Usually, when you read a history article or story, it's mostly just dry facts and your imagination. But a photo gives something a bit different... It shows you how something actually looked, letting you understand the historical moment more intimately. Whether it would be a historical landmark, a famous person or random photo of the past - they all have fascinating stories behind them, and we're just about to show you.


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Keep on scrolling to take a look at Bored Panda's list of rare historical photos that might shine a new light on how you saw these historical moments.

Wondering how historical black and white photos would look if they were restored in color? Check out this article.

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#2 Nikola Tesla Sitting In His Laboratory With His “Magnifying Transmitter”

Nikola Tesla Sitting In His Laboratory With His “Magnifying Transmitter”

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Teresa W-S 4 months ago

We have too much to thank to Tesla, if the world knew how much!!!!

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#3 Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII

Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII

Gerald Waller Report

Martine Gøttler 4 months ago

His smile is absolutely wonderful ❤

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#4 The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband, Holland, 1888

The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband, Holland, 1888

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Victor Vakaras 4 months ago

Shows how monumentally stupid religion is.

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#5 Jewish Prisoners After Being Liberated From A Death Train, 1945

Jewish Prisoners After Being Liberated From A Death Train, 1945

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Lee 4 months ago

Gave me chills

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#6 A Lone Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936

A Lone Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936

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António Lima 4 months ago

If we had internet in that time he wont last long

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#7 Race Organizers Attempt To Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing In The Boston Marathon. She Became The First Woman To Finish The Race, 1967

Race Organizers Attempt To Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing In The Boston Marathon. She Became The First Woman To Finish The Race, 1967

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Hans 4 months ago

Another classic. And imagine how many ordinary picture from today will look unbeliebable like this one in a few decades.

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#8 Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974

Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974

Jack Bradley Report

Sarah Stevenson 4 months ago

love this one :) so sweet

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#9 Job Hunting In 1930's

Job Hunting In 1930's

rarehistoricalphotos Report

Jovana Dacic 4 months ago

Linkedin 1930's style

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#10 First Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967

First Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967

Jan Collsiöö Report

Hans 4 months ago

But a pretty good decision, actually.

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#11 German Soldiers React To Footage Of Concentration Camps, 1945

German Soldiers React To Footage Of Concentration Camps, 1945

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Kristi Zoebelein 4 months ago

Utterly heartbreaking.

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#12 Residents Of West Berlin Show Children To Their Grandparents Who Reside On The Eastern Side, 1961

Residents Of West Berlin Show Children To Their Grandparents Who Reside On The Eastern Side, 1961

rarehistoricalphotos Report

LeJoy Rothe 4 months ago

Sad

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#13 Acrobats Balance On Top Of The Empire State Building, 1934

Acrobats Balance On Top Of The Empire State Building, 1934

Bettmann / Corbis archives Report

Salman Gurung 4 months ago

"Mad place called Vertigo"

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#14 The Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In Paris In 1884

The Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In Paris In 1884

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Petr Konvicka 4 months ago

It looks lie she holds smartphone lol

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#15 An Exotic Dancer Demonstrates That Her Underwear Was Too Large To Have Exposed Herself, After Undercover Police Officers Arrested Her In Florida

An Exotic Dancer Demonstrates That Her Underwear Was Too Large To Have Exposed Herself, After Undercover Police Officers Arrested Her In Florida

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Amanda Panda 4 months ago

the Judge is like 'I'll allow it into evidence"

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#16 Mafia Boss Joe Masseria Lays Dead On A Brooklyn Restaurant Floor Holding The Ace Of Spades, 1931

Mafia Boss Joe Masseria Lays Dead On A Brooklyn Restaurant Floor Holding The Ace Of Spades, 1931

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Hayley Lightcap 4 months ago

That's cool, very dramatic. I think he lost the poker game though.

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#17 Lesbian Couple At Le Monocle, Paris, 1932

Lesbian Couple At Le Monocle, Paris, 1932

Georges Brassai Report

Katie O'Brien 4 months ago

They look both relaxed and unsure. This is such a simple, yet interesting glimpse into the past.

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#18 7-Foot Bolaji Badejo, A Nigerian Design Student And One-time Actor, Wearing His Costume From The Now Classic Sci-Fi Thriller Alien, 1978

7-Foot Bolaji Badejo, A Nigerian Design Student And One-time Actor, Wearing His Costume From The Now Classic Sci-Fi Thriller Alien, 1978

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Rob LeBlanc 4 months ago

Alien and sets were designed by H.R. Geiger.

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#19 The Most Beautiful Suicide - Evelyn Mchale Leapt To Her Death From The Empire State Building, 1947

The Most Beautiful Suicide - Evelyn Mchale Leapt To Her Death From The Empire State Building, 1947

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Nicholas Bäck 4 months ago

No suicide is beatiful though, just very tragic.

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#20 The Remains Of The Astronaut Vladimir Komarov, A Man Who Fell From Space, 1967

The Remains Of The Astronaut Vladimir Komarov, A Man Who Fell From Space, 1967

RIA Novosti/Photo Researchers Inc. Report

Ellen W. 4 months ago

Technically he died when his parachute didn't open, so not really from space. But hey, it's horrible either way!

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