15 Rare Historic Photos You Should See

History is mysterious and exciting. Just when we think we’ve found out all there is to know about a certain event, new evidence is discovered. Although humans look to the future, they can’t help but look back. The fact of the matter is that the world as we know it has been shaped by previous generations and there are certain monumental events that will never be forgotten. What better way to celebrate them than by immortalizing them with incredible photography? The following historic photos show us a glimpse of life since World War I.

A few weeks back we shared with you breath-taking photography taken of Calcified Animals on the Lake Natron, and today we would like to present some of the best rare historic photos.

1. In 1972, Charles Duke embarked on the mission to explore the moon’s surface with a lunar roving vehicle. While he was there, he also took a picture of himself, his wife, and his two sons, which he sealed in plastic. He left it on the moon’s surface, and it probably remains there to this day.

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2. The Hidenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

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3. Everyone knows how the Statue of Liberty look finished, but have you ever seen a photo of it under construction? Here’s a great one, from Paris in 1884. Lady Liberty was actually a gift from the French to the Americans.

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4. Evils Presley in the Army, in 1958

5. Back in 1947, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the observation deck of the Empire’s State building, and crashed on a limousine parked beneath. This photography was taken soon after by photography student Robert Wiles. It was re-used years later by Andy Warhol for an art print.

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6. Martin Luther King, Jr. with his son, removing a burnt cross from his front yard, 1960

7. Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while African-Americans were still in it.

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8. The Titanic accident was indeed a great tragedy that most of us remember through the eyes of the Oscar Winning movie. Here’s is a photo from 1912, when the survivors were boarding the Carpathia ship.

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9. It’s rare to see a man laugh during his execution. This was the case of a Russian Spy who was caught and executed in 1939, in Finland, during the Winter War.

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10. An incredible photo of Tsar Nicholas II, who allows his daughter, the Duchess Anastasia to smoke from his pipe.

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11. Did you know what Queen Elizabeth participated in World War II? Here are some images. You should also check out our article about the Impending International political problems that might hint a WWIII scenario.

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12. Construction of the Berlin Wall, in 1961

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13. A photo of the infamous lion roar on the MGM logo, taken from another angle.

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14. Osama Bin Laden was immortalized with his family, in 1970, in Sweden. He is the one with green shirt and blue pants. (second on the right).

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15. Before the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the country was preparing to adopt democracy, and equal rights for women. During that time, women also had access to books, non-traditional clothing, education, public transportation, and spaces. This didn’t last long, as, since 1990′s, the Taliban government from the forbid them access to education.

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Image Sources: 9gag.com, TheBoredPanda

Comical Close-Ups of Ping Pong Players Mid-Match

Well, the 2012 Olympics are well underway in London, England. I’m sure you’ve all been glued to your sofas, watching the world’s greatest athletes swim and cycle and sprint and ride and row and shoot and punch and murder (okay, maybe not murder), breaking world records hither and thither, all in the name of bagging a gold, silver or bronze medal for their home country. But hey, how about a bit of a lighthearted break from the heart-racing tension of it all, courtesy of London-based arts site It’s Nice That?

The site, which specialises in showcasing artwork and photography, has published several close-up images of professional ping pong players’ faces mid-match. As you’ll see below, the players display an ever-so-comical expression on their faces that draws a fine line between fierce competitiveness and feckless bewilderment. It’s Nice That is unaware of the origin of the photos, but whoever took them, if you’re out there somewhere, thank you for sharing these with us. [Read more...]

Kristin and Kayla: Adorable Sisters in Amazing Photos

Here’s something guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Jason Lee, a California-based American wedding photographer of eight years, has become something of an internet sensation thanks to funny and imaginative pictures taken by Lee of his two adorable young girls, Kristin (8) and Kayla (5). The photos, uploaded onto Lee’s wildly popular Flickr account, see the lively little siblings snapped as they partake in weird and wacky situations, which vary from daily chores to werewolf-hunting, ceiling fan-riding to playing Super Mario Bros. – in full-scale.

The photos of Kristin and Kayla began when Lee’s mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006. As Kristin and Kayla were constantly sick with colds and coughs at the time, they couldn’t see their grandmother for fear that she catch their kid germs. Lee decided to start an online photo blog wherein his mother could see her granddaughters and what was going on in their lives. As time went by, the photos of Kristin and Kayla became more and more inventive and fantastical, and Lee and the girls’ internet fame was set in motion.

“Most of the ideas come from the girls,” says Lee of his creative process. “From observing them play, or hearing the funny and outrageous things they say. Their day to day life also plays a big role for my inspiration.” On his shooting technique: “After coming up with an idea, I then ‘set up’ the scene, and often use artificial lighting to enhance the images. It helps to plan out the shoot before hand, so at most, I only have them in the shoot for a minute or two.”

Below are some of the stunning, rib-tickling and heartwarming photos in Lee’s collection. If you want to see more (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his Flickr page or his official blog. [Read more...]

Yummy: Deep-Fried Gadgets

You ever been so hungry you deep-fried your laptop? No? Well, that’s what Brooklyn-based New Zealand still life, art and fashion photographer Henry Hargreaves seems to have done, as you can see below. Inspired by an experiment in which electronic products were cooked and eaten (that experiment didn’t go very well), Hargreaves has deep-fried a whole assortment of gizmos, from MacBooks to iPods, iPads to headphones, and photographed them.

“I like to play with food and the juxtaposition of different worlds,” Hargreaves told the Huffington Post. “Also I see similarities between tech culture and fast food. Quickly devoured and then discarded.” But Hargreaves hasn’t used actual electronics for his pieces: they are in fact made of a material called ‘foamcore.’ Still, the pieces look magnificent, and perhaps a little tasty – anyone else hungry? [Read more...]

Liquid Flowers: Floral Figures of Falling Paint

Screw those regular old boring flowers you can see sticking out from the bottom of your front garden: these liquid flowers are much more interesting, and some would say even more gorgeous. Using a combination of high speed photography and painstakingly precise splashes of falling paint, Wisconsin-born artist Jake Long is able to capture these utterly stunning floral figures, some of which are even standing in pots (also constructed from fast-moving droplets of paint hurtling through the air).

The paint itself is made of water mixed with thickeners, pigments and dyes, and is used to construct leaves, stems, petals and pots. Long is tight-lipped about his exact methods of capturing these blooming marvelous liquid flowers, but he has stated that they take months of planning and testing until the final result is ready to be photographed. I think you’ll agree all those months have paid off in spectacular, jaw-dropping fashion. [Read more...]