50 Important Historical Photos That Might Change Your Perspective On Things, As Shared By This Facebook Page
Ever since the invention of the camera in the early 1800s, photographers have documented everything, from wars and protest marches to scientific discoveries, and even space landings, allowing everyone to, in a way, "attend" these special events.
The Facebook page 'Old Photographs' has collected a wide selection of such interesting historical moments—big and small. So let's take a look at some of its top posts, after all, chances are, each of us will find something that will help us to see the past in a new light.
On 27 January 1945 was the liberation of Auschwitz. To forget would be to say these faces, the faces of millions of others didn't matter. Never forget. Teach the children to remember.
Laughter has sounded the same throughout generations and languages.
(Unidentified woman and child, Jemez Pueblo New Mexico, by Jesse Nusbaum)
Some of our favorite old photographs are merely everyday people in everyday life.
A family portrait. Gainesville, Florida - 1900.
Source: State Library and Archives of Florida
This picture circa 1900s shows knife grinders also called ventres jaunes (‘yellow stomachs’ referring to the yellow dust released by the grinding wheel). By laying face down, these yellow stomachs would save their backs from being hunched over all day. Workers were encourage to bring their dogs to not only keep them company but to act as heaters to keep them warm by having the dogs lie on their legs.
(Photo is from the web-site of, French knife maker, Claude Dozorme - ” The Wolf ”).
A very moving caption:
"This is a mass burial at sea, on the USS Intrepid in 1944 following a kamikaze attack. I've never seen this photo, and I figure most of you probably haven't either. I posted so people can see, and remember the incredible sacrifices made on our behalf."
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank
There is modern beauty in this photograph of Lota Cheek taken 99 years ago.
Animals bring a type of joy not found in other ways.
When do we gain the inhibitions not present in our youth?
Timeless photography looks as beautiful now as it did when it was taken.
Formal portraits rarely featured smiles, but they can be found in photographs of daily life during this period. (1912, South Carolina.)
A routine repair.
Who loved jumping off? (Even though mom told you not to.)
Is it possible the architects had this in mind when they designed Grand Central Station? (1934)
She was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke, but you would know her as the Good Witch of the North in "The Wizard of Oz".
104 years ago this fountain in Detroit, Michigan was left running allowing it to build layer upon layer in to this 30 foot icy spectacle.
This 1931 photograph captures the spirit of the season as Santa delivers presents to the children of an adoption home in London.
A girl, a dog, a mule. From the 1921 silent film "Through the Back Door" staring Mary Pickford.
March 1938: 70-year-old Mrs Elizabeth Arnold, believed to be England's only woman blacksmith, shoes a horse outside the 400-year-old forge in Walmer, Kent. (Photo by Fox Photos).
They wear shoes and clothes with holes and dirt upon their faces, yet they are absolutely perfect. (1936)
Fred Messer's life spanned three centuries. He was born in 1792, 16 years after the United States became a counrty and lived to see automobiles roll along roads, dying in 1907. (North Carolina.)
A woman on a mission with her baguette and six bottles of wine.
(Paris 1945 - by Branson Decou)
An old photograph with a funny twist in today’s context.
It took more than 15 years to take the Statue of Liberty from concept to reality. Construction is pictured here in 1884, less than two years before she was completed.
1890s Walmart. So many great details inside this general store. It was a time when you knew your grocer and they knew you. We have more, but we in some ways have less.
Be thankful for what you have.
Be thankful for one another.
Its not about where you are, its who you're with. (1945)
Rush hour in Chicago didn’t look any better 104 years ago.
Isn't it interesting that we meet some of the best friends we ever have within the first years of our lives.
(Photo by Edouard Boubat. Paris, 1952.)
The less you have, the more you appreciate what you do have.
(Western North Carolina 1914-1917, from the William A. Barnhill Collection.)
There’s nothing quite like getting hand delivered mail. (1900)