Freedom Fighter

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A picture is worth a thousand words. That is especially true for these historical photos. With just one photo, we can understand a culture, movement, or event that has been unaltered. These raw historical photos will blow your mind.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a Freedom Fighter and Civil Rights Activist in Arlington, Virginia. Despite a racist upbringing, Mulholland took part in sit-ins, protests, and was even arrested for her support of the Civil Rights Movement. Mulholland was the first white person to start the integration of Tougaloo College.

Pink Convertible

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This convertible is a 1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback Mustang Convertible in Playboy Pink. Pictured with the car is Playmate Connie Kreski. Each year since 1964, Playboy has put out a car fit for its “Playmate of the Year Cars” edition of the magazine.

Marilyn Monroe

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Before she was known as Marilyn Monroe, she was Norma Jeane Baker. She decided to serve her country during WWII and assembled drones in a factory in California.

Bill and Hillary Clinton

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Before the two of them were elected presidential candidates, Bill and Hillary attended college in the 1970s.

Fight Club

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This photo from Sweden shows a group of women boxing on a rooftop during the 1930s.

Sears Roebuck Catalogs

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This photo shows a group of women assembling Sears Roebuck catalogs from 1942.

Sphinx of Giza

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This picture dates back to 1850. The Sphinx of Giza is a trademark symbol of Ancient Egypt and a great tourist attraction.

Cuban Revolution

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This picture shows Fidel Castro and Che Guevara talking about overthrowing Cuba’s dictator, Fulgencio Batista.

Einstein’s Desk

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Albert Einstein’s desk the day he died covered in papers and work in 1955.

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky was just an intern at the Whitehouse before the infamous scandal broke out. Her affair with President Bill Clinton shook the news media and almost called for his impeachment.

Hitler’s Disguises

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After WWII ended, the US government didn’t want Hitler to slip away unrecognized, so they created a sheet of different disguises that he may wear so nobody would miss the opportunity to capture him.

End of the Beatles

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It was a sad day in music when the Beatles announced their break up. This is the last photo believed to be taken of the Beatles together in 1969.

Waterfall of Beer

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During the Prohibition, beer pours from a bootlegger’s building in Detroit, Michigan.

Hitler’s Head

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A Soviet soldier is seen carrying a decapitated Hitler statue head after the end of WWII.

Big Jay McNeely

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Jazz fans are mesmerized by Big Jay McNeely’s performance in 1953.

Dorothy Counts

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At the age of 15, Dorothy Counts was one of four black students to go to an all-white high school in 1957 during the Civil Rights Movement.

Before and After Lincoln

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This photo shows just how the job of being the President of the United States can affect a president. Abraham Lincoln aged significantly during his four years in office.

Mardi Gras

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Men cross-dressing during a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans in 1938.

Returning Home

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A soldier returns home from WWII to discover that his family had died while he was gone.

Gas Masks

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These creative soldiers discovered that gas masks can be used for more than just surviving gas attacks. It will keep them from crying while peeling onions.

First Professional Gamers

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Over 10,000 gamers participate in the first National Space Invaders Championship competition in 1980.

Beauty Pageant

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Beauty changes with the times. This picture is of two beauty pageant winners in 1922.

The Man Who Stands Alone

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A single man can be seen resisting Hitler’s salute in 1936 at the German Army vessel’s launch.

Kiss of Life

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While working on electrical wires in 1967, one of the workers was electrocuted. His coworker administered CPR. We don’t know whether the man survived or not.

Measurements

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There was a strict dress code for women at the beach. In 1920, a man can be seen measuring the length of women’s bathing suits.

The Isolator

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In 1925, if you wanted a way to study in private, you would use the Isolator. It was hooked up to an oxygen tank and would block out all noise.

Dangerous Dinner Guests

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There’s no denying that alligators are dangerous. These brave women are happy to dine with some alligators at The California Alligator Farm in 1920.

Lumber Stacks

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Lumber dries in large stacks in 1919 in Seattle, Washington. You can see just how big these stacks are compared to the man standing next to one.

Medicinal Bears

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Bears were used in Romania for people who suffered from rheumatism in the 1940s. The bear would sit on the person’s back.

Mount St. Helens Eruption

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Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 and sent large clouds of ash into the sky and triggered a large landslide. A total of 57 people died.

Views from Space

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Astronaut David Scott can be seen coming out of a spaceship in 1969.

Children for Sale

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During the Great Depression, people struggled so much that they could not take care of their children. This was seen in Chicago.

MGM Credits

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People film the opening credits for MGM Studios in 1928.

Bedroom on the Titanic

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You’ve heard of the tragic Titanic sinking. This is a picture of one of its luxurious rooms before it sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

Astronaut’s Remains

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In 1967, astronaut Vladimir Komarov fell from space back to earth during a space mission. This is a picture of his remains.

Boston Marathon

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Eva Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. This picture shows two men trying to hold her back from running.

Farewell Kisses

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Women say goodbye to their husbands and boyfriends as they are shipped off to war during WWII.

First English Computer

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In 1950, one computer would take up an entire room. It’s hard to believe that we can fit one in the palm of our hand now.

New Shoes

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An orphaned boy receives a new pair of shoes after WWII in Vienna. He is happier than ever.

Monroe and the Queen

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Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.

Always Prepared

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There was such fear of toxic gas attacks during WWII that women would walk their babies in carriages and gas masks to protect themselves.

New Mode of Transportation

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A man has a hippo pull his cart through the streets as a mode of transportation. Too bad it only went as fast as a bicycle.

Prohibition Protest

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Americans were not fans of the Prohibition. A group of men protest in 1932.

Baseball

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The Knickerbockers baseball club was formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1858. It’s the first professional sports team.

Eisenhower’s Mistress

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Kay Summersby was an assistant and driver to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eventually, they had an affair with each other. She wrote an autobiography describing the affair between them.

Pol Pat

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For four years, Pol Pat ruled Cambodia. He killed 25% of Cambodia’s population and would keep gruesome trophies.

Ronald Reagan’s Divorce

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For nine years Ronald Reagan was married to Jane Wyman before she filed for divorce in 1949. Apparently, Reagan had affairs with 17 different women during their marriage.

Fall of Gerald Fort Pratt

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President Ford falls as he steps off of Air Force One. He had many recorded falls during his presidency thanks to an athletic injury to his knee from his younger days.

Miscommunication with President Carter

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President Jimmy Carter met with Polish military leaders in 1977 and embarrassed himself thanks to his interpreter. His interpreter accidentally claimed that the president wanted to leave the US forever, grab their genitals, and ended by speaking Russian.

War Dogs

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A dog poses with a gun, glasses, and army helmet during war. At least they can have some humor during hard times.

Traveling Bomb

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A soldier programs a robotic bomb that resembles a tank.

Sitting on Stalin

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A German soldier disrespects a statue of Stalin during WWII.

Smiling at the Enemy

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George Blind, a French resistance fighter, smiles as a German fire squad prepares for his execution.

Jews and Muslims Getting Along

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A Jewish woman is seen walking with Muslim women as they cover her Jewish star during Hitler’s reign.

Calling a Truce

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At the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, two Union and Confederate survivors shake hands.

Segregation

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During the 20th century, segregation was just a way of life. A zoo in Memphis, Tennessee closed its doors to white people and only allowed black people in for a day.

Switching Sides

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This photo is of Sweden in 1967 when they decided to switch which side of the road to drive on. As you can see, it was pretty chaotic.

Ironic

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An African American police officer protects a KKK member at a violent protest in Austin, Texas in 1983.

PTSD

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This man certainly suffers from PTSD, however back then it was known a shell shock and wasn’t treated the same way.

Burning Monk

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An a protest for peace, Buddhist Monk, Thích Quang set himself on fire in 1963 to protest fighting between Catholics and Buddhists in Vietnam.

First Television

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The first television was invented in 1925. In fact, England had TV service a full five years before America did.

Sputnik I

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The Russians were the first to enter space with Sputnik I in October 1957. The first satellite inspired a billion-dollar race between the USSR and US to get to space.

Beer at Work

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Oh to work in an office during the 1950’s. It was an entirely different world. So different, that they had draught beer ready for the taking.

Horse Diving

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A popular form of entertainment in the 1850s was watching a horse and its rider dive into the water from a 90-foot tower. This was put to a stop by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Jail Cell

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In Los Angeles a police officer carries an intoxicated man in a jail cell that sits on the side of his motorcycle.

Mailing a Child

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In 1913 it was legal to send children through the mail. For just $0.53 a child could be sent 73 miles away and insured for any damage. This was stopped in 1915.

Prohibition Advocates

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You may believe that everyone disagreed with the prohibition of alcohol, but this group of women supported the amendment.

Zipline

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The zipline was first created in South America and came to the US in 1923. A net sat below the riders in case they fell.

Teenage Liz Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor at 17 years old reads love letters from Glenn Davis.

Hitchcock in France

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Alfred Hitchcock rides a bicycle during the 1972 Cannes Film Festival in France.

Nuclear Bomb

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A photo of the first nuclear bomb detonation in Nevada.

The King is Arrested

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Elvis Presley’s mug shot in 1970.

Young Robin Williams

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Robin Williams dressed and performed as a mime on the street in 1974.

Gigantic Manta Ray

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This manta ray weighed a shocking 500 pounds! A.L. Khan took this picture in 1933.

Plane Crash

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A young boy working on a farm turns around to see a plane crashing into his field and the pilot ejecting himself with a parachute.

James Dean Last Photo

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This is the last known photo of James Dean before his deadly car accident in 1955.

Mountain of Skulls

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You probably didn’t know that skulls could be used as fertilizer. This is a photo fo a large mountain of bison skulls waiting to be made into fertilizer.

Opening Day at Disneyland

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Disneyland first opened its doors in 1955. People lined outside excitedly waiting to enter the amusement park.

Carving Mt. Rushmore

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Sculptors scale Mount Rushmore and carve the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt in South Dakota.

First Face Transplant

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Plastic surgery has come a long way since 1917.

Circus Show

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A group of performers rest between takes at a circus. They were labeled as “freaks” and people would pay to see and stare at them.

Young Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger shows off his muscles in Austria during a bodybuilding competition before he went on to be the Terminator and a governor.

Last Photo of Bonnie and Clyde

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The infamous robbers had one last kiss before they were killed. During their crime sprees they killed 13 people and robbed many stores and people.

Last Public Execution

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The last public execution took place in 1936. As you can see thousands of people would attend executions as they were held in public squares.

First Selfie

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The first selfie was taken 200 years ago y Robert Cornelius in 1839. He tried to take a self-portrait at his family’s store.

The Side-Eye

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Sophia Loren gives Jayne Mansfield a dirty look in 1957. Loren admits to staring at the revealing dress Mansfield was wearing and was concerned that it was too revealing for the times.

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