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20 Rare Historical Photographs That Will Teleport You To The Past And Feel The Power Of Time

Photography has become such an everyday thing for us, that it’ll be quite easy for our descendants to imagine how life used to be. Only a few decades ago photography was a rarity, and every taken photo had a special value, every captured moment was unique and candid.

Each one of the following 20 photos has a special historical value and truly expresses the essence of the times they were taken in.

So, buckle up and be ready to take a memorable ride on a time machine. Don’t forget to tell us which photo or event has impressed you the most. Let’s go!

#1. Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy getting married to Greek magnate Aristotle Onassis, 1968

Photo: © omnum_osseus

#2. A photograph by George N. Bernard of a slave trader’s business on Whitewall Street, Atlanta, Georgia in 1864; Colored United States troop infantryman sitting right by the door

Photo: © SweetenerCorp

#3. Mt St Helens on the 17th of May 1980 and 4 months later

Photo: © Ewenf

#4. John Lennon signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman, the man who would kill him five hours later

Photo: © apple15332




#5. David Attenborough entertains Prince Charles and Princess Anne with a cockatoo, 1958

Photo: © somnum_osseus

#6. Stacks of rifles surrendered by German Soldiers after the end of WWII, 1945

Photo: © german_big_guy

#7. 50 years ago today, at the end of their second EVA (extravehicular activity), the Apollo 15 astronauts set up an American flag on the Moon, 1971. A crossbar at the top gives the flag the appearance of flying in the wind

Photo: © Bernard_Hunor_Deak

#8. Anti-British propaganda, Japan 1941

Photo: © pireui




#9. Marilyn Monroe’s Concert for Turkish soldiers in Korea, 1954

Photo: © zaprapaz

#10. Soviet and American Soldiers share a dance upon their meet-up at the River Elbe near Torgau, Saxony, Germany. April 26th, 1945 (colourization)

Photo: © Pavel-Romanov

#11. This photo was taken during Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral rally in New Delhi. Due to the massive crowd, some onlookers climbed poles to get a better view of Gandhi’s deceased Body, 1948

Photo: © witcherarhaan

#12. This mirror portrait was taken 101 years ago in Japan, 1920

Photo: © Bernard_Hunor_Deak




#13. George H.W. Bush, a life-long baseball fan, takes Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip to a Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics game in 1991 – the first time the Queen had been to a baseball game.

Photo: © somnum_osseus

#14. Elephant mounted with an M1895 Colt-Browning machine gun, WWI, c. 1914-18

Photo: © djbakkum

#15. 13th December 1951: British politician and future Prime minister Margaret Thatcher on her wedding day to Denis Thatcher.

Photo: © somnum_osseus

#16. Mobsters hide their faces at Al Capone’s trial, 1931

Photo: © pastelitooo




#17. Soviet peasants listen to the radio for the first time, 1928

Photo: © DmitryZaytcev

#18. Las Vegas police facing Mike Tyson after he’d just bitten Holyfield’s ear off, 1996

Photo: © SubstantialRange

#19. George H.W. Bush takes a toboggan ride with Arnold Schwarzenegger at Camp David, 1991

Photo: © MartaHen

#20. The world’s last commercial ocean-going sailing ship – The Pamir – rounding Cape Horn, 1949

Photo: © Bernard_Hunor_Deak