Thanks to today’s technology, we are able to see nearly everything our family and friends are doing. Sharing photos with your friends (or even the world at large) is exceedingly simple. What was the world like before this digital age?
Modern photography has existed since the 1800s, but until very recently, photo prints were the only way to share and view what was captured. If there weren’t any copies? Too bad. The limited amount of prints of each photo has resulted in many famous scenes getting lost in the annals of history…
Until now. These old photos were recently discovered. Most of them have never been seen before. What they reveal about life so many years ago is stunning.
1.) The Knickerbocker Baseball Club in 1858.
2.) French soldier tied to a stake receives a drink from a fellow POW in 1917.
3.) Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in 1910.
4.) Marilyn Monroe (then going by Norma Jeane Mortensen) working in a factory in 1944.
5.) LAPD officers dress as women to try and catch a purse snatcher in 1960.
6.) Filming of the MGM screen credits in 1928.
7.) The Yale-Vassar Bike Race in 1952.
8.) Wounded soldier dictates a letter in 1917.
9.) Dockworkers in New York City in 1947.
10.) Circus elephant helps unload train in 1948.
11.) Mohandas Gandhi in 1893.
12.) A New York City Easter in 1956.
13.) The Tasmanian Tiger (now extinct) in 1933.
14.) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1940.
15.) Eastern Kentucky in 1964.
16.) The Statue of Liberty surrounded by scaffolding as workers complete the final stages in Paris (1885).
17.) 152 mm Howitzer battery fires during Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation (1944).
18.) In the aftermath of the D-Day invasion, two boys watch from a hilltop as American soldiers drive through the town of St. Lo. France (1944).
19.) Color image of the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighters, of Fighter Squadron JG54, during flight (1943).
20.) A female Lebanese fighter (1982).
21.) Evacuating Saigon. An American evacuee punches away a South Vietnamese man for a place on the last chopper out of the US embassy (April 30, 1975).
22.) One of the oldest photos of the Great Sphinx (1880).
23.) Jimmy Page performing live with Led Zeppelin (1972).
24.) Corporal Luther E. Boger of US 82nd Airborne Division reading a warning sign, Cologne, Germany (April 4, 1945).
25.) A baby cries at a bombed train station in Shanghai (1937).
26.) Woodstock’s Opening Ceremony in Bethel, New York (August 14, 1969).
27.) Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit (1911).
28.) A Matilda tank of the Australian 2/4th Armored Regiment on the Buin Road, Bougainville (1945).
29.) Ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph (1916).
30.) A napalm attack near U.S. troops on patrol in South Vietnam (1966).
31.) Fritz, a television celebrity bulldog, is shaved by a Californian barber (1961).
32.) Three German soldiers in body armor and gas masks demonstrate operating a 2cm Becker-Flugzeugkanone, an anti-aircraft gun, Western Front (1918).
33.) An RAF Pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Britain (1942).
34.) A US Marine prepares to enter a Vietcong tunnel (1969).
35.) A Panzer III tank crewman surrenders to an advancing Brittish soldier during the Battle of El Alamein (1942).
36.) Bob Marley on the beach with Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare (mother of Damien Marley).
The world was truly a different place back then (or even in the 1960s). Share these incredibly revealing photos with others. They’ll take you back in time.