Instagram Page Shares 50 Interesting And Lesser-Known Pictures From Our History
Today, you have your seat ready on a train to the past, with some of the most touching, beautiful and intriguing moments of history. Call it modern-day time travel, since these days, most of us barely have time to sit back, relax and dwell on the wonders of human history.
But thanks to this Instagram account titled A Slice Of History, which is basically a visual collection of selected historical ‘slices’, we have a whole lot to uncover. Think of Michelle and Barack Obama giggling on their wedding day in 1992, or Freddie Mercury lovingly hugging Mary Austin, and a couple of male lovers captured on camera in a photobooth in 1953; there’s something eternally beautiful about these moments.
Bored Panda also reached out to the creator behind this entertaining Instagram account to find out more about the idea behind it and what messages it spreads on social media. Scroll down for the interview below!
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Three Jewish Men Who Arrived At Auschwitz On The Same Day, Reunite 73 Years Later
With tattoos 10 numbers apart, they survived and went on to build families, successful businesses and live prosperous lives // Photograph taken at the Late Eye Witness Project, 2019
To find out more about A Slice Of History, we reached out to the creator behind it named Sarah, a 22-year-old from Sydney. “I absolutely adore film, fashion and culture,” Sarah said, adding that she works as a production coordinator making TVCs (television commercials) and advertisements “with an incredible production team.” On top of that, Sarah is a full-time university student studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications, and a Bachelor of Arts, so it seems like no day is dull for the creator of A Slice Of History.
A Victorian Couple Try Not To Laugh While Getting Their Portraits Done // 1890
This is will always be one of my favorite old photoes on the internet
When David Bowie Was Asked About His Greatest Achievement In Life He Stated, 'Marrying My Wife'
Writer Simon Witter prompted further, ‘But as a musician?’
David had replied simply, ‘Nothing else matters’.
Nasa’s Lead Software Engineer For The Apollo Program Margaret Hamilton, Stands Beside Her Hand Written Code That Sky-Rocketed Humanity To The Moon | 1969
Sarah started this Instagram page which today has 145k followers back in 2018, “while procrastinating during a uni lecture (not very studious of me, I know). I was scrolling aimlessly through the explore page and with nothing really engaging me in any way.” The creator said that she realized “how such a ‘stimulating’ app lacked real, diverse and educational content, and thus wanting to learn more myself and have the ability to share my knowledge with others, I started a A Slice Of History.”
“I’d Rather Eat Pasta And Drink Wine Than Be A Size 0.” Sophia Loren, 1965
Bernie Sanders Arrested For Protesting Against Segregation. He Was Charged With Resisting Arrest And Fined A Total Of $25 | Chicago, 1963
A Punk And A Kid | Brussels, Belgium, 2009. Photo By M. Lambrechts
The encounter took place at a Pride event in Brussels, where a curious kid asked if he could touch the punk’s jacket to see if the spikes were as sharp as they looked. The punker knelt down, amused by the kid’s reaction, and they engaged in conversation before returning to the parade.
When it comes to the content that gets shared on A Slice Of History, Sarah doesn’t plan her posts too much ahead of time. “Generally I’ll go about my day and something will inspire and intrigue my research. Whether it’s an outfit, a poster, book, something said on the radio, or in a conversation, I’ll quickly jot down the idea in my notebook and later begin researching,” she told us in a written interview.
Sarah also said that she tries to do her best “to ensure the posts are primarily without prejudice or bias, and the information constituting the posts are peer-reviewed, certified or supported in academic findings/claims in order to ensure authentic and valid information is shared online.”
Two Young Men Declare Their Willingness To Be Legally Wed To One Another Despite The Law Not Allowing Them To | C. 1900
Dolly Parton And Her Husband Carl Dean In The 60s. They Have Now Been Married For Over 55 Years
“He’s always loved who I was, and I loved who he was, and we never tried to change each other.” Parton
That's the secret of a long time partnership (please tell it to my wife :-))
During Wwii Jews In Budapest Were Brought To The Edge Of The Danube River Where They Were Forced To Remove Their Shoes Before Being Brutally Shot, Falling Into The River Below
60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river’s banks as memorial to the victims.
When asked about the idea behind her Instagram page, Sarah said: “with our secular society so absorbed and engaged on social media, I thought this modern tool truly had the potential to share old stories, different cultures, spectacular fashion moments, the marvels of filmmaking, and, of course, history; the good and the bad, on a scale that I could never reach alone.”
But making your content stand out from others on social media is a challenge in itself. “It can definitely be challenging in the sense where in order to stand out, you need to think outside the box and really delve deep into research,” the Sydney-based creator said.
A Priest Holds A Dying Soldier Whilst Bullets Are Fired Around Them | Venezuela, 1962
This actually made me tear up. He was probably begging for help or to survive, and the priest gave him the only comfort he could
Freddie Mercury And Mary Austin
“All my lovers asked me why they couldn't replace Mary, but it's simply impossible. The only friend I've got is Mary and I don't want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage.... We believe in each other, that's enough for me.” - Freddie
. “When he died I felt we'd had a marriage. We'd lived our vows. We'd done it for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health...I lost somebody who I thought was my eternal love.” - Mary
A Little Boy Hugging His Best Friend During Lunchtime
Not long after this photo was taken children of Japanese ancestry (including the pictures boy) were imprisoned with their parents spending the rest of the WWII in internment camps | Raphael Weill public school. San Fransisco, 1942
The boy on the left is incredibly photogenic with those eyes and that hair!
"However, what I’ve found is that social media can be quite segregated, only showing content from certain countries and cultures. Whereas with A Slice Of History I try to incorporate an amalgamation of posts from across the world, getting insight from individuals to research and discuss, with different perspectives and opinions driving it,” Sarah explained.
‘The Kiss Of Life’ Shows A Utility Worker Giving Mouth-To-Mouth Resuscitation To His Unconscious Co-Worker, After He Came Into Contact With A Low Voltage Line Jacksonville, Florida 1967. Photograph By Rocco Morabito
The man receiving the CPR survived! His colleague managed to partially revive him, then carried him down to the ground where another colleague helped perform full CPR. He went on to make a full recovery :)
Hands Of A Starving Boy And A Catholic Missionary // Uganda, 1980. Photograph By Mike Wells
Concentration Camps Liberated By Allied Forces
I could be wrong but the military weren't allowed to give all their food to the prisoners, even though they were starving. If they ate too much too fast and richer and heartier food, they'd get severely sick, losing a portion of the fluid in their bodies to the point of death. I may be wrong about it, I saw it on an episode of band of brothers
“What I love most about the page is that people genuinely love the content and it instigates their own individual research and knowledge, Sarah said and added that she has been able to meet many incredible people through her Instagram page. “And that in itself has probably been the most rewarding part,” the creator of A Slice Of History concluded.
A Couple In A Photo Booth At Hastings Park | Vancouver, Canada, 1953
Frida Kahlo Takes A Family Portrait Wearing Her Iconic Three Piece Suit, Accessorised With A Cane // Mexico, 1924
Cats Stand Up On Their Hind Legs To Catch Quirts Of Milk During Milking At Arch Badertscher’s Dairy Farm | 1954. Photographs By Nat Farbman
Unvaccinated And Vaccinated Boys With Small Pox
Two boys, who were exposed to the exact same source of small pox, were photographed side by side, in order to effectively convey their juxtaposed results - The child on the right was vaccinated, the child on the left was not | early 1900s. Photograph by Allan Warner.
Nurses Show Newly Born Triplets To Their Very Surprised Father In A Hospital | New York, 1946. Photograph By Keystone-France
Snoop Dogg And Cameron Diaz Went To The Same High School
Diaz recalled, “We went to high school together, he was a year older than me….. He was very tall and skinny and wore lots of ponytails in his hair and I’m pretty sure I got weed from him”
Yup. They both went to Long Beach Poly High School. My ex's sister went to school with them and showed me their pictures in her yearbook.
A Couple 48 Hours After They Met At Woodstock, And 50 Years, Two Sons And Five Grandchildren Later
Judy had met Jerry on Aug. 15, 1969 which was day one of the iconic Woodstock music festival, when her car broke down on New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge, roughly 90 miles from the concert grounds, and she and the two acquaintances she was traveling with decided to hitchhike.
She revealed in an interview with PEOPLE, “I was just thinking, ‘Damn, now we can’t go,’ and we were dying to,” recalls Judy, 71. “Then Jerry and his friends pulled up. I stuck my head in and I saw that there was a woman in the car. I’d never hitchhiked before, but I figured, ‘Well, since there was a woman, it was fairly safe, and I probably should just get in the car.’ That first ride together in the back seat of Jerry’s pal’s 1967 VW Beetle eventually grew into 50 years of love and marriage, including two sons and five grandchildren.”
‘No One Is Born Racist’ Photograph By Todd Robertson. A Boy Dressed In A Kkk Robe And Hood, Curiously Touches The Shield Of A State Trooper During A Kkk Rally | Gainesville, Georgia, 1992
Trooper Allen Campbell had recalled, "I didn’t even see the kid. I was just looking down to see what was bumping on my shield. And when I looked down, there was this little kid in a Klan uniform. He saw his reflection in the riot shield. He was tracing his outline. The child was oblivious to what was going on around him”.
An Extremely Sad And Distressing Photograph Of Amy Winehouse At Her Last Concert Ever In Belgrade | Serbia, 2011
This is very distressing. The poor woman was hounded by the press and her father was (is) a pig - chasing after her even when she wanted some privacy - for money and exposure. He should be locked up. And here's another example of a human being harassed by the paparazzi. Shame on them.
Marathon Officials Try To Stop Katherine Switzer From Competing In The All-Male Boston Marathon
Registering officially under 'K.V. Switzer', enabled her to enrol without detection of her gender. Switzer became the first woman to officially run the marathon, as she told Forbes ”I wasn’t trying to prove anything. I loved running and knew that for others who had run Boston, it was a great experience" Boston, 1967. Photographs by Paul Connell.
Michelle And Barack Obama Photographed On Their Wedding Day // 1992
He Man Who Cut Out His Own Appendix
Russian explorer Leonid Rogozov was in the middle of Antartica when he realised he had appendicitis and needed an appendectomy straight away. Being the only medic on sight and his appendix hours away from bursting and thus spreading a bacterial infection, he decided he would operate on himself. Rogozov instructed his team to sterilise his equipment and had them set up a mirror below his right hip. He injected local anaesthetic, and despite accidentally slicing his lower intestine, completed the surgery successfully and recovered within 2 weeks | 1961
The last photo show depicts Rogozov returning from his expedition healed and healthy
Steve Irwin With His Daughter Bindi And A New Found Friend. Photograph By Hugh Stewart
‘Wait For Me, Daddy’ A Photo By Claude P. Dettloff Depicts Private Jack Bernard, B.c. Regiment Saying A Final Goodbye To His Son Warren | New Westminster, 1940
The father and son were reunited after Private Bernard returned home from war in October, 1945 as revealed in the second slide.
Barack Obama Playing With His Grandfather At The Beach, C. 1966
Vikki Dougan Walking Through The Streets Of Hollywood In What Was Identified As A ‘Daring’ Backless Black Dress
These photographs, in addition to the various ‘scandalous’ back bearing dresses she wore, awarded her the title ‘The Back’ in the 1950s | LA, 1957. Photographs by Ralph Crane // published by LIFE Magazine
Couples At The Local Diner | Pittsburgh, 1959. Photograph By Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris
Audrey Hepburn And Grace Kelly Photographed Backstage At The 28th Academy Awards | Hollywood, 1956. Photos By Allan Grant
A 95 Year-Old Grandmother Is The Oldest Person In Italy To Recover From The Coronavirus
She stated in an interview "I'm fine, I'm absolutely fine". She continued to praise the doctors, nurses and staff who assisted her during the recovery process, "They were wonderful, the people who looked after me"
The Rms Queen Elizabeth Pulling Into New York With Service Men Crowding The Decks, As They Return Home After The End Of Wwii // 1945
Australian Former Prisoners Of War Enjoy A Cup Of Tea As They Catch Up On Current News, Following Their Release After The Japanese Surrender | Singapore, September 1945
I know people get thin after starvation but i never expected people to get this thin!
An Enthusiastic Teacher Stands On His Desk To Explain The Physics Of Surfing California, 1970
Three Sisters, Three Photos, Taken Years Apart.
The Famous Photo Of Major Terri Gurrola Being Reunited With Her Daughter After Returning From A Seven-Month Tour In Iraq | Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 11 September 2007. Photograph By Loui Favorite
Stephen Hawking With His Wife Jane Wilde, 1965
The Moment Goebbels (Minister Of Nazi Propaganda) Found Out His Photographer Eisenstaedt Was Jewish | 1933. Photograph By Eisenstaedt
I know it's been almost 90 years since the picture was taken, and the man is long dead, but the look of disgust and hatred in his eyes still sends a chill down my spine.
Davy Jones, Who Would Later Go By The Name David Bowie, Outside The Bbc Television Centre After His Band Performed // 7 March, 1965
Studio Photos Of A Lesbian Couple | Early 1900s
In 1828 Sarah Goodridge Painted A Portrait Of Her Own Breasts And Sent It To Lawyer And Politician Daniel Webster, Who Had Been Recently Widowed
It is considered one of the earlier cases of someone sending nudes
When Webster died the painting was found and auctioned off for $15,000 US dollars
Reddie And His Love For Cats
Segregation In Alabama | 1956 Photograph By Gordon Parks
It's so hard to believe this was ever a thing. If it weren't for the awful neon sign and knowing what they had to endure simply because their skin was a darker color, this would be a beautiful picture. Instead it just makes me sad and embarrassed that we ever treated other human beings like that.
Paul Mccartney With His Daughter Mary In | Scotland, 1970
Angelina Jolie With Her Father Jon Voight At The 58th Annual Academy Awards, 1986
Somewhere an old lady's window is missing its net curtains
Note: this post originally had 126 images. It’s been shortened to the top 49 images based on user votes.
A great post! Thank you!
Love these, I could have happily looked at another 128 photos!
Thank-you for this post - Some beautiful , spiritual photographs here .
A great post! Thank you!
Love these, I could have happily looked at another 128 photos!
Thank-you for this post - Some beautiful , spiritual photographs here .