Here are 30 rare and stunning historical photographs that will give you shivers. There is an Instagram page called “years in photos” with over 95K followers. History is an enthralling subject, and when we learn about it through photographs, it becomes more relatable. More great images may be found on that Instagram page.
Scroll down to find some motivation. All photographs are linked to the locations where they were taken. Please feel free to look at more of these photographers’ work on their collections or personal websites.
#1 In 1931, a Jewish Hanukkah Menorah defies the Nazi Swastika.
#2 “Halloween Eggs for Hitler” At Easter, two African American Gi’s pose with personalized infantry shells. Ww2, 1940s
#3 Jewish Prisoners Following Their Liberation From A Death Train, 1945
#4 “Keep Calm and Carry On” Isn’t It Really? During the 1940 London Blitz, Milkman
#5 A Native American Ojibwe Spearfishing in Minnesota, 1908.
#6 1920s Japanese Couple Taking a Mirror Selfie
#7 On June 8, 1958, David Isom, 19, crossed the color line in a segregated pool in Florida, prompting officials to close the facility.
#8 On February 8, 1943, Nazis executed 17-year-old Lepa Radi for his role as a Yugoslav partisan during World War II. When they asked what her companions’ names were, she said, “You Will Know Them When They Come To Avenge Me.”
#9 Giza Oasis, 1917
#10 1973, Central Park, New York City
#11 On April 6, 1957, a teenager attends an Elvis Presley concert at the Philadelphia Arena in Philadelphia (Pa).
#12 A Chippewa Indian named John Smith claimed to be 137 years old before dying in 1922 in the woods near Cass Lake, Minnesota. Photographed in 1915
#13 Miami Beach, 1980s: Not Everyone Likes Bikinis
#14 Sicangu, 1905, Zuya Hiyaya (Goes To War) and His Daughter
#15 The New York City Subway System in 1980
#16 In 1968, a couple watches the launch of the Apollo 8 spacecraft.
#17 Marina Ginestà, a 17-year-old social activist, journalist, and translator, on the roof of Barcelona’s Hotel Colón in 1936.
#18 An Inuk man teaches a little boy how to shoot. Circa 1920
#19 Two Kashmir Giants Posing for American Photographer James Ricalton, 1903.
#20 When Black Americans were still barred from swimming with whites in 1969, Mr. Rogers invited Officer Clemmons to join him and cool his feet in a pool.
#21 Today, in London, there are no dog biscuits.
#22 Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, and she did so without a number because women were not permitted to compete.
#23 One Of The First Photographs Of A Native American With A Wolf – Unlike the myths created by settlers about wolves, Indians maintained a close and respectful relationship with them.
#24 London, November 4, 1940: A bride leaves her recently bombed home to marry.
#25 Photographing the original MGM logo in 1928
#26 The Boy and His Car, 1930s. The Little Man Has Style
#27 Couples in a Bar, Pittsburgh, 1959
#28 1906 photograph of inventor Charles S.l Baker and his assistant demonstrating a heating/radiator system.
#29 1961, Learning To Ride A Bicycle
#30 Children Sleeping On The Fire in New York To keep cool at night, go outside. The early 1900s