The photograph precipitated a dramatic change in how we perceive history. Amazing historic photos like these can make it seem like you were standing right there during that historic moment.

Books and paintings have documented history far further back, but there's nothing like a photo to give you the sense that you're looking at something real. A photo can still misdirect the viewer, but it's still more faithful than a painting or book.

If you know of any cool historic photos we've missed please add them to this list and vote for your favorites!

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

A Lone Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936

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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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ElizabethMorgan 4 years ago

a history worth talking about

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#3 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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MagdalenaMagdalena 4 years ago

Great !

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#4 Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII

Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII

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LivingCell 4 years ago

Wwii should look like WWII :P

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#5 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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LorianneMels 4 years ago

OMG thank God the world has changed somewhat!!..........:)

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#6 The Unbroken Seal On Tutankhamun’s Tomb, 1922 (3,245 Years Untouched)

The Unbroken Seal On Tutankhamun’s Tomb, 1922 (3,245 Years Untouched)

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DonnaMuir 4 years ago

I couldn't have broken it.

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#7 Painting The Eiffel Tower, 1932

Painting The Eiffel Tower, 1932

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HipChick 4 years ago

Those were some very brave men.

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#8 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

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MayaAb 4 years ago

Chaos! Love it

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#9 Unknown Soldier In Vietnam, 1965

Unknown Soldier In Vietnam, 1965

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#10 Animals Being Used As Part Of Medical Therapy, 1956

Animals Being Used As Part Of Medical Therapy, 1956

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JillStanford 4 years ago

I haD polio in 1954 and they out an aquarium on the window sill for me to watch.

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#11 The Kiss Of Life – A Utility Worker Giving Mouth-to-mouth To Co-worker After He Contacted A High Voltage Wire, 1967

The Kiss Of Life – A Utility Worker Giving Mouth-to-mouth To Co-worker After He Contacted A High Voltage Wire, 1967

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AlanWilliams 4 years ago

I thought he was just being friendly.

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#12 Annette Kellerman Promotes Women’s Right To Wear A Fitted One-piece Bathing Suit, 1907. She Was Arrested For Indecency

Annette Kellerman Promotes Women’s Right To Wear A Fitted One-piece Bathing Suit, 1907. She Was Arrested For Indecency

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LorianneMels 4 years ago

MY KINDA WOMEN!!!!!............:)

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#13 106-year-old Armenian Woman Guards Home, 1990

106-year-old Armenian Woman Guards Home, 1990

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AlbertGreving 4 years ago

It's Steven van Zandt.

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#14 Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, Ny

Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, Ny

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GigiLibertybelle 4 years ago

Check out his cute sandals.

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#15 The Last Known Photo Of The Titanic Above Water, 1912

The Last Known Photo Of The Titanic Above Water, 1912

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LorianneMels 4 years ago

made me sad just looking at it................:(

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#16 Grotto In An Iceberg, Photographed During The British Antarctic Expedition, 5 Jan 1911.

Grotto In An Iceberg, Photographed During The British Antarctic Expedition, 5 Jan 1911.

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LorianneMels 4 years ago

Very KOOL.............:)

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#17 Painter Of The Brooklyn Bridge,1914

Painter Of The Brooklyn Bridge,1914

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AlanWilliams 4 years ago

If the men on the wires arranged themselves correctly, they could spell out the first bar and a half of 'Star Spangled Banner'

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#18 Disneyland Employee Cafeteria In 1961

Disneyland Employee Cafeteria In 1961

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AlanWilliams 4 years ago

How does the spaceman eat?

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#19 Massive Crowds Gather For The First Woodstock, 1969

Massive Crowds Gather For The First Woodstock, 1969

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hvandegrift 4 years ago

And there were no riots, nothing set on fire... back when people, even YOUNG people, weren't as completely narcissistic like they are now

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#20 The Real Winnie The Pooh And Christopher Robin, 1927

The Real Winnie The Pooh And Christopher Robin, 1927

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LeisaHennessy 4 years ago

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie_the_Pooh#Origin

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#21 Women Delivering Ice, 1918

Women Delivering Ice, 1918

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MaureenDaniels 4 years ago

I said without ice!

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#22 Hannah Stilley, Born 1746, Photographed In 1840. Probably The Earliest Born Individual Captured On Film

Hannah Stilley, Born 1746, Photographed In 1840. Probably The Earliest Born Individual Captured On Film

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LorianneMels 4 years ago

Wow, Amazing Photography!!

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#23 The Beatles Play For 18 People In The Aldershot Club, December 1961. They Were To Become Superstars In One And A Half Year.

The Beatles Play For 18 People In The Aldershot Club, December 1961. They Were To Become Superstars In One And A Half Year.

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chubbypanda 4 years ago

Which is why you should always support the local scene

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#24 The First Ever Underground Train Journey, Edgware Road Station, London, 1862

The First Ever Underground Train Journey, Edgware Road Station, London, 1862

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FaheemKhan 4 years ago

convertibles?!

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#25 Woman With A Gas-resistant Pram, England, 1938

Woman With A Gas-resistant Pram, England, 1938

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AlanWilliams 4 years ago

It looks like a portable stove!

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#26 Elvis In The Army, 1958

Elvis In The Army, 1958

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LorianneMels 4 years ago

hot!!!....................:)

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#27 Customers At A London Music Store, 1955

Customers At A London Music Store, 1955

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AlanWilliams 4 years ago

The days when men wore suit and tie to go down to the local shop.

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#28 Baby Cages Used To Ensure That Children Get Enough Sunlight And Fresh Air When Living In An Apartment Building, 1937

Baby Cages Used To Ensure That Children Get Enough Sunlight And Fresh Air When Living In An Apartment Building, 1937

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KarenRitchel 4 years ago

At least they got fresh air. Though not the safest contraption I've ever seen.

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#29 Measuring Bathing Suits, If They Were Too Short, Women Would Be Fined, 1920’s

Measuring Bathing Suits, If They Were Too Short, Women Would Be Fined, 1920’s

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LorianneMels 4 years ago

omg...........unbelievable! yep fine women for men being pigs!!

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#30 Salvador Dali Kisses The Hand Of Raquel Welch After Finishing His Famous Portrait Of Her, 1965

Salvador Dali Kisses The Hand Of Raquel Welch After Finishing His Famous Portrait Of Her, 1965

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SharonHunton 4 years ago

Lucky guy.....

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#31 Little Girl With Her Doll Sitting In The Ruins Of Her Bombed Home, London, 1940

Little Girl With Her Doll Sitting In The Ruins Of Her Bombed Home, London, 1940

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EleciaWindmeyer 4 years ago

Poor child

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#32 Georges Blind, A Member Of The French Resistance, Smiling At A German Firing Squad, 1944

Georges Blind, A Member Of The French Resistance, Smiling At A German Firing Squad, 1944

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AnaRetoAlburqueque 4 years ago

All that hate is petty much wasted energy, it takes him only one smile to be "immortal".

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#33 “wait For Me Daddy,” By Claude P. Dettloff In New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

“wait For Me Daddy,” By Claude P. Dettloff In New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

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OdeEntertaint 4 years ago

:')

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#34 Sailor Kissing Nurse, Times Square, August 14, 1945.

Sailor Kissing Nurse, Times Square, August 14, 1945.

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KarenRitchel 4 years ago

Best. Photo. Ever.

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#35 Audrey Hepburn Shopping With Her Pet Deer “ip” In Beverly Hills, Ca, 1958

Audrey Hepburn Shopping With Her Pet Deer “ip” In Beverly Hills, Ca, 1958

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

such beauty she has

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#36 African Americans Protest Against The War In Vietnam During The Harlem Peace March, 1967

African Americans Protest Against The War In Vietnam During The Harlem Peace March, 1967

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OtelioGarcia 4 years ago

so that wasn't an original Ali comment?

#37 Three Men Run In The Marathon At The First Modern Olympic Games, 1896

Three Men Run In The Marathon At The First Modern Olympic Games, 1896

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

classy

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#38 Harley Davidson’s First Factory, 1903

Harley Davidson’s First Factory, 1903

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

more like a Moe's bar

#39 The First 5 Mbyte Hard Disk Loaded To A Panam Plane, 1956

The First 5 Mbyte Hard Disk Loaded To A Panam Plane, 1956

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DimitarAtanasov 4 years ago

WOW, 5 MEGABYTES!!! It's in my wish list for like forever...! :)

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#40 View From The Top On The Opening Day Of The Empire State Building, 1931

View From The Top On The Opening Day Of The Empire State Building, 1931

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DebbieBurton 4 years ago

Beautiful view, would be so different these days.

#41 Charlie Chaplin At The Age Of 27, 1916

Charlie Chaplin At The Age Of 27, 1916

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

To all magicians (cardicians), he looks like the twin Dan and Dave Buck. lol

#42 The Normandy Descent

The Normandy Descent

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MacKaroni 4 years ago

Do you suppose the photographer would have been scared shitless?

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#43 Newspaper Boy Ned Parfett Sells Copies Of The Evening Paper Bearing News Of Titanic’s Sinking The Night Before, April 16, 1912

Newspaper Boy Ned Parfett Sells Copies Of The Evening Paper Bearing News Of Titanic’s Sinking The Night Before, April 16, 1912

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#44 Painting Wwii Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York, 8 July 1942

Painting Wwii Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York, 8 July 1942

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

posters before worth millions today posters today worth the simple cannon printer

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#45 Coca-Cola Comes To France, 1950

Coca-Cola Comes To France, 1950

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

"Faster, faster, let me have that too"

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#46 Factory Workers Race On The Roof (test Track) Of The Fiat Factory In Turin, Italy, 1923

Factory Workers Race On The Roof (test Track) Of The Fiat Factory In Turin, Italy, 1923

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

the only building i've seen with race track on the roof top

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#47 Titanic Departure, Southampton, Uk, 1912

Titanic Departure, Southampton, Uk, 1912

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MacKaroni 4 years ago

What could possibly go wrong?

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#48 Mother Hides Her Face In Shame After Putting Her Children Up For Sale, Chicago, 1948

Mother Hides Her Face In Shame After Putting Her Children Up For Sale, Chicago, 1948

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LorianneMels 4 years ago

I will take those children!!!

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#49 Lunch Atop A Skyscraper

Lunch Atop A Skyscraper

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#50 Bird’s Eye View Of Jfk’s Funeral In The Capitol Building, November, 1963

Bird’s Eye View Of Jfk’s Funeral In The Capitol Building, November, 1963

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#51 The Glasses John Lennon Wore When He Was Assassinated, 1980

The Glasses John Lennon Wore When He Was Assassinated, 1980

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KarenRitchel 4 years ago

Heartbreaking.

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#52 Times Square, 1947

Times Square, 1947

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

always imagining myself in these kinds of photos

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#53 Dressing The Bride, 1890s

Dressing The Bride, 1890s

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hvandegrift 4 years ago

She LOOKS thrilled

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#54 Norway Receive Their First Ever Shipment Of Bananas,1905

Norway Receive Their First Ever Shipment Of Bananas,1905

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HazelValantine 4 years ago

The things we take for granted...

#55 Early Morning Train, Japan, 1964

Early Morning Train, Japan, 1964

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

maximizing every second before going productive

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#56 Che Guevara And Fidel Castro Fishing, 1960

Che Guevara And Fidel Castro Fishing, 1960

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DesiPrieuForlese 4 years ago

what a pic!

#57 East German Soldier Jumping Barbed-wire Fence 1961

East German Soldier Jumping Barbed-wire Fence 1961

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MattyO'Brien 4 years ago

23 schkadoo haha

#58 Street Life In London, 1876

Street Life In London, 1876

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DebbieBurton 4 years ago

By the looks of his shoes he would have been born with hip dysplasia. Glad they can do something about it these days.

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#59 Broadway At The United States Hotel Saratoga Springs, N.y. Ca 1900-1915

Broadway At The United States Hotel Saratoga Springs, N.y. Ca 1900-1915

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CarrieConrad 4 years ago

I used to work as a bartender at the Old Bryan Inn, so this is especially poignant!

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#60 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev As A Young Gentleman, 1986

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev As A Young Gentleman, 1986

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PaigeHolliman 4 years ago

He looks like a Ramones fan.

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#61 Arnold Schwarzenegger In New York For The First Time In 1968

Arnold Schwarzenegger In New York For The First Time In 1968

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DarlaWilliams 4 years ago

I'll be back

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#62 Women At Work During Ww2, 1942

Women At Work During Ww2, 1942

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KarenRitchel 4 years ago

They stepped up and were still stepped on.

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#63 Interior Of A London Pub, 1898

Interior Of A London Pub, 1898

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StaceyCollins 4 years ago

Looks like Jack Wilshere in the front there

#64 Elvis Backstage, 1956

Elvis Backstage, 1956

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#65 Keith’s Bicycle Track, 1901

Keith’s Bicycle Track, 1901

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Rhonda Whisenhunt 4 years ago

Seriously?

#66 Children Exercising In A School-yard, 1900

Children Exercising In A School-yard, 1900

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KarenRitchel 4 years ago

If taken today it would be Children Texting in a School-Yard.

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#67 Bondi Bay, Australia, C. 1900

Bondi Bay, Australia, C. 1900

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sebe13 4 years ago

what is the point in going to the beach when you are dressed like in autumn ?

#68 A Flight Simulator In 1942

A Flight Simulator In 1942

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genewilson 4 years ago

And to think that was enough for someone to say "ok I'm ready. Let's go 1000 feet high and I'll bring it down safely"

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#69 Elton John At The Piano Bar Aboard His Private Plane, 1976

Elton John At The Piano Bar Aboard His Private Plane, 1976

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Darla Williams 4 years ago

I had that photo in one of many of my Elton John commemorative books. He was an important part of my years growing up. My preteen/teen idol.

#70 Elijah Wood & Macaulay Culkin, 1993

Elijah Wood & Macaulay Culkin, 1993

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ShaudaySmith 4 years ago

how is this historical?

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#71 Barack Obama With His Junior Varsity Basketball Team,

Barack Obama With His Junior Varsity Basketball Team,

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JorgeCabal 4 years ago

Obviously, the best player in the team.

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#72 Cutting The Big Trees

Cutting The Big Trees

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EleciaWindmeyer 4 years ago

Death of a giant

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#73 Django Reinhardt Plays For Duke Ellington .

Django Reinhardt Plays For Duke Ellington .

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RebeccaCarpenter 4 years ago

Absolutely a Norman Rockwell moment.

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#74 The Original Ronald Mcdonald, 1963

The Original Ronald Mcdonald, 1963

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#75 The World's First Female Fighter Pilot

The World's First Female Fighter Pilot

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Sabiha Gökçen

#76 An Injured Survivor Of The Hindenburg Smokes As He Is Carried To Safety, 6 May, 1937

An Injured Survivor Of The Hindenburg Smokes As He Is Carried To Safety, 6 May, 1937

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AbiezerCelzo224352 4 years ago

bad ass as he is.lol

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#77 People Swimming Around The Kaaba, The Holy Place Of The Muslims, After A Heavy Rain.

People Swimming Around The Kaaba, The Holy Place Of The Muslims, After A Heavy Rain.

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#78 Fifth Solvay International Conference

Fifth Solvay International Conference

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JosephGarza 4 years ago

Auguste Piccard, Emile Henriot, Paul Ehrenfest, Edouard Herzen, Theophile de Donder, Erwin Schrodinger, Jules-Emile Verschaffelt

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#79 Russian Occupation, August 21st 1968; Venceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic

Russian Occupation, August 21st 1968; Venceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic

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#80 Unknow Finnish Soldiers After Sauna, Continuation War

Unknow Finnish Soldiers After Sauna, Continuation War

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YsaPur 4 years ago

is that swimsuit made of leaves?

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#81 First Ever Elephant In Bulgaria, Named Nal, Intended For The Sofia Zoo, Used As A Cattle Here.

First Ever Elephant In Bulgaria, Named Nal, Intended For The Sofia Zoo, Used As A Cattle Here.

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#82 "the Most Beautiful Suicide". Evelyn Mchale Jumped From The Empire State Building, 1947

"the Most Beautiful Suicide". Evelyn Mchale Jumped From The Empire State Building, 1947

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#83 Debbie Reynols Entertains Troops In Korea 1954

Debbie Reynols Entertains Troops In Korea 1954

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Sea Bass 2 years ago

"I know Debbie, I used to romp with her"

#84 Louis And Lola,only Children To Be Rescued From Titanic (real Names:michel And Edmond Navratil)

Louis And Lola,only Children To Be Rescued From Titanic (real Names:michel And Edmond Navratil)