Unedited Historical Pics That Will Rock Your World
You might think you’ve seen it all when it comes to modern history, but we’ve found some rare, amazing, historical photos that you probably have never seen. Warning: some of these pics might rock your world they are so intriguing!
Obama & Friends
It takes years to develop a reputation as a great world leader. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out who this is a picture of! Of course, it is Barak Obama, former President of the USA. He is seen here hanging out with friends in the sun wearing his shades.
Young Bill & Hillary
Bill Clinton and Hillary have pretty clearly been through hell and back together. Considering the Monica Lewinsky scandal to Hillary’s recent failure in the presidential election, it is pretty amazing they are still together and seem to be making it work after all these years. They met back in 1970 while both of them were students at Yale University. Bill and Hillary locked eyes in the university library and it didn’t take long for them to go on their first date together.
Marilyn Can Fix It
Before Marilyn Monroe was a huge celebrity, she was living a very, very different life. She was actually fixing drones for the U.S. military! Also, did you know her real name isn’t Marilyn Monroe? She was born as Norma Jeane Doughtery and worked at a factory in Van Nuys. How crazy is that? The photographer, David Conover, is considered to be the person who discovered her. The rest was history as they say.
Audrey Hepburn Shopping With Her Pet Deer
There have been many odd couples in Hollywood over the years, but this one definitely tops the list! Here is Audrey Hepburn with her pet deer, Pippin. When Hepburn filmed the movie “Green Mansion,” part of the preparation for the role was to spend some time with the fawn. Turns out she loved the deer so much she took it with her shopping! How cute!
Lucille’s Great Balls Of Fire
Lucy and Ricky Ricardo are of course well known from the 50s sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Lucille Ball’s character was quirky, funny and super interesting. This historical photo displays her character perfectly in our opinion. This photo was taken during the episode when Lucy sets her fake nose on fire by accident! Oy!
Marilyn Pumping Iron
Marilyn Monroe was so much more than just a pretty face. Of course in her heyday, she had to stay in amazing shape. She was well known for doing bench presses and squats religiously when she wasn’t on set. In 1952, Life Magazine snagged some shots of her pulling out her dumbbells. The rest was “historical.”
Arnie & Sly
When you think 80s action movies, you think Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone. One interesting fact is they both dated Brigitte Neilsen. Despite this, they are great friends to this day!
Walt Disney Eating Chicken
Here you see the founder of Disney, Walt Disney, enjoying a piece of chicken. He is looking happy and we’re sure he was! He was just experiencing the initial success of Mickey Mouse and Snow White.
This is an epic photo of Jimi Hendrix wearing a Santa Claus costume. He is posing for an ad for an issue of Record Mirror. He is holding the albums that became classics. This photo was taken during Jimi Hendrix’s prime. He looks great and we really love this one!
Chaplin & Einstein
Many people don’t realize Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein were very good friends. When this picture was taken, Einstein was traveling to the U.S. He met Chaplin while on a tour of Universal Studios. When they met, they hit it off, and they became lifelong friends.
Young Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyasto, or the 14th Dalai Lama, assumed full political power of Tibet in 1950. He has many followers from an early age. He had a pretty interesting upbringing and life prior to becoming Dalai Lama. He was born into a farm family in 1935, and took full power of Tibet when he was only 15 years old!
Muhammad Ali Beats The Beatles
Occasionally, two completely different kinds of people come together in very unlikely situations. Here is one great example. The Beatles had an interesting encounter with Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time. What an amazing picture!
Houdini In Chains
When you think of famous magicians, of course, the name Harry Houdini comes to mind. During the course of his career, his escape acts became more and more extreme. At one point, his trademark act revolved around himself being locked in chains. He also occasionally buried himself alive. We guess it was no big deal for someone like Harry Houdini!
First Class On The Titanic
The beauty of the Titanic sometimes seems to be overshadowed by its tragic ending. It was one of the most luxurious ships on the planet. These types of rooms were the norm on the Titanic. They had all the amenities you would expect including an en-suite bathroom.
Many people don’t know this but Queen Elizabeth II actually served in World War II! She was just 18 years old and a princess back then. She decided to join the Women’s Auxillary Territorial Service. She trained in London as a mechanic. Elizabeth is actually the only female member of the British royal family to have ever enlisted in the armed forces.
Marilyn Scores Again
Marilyn Monroe made a number of surprise public appearances during her career. Here you see her in 1957 at a friendly soccer match between the U.S. and Israel national teams. She even kicked the ball before the start of the game!
Back in the day, a number of celebs served in the armed forces before they pursued the career they are the most well known for. Elvis Presley is one great example. He served in the US army in 1958. Elvis was actually already a household name at this point, so many men in his squad were serving alongside one of their heroes! He ended his service early because his mother had a heart attack.
This historical photo of Frank Sinatra was snapped in 1965. The photographer, John Dominis, spent a few weeks with the singer before this picture was taken.
Lights, Camera, Danger!
Ever curious about MGM’s iconic shot in their opening credits? Here you go. This was taken in 1928. The Lion was named Leo and he was shot roaring on camera. No one was injured during the filming. A little bit of a risk really paid off! The opening credit shot is now iconic.
The Power Of Education
This is one majorly significant historical picture. Here you see Dorothy Counts, the first African American woman to attend an all-white American school in 1957. Despite all that is going on around her, she is keeping her cool and focusing on the opportunity to study.
Diving In The Thames
Sometimes, all that you need is a famous landmark to make an epic historical photo. In this picture you see two individuals diving into the River Thames in London. Behind the divers, you can clearly see the Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
Andre The 19-Year-Old Giant
Andre the Giant is one of the most well-known wrestlers in the history of the World Wrestling Federation. He competed against Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 1. Andre was often called the “eighth wonder of the world” due to his incredible size. He had gigantism which is what ultimately caused his death.
Dog Helping His Little Friend
A dog is a man’s best friend! This rare historical photo shows a little boy trying to get his golf ball from the pond. The dog is hanging onto his jacket with his teeth.
Hemingway In The Tub
Here you see the iconic author Ernest Hemingway in his bathtub. He thought of the concept for his best-known novel, “The Old Man and the Sea” while taking a bath. Pretty interesting, huh?
Einstein At The Hopi House
This photo was taken in 1931 when Albert Einstein was on his way to Caltech. He very much wanted to join the faculty. He made a stop at a Hopi House that was close to the Grand Canyon. He is seen in this historical photo possing with a traditional Hopi headdress alongside his wife and three Hopi adults.
Robert DeNiro Sr. & Jr.
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree! Here is Robert Deniro Sr. with his son, Robert DeNiro Jr. Robert DeNiro Sr. was gifted in the arts. After his career blew up, DeNiro Jr. dedicated a few of his awards to his father.
Carol Wayne On The Johnny Carson Show
Carol Wayne was a regular on The Tonight Show. She appeared regularly as the Matinee Lady. Here you see her as a guest being interviewed on The Johnny Carson Show. This appearance was almost exactly one year before she died while on vacation in Mexico. Her cause of death is still a mystery to this day.
Marilyn & Billy Wilder
Many on the set of “Some Like It Hot,” thought Marilyn Monroe was difficult to work with. Perhaps it was due to her poor concentration and addiction to prescription medicine. She had a hard time reciting lines. It took her 47 times to get the line “it’s me, Sugar” right. Poor girl. Here in this historical photo, you see the film’s director Billy Wilder whispering some advice into her ear.
Jayne Mansfield’s Publicity Stunt
Years before social media, Jayne Mansfield was known for her infamous publicity stunts. This picture displays one of her most infamous ones. She is smiling at the camera while Sophia Loren gives her a disapproving gaze.
Louis Reard & Model
Many people have their own fashion lines, but not too many can say they invented an entirely new form of clothing! In 1946, Frenchman Louis Reard was one of those people. He launched a new, unique two-piece swimsuit that became known as the “bikini.” He didn’t know it at the time but he revolutionized women’s beachwear forever.
JFK Before His Assasination
This picture was taken right before one of the most signifigant controversies in history: the assasination of John F. Kennedy. Here you see JFK just before he was killed on November 22, 1963.
Neil Armstrong took this photograph himself in 1969! It was the first set of photos taken by a human on the moon’s surface.
Transcontinental Railroad, 1868
In this rare unedited picture, you see a Native American man gazing at the Transcontinental Railroad in Nevada. This picture was taken back in 1868.
First Selfie, 1900
Yep, this is possibly the first selfie ever taken! The woman is seen here in 1900 posing in front of a mirror with her camera. How cool!
Thousand Yard Stare
This is an American Marine giving the infamous “thousand-yard stare.” He just finished 2 days of intensive combat in the Battle of Entiwetok in 1944.
Albert Einstein is seen here relaxing! He is leaning back on his chair while holding a pipe in Palm Springs. This rare historical photo was taken on January 11, 1932.
U.S.S. Enterprise Model
This picture of the first U.S.S. Enterprise model was taken in 1965 in L.A.
Neil Armstrong’s Last Breakfast
What a classic! Here you see Neil Armstrong eating his last breakfast on earch before his famous moon landing. He was enjoying some eggs in 1969.
This picture from December 7, 1941, is of the famous USS Shaw explosion during Pearl Harbor.
This picture shows boats rowing down what normally would be a street in Paris. This picture shows the damage from the Great Flood of 1910. Can you even imagine?
This picture is pretty epic! It was taken in 1940 after a German bombing raid during the London Blitz. A British woman is shown drinking tea on a pile of rubble.
This is actually the earliest photograph currently known of Abraham Lincoln! It was taken around 1840.
Stalin With His Children
This picture is of Joseph Stalin and his son Vasily and daughter Svetlana in 1935. This picture shows a different side of Stalin for sure.
While many don’t know about them, this picture shows a group of Jewish assassins called “The Avengers.” They tracked and killed Nazi officers after WW2.
Colonge Highwire Artist
This picture taken in 1946 is of a high-wire artist walking above a destroyed Heumarkt in Cologne, Germany. How fearless was she?!
Pearl Harbor Aftermath
This picture was taken in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This picture was taken on December 7, 1941.
Gandhi In 1946
How interesting! Here you see Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi sitting on the floor. He is sitting next to a spinning wheel which is symbolic of India’s struggle for independence.
Grand Central Station, 1929
This beautiful unedited picture is of the Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The sun doesn’t shine like that anymore due to all the construction in New York. This is how it looked back in 1929.
Louis Armstrong Playing Trumpet
This picture can be summed up in one word: incredible! Louis Armstrong is seen here playing the trumpet right at the feet of the Sphinx of Ghiza. The picture was taken by an Egyptian man.
Hitler Declares War on US
In this rare, unedited picture, Adolf Hitler is making a formal declaration of war against America. This photo was taken in 1941.
This historical picture is from 1988. Here you see a military base located in Kazakhstan. This place is forbidden to be visited by the public, however, one photographer took a risk and got lucky!
Mount Rushmore In 1929
This is a very rare picture of Mount Rushmore! Here it is at the very beginning of the construction before it was turned it into a national monument. This picture was taken in 1929.
Neil Armstrong Moon Landing In 1929
This epic picture is one of the first pictures ever taken by a human being on the moon’s surface. Neil Armstrong took this picture himself in 1969.
Arrival Of Statue Of Liberty
This unedited picture was taken when the Statue of Liberty first arrived in the USA from France. Here men are at work unpacking it!
Jackie Chan In 1996
What a classic! Here Jackie Chan is preparing to climb the Hollywood sign in 1996. He, of course, is infamous for performing many of this own stunts.
This is Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. He, of course, became a historical legend after his assassination which precipitated the outbreak of hostilities in WWI.
Soldiers Of The Indian Corps
This is so interesting in our opinion! Here you see some soldiers of the Indian Corps during a gas mask inspection at Ypres, Belgium. This picture was taken in 1914.
British Soldier Football Team, 1916
This is a group of British soldiers who are about to play some football! It is during WWI so they had to play while wearing gas masks. They were somewhere in northern France.
Boys Working In A Coal Mine In 1911
This young group of boys are hard at work in a coal mine. This picture was snapped back in 1911 before labor laws were put in place in the USA.
World’s Only Water Skiing Elephant
How awesome! If you aren’t familiar this is Queenie. She became famous in the 50s for being the only water surfing elephant.
Malcolm X Riffs With Muhammad Ali
Here the famous duo is having a robust conversation after Clay’s victory over Sonny Liston in Miami.
Fidel Castro Playing Basketball In 1972
Fidel Castro is seen here in 1972 playing basketball in Krakow. What a rare and interesting picture! This one was taken during his first trip to Poland. He was only beginning to become famous at this time.
The Romanovs, 1913
Here is a family photo of Tsar Nicholas II with his wife Alexandra and their daughters Ol’ga, Tat’jana, Marija e Anastasia and Aleksej.
Two American WW2 Soldiers
In this picture you see two American soldiers having a moment of happiness during WWII. We think the laughter kept them going strong!
Castro and Che Fishing
How crazy is this! Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara are seen here fishing in 1960.
This unedited picture was taken by Felice Beato around 1870 in Japan.
Riding For Life
Sadly, this is a U.S. death-row prisoner involuntarily testing the safety of a roller-coaster. This picture was taken in 1958.
Babies In The Air
One terrible effect of the Vietnam War was that hundred of Vietnamese babies were orphaned. In a US government operation called “Operation Babylist” in 1975, planes were sent to fly the babies from Vietnam to the US where they were put up for adoption.
What A Champ
Ham the Chimp was the first humanoid to make it to outer space! He paved the way for men to go to space. Amazing!
A Short Address
Here you see a very curious Brigitta Lindman, who was a Swedish flight attendant taking a closer look at a showgirl’s outfit in 1959.
Burst Of Joy
Sometimes conflicts can only be resolved through prisoner exchanges. In “Operation Homecoming” the US ordered the exchange of captured US soldiers from Viet Cong in the 70s. In this picture you see fighter pilot Lt. Col Robert Stirm reuniting with his family after being held captive for 6 years.
If Shrek was Russian, this is what he would look like. This guy is named Maurice Tillet and he was a Russian-born, French professional wrestler. He had some mean nicknames such as “French Angel” and “The World’s Ugliest Man.”
This one is quite shocking. In this pic, a Native American tribe kidnapped two European girls and gave them to their chief. The chief took them as his own children. One of the girls, Olive Ann Oatman, grew up with the tribe and received a tattoo as part of a symbolic gesture.
Hitler’s Many Faces
This is an old picture of Adolf Hitler. He certainly had a variety of faces!
Here you see the 1980 National Space Invaders Championship. It was a very public gathering of computer game fans! This event attracted over 10,000 participants from around the world.
James Dean, the heartthrob, shows him at a gas station back in 1955. This was at the peak of his fame.
This one is debatable. Is it real? Even if it’s not, you can’t stop looking at it. This picture was taken by A.L. Khan in 1935.
Here you see some Prohibition-era rebels who got in trouble for smuggling booze into Detroit, Michigan.
Brave Stock Image
This photographer sure was brave! He took this epic picture of a nuclear explosion and was so close to it! The explosion actually took only 16 milliseconds to reach him.
This was huge in American history. Dorothy Counts was the first African American woman to attend an all-white school after the Brown Vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. The court ruled segregation in all public facilities, including schools, was illegal. Dorothy was bullied and tormented to the point she left the school 4 days later.
While Michael Jackson might come to mind when you think plastic surgery, this is actually Walter Leo in 1917. He had some work done after suffering some battle wounds in WW1.
Albert Einstein Holding An Albert Einstein Puppet
This photo, taken in the 1930s, captures Albert Einstein posing with a puppet of himself, which originated from a group of comedians who were touring across the United States for many years, featuring marionette puppets in a lot of their performances. Einstein seems to look pleased with his mini-me.
The 3,000 Men Who Built The Chase Building
This 810 feet tall building was built with the help of 3,000 people in 1964 after Chase and The Manhattan Company banks merged with one another, forming this skyscraper in New York City. As you can see, there were not yet any windows on this building when this photo was taken; imagine standing on the edge of such a building with nothing blocking you from falling!
Shoe Making In The 19th Century
Did you know that until the end of the 19th century, shoes were almost entirely made by hand? By the end of the century it had mostly turned to being made by machine, though. Shoes were usually made of materials like leather, wood, and plant-based materials and were made by hand one at a time.
Crossing The River To Get To School
This photo is of a group of children in 1959 that have to cross the river in Modena, Italy to get to school in the morning. You always hear about your grandparents saying that back in their day they had to do all of these difficult tasks in order to go anywhere, but we doubt they had to do something like this!
Boys With A Lemonade Dispenser In Berlin, 1931
This creation is something that seems like it is far more advanced than something you’d normally expect to see in the 1930s. Even today kids stay stationary with a table and a pitcher of lemonade on the corner to sell a cup, but this boy had a hardcore business mindset.
Norma Jean Before She Was Marilyn Monroe
Before she became the iconic Marilyn Monroe, there was a shy and insecure girl named Norma Jean. She was so shy, in fact, that she had a hard time talking to people and got so nervous that she ended up developing a stutter, which never fully went away. She was a seemingly normal girl until she became famous.
Madonna Before She Was Famous
Before she was an international star, Madonna was just your normal girl from the suburbs of Detroit. She was a straight A student who started an education at the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship- that is- until she dropped out and moved to New York City to pursue her musical passions.
Robin Williams On His Wedding Day
This image was captured in 1978 on the wedding day of Robin Williams and his first wife, Valerie Velardi. Can you imagine being married to someone like Robin Williams during the time that he started becoming a super famous and well-known actor? When the two met in 1976 he was not famous; he was just a struggling actor and comedian. The two were married for 10 years before she filed for divorce.
Mark Twain Loved Pups
Did you know that the famous writer Mark Twain, also known as Samuel Clemens, was a huge fan of dogs? He owned three of his own: I Know, You Know, and Don’t Know were their names. Twain used dogs as his biggest inspiration throughout his whole career. Before he did, Twain wrote about going to heaven: “Leave your dog outside. Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”
Twin Towers During Their Construction
The Twin Towers first broke ground in August of 1966, and cost the Port Authority a total of $900 million. The North Tower started accepting business in 1970 and the South Tower in 1972, and by 1979 both buildings were sold out. There was a lot of controversy in Manhattan when they tore down other buildings to build the Twin Towers, but today, the buildings are known to be a historical icon.
The Modern Bicycle
In 1946, Benjamin Bowden created the prototype of the ‘Bowden Spacelander’, AKA an early modern bicycle. Even though the prototype was ready in 1946, it didn’t start getting produced until 1960, and only 522 ended up being made. You could buy one of these bad boys for $89.50 – in 1960 currency. Today, this vintage bike in perfect condition would burn a $15,000 hole in your pocket.
JFK Playing Games
Caroline Kennedy started her life in the White House when she was just three years old, and it was a few days before her sixth birthday when her father, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. The year after her father’s death, Jackie O moved with her two children to a penthouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Not only is this a menu for the Titanic, but it’s a menu from the Titanic on the night that it sank. A bit eerie that this was found, huh? Now we know that while the “unsinkable ship” was going down, frightened passengers had stomachs full of stewed figs and rice, smoked herring and jacket potatoes, and plum pudding- right before most of them drowned or froze in the icy cold water.
Nuclear Attack Drill In Schools
This photo was taken in 1951 during the Cold War, as there was an ongoing threat of a nuclear war. American schoolkids were being taught to “duck and cover” in case the bomb was dropped on the United States. It’s a scary thought that they thought ducking under their desks in school would protect them if this bomb got dropped on their city, but it’s better than nothing, I guess.
Harley And Davidson On Their Bikes
Arthur Davidson and William Harley grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they had been best friends since early childhood. In 1903, they designed their first motorbike together. Similarly to how the Wright Brothers changed the way we see air travel today, Harley and Davidson changed bikes. Their whole concept was to create a motorized bike without pedals, and clearly it was a hit!
Mother Teresa And Princess Diana
Unfortunately, these two world-changing icons passed away just days apart from one another. Princess Diana and Mother Teresa met a few times, but this time was the last time the two would see each other. Both of these women dedicated their lives to making the world a better place.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash
Wow, so many musical icons in one photo! This group of guys was pretty tight, actually. We can only imagine how incredible music by all of them together sounds, and we bet they had some great fun singing all together when they had the opportunity to do so.
Construction Of The Empire State Building
We bet you’ve never seen someone sitting on a beam at the edge of what is now known famously as the Empire State Building. Well, here you can see a steelworker taking a break from working on the building in 1930 to pose for this photo. The person who took this photo was sitting in a specially-made basket that swung 1,000 feet over Fifth Avenue so he could capture these photos!
Self-Promotion During The Great Depression
After the stock market crash of October 1929 millions of people were left without jobs, including everything from investors to farmers. You were truly one of the lucky ones if you weren’t unemployed during the Great Depression, and it had to take another war in the country before people were healed from this hard time.