22 Rarely Seen Historical Photos
A picture can capture an epic moment to be remembered forever. Photos are the best ways to store history for thousands of years without distorting the original meaning or event. Here are a number of historical photos you will rarely see.
1. Tiananmen Square
The Chinese Government killed thousands of unarmed peaceful pro-democracy protesters in Beijing, China and arrested tens of thousands of demonstrators in cities across China.
The protesters, based in Tiananmen Square in central Beijing, were peacefully requesting political and economic reform. In response, the Chinese authorities responded with overwhelming force to repress the demonstrations.
2. MGM Lion
First filming session of MGM’s opening credits in 1928. Established in 1924, MGM studios were the most revered and the largest in the world. This epic photo bears rich history of the filming studio which remains popular to date as the oldest film studios in the world.
Bonus: Nazi aryan girl to birth “racially pure babies”
The Nazi regime believed that true white people were the superior race. To make sure this lineage would continue they developed Lebensborn’s, a facility in which unwed women could go to get pregnant by “pure white” SS (Schutzstaffel,)men.
3. Lady Prunella Hamilton teacher
Female fitness icon Lady Prunella trains and teaches members of Prunella Stack’s Women’s League of Health and Beauty before their performance of ‘Empire Pageant’ which co-insides with a visit from female Nazi leaeder Gertrud Schlotz-Klink’s visit to London.
4. The Quagga
4. The Quagga scientifically known as the Equus quagga quagga is an extinct type of Zebra that only existed before the 19th century. The photo above was taken in 1870 at a London zoo. No other such picture can be taken in the present because the animals are extinct.
5. Execution of Amon Leopold Göth
American soldiers execute Austrian Commandant Amon Leopold Göth, a German Schutzstaffel (SS), and other Nazi camp guards as reprisals for the treatment of Jewish prisoners and sympathizers at the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in Płaszów in German-occupied Poland. He was executed at Montelupich Prison in Kraków in 1946.
6. Pakistani Soldier Circumcision Check
5. During the Liberation War in Bangladesh in 1971, the Pakistani soldier used circumcision as a way to identify Pakistanis. The war led to the fall of the Pakistan Eastern Command and Bangladesh attaining sovereignty. The Pakistani military were carried out acts of genocide during the war.
7. Refusal to salute
Taken in 1936, this photo shows the man who refused to do the Nazi salute. In the Nazis era this open display of disloyalty was considered grievous enough to warrant the individual a death sentence. Nazism was an ideology pushed by Adolf Hitler which led to the Holocaust and World War II.
8. Boy gets shoes in WW II
During World War II, shoes were hard to come by. Actually they were more of a luxurious commodity. In this picture, a young boy beams with joy when he is gets a new pair of shoes from the red cross in 1946. The old shoes on his feet show how long it has been since he last had a new pair.
9. Ford’s first cars
The picture captures men at work at the first Ford factory. Taken in 1926, the photo shows the assembling of some of the very first cars manufactured by the car company. Ford grew to become one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world.
10. First boxing match at Yankee Stadium, New York City
7. The photo shows a boxing match taking place at the Yankee stadium in 1923. The stadium was the home ground for the New York Yankees. The stadium was later renovated to a state of the art building with a sitting capacity of 6000 people.
11. Titanic hours before sinking
Taken in April of 1912, this is the last photo of the Titanic before it sunk. The British passenger liner hit an iceberg and capsized killing over 1500 passengers who were aboard. Aboard the Titanic were a good number of then affluent people in society.
12. Bill Gates mugshot
9. The above photo of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates when he was arrested in 1977 for driving with no license, is historic because of the big achievements that the young man in the picture later makes in life. Bill Gates started Microsoft which became the largest company in the world manufacturing computers and developing software.
13. Human ashes from Majdanek concentration camp
Standing dumbfounded above this pile of human ashes is a couple of Red Army Soviet soldiers. They found the ashes in a Nazi concentration camp in Majdanek in 1944. Nazism led to mass murder of many people during the Holocaust.
14. The Godfather
Taken during the filming of one of The Godfather scenes, this picture shows the main actors Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. The movie was popular in the 1970s and later many versions of the same movie were created. In film history, the movie is held in high regard as one of the best movies.
15. Muhammed Ali and the Beatles
Taken in 1964, this photo of Muhammed Ali and the Beatles is epic. The Beatles became a force to reckon with in the music industry to date. Muhammed Ali is a world boxing legend.
16. Turkey military genocide
The photo shows Armenian children who are starving trying to reach out for a piece of bread that a Turkish official is using to tease them. In 1959 thousands of Armenian suffered genocide under the hands of Turkish military.
17. United States last public execution
The photo taken in 1936 shows the last public execution in the United States of America. A massive crowd of onlookers wait in horror for the execution. The law was later amended and no public executions take place anymore.
18. First woman to run Boston Marathon
Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon. In the picture, she fights the organizers of the event who are trying to stop her from participating in the event. The photo was taken in 1967.
19. Punt Gun
The “Punt Gun” was historically used in duck hunting. The gun enabled hunters to kill over 50 birds with one shot. The Gun was banned in 1980.
20. Nikola Tesla Serbian-American inventor
Nikola Telsa seated in his laboratory. In front of him is a magnifying transmitter. Later developments to this invention contributed greatly to modern Physics.
The photo shows Wimbledon in 1883. In the picture, the first ever international match is taking place marking history
22. King Tut’s Tomb
Tutankhamun’s tomb which remains closed with an unbroken seal that has lasted over 3245 years. According to history.com British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen behind debris near the entrance of tomb of King Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
This picture gives us a look into the history of the creation of the Batman movie. The photo that was taken in 1966 shows ‘Batman’ doing one of the stunts in the movie.
24. Queen Elizabeth II
22. Queen Elizabeth II firing a battle rifle in 1993.