50 Historical Images Shared On This Page That Is Dedicated To “Great Historical Events”
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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London's First Black Police Officer, PC Norwell Roberts, On Point Duty Near Charing Cross Station, 1968
Stoney First Nation Member, Samson Beaver With His Wife Leah And Their Daughter Frances Louise, 1907
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
“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.”
An American Serviceman Shares His Rations With Two Japanese Children In Okinawa, 1945
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
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.
The Models Of “American Gothic” Stand Next To The Painting (1942)
Ukrainian Restaurant In The U.S. Celebrates The Death Of Joseph Stalin, 1953
New Zealand Māori Battalion Performing A Haka Ceremonial Dance In Egypt, 1941
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.
A 2000 Year Old Glass Mosaic, Found In The City Of Zeugma, Turkey
A Kid's Reaction To Meeting Andre The Giant (1970's)
Former Slave, Author And Activist Frederick Douglass With His Musician Grandson Joseph Douglass In 1894
Inuit Man Warms His Wife’s Feet. Greenland, 1890's
Mailman Poses With His Heavy Load Of Christmas Mail And Parcels. Chicago, USA. 1929. Colorized
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