Rarely Seen Moments of US History

Opium den in San Francisco, 1900

This series of historical photographs is certainly exceptional. From a slave auction place, circa 1870 to a snapshot of New York in 1887 looking more like modern day Mumbai with telephone wires strung from every pole. I am curious about the slave auction place being dated as 1870 because slavery was abolished at the end of the American Civil War in 1865 unless this is a remnant of that event. Another of the insightful pictures of a bygone era, is a photograph of an opium den in America as it is evocative of the opium scourge in China itself during this era.

Main picture: An opium den in San Francisco, 1900

A horse-drawn fire engine of Engine No. 39 leaving Fire Headquarters at 157 East 67th Street for the last time after being replaced with a motorized fire engine, New York City, February 19, 1912

A horse-drawn fire engine of Engine No. 39 leaving Fire Headquarters at 157 East 67th Street for the last time after being replaced with a motorized fire engine, New York City, February 19, 1912

A life guard and a doctor attempt to save a swimmers life on Coney Island Beach, 1940. The woman in the centre chose the worst moment for a smile

A life guard and a doctor attempt to save a swimmers life on Coney Island Beach, 1940. The woman in the centre chose the worst moment for a smile

Alice Huyler Ramsey (November 11, 1886 – September 10, 1983), the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast, 1909. Only 152 miles out of the total 3600-mile trip were made on paved road

Alice Huyler Ramsey (November 11, 1886 – September 10, 1983), the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast, 1909. Only 152 miles out of the total 3600-mile trip were made on paved road

Arnold Schwarzenegger on his first time in New York, 1968

Arnold Schwarzenegger on his first time in New York, 1968

Barack Obama posing with a group of friends that called themselves the Choom Gang, Hawaii, c. 1979. Choom was slang for smoking marijuana

Barack Obama posing with a group of friends that called themselves the Choom Gang, Hawaii, c. 1979. Choom was slang for smoking marijuana

Burnt District Coffee House in Chicago after the Fire, 1871. Chicago entrepreneurs quickly reacted to establish or reestablish businesses in the fire district

Burnt District Coffee House in Chicago after the Fire, 1871. Chicago entrepreneurs quickly reacted to establish or reestablish businesses in the fire district

Children-play-a-game-on-the-Xerox-Alto-one-of-the-first-personal-computers-with-a-graphic-user-interface-1973.-Its-monitor-was-switchable-between-portrait-and-landscape-mode

Children-play-a-game-on-the-Xerox-Alto-one-of-the-first-personal-computers-with-a-graphic-user-interface-1973.-Its-monitor-was-switchable-between-portrait-and-landscape-mode

Chinatown Squad of the San Francisco Police Department posing with sledge hammers and axes in front of August Pistolesi’s grocery store at 752 Washington Street, 1895

Chinatown Squad of the San Francisco Police Department posing with sledge hammers and axes in front of August Pistolesi’s grocery store at 752 Washington Street, 1895

Coney Island, NY, 1940

Coney Island, NY, 1940

Couple-and-friend-being-abused-in-a-restaurant-for-the-latter-being-black-USA-1963

Couple-and-friend-being-abused-in-a-restaurant-for-the-latter-being-black-USA-1963

Drive-In-restaurant-on-West-Sunset-Boulevard-Los-Angeles1932

Drive-In-restaurant-on-West-Sunset-Boulevard-Los-Angeles1932

Elvis Presley joins the Army, 1958

Elvis Presley joins the Army, 1958

Hanging of a stagecoach robber in Texas, circa 1890-1900

Hanging of a stagecoach robber in Texas, circa 1890-1900

In 1967, challenging the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer, at the time a headstrong 20-year-old junior at Syracuse University, entered the race.

In 1967, challenging the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer, at the time a headstrong 20-year-old junior at Syracuse University, entered the race.

John Travolta takes Princess Diana for a dance in the White House, 1985

John Travolta takes Princess Diana for a dance in the White House, 1985

La Plaza, as seen from the Pico House. Pueblo Los Angeles, c. 1869

La Plaza, as seen from the Pico House. Pueblo Los Angeles, c. 1869

Lawn mowers of the White House grounds, 1918

Lawn mowers of the White House grounds, 1918

Log motor home by Wade, 1922

Log motor home by Wade, 1922

Interior of a log motor home by Wade

Interior of a log motor home by Wade

Minoru Yamasaki (right) posing with a model of the World Trade Center he designed, 1964

Minoru Yamasaki (right) posing with a model of the World Trade Center he designed, 1964

Motorcycle chariots, 1920s

Motorcycle chariots, 1920s

Neighbors of Japanese origin were already unwanted in some neighbourhoods in 1923

Neighbors of Japanese origin were already unwanted in some neighbourhoods in 1923

New York City sidewalks filled with trash during the 1968 strike of sanitation workers

New York City sidewalks filled with trash during the 1968 strike of sanitation workers

North American native Chilocco Indian Agricultural School basketball team in 1909. Originally, the swastika is a sign of good fortune

North American native Chilocco Indian Agricultural School basketball team in 1909. Originally, the swastika is a sign of good fortune

North American native switchboard operator, 1925

North American native switchboard operator, 1925

Portrait of hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk before face masks became standard in 1966

Portrait of hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk before face masks became standard in 1966

President Carter with engineers and solar panels newly installed on the White House, 1979. President Reagan had them removed in 1986, to be reinstalled by President Obama in 2010

President Carter with engineers and solar panels newly installed on the White House, 1979. President Reagan had them removed in 1986, to be reinstalled by President Obama in 2010

Robin Williams joins the stunning women of the Denver Broncos’ Pony Express as pro football’s first male cheerleader and prances before 70,000 cheering fans in Denver’s Mile High Stadium

Robin Williams joins the stunning women of the Denver Broncos’ Pony Express as pro football’s first male cheerleader and prances before 70,000 cheering fans in Denver’s Mile High Stadium

 

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan posing with clay soldiers at the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 1984

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan posing with clay soldiers at the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 1984

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev eating a hot dog in Des Moines, Iowa, on which he commented “It’s excellent… we make good sausages but yours are better”, 1959

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev eating a hot dog in Des Moines, Iowa, on which he commented “It’s excellent… we make good sausages but yours are better”, 1959

Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, 1963

Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, 1963

Telephone wires in New York, 1887

Telephone wires in New York, 1887

Three friends take a joyride on their ‘new’ vehicle, Ohio, c. 1924

Three friends take a joyride on their ‘new’ vehicle, Ohio, c. 1924

US President Richard Nixon jumps down from the trunk of a limousine which carried him and Pakistani President Yahya Khan in a motorcade to Government House after Nixon’s arrival in Lahore on August 1, 1969

US President Richard Nixon jumps down from the trunk of a limousine which carried him and Pakistani President Yahya Khan in a motorcade to Government House after Nixon’s arrival in Lahore on August 1, 1969

Wood-plank prison in Wyoming, 1893

Wood-plank prison in Wyoming, 1893

Workers lay bricks to pave 28th Street in Manhattan, 1930

Workers lay bricks to pave 28th Street in Manhattan, 1930

 


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