Photos reveal more than a moment in time. They also evoke emotions and provide a link to the past. Hopefully, this trove of photographs will take you back in time to another era.
Main picture: Cars racing on the roof of the Fiat Factory in 1923
Young Duchess Anastasia is seen here smoking a cigarette, thanks to her dad, Tsar Nicholas II
With the threat of WWII’s imminent outbreak, France evacuated much of its prominent art pieces. After the war, we see the Mona Lisa being returned to her home in Paris’ Louvre Museum
When Saigon was evacuated in 1975, residents and visitors resolved to board the choppers that brought them to safety
What a computer looked like before they had screens
Unbroken seal of a tomb that has gone untouched for 3000 years
TV in 1945
Though this Russian spy is being executed in Finland during the Winter War in 1939, he laughs during the entire process
This image is of Lewis Payne, co-conspirator to the assassination of President Lincoln, just before to his execution in 1865. In history class we are often told of John Wilkes Booth, however the men wanted to kill President Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson (which didn’t happen), General Ulysses S, Grant (which also didn’t happen), and William H. Seward (which was attempted by Payne, but was thankfully unsuccessful) to cripple the Government.
he Tank Man in Tiananmen Square in 1989 before standing in front of the tank
The Statue of Liberty being constructed in Paris in 1884
The propellers of the Titanic
The original Woodstock, in 1969, brought an enormous crowd to attend this music festival
The only known photo of Billy the Kid taken in 1879
This photograph of 23-year-old Evelyn Francis Mchale in 1947, taken by photography student Robert Wiles just four minutes after she jumped to her death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, became iconic when Andy Warhol used it to influence his print Suicide (Fallen Body)
The planned elections in Korea after WW2 did not take place, as the Soviet Union established a communist state in North Korea, and the U.S. set up a pro-western state in South Korea – each state claiming to be sovereign over the entire peninsula.
This standoff led to the Korean War in 1950, which ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice — but, to this day, the two countries are still technically at war with each other.
The Beatles are seen here, parading down the street for the cover of Abbey Road. This rare photograph shows one of the outtakes of the album’s photoshoot
Sorority Sisters from the University of Texas back in 1944
Some ladies dine with alligators back in the 1930s
Several years prior to the moon landing, President John F. Kennedy, along with Lyndon Johnson and other staffers visited Cape Canaveral at the Missile Test Annex in 1962
When the Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 and sank, 1,517 people lost their lives. The Carpathia, previously an adversary of the Titanic, is shown here, rescuing survivors of the horrific accident.
Queenie, the first Elephant to water ski in 1950
Queen Elizabeth poses in front of a truck that she drove as a part of her service. At the tender age of 18, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during WW2
Queen Elizabeth II firing a machine gun back in 1993
Before the rise of the Taliban in the mid-90s, Afghan women were free to enter public spaces without supervision, wearing non-traditional garb. Women were encouraged to attend university and many possessed professional careers, which is quite a contrast from today’s Afghanistan, where women are outlawed from receiving employment or even an education over the age of eight.
Pam Am Airlines transferring a 5MB hard drive in 1956
On a trip to Washington D.C. in the early 1980s, drug king Pablo Escobar took this rather touristy photo with his son in front of the White House
New Yorkers going for a swim in a mobile pool back in the 1960s
Mound of Bison Skulls back in 1870
Lennon’s glasses that he wore when he was assassinated back in 1980
Last public execution that took place in 1936 in the USA
Jean Bugatti posing beside a Bugatti Roadster back in 1932
In the 1970s, young Osama Bin Laden (second from the right, in a green shirt and blue pants) takes a vacation with his family to Sweden
In the 1950s, Americans tested the effects of atomic bombs by placing life-sized mannequins inside and outside houses, posed in lifelike scenarios. The “survivors” are shown
Hitler and Speer staring at one of the largest pieces of artillery ever used in combat
General Charles de Gaulle (centre) shaking hands with children, two months after the German capitulation in Lorient, France , in July 1945.
Gabby Hartnett signing a ball for Al Capone’s son in 1931
Elvis shooting a bazooka in Germany back in 1958
Children’s gas mask from World War II
Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet covered car
Back in the 1970s a lot of people would hitch hike, nowadays it is too dangerous
As WWII finished, allied forces stood atop the Reich Chancellory, Hitler’s official residence, office, and bunker, openly ridiculing Hitler
Albert Einstein visiting the Grand Canyon in 1931
A rare photo of Bruce Lee with a beard
A pipe from the Hoover Dam
A photograph of a recreation of the rumored affair between Marilyn Monroe and John F Kennedy
A family portrait of astronaut Charles Duke, his wife, and two sons, encased within a plastic bag lying on the lunar surface
A bunch of Japanese businessmen taking a nap before going into work in the early morning
“Night Tiger” battalion:
Soldiers of the Chinese communist Eighth Route Army on the drill field at Yanan, capital of a huge area in North China which is governed by the Chinese Communist Party, seen on March 26, 1946. These soldiers are members of the “Night Tiger” battalion. The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) had waged war against the ruling Kuomintang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party) since 1927, vying for control of China.
Japanese invasions during World War II forced the two sides to put most of their struggles aside to fight a common foreign foe — though they did still fight each other from time to time. After World War II ended, and the Soviet Union pulled out of Manchuria, full scale civil war erupted in China in June of 1946.
The KMT eventually was defeated, with millions retreating to Taiwan , as CPC leader Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China in 1949.