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It is a bit surreal to think that while we can’t physically experience history because we’re born in a particular place and time, the power of technology has empowered us to see it, understand it, and make conclusions from it.

Historical Capsule is a dedicated community that pretty much empowers people to do just that. Join us as we take a journey through time in this listicle of iconic historical photos below.

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100,000 Iranian Women March Against The Hijab Law, Tehran, 1979

100,000 Iranian Women March Against The Hijab Law, Tehran, 1979

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In 1979 Muslim fundamentalists overthrew the secular monarchy of Iran and the new Theocrats immediately began dehumanizing and subjugating women. I hope anyone in the USA who reads this is taking notes because it might be happening here in 2025.

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Elizabeth Eckford Ignores The Screams Of Students On Her First Day Integrated Into A Little Rock High School, 1957

Elizabeth Eckford Ignores The Screams Of Students On Her First Day Integrated Into A Little Rock High School, 1957

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Two Little Kids Dancing On The Streets Of New York City, C. 1940

Two Little Kids Dancing On The Streets Of New York City, C. 1940

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So, Historical Capsule is a subreddit that’s a “step into the past”. It’s an online depository for old and vintage photographs that tell stories from significant events and moments in history.

The subreddit is home to 50,000 members, being ranked in the top 3%, and encourages open discussion and celebration of all things history.

#4

Anne Frank’s Father Otto, Revisiting The Attic Where They Hid From The Nazis. He Was The Only Surviving Family Member

Anne Frank’s Father Otto, Revisiting The Attic Where They Hid From The Nazis. He Was The Only Surviving Family Member

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Ruby Bridges, The First African-American To Attend A White Elementary School In The Deep South, 1960

Ruby Bridges, The First African-American To Attend A White Elementary School In The Deep South, 1960

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TheRealRobertWhite
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is literally what flipped the South from Dixicrats to Republicans. Never forget that the GOP was (and still is) for apartheid.

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A Former Slave Named Gordon Shows His Whipping Scars. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1863

A Former Slave Named Gordon Shows His Whipping Scars. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1863

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of the most hauntingly powerful photos I’ve ever seen regarding slavery.

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On the surface, history might sound like a dull and boring discipline. However, if you dig deeper into what it’s all about, you begin to understand just how much essence it has and how much it has to offer in general.

After all, history might be something that’s all about the past, but you’d be surprised just how transformative it might be.

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#7

Lonnie Johnson, Inventor Of Super Soaker, 1992

Lonnie Johnson, Inventor Of Super Soaker, 1992

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A Lesbian Couple In Semi-Drag Wedding Attire. Kingdom Of Hungary, Budapest, 1920

A Lesbian Couple In Semi-Drag Wedding Attire. Kingdom Of Hungary, Budapest, 1920

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Following A 23-Hour (Successful) Heart Transplant, Dr. Religa Keeps An Eye On His Patient's Vital Signs. In The Corner, His Assistant Is Sleeping, 1987

Following A 23-Hour (Successful) Heart Transplant, Dr. Religa Keeps An Eye On His Patient's Vital Signs. In The Corner, His Assistant Is Sleeping, 1987

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The patient lived for 30 more years and outlived the doctor by 8 years. After retiring from active practice, Religa went on to become a politician. He was a good man.

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History professor Mary Jo Festle wrote a piece on how history as a discipline transforms students. In it, she explained that since there isn’t realistically any empirical evidence of this hypothesis, she took it upon herself to figure it out.

She asked nearly 60 of her students across 8 different sections of the small research seminars they hosted to give open-ended responses to prompts reflecting upon the change.

#10

Reporters Who Exposed The Watergate Scandal Watch President Nixon Resign, 1974

Reporters Who Exposed The Watergate Scandal Watch President Nixon Resign, 1974

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Woodward and Bernstein. They did an amazing thing. A very corrupt man was elected to the highest office in the land and they, using nothing more than information, took him down.

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While Cleaning Up From The World Trade Centers Falling, Crews Found A Shipwreck 7ft Below The Foundation That Dated Back To 1773

While Cleaning Up From The World Trade Centers Falling, Crews Found A Shipwreck 7ft Below The Foundation That Dated Back To 1773

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A Blind Muslim Named Muhammad Carrying His Best Friend A Paralyzed Christian Who Suffers From Dwarfism Named Samir, Damascus, Ottoman Syria, 1889

A Blind Muslim Named Muhammad Carrying His Best Friend A Paralyzed Christian Who Suffers From Dwarfism Named Samir, Damascus, Ottoman Syria, 1889

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I've learned anything from science fiction movies, it's to make sure these guys are on your side.

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One of the main prompts was asking students to describe how their understanding of what history is changed during their studies.

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A third of the students provided some form of “I now understand history is not just facts about names, dates, or a chronology of events.”

#13

Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On The Unfinished Empire State Building? Well Here's The Photographer Charles Ebbets Taking That Photo, 1932

Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On The Unfinished Empire State Building? Well Here's The Photographer Charles Ebbets Taking That Photo, 1932

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A Man Browsing For Books In Cincinnati's Cavernous Old Main Library. The Library Was Demolished In 1955

A Man Browsing For Books In Cincinnati's Cavernous Old Main Library. The Library Was Demolished In 1955

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George Mclaurin, The First Black Man To Be Admitted To The University Of Oklahoma In 1948, Was Forced To Sit In A Corner Away From His Classmates

George Mclaurin, The First Black Man To Be Admitted To The University Of Oklahoma In 1948, Was Forced To Sit In A Corner Away From His Classmates

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The answers verified the idea that the interpretive nature of history is a crucial lesson that can be considered a threshold concept.

One student elaborated that they realized how much power historians actually have, i.e. the power to construct the past. History is dynamic and a point of debate as a lot of the unknown in it can be argued.

#16

A Father Looking For His Two Missing Sons That Went Missing During The Kosovo War In 1999

A Father Looking For His Two Missing Sons That Went Missing During The Kosovo War In 1999

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A Starving Boy And A Missionary In Uganda, 1980. Mike Wells Took This Powerful Photograph Of A Catholic Missionary Holding The Hand Of A Starving Ugandan Boy

A Starving Boy And A Missionary In Uganda, 1980. Mike Wells Took This Powerful Photograph Of A Catholic Missionary Holding The Hand Of A Starving Ugandan Boy

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While Idi Amin lived in luxury, thanks to the Saudis...

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Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Shooting Over Her Shoulder Using A Hand Mirror, Circa 1899

Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Shooting Over Her Shoulder Using A Hand Mirror, Circa 1899

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She has said: When men make shots similar to mine, others call it skill. Every time I do it, they call it luck.

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Another point to mention is that students didn’t see themselves as books full of facts and figures in history. It’s these same activities of interpreting and analyzing sources, conducting research, looking for influences and biases and challenging what has been read from a critical, multifaceted standpoint, that makes all the difference in the discipline.

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Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis: The Last Known Survivor Of The Atlantic Slave Trade Between Africa And North America. (Photo From The Early 1900s)

Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis: The Last Known Survivor Of The Atlantic Slave Trade Between Africa And North America. (Photo From The Early 1900s)

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A Skateboarder Zipping Through Central Park In The 1960s

A Skateboarder Zipping Through Central Park In The 1960s

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A 1912 Photo Shows A Woman Plugging In Her Electric Car

A 1912 Photo Shows A Woman Plugging In Her Electric Car

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Another student pointed out that, before their studies, they enjoyed watching documentaries and furthering their knowledge that way. After them, however, it was an eye-opening experience to understand that they can now discover history for themselves, see how the evidence works and the puzzle pieces fall into place. There’s more of a hands-on approach than meets the eye.

#22

A Filipino-American Family Posing For A Family Portrait, Philippines, 1912

A Filipino-American Family Posing For A Family Portrait, Philippines, 1912

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Back when The Philippines were still an American Colony BTW. Just adding some context.

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Allied Soldiers Mock Hitler Atop His Balcony At The Reich Chancellery, 1945

Allied Soldiers Mock Hitler Atop His Balcony At The Reich Chancellery, 1945

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Joseph Goebbels, The Main Propagandist Of The Nazi Regime, Upon Finding Out His Photographer Was Jewish

Joseph Goebbels, The Main Propagandist Of The Nazi Regime, Upon Finding Out His Photographer Was Jewish

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If anything, the mini study concluded that in 70% of all cases, history topics were personally challenging in terms of values and assumptions about the world. Among these were themes and topics like gender and sexuality, religious history, the Holocaust as well as Nazism. A number of them touched upon issues of race and foreign policy, civil war and ideology.

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#25

Greenpeace Tries To Stop Radioactive Waste From Being Dumped In The Ocean, 1982

Greenpeace Tries To Stop Radioactive Waste From Being Dumped In The Ocean, 1982

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Rat Pack At The Sands In Las Vegas, Circa 1960

Rat Pack At The Sands In Las Vegas, Circa 1960

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A Chinese Lady Whose Feet Were Bound From Childhood. Photo From The Late 1800s

A Chinese Lady Whose Feet Were Bound From Childhood. Photo From The Late 1800s

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This ultimately led to some openly expressing how challenging topics have made them better human beings. One pointed out how Islam studies brought to light racist assumptions. Another changed their opinion on same sex marriage after investigating sources from LGBTQIA+ people. It gave them perspective. Perspective that made them rethink what they thought before.

#28

An Unemployed Man Holding A Troubling Sign During The Great Depression, 1932

An Unemployed Man Holding A Troubling Sign During The Great Depression, 1932

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Greasers In New York City, 1950s

Greasers In New York City, 1950s

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was my Uncle Bobby. The hair, the cigarettes, the leather jacket & jeans! He & my mom grew up in Brooklyn, teens in the 50s.

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A True Friend. Taken In A New York Bus Terminal Just Before They Left For The Worsening Situation In The Pacific, 1941

A True Friend. Taken In A New York Bus Terminal Just Before They Left For The Worsening Situation In The Pacific, 1941

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nobody mentioning here that probably half the soldiers on the bus were dead within the next 4 months.

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So, what are your thoughts on any of this? Has history changed you, and if so how? Or mayhaps you have an interesting historical story to tell that might fit this listicle. Whatever the case, share your takes and commentary in the comment section below!

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And there’s plenty more historical content where that came from.

#31

A Us Marine Gives A Cigarette To A Japanese Soldier Buried In The Sand. Iwo Jima, 1945

A Us Marine Gives A Cigarette To A Japanese Soldier Buried In The Sand. Iwo Jima, 1945

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even in war we see moments of kindness. Imagine a world where there is more kindness and less (or no) war.

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An Undercover Police Officer Apprehends A Mugger On The New York Subway, 1985. Photo By Bruce Davidson

An Undercover Police Officer Apprehends A Mugger On The New York Subway, 1985. Photo By Bruce Davidson

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Northumbrian Miner Sits Down To Eat His Evening Meal, 1937

Northumbrian Miner Sits Down To Eat His Evening Meal, 1937

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In 1963, Wives Say Goodbye To Their Loved Ones In The Navy

In 1963, Wives Say Goodbye To Their Loved Ones In The Navy

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Navajo Youth Tom Torlino As He Entered The Carlisle Indian Industrial School In 1882, And Again 3 Years Later

Navajo Youth Tom Torlino As He Entered The Carlisle Indian Industrial School In 1882, And Again 3 Years Later

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those schools are easily one of the worst parts of history. [Audible shudder]

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View Of Boston, The Oldest Surviving Aerial Photograph Ever Taken. October 13th, 1860

View Of Boston, The Oldest Surviving Aerial Photograph Ever Taken. October 13th, 1860

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Amanda Rose
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hot air balloons were used by both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War. It must have made for a very interesting sight!

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The Microsoft Staff, 1978

The Microsoft Staff, 1978

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Last Four Couples In A Dance Marathon, Chicago, Circa 1930

Last Four Couples In A Dance Marathon, Chicago, Circa 1930

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The Rarely Seen Back Of The Hoover Dam Before It Was Filled With Water, 1936

The Rarely Seen Back Of The Hoover Dam Before It Was Filled With Water, 1936

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Call me a conspiracy theorist but that doesn't look like a beaver's work.

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Former Beauty Queen, Miss Wyoming Winner Joyce Mckinney Being Arrested By Police

Former Beauty Queen, Miss Wyoming Winner Joyce Mckinney Being Arrested By Police

After kidnapping Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson from his church, forcing him to be her sex slave for 3 days. 1977

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An Unknown Woman Stands Close To A Tornado To Take A Photo, 1989

An Unknown Woman Stands Close To A Tornado To Take A Photo, 1989

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You live in the middle of the US, you get a little desensitized. Like tornado sirens go off, you go out on the lawn and look for it. On a clear day, with so visible a tornado, my guess is they knew how far off it actually was and snapped a quick picture before standing on their porch or the opening of a cellar to see if they'd need to go in and close the door.

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Soviet Peasants Listen To The Radio For The First Time, 1928

Soviet Peasants Listen To The Radio For The First Time, 1928

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What Is Now The Fully Developed Las Vegas Strip, 1955

What Is Now The Fully Developed Las Vegas Strip, 1955

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Vegas was once a desert and I'm fairly certain that it will be a desert again someday.

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Photo From The Restaurant Windows On The World, Which Sat Atop New York City's World Trade Center's North Tower, 1976

Photo From The Restaurant Windows On The World, Which Sat Atop New York City's World Trade Center's North Tower, 1976

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Little did they realize what would happen to that very spot in 25 years. It’s even possible someone in this very picture was there that day (worked at the restaurant or in an office in the building).

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A Young Private Waits On The Beach During The Marine Landing At Da Nang, 1965

A Young Private Waits On The Beach During The Marine Landing At Da Nang, 1965

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The Storyville Jazz Club, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1952

The Storyville Jazz Club, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1952

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Lenin After His Third Stroke, 1923. This Picture Was Prohibited In Ussr At The Time

Lenin After His Third Stroke, 1923. This Picture Was Prohibited In Ussr At The Time

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like Manson in a snuggie. Crazy eyes (unless the photo was touched up for his eyes, but I don't think so).

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Women In Bathing Suits Posing With A Prize Bull, Vancouver, 1927

Women In Bathing Suits Posing With A Prize Bull, Vancouver, 1927

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK I grew up on a cattle ranch and that is a BIG EFFING BULL!!! That thing is huge! I have honestly never seen one so big.

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Anti British Propaganda, Japan 1941

Anti British Propaganda, Japan 1941

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Becky Samuel
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ironically, with the level of cigar smoking and whisky drinking going on, he would definitely have smelled highly offensive to the modern person.

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A Soldier And His Two Girl Friends, Us, 1940s

A Soldier And His Two Girl Friends, Us, 1940s

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thats my grandmother on the left. That wasn't her boyfriend, or girlfriend. Haha

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