Great Historical Photos


While a photo can be worth a thousand words, historical photos are worth so much more than that. A good historical photo can throw us into a different time, enabling us to empathize with a particular moment that is otherwise hard to imagine. We gathered some amazing photos that capture moments that are worth reflecting on. All of the photos are real, with no photo-shopping or editing whatsoever.


O.J. Simpson running from the police on June 17, 1994.

Kiss                                                          Goodbye

American soldiers saying goodbye to their loved ones before leaving to Egypt in 1963.

The Blue                                                          Tattoo

Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old Mormon pioneer who traveled west toward Zion in 1851. On her way, she was captured by Yavapai Indians who murdered her family and made her their slave. She lived as a slave for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. Even though she was happy among the Mohaves, at 19 she was ransomed back to white society. She became instantly famous, but the price of fame was high and the pain of her ruptured childhood lasted a lifetime.

WWII                                                          Athletic Club

Strange WWII Picture: German women line up for inspection by gym teacher.

Under                                                          Construction

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1934.

First                                                          Class

Air hostess and steward serving Scandinavian country style buffet, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, 1969.

Free Borsht

A Ukrainian-American family celebrates the death of Stalin, 1953.

Open-air                                                          Schools

A forgotten age of open-air schools in the Netherlands, 1957.

A Lot                                                          Have Changed

Women protesting forced Hijab, a few days after the revolution in Iran, 1979.


German prisoners of war in American camps are shown footage of German concentration camps, 1945.

Murder by                                                          sword

Using a traditional Japanese blade, 17-year-old Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politician Asanuma in Tokyo, as it was captured on live television in 1960.

Break                                                          Down

U.S. President Lyndon Johnson listens to a tape sent by Captain Charles Robb (his son-in-law) from Vietnam, 1968.


The wives of the astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission, the moment they heard their husbands voices from orbit, 1968.

Deadwood                                                          1876

The settlement of Deadwood began illegally in the 1870s on land which had been granted to Native Americana. In 1874, Colonel George Armstrong Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills and announced the discovery of gold on French Creek near present-day Custer, South Dakota. This announcement triggered the Black Hills Gold Rush and gave rise to the new and lawless town of Deadwood.

Easter                                                          Eggs

U.S. soldiers of 969th Field Artillery Battalion decorate shells they're delivering to the front line in Germany, 1944.


Boy receiving a new pair of shoes at an orphanage in Austria, 1946.

Si Si Si

The headquarters of Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party in Rome, 1934.

Exposing                                                          the Sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza partially excavated, 1860's.

A Toast

December 5th, 1933: The day when nationwide alcohol ban was repealed.

Ancient                                                          Seal

The 3245-year-old seal on Tutankhamen's tomb before it was broken in 1922.

The                                                          Big                                                          Three

Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill meet at the Tehran Conference, 1943.

Polluted                                                          Skies

1966: Before the creation of the EPA, New York was one of America's most polluted cities.

A Break                                                          From War

Red Army soldier with a kitten during WWII.

Having                                                          Fun

Princess Diana and Prince Harry at an amusement park, April 1992.

Math on                                                          the Pavement

Female Soviet college students studying for their exams in a park in the late 1960s.

The                                                          Snipers

Female Snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front, 1945.

Satisfied                                                          Audience

Marilyn Monroe performing for the thousands of allied troops in Korea, February 11th, 1954.

Looking for employment in 1930

Looking                                                          for employment                                                          in 1930

"I know 3 trades, I speak 3 languages, fought for 3 years, have 3 children and no work for 3 months. But I only want one job."

Ku Klux Klan on a ferris-wheel, 1925

Ku Klux                                                          Klan on a                                                          ferris-wheel                                                          1925

It appears that some human traits still remained within them.

Dorothys                                                          Rest

Judy Garland taking a break during filming of The Wizard of Oz, 1938.

Jesse Owens wins gold in Nazi Germany, 1936

Jesse                                                          Owens wins                                                          gold in Nazi                                                          Germany 1936

Despite all the hate, he proved to be the best!