Enemy Airplanes, 1919
I’m as confused as you are looking at this photo! To be honest, the device in the photo looks so much like a prop for a cartoon, but did you know that it was actually a highly complicated acoustic listening device?
Well, this instrument was used in a much cooler manner than what we initially thought! Built to track nearby enemy planes, it was one of the most brilliant and effective inventions by the Dutch army. Soon after the radar was discovered, however, this machine then turned into a mere attraction for kids at playgrounds all over the nation!
A Queen in Service of the British Army, 1945
On a scale of 1-10, how shocked are you to read the title above? Don’t worry! I’m definitely a 10 with you! One of the littlest known fact about Queen Elizabeth II is her stint serving as a mechanic and military truck driver during the second world war.
While other royals were busy doing charity work and getting tidied up, Elizabeth was getting her hands dirty—literally. It’s quite hard to absorb the idea that a future queen was initially a truck driver! This is a feat that no one else can say.
Unbroken Seal on Pharaoh’s Tomb, 1922 (3,245 Years Untouched)
Sparking a worldwide interest about ancient Egypt, the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb was mind boggling, as the tomb was almost 100% intact!
Let me give you a short history of this pharaoh. Beginning his reign at a young age of nine, Tutankhamun stayed in his throne for about ten years, until his unexpected death. Are you now wondering why this photo looks familiar? Well, it’s probably because movies created about Egypt after this phenomenal discovery was inspired by the late king’s tomb.
The Head of the Statue of Liberty, Displayed in Paris, 1878
You probably haven’t heard of this, but at one point in the past, did you know that instead of a Statue of Liberty, there was The Head of the Statue of Liberty? Sounds like a joke? Well, I’m here to prove you wrong!
Check out this photograph of the iconic face being displayed at a city park! During that time, this merely served as a sneak peak for the highly anticipated lady who would go on to make history as one of the most symbolic figures known to men.
The Christmas Truce of 1914
As shocking as it may sound, soldiers during the war in 1914 agreed to hold a special holiday cease-fire to respect the spirit of Christmas. In other areas even, handshakes and soccer games between both parties were made.
These were all done without the approval of the heads of each battalion, and this is likely one of the reasons why unfortunately, this special truce was a once in a lifetime occurrence— and no Christmas Truce occurred in the succeeding years.
Nancy Reagan Celebrates Christmas With Mr. T at the Official White House Christmas Party, 1983
Pop culture and politics are two worlds that haven’t always collided with each other. But one of the first few pieces of evidence of these two intersecting happened back in 1983, when First Lady Nancy Reagan invited a couple of celebs into her Christmas celebration at the White House.
Look at this iconic photo of her beside Mr. T! Unexpectedly, this photo proved to do more good than harm as it incredibly boosted public perception on President Reagan. I guess now we know why ailing politicians tap into celebrities to improve their reputation!
Chase & Sanborn Coffee Ad, 1950
Yes, you saw that right. This ad actually ran during the 1950s in America. It’s so hard to fathom that at one point in the past, domestic abuse was being promoted in national ads! I’m so glad we’ve come so far since that phase.
Anyways, this horrifying ad was used to sell coffee. What kind of coffee, you may ask? Eh. I don’t really care about a brand that tolerates any form of abuse. You research it yourself! Ha!
The Move of German Citizens From East to West Berlin After the Fall of the Wall, 1991
One of the most iconic events in history is probably when the Berlin Wall fell in November 1991. At this point, thousands of families immediately came to rush towards the other side of Berlin to reunite with their loved ones.
I’m sure you would do the same! After being separated for so long, it comes to no shock that traffic jam was this bad on a daily basis— honestly, one of the few traffic jams that’s such a pleasant sight to look at!
Madonna, Sting and Tupac Hanging Out
How unreal does Madonna, Sting and Tupac in one photo sound? Lo and behold, it actually isn’t such a rare occurrence! Check out this frame with three of the biggest popstars in one table, casually drinking and laughing.
Imagine the instant smash these three would have created if they actually recorded recording a song together! Sad to say, that’s something that will never see the light of day. Aside from these three, who are three music icons you’d love to see in one pic?
The burning monk, 1963
How’d a burning man end up on the streets? Well, that’s something press photographer Malcolm can answer! Before this photo was captured, he noticed something suspicious going on during the protests, and to his disbelief, he watched two monks actually burn an old man alive!
Sounds crazy as hell? I know right! Because of how viral this photo went, word about the burning monk even reached then United States President John. F. Kennedy!
Man Measuring Women’s Bathing Suits
I know. It’s so hard being a lady, especially if you were one from a millennium ago. One of the restrictions girls had to endure was their inability to wear outfits that were too short.
This is clearly depicted in the photo wherein women weren’t allowed to swim unless their bathing suits had been measured by the police officer. If your outfit is identified to be too short, you’re penalized on the spot. Indeed, we have come a long way since injustices like these persisted, but one thing to note is that we must never allow for things like these to ever happen again.
Tank Man, 1989
After a bloody massacre haunted the city of Beijing in 1989, one brave soul simply had enough of all the violence happening in the city. What did he do, you may ask?
Oh, he merely placed himself in front of military tanks— that’s no big deal! Witness the courage this man showed, taking a stand against the cruelty of the regime, by looking at the photo! Years after, this man remains to be known as the tank man. Do you this is something you’re capable of doing?
Falling man, 2001
The 9/11 massacre is one of the world’s biggest terrorist attacks that shocked the world to its core. Taken by Richard Drew, the photo depicts a man, who was left with no other choice but to jump from the top of the skyscraper, in the hopes of escaping the collapsing buildings.
Sadly, up to this very day, no one really knows who this man was. The most we could get was the fact that he was an employee working at one of the restaurants, which resided at the top of one of the towers.
Migrant Mother, 1936
This has got to be the most famous depiction of depression, wherein a mom was captured to do everything in her power to survive. Frances Owens, the lady in the photo, had little to no money left to feed and sustain her children.
Luckily, Lange, the photographer of the picture, informed the authorities immediately after taking this shot. This eventually got the family the help they needed. Isn’t it beyond flabbergasting how a simple photo was able to give a complete 180-degree turn to a family’s life?
Traffic Chaos On The First Morning After Sweden Changed Driving Lane, 1967
Looking at the photo, you’re probably confused as hell and you may think to yourself, what the heck is going on? This chaos was captured in Sweden after the country decided to switch its driving lanes from left to right.
As funny as how the frenzied situation looks, I guess it teaches us the moral lesson not to switch driving lanes ever again. Just stick to what people are used to!
Abraham Lincoln, 1860
Abraham Lincoln is considered as one of the most iconic presidents in United States History, as he was the one to finally to put slavery to a halt. However, Lincoln admits that he would’ve never been able to do it alone, even crediting his photographer, Brady, as someone who helped him become president of the nation.
how humble that man was! Here’s the photo Brady took of Lincoln, who in a click of a shutter, was able to catapult Lincoln into the White House.
Munich Massacre, 1972
In the 1972 Olympics, history was made— not in a good way, but in a horrible fashion. That year, eight members of a Palestinian terrorist group hijacked and raided the event, killing two teams and holding nine people as hostages to get what they wanted.
Having been broadcasted worldwide, over 900 million eyeballs witnessed this act of terrorism firsthand. Imagine watching television peacefully, and all of a sudden, seeing a nightmare like this happen, I don’t know about you, but I would have been scarred for life!
Lunch Atop A Skyscraper, 1932
Are you brave enough to sit 840 feet above the ground? Same, I wouldn’t even dare. But the men in this photo, prove to us a whole new level of courage and bravery by having their lunch break at the top of Manhattan’s tallest skyscrapers.
More than that being a symbol of valor, the Lunch Atop a Skyscraper eventually became an emblem of the city, reminding the American people of what resilience and ambition was at a time when they needed it most.
Jewish Boy Surrenders in Warsaw, 1943
This has got to be the most heartbreaking photo I’ve ever seen in my life! The bravery of the child pierces through the heart of anyone who sees this photo, even tens of thousands of years after. While The Holocaust was able to produce millions of devastatingly depressing images, this, for me, still tops that list.
This photo serves as a reminder to us humans, that in times of war and violence, children are always the ones who suffer from the short end of the stick.
Photo of Salvador Dali & Three Flying Cats
Is your jaw dropping like mine? Well, if like me, you’re also wondering how this photo was done, and how flying cats were achieved by the photographer, here’s your answer.
Photographer Philippe Halsman and his entire family actually played a big role in achieving this magnificent live photo, wherein his wife and young daughter were the ones in charge of throwing the cats and buckets of water into the air to take this incredible shot. I wonder how they were able to handle the chaos of wet cats. That would’ve been a tragedy for me!
The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
Media teams all over the world scoured for their chance to take photos of these new, state-of-the art ships. However, all hell broke loose when the grand vehicle exploded into pieces—in the process, killing dozens of people.
Years and decades later, Shere’s photograph still holds so much power, as the unfortunate disaster reminds us that human capabilities are always going to be limited. We must let pride and greed get in the way, as thinking too highly of ourselves could again lead to tragic events like this.
Che Guevara, 1960
Che Guevara became a national gem in Cuba. For what, you may ask? Well, he was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. His face was flashed all over the country’s drinks, and even underwear! I know, it’s wild!
Being an icon in his own right, not only did his photo become one of the most reproduced images of all time, but more importantly, it served as an enduring inspiration to Cubans that will shape the way they live their lives until their very last breaths.
Miami before it became the most populated city in Florida, 1920
Back when Las Vegas wasn’t Las Vegas, Miami was at the top of anyone’s “must visit” list. The city housed the grandest hotel at its time, The Roney Plaza Hotel and Casino, and evidently, as seen in the photo, the grandeur hotel stands tall above the rest, making its presence felt to anyone near the vicinity.
Despite losing its spot as the most visited city in the US, Miami still remains as one of the country’s hottest tourist spots to date, with its legendary parties, fine beaches, and grand hotels like the one in this photo.
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
The Chernobyl nuclear fiasco is undeniably one of the darkest times in science and technology history. Here’s an aerial shot of the damaged power plant, where hundreds of workers were severely injured and killed.
Having lasted for ten whole days, the fire and the radiation emission caused by the explosion in the infamous plant is something traumatizing to people up to this very day, and that is probably why even today, no one is allowed to go near the area.
The Brady Bunch Meets The Jacksons, 1971
If you’ve been living under a rock, you probably wouldn’t know that during his childhood, Michael Jackson was a member of a band called Jackson 5, alongside his siblings.
The image below shows one of the biggest moments in pop culture history wherein the Jackson 5 siblings met The Brady Bunch, a famous family as well from a TV show juggernaut of the same title. These two families in one screen resulted in a mega event that smashed TV ratings numbers.
History’s Most Evil Man: A Young Hitler Cheers the Commence of WWI, 1914
In our world’s history, there probably isn’t anyone who was as evil as Adolf Hitler. This photo again serves as a testament to why the aforementioned statement is a fact.
How so? The picture shows a young Hitler cheering on the commencement of the world war, and eventually, spreading like wildfire, this same photograph would be the one used in newspapers, books, and biographies— all of which have the same goal of perpetuating the horrible Nazi agenda.
Mickey & Minnie Costumes, Disneyland, 1930s
You may think to yourself, what in the world are those costumes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse? Well, same thoughts.
I can’t even put into words how terrifying they are! Similar to the face of the kid in the photos, I, myself, would’ve had the same face seeing such horrible versions of the Disney icons. Luckily, when I last visited Disneyland, the costumes of Mickey and Minnie were no longer this petrifying— making Disneyland, indeed, the happiest place on earth!
The Man Who Played Alien
Looking at the photo now still makes me sick to my guts! This alien costume haunted millions of people across the globe for weeks (or even months!) when the movie Alien first came out decades ago! Sadly, because of sickle cell anemia, the actor who portrayed alien in the film, Badejo, was his only role ever to be shown on the big screen.
Despite that, he was still able to cement his place in cinematic history, as even after forty years, kids, teens, and adults alike are still spooked out at the thought of this appalling monster.
Shield to Protect Face During Snow Storms in Canada, 1939
Apparently, it’s not only during the COVID-19 pandemic that face shields were a thing. Back in 1939, when snow storms hit the world, these weird face shields were invented to protect a person’s face from freezing.
Although it looks quite odd, I guess, it did its job by saving a chunk of the population from getting any illnesses brought about by too much coldness! Maybe these shields are exactly what we need right now to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, with its pointed tips even promoting the idea of social distancing! Sounds like a smart suggestion? Yay or nay?
Massive Crowds Gather for the Famous Woodstock Festival in 1969
No, those aren’t ants in the photo. Those are actual human beings during the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair held back in 1969.
The photo certainly speaks for itself as it screams “most iconic event in history,” wherein an astounding 400,000 people joined forces to attend the “flower power” party. I can only imagine how spectacular it would’ve felt to attend a concert with that much people—unified! After seeing this photo, I’m definitely adding “attend a music festival with over 100,000 people” to my bucket list!
Historical Urban America – Los Angeles
Long before becoming the home to movie stars and entertainers, the unexploited Laurel Canyon in Hollywood used to look so bare and barren as seen in this photo, which was taken back in 1913. For me, it’s quite astonishing how people were able to convert this desolate land area to one of the most luxurious places in the world.
I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest ambitions in life is to have a house in this area of Hollywood, who’s with me?
Chernobyl Reactor Liquidation
Having to work long hours after such a horrifying disaster like the Chernobyl explosion, it must have been so traumatizing for these liquidator workers to go clean an area where hundreds of people were literally injured and killed.
That is why I have so much respect for the people in this photo because they really sacrificed their safety and well-being for the greater good of the people in Ukraine. I want you to make a pact with me not to ever forget about these unsung heroes who have paved the way for us to live more comfortable lives today.
Couple Refuse to Allow Their Home to Be Destroyed for a New Road
A picture paints a thousand words, and this is perhaps, one of the most accurate examples of this well-known quote. This image is the result of an elderly Chinese couple’s bravery, who did not want their house demolished for a new road construction.
It’s actually quite refreshing to see people taking a stand against capitalists and corporations who think that everything in the world is to their perusal. The situation at hand looks really weird, but for me, it serves as a reminder to us humans that we shouldn’t allow anyone to take control of our lives.
The Spoils of War – World War 1
Mind blown. These are the two words that first came to mind after seeing this photo. At first glance, you wouldn’t even notice it, but if you look at the picture closely, you’ll see that the giant pyramid is actually comprised of German helmets that American troops collected after the first world war.
This photo then serves as a reminder to Americans about the heroism and bravery of soldiers and why they are indeed unsung heroes of society. Now, tell me you’re not mind isn’t blown like mine!
California Lumberjacks Felling Giant Redwoods, 1915
Ever imagined how hard it was for people to chop down trees back in the day? Or how long it took them to do so?
Perhaps, this picture can help answer your inquiries! Before, when technology was not advanced enough, tree logging definitely was not an easy job and chopping down trees was no easy feat. However, this did not hold people back from engaging in tree logging activities. One of the most popular areas for tree logging was Humboldt County, California which was over two million acres big. This resulted in hundreds of lumbermen from all over the nation flocking to the said region. Would you have joined them, given that good money was paid?
Extinct: Only Known Photo of a Living ‘Quagga’
Are you thinking to yourself, what the hell a Quagga is? Well, you’re in the right place! The Quagga, a subspecies of what we now know as the zebra, previously resided in South Africa before becoming completely extinct.
Sadly, this is the only photo of a Quagga known to mankind, as this creature doesn’t even exist in this lifetime anymore! It’s quite alarming and unfortunate that hundreds of species cease to exist on a daily basis at our hands, and the extinction of the Quagga is a good example of how irresponsible we are as humans in caring for our surroundings. It’s high time we finally change how we act!