Usually, when you read a history article or story, it's mostly just dry facts and your imagination. But an amazing photo gives something a bit different. It shows you how it all actually looked, letting you understand the historical moment more intimately. Whether it would be a historical landmark, a famous person or random old pictures of the past - they all have fascinating stories behind them, and we're just about to show you.

The brave photojournalists that took these interesting pictures saw the morbidity of wars, documented the creation of an atomic bomb and shot stills of most magnificent constructions being built. You might not be aware that the city of Tel-Aviv used to be just plain dunes or how someone looks after literally falling from space. Keep on scrolling to take a look at Bored Panda's list of rare historical photos that might shine a new light on how you saw these crucial moments.

Wondering how historical photos taken in black and white would look if they were restored in color? Check out this article.

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#1

Dorothy Counts - The First Black Girl To Attend An All White School In The United States - Being Teased And Taunted By Her White Male Peers At Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957

Dorothy Counts - The First Black Girl To Attend An All White School In The United States - Being Teased And Taunted By Her White Male Peers At Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957

Don Sturkey Report

LaDarryl Hollingsworth 2 years ago

Strength embodied!

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#2

Nikola Tesla Sitting In His Laboratory With His “Magnifying Transmitter”

Nikola Tesla Sitting In His Laboratory With His “Magnifying Transmitter”

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Teresa W-S 2 years ago

We have too much to thank to Tesla, if the world knew how much!!!!

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#3

Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII

Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WWII

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Martine Gøttler 2 years ago

His smile is absolutely wonderful ❤

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#4

Jewish Prisoners After Being Liberated From A Death Train, 1945

Jewish Prisoners After Being Liberated From A Death Train, 1945

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Lee 2 years ago

Gave me chills

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#5

The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband, Holland, 1888

The Graves Of A Catholic Woman And Her Protestant Husband, Holland, 1888

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Victor Vakaras 2 years ago

Shows how monumentally stupid religion is.

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#6

A Lone Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936

A Lone Man Refusing To Do The Nazi Salute, 1936

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António Lima 2 years ago

If we had internet in that time he wont last long

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#7

Race Organizers Attempt To Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing In The Boston Marathon. She Became The First Woman To Finish The Race, 1967

Race Organizers Attempt To Stop Kathrine Switzer From Competing In The Boston Marathon. She Became The First Woman To Finish The Race, 1967

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Hans 2 years ago

Another classic. And imagine how many ordinary picture from today will look unbeliebable like this one in a few decades.

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#8

Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974

Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974

Jack Bradley Report

Sarah Stevenson 2 years ago

love this one :) so sweet

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#9

Job Hunting In 1930's

Job Hunting In 1930's

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Jovana Dacic 2 years ago

Linkedin 1930's style

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#10

First Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967

First Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967

Jan Collsiöö Report

Hans 2 years ago

But a pretty good decision, actually.

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#11

German Soldiers React To Footage Of Concentration Camps, 1945

German Soldiers React To Footage Of Concentration Camps, 1945

rarehistoricalphotos Report

Kristi Zoebelein 2 years ago

Utterly heartbreaking.

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#12

Residents Of West Berlin Show Children To Their Grandparents Who Reside On The Eastern Side, 1961

Residents Of West Berlin Show Children To Their Grandparents Who Reside On The Eastern Side, 1961

rarehistoricalphotos Report

LeJoy Rothe 2 years ago

Sad

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#13

Acrobats Balance On Top Of The Empire State Building, 1934

Acrobats Balance On Top Of The Empire State Building, 1934

Bettmann / Corbis archives Report

Salman Gurung 2 years ago

"Mad place called Vertigo"

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#14

The Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In Paris In 1884

The Statue Of Liberty Under Construction In Paris In 1884

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Petr Konvicka 2 years ago

It looks lie she holds smartphone lol

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#15

An Exotic Dancer Demonstrates That Her Underwear Was Too Large To Have Exposed Herself, After Undercover Police Officers Arrested Her In Florida

An Exotic Dancer Demonstrates That Her Underwear Was Too Large To Have Exposed Herself, After Undercover Police Officers Arrested Her In Florida

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

the Judge is like 'I'll allow it into evidence"

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#16

Mafia Boss Joe Masseria Lays Dead On A Brooklyn Restaurant Floor Holding The Ace Of Spades, 1931

Mafia Boss Joe Masseria Lays Dead On A Brooklyn Restaurant Floor Holding The Ace Of Spades, 1931

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Hayley Lightcap 2 years ago

That's cool, very dramatic. I think he lost the poker game though.

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#17

Lesbian Couple At Le Monocle, Paris, 1932

Lesbian Couple At Le Monocle, Paris, 1932

Georges Brassai Report

Katie O'Brien 2 years ago

They look both relaxed and unsure. This is such a simple, yet interesting glimpse into the past.

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#18

7-Foot Bolaji Badejo, A Nigerian Design Student And One-time Actor, Wearing His Costume From The Now Classic Sci-Fi Thriller Alien, 1978

7-Foot Bolaji Badejo, A Nigerian Design Student And One-time Actor, Wearing His Costume From The Now Classic Sci-Fi Thriller Alien, 1978

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Rob LeBlanc 2 years ago

Alien and sets were designed by H.R. Geiger.

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#19

The Most Beautiful Suicide - Evelyn Mchale Leapt To Her Death From The Empire State Building, 1947

The Most Beautiful Suicide - Evelyn Mchale Leapt To Her Death From The Empire State Building, 1947

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Nicholas Bäck 2 years ago

No suicide is beatiful though, just very tragic.

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#20

The Remains Of The Astronaut Vladimir Komarov, A Man Who Fell From Space, 1967

The Remains Of The Astronaut Vladimir Komarov, A Man Who Fell From Space, 1967

RIA Novosti/Photo Researchers Inc. Report

Air Cachero 2 years ago

Technically, it's cosmonaut because he's from Russia. Astronaut is for Americans

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#21

Hats In New York, 1930

Hats In New York, 1930

rarehistoricalphotos.com Report

Katie O'Brien 2 years ago

Men always wore a hat back then. My grandmother has often commented on this and how it's some different than today.

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#22

A German Child Meets Her Father, A WWII Soldier, For The First Time Since She Was 1 Year Old, 1956

A German Child Meets Her Father, A WWII Soldier, For The First Time Since She Was 1 Year Old, 1956

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Karolis Stašys 2 years ago

Explanation - the soldier was held a prisoner in Siberia concentration camp after being captured by the soviets.

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#23

Wounded Combat Dog During Action On The Orote Peninsula, 1944

Wounded Combat Dog During Action On The Orote Peninsula, 1944

W. Eugene Smith Report

Awkward dog 2 years ago

Poor baby! It's good that they took the time to heal it though

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#24

Frida Kahlo Dressed As A Boy, 1924

Frida Kahlo Dressed As A Boy, 1924

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Justyna 2 years ago

it seems to me she makes a very handsome man :)

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#25

A Mother Shows A Picture Of Her Son To A Returning Prisoner Of War, 1947

A Mother Shows A Picture Of Her Son To A Returning Prisoner Of War, 1947

Ernst Haas Report

Cassie Williams 2 years ago

Heartbreaking.

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#26

Scottish Piper In A Kilt On The Battlefield During World War One

Scottish Piper In A Kilt On The Battlefield During World War One

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Stéphanie Hirigaray 2 years ago

The bagpipe is the only musical instrument deemed a weapon of war because it inspired its troops to battle and instilled terror into the enemy

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#27

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Is Returned To The Louvre After WWII

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Is Returned To The Louvre After WWII

Pierre Jahan Report

Sarah Garland 2 years ago

It's commendable when people risk themselves to save art and history during war times, and then return it.

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#28

These Are Titanic Survivors Boarding The Carpathia In 1912

These Are Titanic Survivors Boarding The Carpathia In 1912

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Laura Ingles. 2 years ago

"The Lucky ones"...

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#29

Painting The Eiffel Tower, 1932

Painting The Eiffel Tower, 1932

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PBMc 2 years ago

I don't know how much these men were paid but it wasn't enough.

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#30

A Rare Shot Of A Young Winston Churchill, 1895

A Rare Shot Of A Young Winston Churchill, 1895

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Charlie Riley 2 years ago

He didn't always look like a bulldog.

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#31

The First Bananas In Norway, 1905

The First Bananas In Norway, 1905

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António Lima 2 years ago

Thats funny

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#32

Robert Williams Wood, Max Planck And Albert Einstein In The Front Row Of A Session Of The Physical Society In Berlin On July 28, 1931

Robert Williams Wood, Max Planck And Albert Einstein In The Front Row Of A Session Of The Physical Society In Berlin On July 28, 1931

Alamy Report

Amanda Panda 2 years ago

The lady in the 3rd row is staring into my soul!

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#33

About 100 People Participate In A Lottery To Divide A 12 Acre Plot Of Sand Dunes, That Would Later Become The City Of Tel Aviv, 1909

About 100 People Participate In A Lottery To Divide A 12 Acre Plot Of Sand Dunes, That Would Later Become The City Of Tel Aviv, 1909

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Bridget Lucas 2 years ago

And look what they created with that land! Amazing.

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#34

Carving Eye On Mount Rushmore, 1930s.

Carving Eye On Mount Rushmore, 1930s.

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Eye don't think I could do that, f*ck that!

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#35

Tsar Nicholas II Allows His Daughter, The Grand Duchess Anastasia, To Smoke

Tsar Nicholas II Allows His Daughter, The Grand Duchess Anastasia, To Smoke

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Wombat34 2 years ago

Handsome man

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#36

Marilyn Monroe Filming Her Iconic Scene In The Seven Year Itch. This Shot Was Taken In New York In Front Of A Large Crowd Of Bystanders And Press To Create Hype, 1954

Marilyn Monroe Filming Her Iconic Scene In The Seven Year Itch. This Shot Was Taken In New York In Front Of A Large Crowd Of Bystanders And Press To Create Hype, 1954

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Laura Ingles. 2 years ago

Probably the highlight of their life!

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#37

Bob Dylan With Mick Jagger And Keith Richards At Jaggers 29th Birthday Party, July 1972

Bob Dylan With Mick Jagger And Keith Richards At Jaggers 29th Birthday Party, July 1972

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LeJoy Rothe 2 years ago

These jokers are almost my dad's age and still rock so hard! I love these guys!

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#38

The Last Public Execution By Guillotine, 1939

The Last Public Execution By Guillotine, 1939

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Jovana Dacic 2 years ago

I cant imagine watching this "live." So morbid and dark.

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#39

Hungarian Jews Being Selected By Nazis To Be Sent To The Gas Chamber At Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Auschwitz Album May-June 1944

Hungarian Jews Being Selected By Nazis To Be Sent To The Gas Chamber At Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Auschwitz Album May-June 1944

Ap Images Report

Kanaanka 2 years ago

How much I'd like to know if a least that woman with a chils survived. This picture shows so much pain no one can't even express...

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#40

Columns Of Hoover Dam Being Filled With Concrete, February 1934 (Looking Upstream From The Nevada Rim)

Columns Of Hoover Dam Being Filled With Concrete, February 1934 (Looking Upstream From The Nevada Rim)

Alex Stephens Report

Myrah Campbell 2 years ago

My great grandpa worked on this!

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#41

US Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Destroys The Nazi Submarine U-175, April 17, 1943

US Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Destroys The Nazi Submarine U-175, April 17, 1943

Jess W. January Report

Wombat34 2 years ago

The sea looks beautiful

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#42

Vladimir Lenin's Last Photo. He Had Had Three Strokes At This Point And Was Completely Mute, 1923

Vladimir Lenin's Last Photo. He Had Had Three Strokes At This Point And Was Completely Mute, 1923

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Dave Dawkins 2 years ago

Is it me, or does Lenin look like Charles Manson in this pic?

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#43

Eduard Bloch, The Jewish Physician Of The Hitler Family In His Office C. 1938. Bloch Was Later Called A ‘Noble Jew’ By Hitler And Stood Under His Personal Protection

Eduard Bloch, The Jewish Physician Of The Hitler Family In His Office C. 1938. Bloch Was Later Called A ‘Noble Jew’ By Hitler And Stood Under His Personal Protection

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Pam Sharrad 2 years ago

How conflicted he must have been, I see it in his eyes

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#44

Soviet Troops Scrawled Graffiti In The Reichstag After They Took Berlin In 1945

Soviet Troops Scrawled Graffiti In The Reichstag After They Took Berlin In 1945

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Debi Nikita 2 years ago

Destructive then and destructive now. Nothing has changed.

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#45

A Jewish Woman Who Is Concealing Her Face Sits On A Park Bench Marked "Only For Jews", Austria, 1938

A Jewish Woman Who Is Concealing Her Face Sits On A Park Bench Marked "Only For Jews", Austria, 1938

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Rouss Leah 2 years ago

HOW SAD AND DESPICABLE.

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#46

The Gadget, The First Atomic Bomb, 1945

The Gadget, The First Atomic Bomb, 1945

Los Alamos National Laboratory Report

LeJoy Rothe 2 years ago

I can't get over how casually he sits next tobit. He might as well be eating a sandwich. Just because we have the ability to make suck weapons of mass destruction, doesn't mean we should. :-(

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#47

Jennie Macgregor, Arrested By Minneapolis Police On April 10, 1924 For Dispensing Alcoholic Beverages From Life-Preserver Flasks

Jennie Macgregor, Arrested By Minneapolis Police On April 10, 1924 For Dispensing Alcoholic Beverages From Life-Preserver Flasks

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Colleen Smith 2 years ago

Love those shoes.

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#48

Crew Of The Japanese Carrier Zuikaku Give One Final Banzai Cheer Before The Ship Sinks, 1944

Crew Of The Japanese Carrier Zuikaku Give One Final Banzai Cheer Before The Ship Sinks, 1944

Kazutoshi Hando Report

Erika Gyökér 2 years ago

"862 officers and men were rescued" according to Wikipedia.

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#49

Boxing Match Aboard The U.S.S. New York, July 3, 1899

Boxing Match Aboard The U.S.S. New York, July 3, 1899

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LaDarryl Hollingsworth 2 years ago

"One sec! lemme go get my boxing diaper"

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#50

Finalizing The Fat Man Atomic Bomb, Which Was Dropped On Nagasaki On August 9, 1945. On Its Nose It Had Stenciled The Acronym “Jancfu”- Joint Army-Navy-Civilian F*** Up

Finalizing The Fat Man Atomic Bomb, Which Was Dropped On Nagasaki On August 9, 1945. On Its Nose It Had Stenciled The Acronym “Jancfu”- Joint Army-Navy-Civilian F*** Up

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Bonnie S 2 years ago

@Mayur Das - not sure where you got that idea, but I assure you most Americans are NOT thinking "Get over it"

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#51

A Young Hitler Cheers The Start Of World War One, 1914

A Young Hitler Cheers The Start Of World War One, 1914

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Auburn Skies 2 years ago

i dont think thats him. his iconic mustach was trimmed that way because he still wanted facial hair, but also needed it to fit under a gas mask

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#52

The Eiffel Tower During The Nazi Occupation, 1940

The Eiffel Tower During The Nazi Occupation, 1940

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Intensive Panda 2 years ago

The writing says "Germany wins on all fronts"

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#53

An American Evacuee Punches A South Vietnamese Man For A Place On The Last Chopper Out Of The US Embassy During The Evacuation Of Saigon In 1975

An American Evacuee Punches A South Vietnamese Man For A Place On The Last Chopper Out Of The US Embassy During The Evacuation Of Saigon In 1975

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seaufke 2 years ago

ouch on multiple levels

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#54

A Group Of Men Posing In Front Of Lynch’s Slave Market, St. Louis, Missouri, 1852

A Group Of Men Posing In Front Of Lynch’s Slave Market, St. Louis, Missouri, 1852

Thomas Martin Easterly Report

Wombat34 2 years ago

Sickening.

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