I love looking at old pictures, especially ones that truly document what life was like decades ago. Luckily we found some old photos that are amazing. These incredibly rare photos are amazing. And by amazing I mean interesting, shocking, disturbing, and a whole list of other things. Have a look through them and see if you agree.
1. This is the actual execution of Amon Goeth. He was famously depicted in the movie Schindler’s List, as firing on concentration camp prisoners with a sniper rifle from his balcony.
2. Soviet 152 mm Howitzer battery fires during Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation, 1944.
3. Mussolini’s fascist party headquarters in Rome.
4. Cadets on drill at Eton college.
5. Raising of the Nazi battle flag at the Parthenon. Athens, Greece.
6. Loyalist Militiaman at time of death, Spanish Civil War.
7. Construction of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, France.
8. The woman who was the model for the face of the Statue of Liberty standing beside it.
9. American Invasion Force lands at the Gilbert Islands.
10. Bombing run on Kobe, Japan.
11. Testing of a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll.
12. 1914 eruption of Mt. Sakurajima, Japan.
13. The crew of the Enterprise (Star Trek) visit the space shuttle, Enterprise.
14. German soldier mocking a Jew.
15. Fallen comrade. Vietnam.
16. Australian POW about to be executed by his Japanese captors.
17. Skylab. America’s first space station.
18. A young French woman being punished for having a relationship with a German soldier.
19. Shel Silverstein, Bill Cosby, and Hugh Hefner.
20. German soldier in despair on the Eastern front.
21. B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber prototype flight in December 1947.
22. German soldiers powering a generator.
23. Unloading cargo onto the beaches after the battle of D-Day.
24. Due to the need to sit for long periods of time to take a photo in the 1800’s, a mother would drape herself in fabric or attempt to hide herself out of the camera’s view while holding her baby.
25. Sinking of the SS Normandie after she caught fire.
26. The Carving of Mt. Rushmore.
27. Flight of the Concords.
28. Full military honors granted by the Luftwaffe at the funerals of R.A.F Sergeants Butlin and Holden who were shot down over Jersey.
29. At the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bystanders reaching out to shake hands with East German border guards.
30. Andy Warhol’s BMW art car.
31. TBF-1c Avenger from the squadron VT-26, after engine failure during take off from the aircraft carrier USS Bataan CVE-29.
32. A young George Patton.
33. Relations pamphlet between Nazi Germany and the Arab world.
34. American plane crashing on a carrier.
35. May 1934: The first flight of the Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorky at a military parade in Red Square.
36. An article from an American magazine on Iran.
37. Before and after pictures of the Islamic revolution.
38. Iran 1970 compared to Iran 2009.
39. 1958 Army Jupiter C Missile, Cape Canaveral.
40. Early construction on the World Trade Center.
41. French civilians mourning the loss of a friend killed during the onslaught of the D-Day landings.
42. Soldiers of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB – Division of the Brazilian Army in the campaign of Italy)
43. Execution by cannon.
44. The KKK marching in broad daylight.
45. Workers posing with a drill carving a tunnel beneath the streets of 1800’s London.
There is so much history in these pictures. They never showed any of these when I was in school. I think it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Which one impacted you the most?