Photography is a form of art that can freeze the emotions of the moment in time. The development of the art has influenced the world in remarkable ways and it provided people with power to define the eras they live in. Bored Panda once did a list on 100 most influential photos of all time, which includes the iconic capture of the protesting burning monk, or a distressing shot of a student kneeling next to her dead friend during the Kent State shootings. Shots like these have defined the way we are as human beings and helped to look at ourselves from a different perspective: where are we going as a society? Why do we allow atrocities to happen? However, to really feel the influence and true impact of the photograph, one should know the context behind it. Here, we have compiled a list of thirty, seemingly mundane and not-that-spectacular-visually photographs with remarkable, unforgettable, strange and sad backstories.

#1

Tadeusz Zytkiewicz Holding A Picture Of Himself

Tadeusz Zytkiewicz Holding A Picture Of Himself

Tadeusz is holding in his hands the best picture of 1987, as chosen by National Geographic, which shows Dr. Zbigniew Religa keeping watch on his patient after performing the first heart transplant surgery in Poland, which took 23 hours. In the lower right corner, one of his colleagues who fell asleep after the surgery is seen. Even though the surgery was considered almost impossible at the time, Dr. Religa took the chance and the patient - Tadeusz Zytkiewicz - even out-lived his savior.

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Delgada
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2 years ago

Dr Religa went on to save many lives here. And was seen as a pioneer in heart surgery.

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#2

The Three Unsung Heroes Of Chernobyl

The Three Unsung Heroes Of Chernobyl

If not for these three men in the picture - Alexei Ananenko (second left) and soldiers Valeri Bezpalov (center) and Boris Baranov (far right) - millions of lives would have been lost during the catastrophe of Chernobyl. Ten days after the meltdown, the plant's water-cooling system had failed, and a pool had formed directly under the highly radioactive reactor. Without cooling, the lava-like substance could easily melt through the remaining barriers, dropping the reactor's core into the pool. If this would have happened - it might have set off steam explosions, firing radiation high and wide into the sky, spreading across parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the photograph, engineer Alexei together with Valeri and Boris are fitted with protective gear after they volunteered to dive down into the waters and drain the fluid near the reactor during the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in Pripyat, Ukraine in 1986. The mission was successful and while the damage was still vile, the three heroes prevented what could have been a much more devastating event. Surprisingly and luckily enough, all of the three men survived.

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DemPugs
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2 years ago

Hopefully they didn't have any lasting effects from that.

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#3

Cher Ami

Cher Ami

This pigeon delivered a message from a trapped battalion of soldiers in WW1 saving nearly 200 men. She was shot multiple times and ended up losing a leg and an eye. The soldiers gave the pigeon a wooden leg and gave her the name “Cher Ami” (although the pigeon was female, the French 'Ami' is of a masculine form) meaning “Dear friend”.

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Char Char
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2 years ago

Oh you sweet, sweet Cher Ami! What a brave mission.

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#4

'Behind Closed Doors'

'Behind Closed Doors'

The couple in the picture are Elisabeth and Bengt - the photographer, Donna Ferrato, came to know them through a photo project she did on wealthy swingers. That particular night in 1982, in the suburban couple's home, the two got in a fight while Donna was taking pictures. The argument escalated quickly, and you can see in the photo Elizabeth being hit by her partner. Donna wanted to get the pictures published, but all the magazine editors contacted, refused. But the photographer knew that something has to be done and such vile actions should finally be brought into the daylight, so, in 1991 she published a book 'Living With the Enemy'. The book chronicled events of domestic violence and their aftermath. Donna's work blew the lid off the very contraversial topic at the time and thanks to her, in 1994 Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act.

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Marc
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2 years ago

1994... That was "yesterday." Not long ago. Something that should be normality. Yet, in 2019, the problem still exists. Sometimes it is more public these days, but there is a huge estimated number of unreported cases of weak man/ husbands beating woman/ their wives. Not much have changed since the days of 1982 if you look at the numbers. The only difference is, that it was allowed and socially accepted back in the days. Gladly that changed. However, for a lot of woman the first step is the hardest and a lot won't call the police or seek for help. And yes, there’re woman who abuse (their) man, physically and mentally as well. However, you cannot compare those and the numbers are nowhere near of women being abused in relationships. Yet, it is a very complex problem, especially for the women in a relationship like this. Maybe one day, we do not have to talk about this anymore, but I am not so sure about that to be honest.

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#5

'Wait For Me, Daddy'

'Wait For Me, Daddy'

A touching photo, captured by Claude Detloff in Vancouver as the soldiers of the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles marched off to fight in the World War II. The emotions seen in the parents' and child's face and their body language combine together to make it into an unforgettable image, freezing the heart-wrenching moment forever. Luckily, the father of the boy returned safe and sound in October 1945.

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YZ
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2 years ago

Thank goodness his dad came home okay.

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#6

Behind The Counter

Behind The Counter

The humiliating and fury-inducing moment was frozen in time on May 28, 1963 by Fred Blackwell, a photographer for Jackson Daily News. From left to right, at the white-only counter at a Woolworth’s five-and-dime store in Jackson, sits three protesters: John Salter, a sociology teacher and students Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. All three were from the Tougaloo College - a black college, which became the core of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. While sitting at the counter, the party was assaulted by an angry white mob, who were pouring ketchup, mustard and sugar on John, Joan and Anne.

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Aria Whitaker
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2 years ago

This. makes. me. so. angry. Thank God for their bravery.

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#7

Childhood Friends

Childhood Friends

Taken by Jacques Gourmelen, the photograph became one of the iconic pictures from the people of Brittany, France. On April 6, 1972 in Saint-Brieuc, workers from the company Joint Français went on strike and CRS (French riot police) intervened. In the photo, face-to-face stand two men - Guy Burmieux, a worker and Jean-Yvon Antignac, a riot policeman. As it turned out, the two had been childhood friends and recognized each other. The photographer later recalled: "I saw him [Guy Burmieux] go toward his friend and grab him by the collar. He wept with rage and told him, ‘Go ahead and hit me while you’re at it!’ The other one didn’t move a muscle."

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YZ
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2 years ago

Heartbreaking stuff.

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#8

'Burst Of Joy'

'Burst Of Joy'

'Burst of Joy' is another Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. It was taken by Associated Press photographer Slava "Sal" Veder, taken on March 17, 1973 at Travis Air Force Base in California. The image depicts United States Air Force Lt Col Robert L. Stirm reuniting with his family, after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. The centerpiece of the photograph is Robert's 15-year-old daughter Lorrie, who's seen with outstretched arms and a huge smile on her face while running up to her dad. "You could feel the energy and the raw emotion in the air," the photographer recalls. The photograph went on to become a symbol of the end of US involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Katrina B.
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2 years ago

There's even WAY more to the story than this! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/coming-home-106013338/

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#9

'Terezka’s Scrawls'

'Terezka’s Scrawls'

This haunting and eerie photograph was taken by David Seymour (one of the founders of Magnum Photos and one of the leading photojournalists of the 20th century) in a home for emotionally disturbed children located in Warsaw, 1948. The assignment at the center that day was to draw “home” on the blackboard. While other kids drew houses, Terezka, who grew up in a concentration camp, had a different idea of home. One can only wonder what the scribble depicts, but it seems as if the pain and the horrors endured on the camp is clearly seen in the piercing glare of Terezka.

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Mimi
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2 years ago

Poor heart. I wish one could hug and comfort people through space and time.

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#10

Two Brothers

Two Brothers

This seemingly fun and lively photo of two brothers - Michael and Sean McQuilken - was taken at Moro Rock in California’s Sequoia National Park on August 20, 1975. The photograph was captured by their sister Mary just seconds before they were struck by lightning. One of the brothers later recalled: “At the time, we thought this was humorous. I took a photo of Mary and Mary took a photo of Sean and me. I raised my right hand into the air and the ring I had on began to buzz so loudly that everyone could hear it. I found myself on the ground with the others. Sean was collapsed and huddled on his knees. Smoke was pouring from his back.” At the time, all the three survived, but Sean, the younger brother, sadly took his own life in 1989.

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Niles
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2 years ago

god, these frozen moments are so...unsettling and sad

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#11

The Youngest Mother

The Youngest Mother

When she was just 5-years-old, Lina Medina (born on 23 September, 1933) was brought by her parents to a hospital, who complained of extreme abdominal growth. After being examined by a doctor, a shocking truth was discovered - Lina was seven-months pregnant. Apparently, Lina was born with a rare condition called 'precocious puberty', which, simply put, is the early onset of sexual development. Lina Medina then officially became the youngest documented mother in medical history. She gave birth to a boy on May 14, 1939, by a cesarean section, as her pelvis was too small. The child born was completely healthy and was named Gerardo. However, the father of the child remained a mystery.

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DemPugs
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2 years ago (edited)

That's horrible! What kind of monster would do that to a 5 year old?

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#12

Moving An Apartment Building To Create A Boulevard In Alba Iulia, Romania

Moving An Apartment Building To Create A Boulevard In Alba Iulia, Romania

In the early spring of 1987, in Alba Iulia, Romania, an instruction from the government was given to rework the infrastructure and make way for the boulevard - however, one apartment building stood in the way of the plan. Therefore, it was decided to split the building into two and move the parts 180 feet (55 meters) away. The building housed over eighty families and weighed over 7600 tons. The process took almost six hours to complete and the two separate parts of the building were moved apart on a 33 degree inclined angle. Stories went around that people remained in the building all throughout the moving process and one woman even put a glass of water on the edge of her balcony, which didn't spill a drop. Also, all the utilities (water, electricity, gas, etc.) remained intact, too.

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DemPugs
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2 years ago

How do utilities stay on when they were doing that? Isn't that dangerous to have live gas and stuff while doing that?

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#13

Motel Manager Pouring Acid In The Water

Motel Manager Pouring Acid In The Water

The famous photograph, perfectly conveying the shaky times of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, was taken by Horace Cort. The image shows a group of white and black young people, swimming in the pool of a Monson Motor Lodge motel on June 18, 1964 while the manager of the motel is pouring bleach on them. Seven days prior to the incident, Martin Luther King Jr was arrested for trespassing at the same Monson Motor Lodge after being asked to leave from its segregated restaurant. A group of protesters decided to fight back peacefully and decided to plan a swim-in in the pool designated for "whites only" as a form of protest. Whites, who paid for their rooms in the motel, invited black people to join them in the motel pool as their guests. Then, the motel manager, Jimmy Brock, in an effort to break up the party, poured a bottle of muriatic acid into the pool in order to scare the swimmers so that they would leave.

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Blessing MindYaBusiness
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2 years ago

This is where the stereotype "Black people can't swim" came from. They really had black people fear that harmful chemicals were in the pools they swam in.

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#14

Children For Sale

Children For Sale

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this one is probably worth even more. Life during war was extremely difficult - food and supplies were rationed, jobs were scarce. For some folks, the struggling continued even after the war. In this tragic photo, taken in 1948, four children are seen on their front stoop while their mother hides her face from the photographer in embarrassment. Lucille Chalifoux, was only 24 years old, but pregnant with her fifth child at the time. Her husband has just lost a job and the family were facing eviction from their apartment. To evade possible homelessness, the parents chose to auction off their children. All of the children were eventually bought off. Some, as rumors have spread, were forced into slavery.

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Mimi
Community Member
2 years ago

This is plain heartbreaking.

Cesi Baca
Community Member
2 years ago

This article has pictures of the children as adults & reunited with each other. It tells the story of what happened to each of them. https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/4-children-sale-1948/

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

If you google this, one of the children grew up and wrote about their experience(s)

Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you!

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Master Markus
Community Member
2 years ago

Jaysus. That's why condom use and abortions are important.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
2 years ago

Condoms, or something like them, have been used for millennia . But they weren't commercially made and cheaply available until very recently, perhaps the 1950s or 1960s.

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Janine Randall
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2 years ago

Some still don't understand the impact that affordable, easily acquired birth control has made on women. Sometimes, they had no other choice than to be "barefoot and pregnant", but after birth control, it was their choice.

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Some husbands would (will) forbid their wives to use birth control. That barefoot and pregnant state means he can have more control over her. Yes, I've known people like this.

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Corey Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

She did this because they were facing eviction? I would live in a cave before I sold my children.

Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

https://m.ranker.com/list/story-behind-photo-of-children-for-sale/1499368817867 I've just deleted my post sympathizing with the mother, Lucille Chalifoux, and saying it was also likely that she did it hoping to give her children a better life, that they couldn't afford to feed them. Well, that was a load of crap. Moral of the story, find out the back story instead of ASSUMING you know it. my bad

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TwiceRice23
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2 years ago

Something people don't usually talk about is why the man keeps having sex with the woman during these conditions and impregnating her. There were TONS of other options, even in those times. So selfish.

Gianna Galli
Community Member
2 years ago

It's called a abuse, I'm highly doubt it was her idea to cell her babies

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Jaded Queen
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2 years ago

Still anti-abortionists pieces of absolute shit will say abortion is murder.

Marina MN
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2 years ago

Sadly...

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FatBaby
Community Member
2 years ago

This photo definitely doesn't look ordinary

Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

During the financial crisis in greece, a lot of families and single parents weren't able to feed their kids. They had to give them into state care or SOS Childrens Villages. It still happens in our days and it is always heartbreaking.

Shannon Pier
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2 years ago

https://www-nwitimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/sold-off-siblings-shown-in-old-photo-tell-their-stories/article_1c095598-89f4-584b-891b-7ef48a1e2082.amp.html?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nwitimes.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Flake%2Fhammond%2Fsold-off-siblings-shown-in-old-photo-tell-their-stories%2Farticle_1c095598-89f4-584b-891b-7ef48a1e2082.html Sad story, compelled me to look it up, here is a link

wtyang24
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you for sharing. It's really sad and shows that not all women are fit to be mothers

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Ozacoter
Community Member
2 years ago

In my city there is a specific point next to the market where the legend says that poor parents used to abandon their kids to be found by artisans and adopted as aprentices.

Gianna Galli
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a romantic notion

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TheDivineMs.M
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2 years ago

What in the actual hell??? I can't even imagine selling your children even crossing my mind as a possible option. I can't even.

Eva Duspivová
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly!

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Monty Glue
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2 years ago

The look of innocence on the faces of the two smallest kids clearly show they had no idea what was happening. The name Chalifoux suggests France where rationing and hardship after the war persisted. Yet the sign is in English. Life in 1948 was pretty good in the USA. The only other thing I can imagine is that the photo was shot in the UK?

Joannie Goulet
Community Member
2 years ago

A lot of people with French sounding names in the US are descendant of French Canadians who moved to the US during hard times to work as cheap labor.

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Mary Hurst
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2 years ago

The unfortunate situation most women were in, because no birth control was available and they were expected to spread their legs every time their husband wanted sex.

Robert Tackett
Community Member
2 years ago

“It was published in The Vidette-Messenger of Valparaiso on Aug. 5, 1948, with the caption, “A big "For Sale" sign in a Chicago yard mutely tells the tragic story of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chalifoux, who face eviction from their apartment. With no place to turn, the jobless coal truck driver and his wife decide to sell their four children. Mrs. Lucille Chalifoux turns her head from camera above while her children stare wonderingly. On the top step are Lana, 6, and Rae, 5. Below are Milton, 4, and Sue Ellen, 2.” No one knows how long the sign stood in the yard, whether it was long enough for the camera shutter to close or whether it was years. Some family members claim the mother was paid to stage the photo.”

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

" :( " doesn't do this justice. This is just horrific

Jessica Billings
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd live on the sidewalk before I would ever do this.

Eva Duspivová
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Exactly. My ancestors were very poor and the children were their only treasure to them.

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DemPugs
Community Member
2 years ago

O_O

ShiftyLookinNinjaPandaGirl
Community Member
2 years ago

Well....Damn. I knew it was hard times, but not this hard.(ExcuseMyLanguage, so sorry)

ThatOneOwl
Community Member
2 years ago

Forced into slavery? ;( Heartbroken.. 💔💔

Baron Simone Von Bianco
Community Member
2 years ago

More or less, what she did was selling her kids the same way you give away puppies or kittens. Usually, regarding the latter, people give them away possibly to caring new owners and also without asking money in return. Some people anyway want some cash in return, selling these little newborn animals like mere objects. Of course the period in which the photo was taken was indeed a rough time for everybody but better not forget that this particular thing still happens nowadays in many parts of the world. Poor families that sell their children with too much ease in exchange of some liquidity, or already edible goods. The usual buyer is the family's neighbour who is a farmer, shepherd or similar: the child is bartered maybe for a goat or some fresh eggs. Hardly for cash. The worst cases are when the children are considered as "total refund" for gambling debts. In many poor countries this is an everyday, sad reality. There are many articles about cases like these, on internet.

RoseRed733
Community Member
2 years ago

Read the true history of this event, and what happened to those poor darlings. Their "mother" deserves a different designation.

Eddie77
Community Member
2 years ago

Doing that is horrible!

NWB
Community Member
2 years ago

Anyone got more info on the life of the children?

NWB
Community Member
2 years ago

Nevermind I googled the Mother !

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Jose Paolo Cruz
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2 years ago

I'd rather live on the streets with the family intact than be parted with them.

Martha Immoos
Community Member
2 years ago

How sad, heartbreaking.

kathryn stretton
Community Member
2 years ago

Poor mother. So ashamed she can't feed her kids. She also fully knows what may happen to them after she has sold them. So.... I feel for tne children much more than her.

Iulia Kelly
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2 years ago

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She had money for a very nice sign, though.

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Noah Kermond
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4 months ago

That's awful!

B. Castillo
Community Member
4 months ago

So they sold their children so they the parents wouldn’t be homeless. Sounds fair (insert eye roll)

Alessandra Pavelek
Community Member
6 months ago

okay i get times where tough but i could never imagine selling your own children. that's just sick

secret window
Community Member
1 year ago

This was from the Great Depression. I remember studying this.

Sandra Simpson
Community Member
1 year ago

This makesme want to cry

Joe Palffy
Community Member
2 years ago

heartbreaking ? yes, but it really pisses me off when people keep having children when they can't afford them. Gypsies in my country take it one step further, they have kids just so that they can live of the child support our government gives for each child, the parents go drinking at bars and the kids are left on their own or sent to beg, some even mutilate their kids to make them even more profitable, then they grow up to be pickpockets, prostitutes, pimps and thieves.

Evelyn Moon
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah yes, just what the GOP wants for Americans once again right here.

Patty Colocho
Community Member
2 years ago

Choose your apartment over your 4 kids.

Lesley-Michele Opheim
Community Member
2 years ago

Sold on a Monday is a book about this....awful

Roberta Phillipo
Community Member
2 years ago

If they were that poor she should have kept her legs closed. Disgusting animal.

Isabel Gonzalez
Community Member
2 years ago

Does anyone know whom this photograph is by? If you do, please reply. I'm doing a school project about this photo.

Katelyn Klein
Community Member
2 years ago

I know it was hard in those time, but shame on the parents for just giving up hope for those childrens live's.

Harleen
Community Member
2 years ago

The story after the photo is even more heartbreaking. The children were indeed sold to different people. They never understood this - they weren't actually that poor. This whole thing was a publicity stunt gone wrong. The money from the photograph and from the sales of the children was used by their mother to buy luxury goods and the rest was gambled away. She remarried and had 5 more children and made a nice little life for herself, never once bothering to find out what had become of these four. The children reunited in old age though, which is the only happy part to the story.

Makena Kaburu
Community Member
2 years ago

My heart just shattered.... Poor babies.

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
2 years ago

Whats more heartbreaking is the fact that the children are sitting together unaware of what's the come. So sad

Sammie
Community Member
2 years ago

this is sad

LA Juice
Community Member
2 years ago

but the war was over by 1948.

Alex TheTraveller
Community Member
2 years ago

So sad. I do understand pretty well how it feels to come at a bad point of your life. You feel anxious and do not know how to handle things. You panic. Auction off your children is terrible. How bad can it get in your life? It is sad to see that non-pregidious people with a good heart came up.

Nedjalka Taseva
Community Member
2 years ago

Only in America the land of the free

Nedjalka Taseva
Community Member
2 years ago

Only in America ,the land of the free.

Eva Duspivová
Community Member
2 years ago

A mother who loves her children would never sell them. Never.

Brodie
Community Member
2 years ago

Holy hell. The little girl on the right looks like my little sister.... like the photo is actually creeping me lut

KCN
Community Member
2 years ago

The rest of the story: she eventually gave birth to more children and kept them.

R.s. Potter
Community Member
2 years ago

She was not a very nice person.

MammaG
Community Member
2 years ago

I still don't understand the professionally made sign...

Stormapotamus
Community Member
2 years ago

jesus christ

Florian Zwiestein
Community Member
2 years ago

Heil capitalism !

Cheryle Fuller
Community Member
2 years ago

So she was about 16 when she had her first child?

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Many of us had no idea how horrific those times were, why did they continue to have children ???

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

How were they supposed to prevent them? They had no education and no understanding of contraception.

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Kat Khatib
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2 years ago

I wonder if there is a way to find out if the siblings were ever reunited?? They would probably be in their 70s & 80s.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/illinois/woman-in-children-for-sale-photo-and-brother-still-searching/article_64bce73b-6a04-59ed-b821-33b0be440f27.html

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FZ Raza
Community Member
2 years ago

Horrible

Hayasahibaa
Community Member
2 years ago

I wish that at least they are not separated!

Grace Wiebe
Community Member
2 years ago

Human trafficking has been around for a very long time.

Kent Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

Details. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwj_6ui9kOvgAhXs4IMKHTbSABQQzPwBegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nwitimes.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fillinois%2Fwoman-in-children-for-sale-photo-and-brother-still-searching%2Farticle_64bce73b-6a04-59ed-b821-33b0be440f27.html&psig=AOvVaw17KEah14jNIM2BqbA7HijW&ust=1551879688534922

Andres Washington
Community Member
2 years ago

So sad plain plain heartbreaking to see the kids have no clue look at the brothers

Vincent Jay
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute kids. Can I assume the parents went to prison?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

They didn’t.

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Karina Andersen
Community Member
2 years ago

not true read more they didn't go into slavery

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes they did, they were used as free farm labor.

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Sue Clasen
Community Member
2 years ago

Just imagine, this happening openly now......

Debbie
Community Member
2 years ago

there was the possibility of abstention, even if few contraceptives were available - seems like a more humane choice than being a "puppy mill"

Sunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

WTAF???

Michele Clarke
Community Member
2 years ago

Sad!

Varsha Prashanth Rao
Community Member
2 years ago

It is said that she sold her 5th child too later she had 2 more girls and she kept those 2 girls. I saw this documentary. All 6 kids faced tremendous abuse and neglect

Sage Jay
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sure she meant it with (somewhat) good intentions: she would have money, the children would have a better place to live. In reality, this is never the case

Janice Nicholls
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh my Lord, this is heartbreaking!

Robyn Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

Why couldn't men show some constraint in times like these? But no, they think their desires come before a child's right to a decent life.

Loretta
Community Member
2 years ago

I've read about this. It's not because they couldn't have feed them or were hoping for a better life for them. They had after that more children, and they kept them. The mother was just a monster and doesn't deserve any compassion.

Marina MN
Community Member
2 years ago

I knew this was happening but what I didnt know is that some of the kids became slaves... My heart is aching... And this things still happen at times, în my own country😩

ME
Community Member
2 years ago

the mom seems so sad.

Neeci Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

💔😥😭 heart just broke into a million pieces.

Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the most heart-rending of all these photos. How could they do this? Look at the innocent faces of those kids, totally unaware of what their mother was about to do!

Judita Fazli
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2 years ago

Money is more important than children ? Better be homeless and eat from trash can then give up ur children .

Heba Munshi
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2 years ago

Ill die of hunger and sleep in the gutter and not rent my son for an hour . I hoe these kids didnt suffer as much as im thinking .

Nia Loves Art
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2 years ago

They suffered quite a bit, but it wasn’t the worst case scenario. They were abused as children but mostly seem to have done ok as adults.

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Dawn Oneill
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2 years ago

This is awful!

Nikki D
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2 years ago

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Mick Fowler
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2 years ago

Victims of capitalism.

Lewis Jones
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2 years ago

why does the lettering on that sign seem too 'hollywood'? I won't say it didn't happen sometime, but I don't believe this pic is one of those times.

Nia Loves Art
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2 years ago

It is 100% real. https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/4-children-sale-1948/

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Hobbit Girly
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2 years ago

The poor mother, and the children look like they have no idea what's happening...

Niles
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2 years ago

the look on the oldest girls face

Jo Choto
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2 years ago

I'm not buying this one at all. The lettering on that sign looks professional. The children look well-fed. The mother is wearing what appears to be a nice new dress and has styled hair. Something just feels not real about this one.

Iulia Kelly
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2 years ago

There is something off kilter about this picture and story. That sign looks professionally printed and well made. The kids are clean and well fed. Their faces and legs are plump and healthy. The mom looks plump, not with child.

Bill
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2 years ago

Tried that last weekend . No takers

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
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2 years ago

I'd like to see sources, as I have heard that this is not actually true.

Nia Loves Art
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2 years ago

Have you heard of Google?

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Michelle Dodson
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2 years ago

I call bullshit. Pretty sure those types of bricks weren't used on the outside of HOUSES until the mid 50's

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2 years ago

24 years old and pregnant with a 5th kid?

Luci Cambly
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2 years ago

I've seen this photo before and it was debunked as fake. The woman turned her back because she was laughing alling with the oldest gurl top left.

Beccy Stekelenburg
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2 years ago

I read that she had a gambling problem

Ishi Ishi
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2 years ago

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This is why you should know how to feed yourself. Learn foraging skills. I come out of the woods carrying as much food as I can carry. Kids are great at foraging too.

Tor Rolf Strøm
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2 years ago

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Horrible. Here's a thought, how about not have even more children?

lazy panda
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2 years ago

In 1948, the chances are pretty damn good that the husband/family would forbid birth control.

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back atya
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2 years ago

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Only 24? What the hell is she making 5 kids, especially in bad times. They had condoms back then. And now she had to sell them off...

Linouchka 99
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2 years ago

If she was catholic, they were not allowed to use them. The same situation (five kids at age 24) happened in France in 1954 and the baby died from neglect (the mother was probably depressed two or three children ago already...). The parents were both punished by the justice, and the whole thing set off the battle for birth control and family planning in France. The parents were regular people, not very poor, not ignorant, they just had way too many children in too little time. And they were catholic, so birth control was not allowed for them and everything else failed. Thanks, Pope ! It's in french, but here's a link : https://next.liberation.fr/livres/2019/01/09/le-fait-divers-qui-accoucha-du-planning-familial_1701880

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Christel von Shelton
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2 years ago

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1948 - she already has 4 kids she can't support properly, but she is pregnant again!!! Can't she keep her legs closed????

Si
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2 years ago

Do you think women had the final word on whether their husbands had sex with them or used contraception when they did?

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'An Armenian Man Dances For His Lost Son In The Mountains Near Aparan, Armenia'

'An Armenian Man Dances For His Lost Son In The Mountains Near Aparan, Armenia'

Antoine Agoudjian is a legendary French photographer of Armenian descent. As no one could describe the work of art better than the artist himself, here's Antoine's story on capturing this striking image: “In 1998, I found myself in Aparan, a large town an hour’s drive from Armenia’s capital, Yerevan. A local dance troupe was performing that evening, in the open air, with most of the suburb in attendance. As soon as I took my first shot, an old man approached me. Tears streamed down his face. He told me that his son had died. That he had been electrocuted, that he was his pride and joy, and that I looked just like him. He broke into sobs and moved towards me with outstretched arms. His name was Ishran. I asked if he would dance for me, and he began dancing. The troupe paused and perched on an outcrop of rocks in the background. It was beautiful, not because the man is beautiful, but because he represents something deep inside the collective consciousness of the Armenian community: a celebratory resilience in the face of overwhelming loss.”

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FatBaby
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2 years ago

For a minute I thought he was Albert Einstein

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'Tragedy By The Sea'

'Tragedy By The Sea'

One morning on the spring of 1954, a photographer for Los Angeles Times, John Gaunt, was in the front yard of his beachfront home when he heard a neighbor shouting that, “something’s happening on the beach!” John grabbed his camera and rushed to the shore. When he arrived, he saw a couple near the water who were clutching each other. As it turned out, their 19-month-old son who had been playing in their yard had wandered off to the beach and vanished into the water. The heart-wrenching photograph appeared on the front page of Los Angeles Times and won a Pulitzer Award.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

so he heard something's happening on the beach (and like today) he Grabbed his camera and take a picture?

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#17

Atomic Bomb Detonation

Atomic Bomb Detonation

Harold Edgerton - an MIT physicist and a photographer - is best known for his invention of strobe light photography, allowing us to freeze fast actions in time, as in the famous picture of a bullet piercing an apple. In the beginning of 1947, Harold's research firm was commissioned to photograph atomic bomb tests in Nevada and the Pacific. This particular photograph was taken on June 5, 1952, as part of Operation Tumbler-Snapper test series at the Nevada Proving Grounds with a shutter speed of one hundred millionth of a second.

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Elaine Bones
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2 years ago

Wow. This is a view of a Nuclear detonation that I have never seen. I wonder what the colours would have been! Ipresume the tiny trees near the bottom of the explosion became specks of dust in the nuclear wind only milionths of a second later..

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#18

'flight Of Refugees Across Wrecked Bridge In Korea'

'flight Of Refugees Across Wrecked Bridge In Korea'

Taken on December 4, 1950 by an Associate Press photographer Max Desfor, the photograph shows desperate refugees crammed on a destroyed Pyongyang bridge, over the Taedong River in North Korea as they were rushing to flee their war-torn country. The Chinese communist troops were approaching rapidly, so the residents, in fear of their lives, decided to escape to the Southern part of the country. The photograph won Pulitzer Prize for Max Desfor, back in 1951.

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kathryn stretton
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2 years ago

Absolute desperation. Exactly the same is happening now. Today. Fucking politicians.

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Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi

This is the last photo taken of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was captured moments before a suicide bomber, (wearing orange flowers, lower left, also on the inset, top left) hugged him and detonated her bomb. The photographer was also killed during the attack.

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Ruby Brook
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2 years ago

Wow. Just wow. These photographs... they just. Wow. The fact that this captures a moment in time were everything seemed fine and then all of a sudden...

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#20

'D-Day'

'D-Day'

The photo, taken by the legendary LIFE photographer Robert Capa, captured the hellish events of 6 June, 1944 - on this day the Allies invaded Normandy, marking it as the largest seaborne invasion in history. The main subject of the photo is Private First Class Huston Riley, a 22-year-old soldier, who was struck several times by bullets. The photographer together with a sergeant, helped Huston, who later recalled thinking: “What the hell is this guy doing here? I can’t believe it. Here’s a cameraman on the shore.” Robert, the photographer, spent about an hour and a half under fire as men around him died. Only a few of the frames from the film remained, they were all grainy and blurry. However, the shaky and unstable photographs brought a jarred and disturbing feeling to the viewer, helping to transcend the infernal moment of World War II.

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Marc
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2 years ago

Those men, although always referred to as the liberators of France, they also took the first steps to free Germany. It might sound stupid. However, if it was not for those men, I might have been raised up in a different country, with a narrow-minded ideology. I am thankful to every men who gave their lives and everyone who fought for freedom that day. We tend to forget it, but Europe, maybe the world, would be a different place today, if it wasn't for those men. Most of them did not even reach the shore alive. It is to those men, that I am able to live in a rather free world today. Although things are already changing again. Only 75 years after those events. We should think about that day and those men, before we risk freedom in our world frivolously .

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Class Of 1999

Class Of 1999

At a first glance, it looks like any other high school picture – a bunch of teenagers smiling and showing silly faces. However, you can see Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold and their friends in the far left corner pointing pretend guns at the camera. Just a few weeks later after the photo was taken, Eric and Dylan would shoot 12 students and 1 teacher dead in a meticulously organised school shooting in Columbine.

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FatBaby
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2 years ago (edited)

Why would they do that

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#22

Young Osama

Young Osama

This is a photograph of a nice and large family vacationing in Sweden, in 1971. However, second from the left, in a brown shirt, you can see a 14-year-old boy named Osama. Some years later, the name Osama bin Laden is going to be associated with terror and a murderous pan-Islamic militant organization Al-Qaeda.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

so back then he has no problem with moderm woman.

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#23

'Leap Into Freedom'

'Leap Into Freedom'

Following World War II, the city of Berlin was carved into four occupation zones. The life conditions on each part were not equal and during the period from 1949 to 1961, around 2.5 million people from East Germany had fled the Soviet section of Berlin. The Soviets were concerned and the East German leader Walter Ulbricht, in order to stop the flow, had barbed-wire-and-cinder-block barriers thrown up in early August 1961. In the photo, the primary subject is 19-year-old border guard Hans Conrad Schumann, crossing the barrier. The West Berlin crowd were enticing Hans to come on over and he himself has then said, that he does not want to “live enclosed,” and suddenly jumped the barbed wire. The photo quickly made its way to the press and the iconic image of Hans leaping over the barrier became a symbol of freedom. The young soldier went on to live quietly in the West, however, Hans himself did not deal well with the newly-found fame and his status of an icon and, sadly, committed suicide in 1998.

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FatBaby
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2 years ago

A photographer taking a picture of a photographer taking a picture of a military man jumping over barbed wire.

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#24

SS Grandcamp

SS Grandcamp

Looks like an ordinary ship at an ordinary dock on an ordinary day. However, the moment captured is April 16, 1947 and the ship is called SS Grandcamp. A fire has broke out and the men on the dock are members of the Texas City Volunteer Fire Department, attempting to extinguish it. A few minutes after this photo was taken, it’s going to detonate in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in human history. 468 people had died, more than 5,000 were injured.

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Ruby Brook
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2 years ago

wow. these photographs. just incredible. i have no words.

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#25

“I Will Not Be Sued! I Have The Voice Of An Angel! No Man Can Sue Me.”

“I Will Not Be Sued! I Have The Voice Of An Angel! No Man Can Sue Me.”

On November 17, 1955, Maria Callas gave a triumphant performance in Chicago’s Civic Opera House. However, the real drama began after the opera was over. U.S. Marshal Stanley Pringle and Deputy Sheriff Dan Smith burst into Callas’s dressing room and served her with court summons for a breach of contract. Maria was furious: “I will not be sued! I have the voice of an angel! No man can sue me,” she yelled. The photograph perfectly conveys the intensity of the moment at the time and after the image made its way to the press, Maria Callas was dubbed "The Tigress". After the incident, the great diva of the Opera vowed to never return to the Windy City again.

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Miriam Brooker
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2 years ago

November 17, 1955, was the day that established Maria's image as a tigress. She had just finished performing Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was backstage celebrating her triumph. As the audience continued to applaud, Maria was approached by Marshal Stanley Pringle, who presented Maria with a summons to court. She was being sued by a former manager, Eddie Bagarozy, on behalf of a 1947 contract that named Bagarozy as Maria's sole representative. Though the two had not been in contact for several years, Bagarozy claimed that he was entitled to a percentage of Maria's fees and the expenses he was supposed to have incurred on her behalf - a total of $300,000. The case was settled out of court on 7 November 1957. The terms were not made public.

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#26

Soviet Soldiers Harassing A German Woman

Soviet Soldiers Harassing A German Woman

Although the photograph speaks for itself, context is still necessary in order to understand all the circumstances surrounding it and the gravity of it. In the image captured, a woman is seen to be openly harassed by two Soviet soldiers, near the West Hall section of the Leipzig Hauptbahnhof central railway terminus. Sadly, it was not an isolated incident - the mass rapes took place in the occupied German territory during and after the war. The act of rape, as per historians, is oftentimes used to emphasize the victory. While most historians agree that such vile acts were commited not only by the Soviets, it was estimated that a staggering amount of 2 million German women suffered from the hands of communists, some as many as 60 to 70 times.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

soviet had so much hate for german after what they did. They just let out their Inside beast and just proove they were no better than the nazi. no Wonder that all those who can try to get capture by the americans

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#27

An Injured Young Mill Worker

An Injured Young Mill Worker

The image captured on October, 1912, shows Giles Edmund Newsom who was injured while working in Sanders Spinning Mill in Bessemer City, North Carolina earlier that year. A piece of machinery fell on his foot and smashed his toe, which caused him to fall onto a spinning machine which crushed and tore out two of his fingers. He was 11-years-old at the time. Both Giles and his younger brother worked in the mill several months before the accident. After the boys' father found out that the company was to pay out money for Giles and not the parents, he tried to compromise, while their mother blamed the boys that they got their jobs on their own. The aunt is documented to have said: “Now he’s jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma, an’ then this happens and he can’t never work no more like he oughter.”

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Mama Panda
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2 years ago

So very sad. Giles died at the age of 18. I can't even imagine what this poor boy and other children went through during this era.

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#28

Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala

A photograph of Rodney Alcala in court cross examining himself. The man was a serial killer known as the 'dating game killer' who killed women back in the 1970’s. He got the name as he was a guest on one dating game show. He represented himself back in 2010. He would cross examine himself and would change his voice in the process as if it’s a different person. He was sentenced to death.

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Ruby Brook
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2 years ago

A lot of these were from a long time ago but this was recent... really makes you stressed.

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#29

Argument

Argument

Photographed by Abbas - a French-Iranian photographer - in Tehran, Iran, 1978, the heart-wrenching image shows a rioter holding the shoes of a dead friend. His comrade was shot after the military opened fire on a crowd. The soldier argues with a man that it was not his unit which opened fire. The capture is from Abbas' book 'Iran Diary: 1971– 2002'.

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Rose
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2 years ago

Emotionally intense.

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"The Last Laugh?"

"The Last Laugh?"

The photo is of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, two murderers, after hearing that they've been sentenced to death. The two killers murdered a family of four, including two children, after planning to rob them, but failing to find anything worth stealing except for mere $50. The seemingly casual and unconcerned smile on Perry's face brings an eerie atmosphere into the photograph, which, without the context, looks rather mundane.

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Adele Maestranzi
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2 years ago

Story was told in Capote's book "In Cold Blood".

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