Sunday, 9 October 2016

20 Historical Photos to CAPTIVATE You...

1. Two Bullets

These two bullets were found after the Battle of Gallipoli which started in 1915 and ended in 1916 during WWI.

2. Control room of UB-110, German submarine

There have been several movies about German submarines and how they looked back in the day, but here is an actual picture taken from 1918.

3. Nagasaki, before and after

On August 9, 1945, when a plutonium bomb was detonated over the city of Nagasaki, between 39,000 and 80,000 people were killed.

Half of them were fortunate enough to die instantly, and the other half died slow, painful deaths. The photograph above shows the absolute devastation wreaked by the bomb. The bomb itself was more powerful than that used to destroy Hiroshima, but Nagasaki’s topography resulted in less net damage.

4. Alcohol being poured out of a window during the prohibition

If you’ve ever seen Boardwalk Empire, then you know the extent in which bootleggers will go to keep their business thriving.

When police entered a home and find illegal booze, the process was to literally dispose of it. This apartment building evidently had a pretty strong business going.

5. A televised assassination

Inejiro Asanuma was a Japanese politician known for his controversial advocacy for Socialism in post-war Japan, and his support of the Chinese Communist Party.

(Note: Video of the actual assassination can be seen on SCG Niagara's Faces of Death blog, here.)

6. A nuclear family

A Nevada mother and son watch a nuclear test explosion from the window of their home in 1953.

This was before the effects of nuclear radiation from such explosions were publicly understood. There is some evidence that public knowledge of the side-effects were actually suppressed in order to avoid controversy.

7. Gandhi’s letter to Hitler

A real letter sent from Gandhi to Hitler in July of 1939, which reads:

Friends have been urging me to write to you for the sake of humanity. But I have resisted their request, because of the feeling that any letter from me would be an impertinence. Something tells me that I must not calculate and that I must make my appeal for whatever it may be worth. 
It is quite clear that you are today the one person in the world who can prevent a war which may reduce humanity to a savage state. Must you pay that price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be? Will you listen to the appeal of one who has deliberately shunned the method of war not without considerable success? Any way I anticipate your forgiveness, if I have erred in writing to you.
I remain,
Your sincere friend,
M. K. Gandhi

8. Float like a butterfly, sink like a bee

Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer in history. Before he was Muhammad, he was Cassius Clay. This photo shows him training and posing underwater at the Sir John Hotel, Miami in 1961.

9. The old Stockholm telephone tower

The tower was built in the Swedish capital of Stockholm to connect over 5,000 telephone wires in 1887. It was shortly before telephone companies started burying their wires. Good thing, since the city’s residents hated it. The tower burned down in 1953.

10. Ice, ice ladies.

Two women shown delivering ice in 1918.

11. A big fish

The biggest seabass on record was caught by the man pictured, Edward Llewellen. It weighs 425 pounds and he brought it in all by himself!

12. A mummy heart

This is the mummified heart of August Delagrange who was rumored to be a vampire. He was thought to have killed 40 people and was executed in 1912. They pierced his heart with a stake juuust to make sure he would stay dead.

13. Military Scarecrow

Finnish soldiers sometimes took fallen, frozen Soviet soldiers and posed them upright as psychological warfare to intimidate Soviet troops. 

During the Winter War, many of the soldiers were from the south and hadn’t ever experienced harsh winter conditions and ended up freezing to death due to lack of supplies.

14. Armenian Genocide

Turkish officials teased starving Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide. 

The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaustwas the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects inside their historic homeland, which lies within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey.

15. German Soldiers And Mule In Gas Masks

Many animals were used during WWI on both fronts of the war. 

Since horses and mules were vulnerable to poison gases, they were often equipped with gas masks over their muzzles to protect them from inhaling phosgene.

16. German Soldier Loses Arm

A German soldier loses his arm in a blast during World War Two. Many soldiers refused to surrender even after such attacks. In 2013, a troop of 21 German soldiers was found entombed in a perfectly preserved World War shelter, never leaving their assigned posts. 

17. The Italian fascist headquarters

Mussolini’s office could not have looked more evil. This photograph, taken in 1934, shows the frightening efface of the party HQ.

18. The first black elementary student to attend an integrated school in the South, 1960

This is Ruby Bridges, who was escorted into William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans as the first black child to attend an all-white school after Jim Crow was repealed.

When she saw the throng of protesters outside the school awaiting her arrival, she thought it was Mardi Gras. She endured constant verbal abuse on her walks to school by praying.

19. Soviet soldier feeds a polar bear

This real photo, taken in 1950 shows a Soviet patrolman handing a can of condensed milk to a polar bear sow while a playful cub embraces his leg. 

Soldiers stationed in the Chukchi Peninsula took pity on the many bears they shared the landscape with, who became emaciated during an especially cold winter. Condensed milk was plentiful, and the soldiers offered them as gifts to the hungry (and extremely dangerous) animals.

20. Statue of Liberty on display at 1878 Paris World’s Fair

Before Lady Liberty traveled to New York, she was constructed in stages over the course of 8 years. 

The head was the first element created, and it was on full display at the World’s Fair in France.

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