In 1826, Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor, came up with what forever changed the way we see, experience, and remember the world and its history. It was the birth of a camera that took the first photograph on a piece of paper coated with tar of the view from his window at Le Gras. Of course, it looked nothing even remotely similar to what we think of as a camera.

Many other photography inventions followed, each more wondrous than the previous one, but it was not until 1900 when people could put their hands on lightweight and portable cameras.

These early days of photography were not just the beginning of something bigger, but these attempts forever eternalized history with its people and their lives. “History Season” is one such illuminating Facebook page dedicated to sharing the great historical events captured in images.

From snaps of daily lives in the past to the most memorable moments of human history, below awaits a thrilling walk.

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#1

London's First Black Police Officer, PC Norwell Roberts, On Point Duty Near Charing Cross Station, 1968

London's First Black Police Officer, PC Norwell Roberts, On Point Duty Near Charing Cross Station, 1968

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#2

Stoney First Nation Member, Samson Beaver With His Wife Leah And Their Daughter Frances Louise, 1907

Stoney First Nation Member, Samson Beaver With His Wife Leah And Their Daughter Frances Louise, 1907

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#3

1945: The Day Daddy Came Home

1945: The Day Daddy Came Home

Gunner Hector Murdoch had been gone over four years, most of it as a prisoner of war in Singapore. His wife Rosina and son John hadn't known if he was dead or alive. He got home on his birthday

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“Photographs bring history to life in an immediate and visceral way,” Lisa Yaszek, a Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech told us in a previous interview. Yaszek who researches and teaches science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures argues that exploring history through written sources is very different than looking at historical photos.

 “When we read books, we get lots of detailed information about historical events: who was involved, where the event happened, what factors led to and resulted from it, and so on,” the professor argues.

“Sometimes such information can be vividly detailed and prompt us to imagine what historical events might have looked like in ways that make us feel more connected to them, but sometimes we are so overwhelmed with dry or technical details that we actually feel more removed from the event than ever before.”

#5

An American Serviceman Shares His Rations With Two Japanese Children In Okinawa, 1945

An American Serviceman Shares His Rations With Two Japanese Children In Okinawa, 1945

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#6

The Models Of “American Gothic” Stand Next To The Painting (1942)

The Models Of “American Gothic” Stand Next To The Painting (1942)

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On the other hand, photos rarely have this problem. “Even when shot by the most amateur of photographers, images of people living in and through various moments in history provide a sense of immediate emotional connection—we think, ‘wow, so that’s what it would feel like to experience that moment of history!’” Yaszek explained.

#7

Dorothy Counts, 15, Is Taunted And Harassed By White Students As She Makes Her Way From Harding High School As The Only Black Student At The Newly Desegregated School. Charlotte, North Carolina. 1957

Dorothy Counts, 15, Is Taunted And Harassed By White Students As She Makes Her Way From Harding High School As The Only Black Student At The Newly Desegregated School. Charlotte, North Carolina. 1957

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#8

Ukrainian Restaurant In The U.S. Celebrates The Death Of Joseph Stalin, 1953

Ukrainian Restaurant In The U.S. Celebrates The Death Of Joseph Stalin, 1953

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#9

A Roman Mosaic Depicting A Fish. 1st Century Ce

A Roman Mosaic Depicting A Fish. 1st Century Ce

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Moreover, images of people from the past connect us to history in another, related way as well.  “Once we feel an emotional bond with the people in historical photos and perhaps even begin to imaginatively empathize with them—we forge new intellectual connections to history itself, asking ourselves: ‘Why are the people in this photograph in this situation in the first place? What happened leading up to this photo—and what happened afterward?’”

In this way, we begin to actively research and share what they know about events and people represented in specific photos.

#10

New Zealand Māori Battalion Performing A Haka Ceremonial Dance In Egypt, 1941

New Zealand Māori Battalion Performing A Haka Ceremonial Dance In Egypt, 1941

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j miller
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn, that face...is it The Rock's grandfather?

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#11

A 2000 Year Old Glass Mosaic, Found In The City Of Zeugma, Turkey

A 2000 Year Old Glass Mosaic, Found In The City Of Zeugma, Turkey

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#12

Community Grocery Store Owner, Harlem, New York, 1940

Community Grocery Store Owner, Harlem, New York, 1940

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#13

A Kid's Reaction To Meeting Andre The Giant (1970's)

A Kid's Reaction To Meeting Andre The Giant (1970's)

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Suzanne Tilson
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably wanted to be as big as he is one day, cute kid

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#14

Mailman Poses With His Heavy Load Of Christmas Mail And Parcels. Chicago, USA. 1929. Colorized

Mailman Poses With His Heavy Load Of Christmas Mail And Parcels. Chicago, USA. 1929. Colorized

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Zara the squid! 🦑
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5 days ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks exactly how I would imagine the perfect postman to be.

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#15

Inuit Man Warms His Wife’s Feet. Greenland, 1890's

Inuit Man Warms His Wife’s Feet. Greenland, 1890's

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#16

Former Slave, Author And Activist Frederick Douglass With His Musician Grandson Joseph Douglass In 1894

Former Slave, Author And Activist Frederick Douglass With His Musician Grandson Joseph Douglass In 1894

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#17

The Swedish Warship Vasa

The Swedish Warship Vasa

It sank in 1628 less than a mile into its maiden voyage and was recovered from the sea floor after 333 years almost completely intact. Now housed at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm

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varwenea
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One museum is dedicated to the magnificent ship. The restoration work is phenomenal. Definitely a must see.

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#19

Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On A Unfinished New York Skyscraper? Well Here's The Photographer Charles Ebbets. 9/20/1932

Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On A Unfinished New York Skyscraper? Well Here's The Photographer Charles Ebbets. 9/20/1932

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#20

1925 Drexel Institute Girls’ Rifle Team. Philadelphia, USA

1925 Drexel Institute Girls’ Rifle Team. Philadelphia, USA

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Suzanne Tilson
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dames with guns, harassment on campus must've been low with them around

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#22

3400 Year Old Painter's Palette From Ancient Egypt, Amenhotep III Era

3400 Year Old Painter's Palette From Ancient Egypt, Amenhotep III Era

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Eva Kašu
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this is photo of make-up pallete? But it make more sense, that it belonged to painter...

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#23

The Great North Dakota Blizzard, 1966

The Great North Dakota Blizzard, 1966

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#24

Woman Wiring An Early IBM Computer Taken By Berenice Abbott In 1948

Woman Wiring An Early IBM Computer Taken By Berenice Abbott In 1948

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Suzanne Tilson
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Able to do all that and still not be allowed a bank account is so not fair.

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#25

2 Year-Old Elvis Presley With His Parents, 1937

2 Year-Old Elvis Presley With His Parents, 1937

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#26

Dinner Party At The Hotel Astor. New York City. 1904

Dinner Party At The Hotel Astor. New York City. 1904

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Ally Joy
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be a meeting about women's reproductive rights.

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#27

A Statue Of Anubis In Tutankhamuns Tomb, Taken During Carter Expedition (Photo Taken In 1922)

A Statue Of Anubis In Tutankhamuns Tomb, Taken During Carter Expedition (Photo Taken In 1922)

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Andrew Burke
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks a bit like my basement with everything stacked in a pile

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#28

Captured Japanese Mini-Submarine In The Aleutian Islands, 1943 And 2021

Captured Japanese Mini-Submarine In The Aleutian Islands, 1943 And 2021

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Patti Wagner
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My father was stationed at the Aleutian islands for a while and had such interesting stories to tell!

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#29

Roman Mosaics Unearthed Under A Vineyard In Italy, In The Province Of Verona. Dated From 3rd To 4th Century

Roman Mosaics Unearthed Under A Vineyard In Italy, In The Province Of Verona. Dated From 3rd To 4th Century

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ShyWahine
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome discovery - and the colors are still quite vivid !

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#30

A Mother With Her Children, 1,800 Years Ago. Alexandria, Roman Egypt

A Mother With Her Children, 1,800 Years Ago. Alexandria, Roman Egypt

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Ally Joy
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing! This portrait could be present day.

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#31

A British Blacksmith Removing The Leg Irons Off A Slave, 1907, Off Coast Of Mozambique

A British Blacksmith Removing The Leg Irons Off A Slave, 1907, Off Coast Of Mozambique

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crizz 1066
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another slave being freed by hard-working brit!! When are the African tribes who facilitated the salve trade decreased after British Empire banned it, going to be taken to task? After all, it was the Africans capturing Africans to sell to salvers on the shoreline, that kept the trade going for so long!

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#33

Sir Winston Churchill, In 1895, Age 20

Sir Winston Churchill, In 1895, Age 20

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Suzanne Tilson
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why do guys look good in uniform, must be magic or something

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#34

Children Cross The River Using Pulleys On Their Way To School, 1959, Italy

Children Cross The River Using Pulleys On Their Way To School, 1959, Italy

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Suzanne Tilson
Community Member
5 days ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These kids as parents: Back in my day, we had to zip line to school, over a river, so no you can't stay home over a hurricane

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#35

Newcastle Castle, UK - 1895 To 2022

Newcastle Castle, UK - 1895 To 2022

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#36

Piano Designed For People Confined To Bedrest. UK, 1935

Piano Designed For People Confined To Bedrest. UK, 1935

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#37

Australian Soldiers After Their Release From Japanese Captivity In Singapore, 1945. Colorized By: Hristos Kaplanis

Australian Soldiers After Their Release From Japanese Captivity In Singapore, 1945. Colorized By: Hristos Kaplanis

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#38

Man Charging An Electric Amc Gremlin. Seattle, USA, 1973

Man Charging An Electric Amc Gremlin. Seattle, USA, 1973

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#40

Serving A Snack On Scandinavian Airlines Flight, 1969

Serving A Snack On Scandinavian Airlines Flight, 1969

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#41

A Man Stands In The Panama Canal During Its Construction. 1912

A Man Stands In The Panama Canal During Its Construction. 1912

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#42

1910 Great Flood Of Paris

1910 Great Flood Of Paris

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Jill
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love it when ppl do this. It really gives a sense of how time passes and things change.

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#43

Charlie Chaplin At Age 27 Before He He Adopted The Iconic Mustache, 1916

Charlie Chaplin At Age 27 Before He He Adopted The Iconic Mustache, 1916

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j miller
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone else see a resemblance to a young Bob Dylan?

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#44

The Creation Of The Recycling Logo By G. Anderson. He Was 23 At The Time. 1970

The Creation Of The Recycling Logo By G. Anderson. He Was 23 At The Time. 1970

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Caramello
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Interesting choice to make two of the arrows fold from under to over, but the third goes from over to under.

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#45

Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania. Built In The 14th Century And Restored In The 1950s-1960s

Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania. Built In The 14th Century And Restored In The 1950s-1960s

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varwenea
Community Member
5 days ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The rebuilt looks great. Lots of tourists there and souvenirs. Original structure is limited.

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#46

The Train Crash At Montparnasse Station. France, 1895

The Train Crash At Montparnasse Station. France, 1895

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#48

1946 vs. 2021 - Poznań, Poland

1946 vs. 2021 - Poznań, Poland

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JK Rowling
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the mottled pattern of the new brickwork has charm

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#49

Eiffel Tower Under Construction, May 15, 1888

Eiffel Tower Under Construction, May 15, 1888

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#50

New York City During The Great Blizzard Of 1888

New York City During The Great Blizzard Of 1888

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Headless Roach
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5 days ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"oh cräp, I have to dig up the horse and coach from under the snow again"

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