17 Rare Historical Photos That Will Leave You Breathless
- Wait! They’re going the wrong way! When the Beatles shot their iconic Abbey Road cover in 1969. The image on the album was not the only one captured. Check out John, Paul, George and Ringo running back across the street for another go.
2. Did you know Queen Elizabeth served in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II? She drove and serviced trucks for the army. She looks awesome in her uniform, doesn’t she?
3. The MGM lion roared before the beginning of every movie the studio released since 1928. This is Jackie posing for his beauty shot. MGM called all their lions “Leo,” but only one actually was named that.
4. America’s departure from Vietnam was one of the most dramatic moments from the 1970’s, as illustrated in this photo. People desperately tried to climb on the final choppers in order to escape, and got punched or kicked for their efforts.
5. Allied forces won! And proceeded to mock the deposed Adolf Hitler at the Fuhrer’s Reich Chancellery in Berlin. This photo was taken in April 1945.
6. It is extremely unusual to see both the President and Vice President in the same room during an administration. John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson received a tour of the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in September of 1962. Did everybody wear the same suit?
7. Is that what you think it is? This mannequin was used in an atomic bomb tests in the 50’s. Standing under the Nevada sun, he was destined to have his clothes burned off and his body melted.
8. It’s the missing Russian duchess! Tsar Nicholas II holds a cigarette for his daughter, Anastasia. Nicholas would be executed along with the entire royal family during the Revolution of 1917. There are tales, though, that one of his daughters vanished and survived the slaughter.
9. Help that came too late. Surviving passengers from the Titanic arrive at the recue ship Carpathia after spending hours in their tiny lifeboats adrift on the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
10. The night President Abraham Lincoln was shot, Confederate veteran Lewis Payne broke into the home of Secretary of State William H. Seward and attacked him with a knife. Payne is pictured here awaiting his execution.
11. The Mona Lisa is shown in this photo being returned to the Louvre in Paris after World War II ended. However, she wasn’t stolen by the Nazis. The French sent her to the countryside to wait out the war in safety.
12. The Statue of Liberty was built first in France before being shipped and pieced together on her pedestal in the waters of New York City. See her left hand holding her tablet while workers construct the rest of her facade in 1884.
13. It’s an American Dream to visit the White House. Here you see Pablo Escobar, the drug kingpin, enjoying a day touring the nation’s capital with his son in 1980.
14. If you wanted to know what happens to a car when a body is dropped on it from 102 floors up, this is it. In 1947 Evelyn Mchale leapt from the top deck of the Empire State Building and landed on this vehicle. A passerby happened to have a camera with him.
15. Astronaut Charlie Duke visited the Moon on Apollo 16 in 1972. He took a snapshot of him, his wife and his two kids and left it on the surface, where it remains to this day. You can see his footprint and the tracks of the lunar rover in the corner of the picture.
16. You’ve seen this place before. It’s Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989 during the June Fourth Incident where student protesters took to the streets and were put down by the government in a bloody display of power. Anywhere from 100 to thousands were killed that day. Students are fleeing from the oncoming tanks.
17. Unable to see or hear, Helen Keller met Charlie Chaplin, a star of the silent silver screen in 1919.