Thought Provoking Historical Photographs

History is comprised of a myriad of moments lost in the mists of time. These photographs bring back to life a mere handful of those moments in time. Each, in its own way, casts a sharp light on the life and times of a bygone era. 

Become entranced in how the world behaved, loved and lived in the past. 

Main picture: Carrying a Rolls Royce across a river in Nepal in 1950

Abraham Lincoln's hearse in 1865

Adolph Hitler's pants after the July 1944 bomb blast

Alfred Hitchcock serving tea to Leo the Lion

Authenic Samurai in 1859

Bombing Kobe in Japan during 1945

Burmese women in London

Carrying a Rolls Royce in Nepal

Construction of Mount Rushmore

Construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961

Construction of the Statue of Liberty

Dead German soldiers at Stalingrad

Earth quake in San Francisco in 1906

Execution of Polish prisoners

First airplane flight

German flag at half mast in 1937 after crash of the Hindenburg

German POWs in Russia during 1944

Golden Gate bridge under construction

Headquarters of the Italian Fascist Party Hindenburg flying over Manhattan in 1936

Kremlin in 1852

Abandoned boats

Last photo of Lenin alive

Last Samuri

League of German Women


Manhattan in 1908 Mark Twain

Marriage of Joseph Goebells

Miniature but functional Cadillac

Modified Model-T Ford

Mohamed Ali
Mongolian woman Nagasaki atomic bomb

NASA before Powerpoint Niagra Falls frozen over

Nine Kings of Europe in Windsor Castle in 1910

Office of Albert Einstein after his death

Osama Bin Laden in 1988

Passengers leaving the Titanic

Pyramid made out of captured German helmets Shop selling negro slaves in 1858

Signing the Deed of Surrender

Stalin in 1911

Stephen Hawkings getting married

The first self service store

The original Hollywood sign

Times Square in 1911

Titanic in Dry Dock

Vending machine which provided lit cigarettes

WW1 British rear gunner practicing shooting

Comment on photo of NASA

Life Magazine photographer was selling the public a dummy.  The equations on the board do not represent calculations as such, but rather they are some of the reference equations needed to compute orbital mechanics.  For example, the 4 highlighted equations at the bottom right are the Euler transformation equations to transform a vector quantity (Xf,Yf) in the F – coordinate system to a vector quantity (Xa,Ya) in the a  – coordinate system where the two coordinate systems are rotated by q around the z-axis and vice versa.

These equations would not be needed to be written out anywhere as they would be an integral part of the scientists’ brains – their ‘ meat and potatoes’.   What would be needed for general consumption would be a few of the diagrams which define the various axis systems and their relevant reference subscripts as well as the angles and distances between them.  All of that would be on typed and roneo-ed (remember the Roneo machine before Xerox came along) sheets.  This large blackboard would probably have been used to quickly look at sections of the problem as a team or to caucus an issue but the grunt work would have been done by partitioning the problem and dishing it out to human computers to iterate them.




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