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101 Weird and Wonderful Historical Photographs of Years Gone By That Will Leave You Wanting To See More

The weird, wonderful and fascinating photos of recent history.

History has given us some amazing photos to look back on. Some pics in this collection has never been seen before and some are so weird you’re going to think WTF!!?? There have been some incredible moments over the years, and some of them have been captured on film for future generations to enjoy. If you thought that modern life is weird, wait till you see some of these!

Apart from the weird, we have some amazing photos of iconic figures and structures that are simply fascinating.

Enjoy the post, it’s a long one!

1. Smallpox Victim In New York City 1881

A man suffering from smallpox during the 1881 New York City Smallpox epidemic

small pox victim in new york city 1881

 

2. US tropes land on Omaha Beach on D-Day (1944)

A chilling photo showing the fear of landing into the unknown. Most of these men were killed and never saw their families again.

U.S. Army troops wade ashore during the D-Day Normandy landings on June 6, 1944

 

3. Construction workers building the Empire State Building

This photo is enough to make your anus quiver with fear.

workers-building-in-NYC

 

4. Construction of the Twin Towers (NYC 1971)

twin-towers-in-NYC-being-built-1971

twin-towers-construction

 

5. The last kiss before going off to war

Women give their men a last kiss goodbye before the soldiers set sail to take part in WW2

the-last-kiss-for-ww2-soldiers-before-they-go-to-war

6. A utility worker being given the kiss of life after he made contact with a live high volyage wire. 1967

The-Kiss-of-Life-A-utility-worker-giving-mouth-to-mouth-to-co-worker-after-he-contacted-a-high-voltage-wire-1967-934x

 

7. Abraham Lincoln’s Inauguration – Washington DC – 1861

the-inauguration-of-abraham-lincoln-in-1861

 

8. Abraham Lincoln’s Inauguration – Washington DC – 1861

tea-break-on-the-empire-state-building

 

9. Tank Man of Tiananmen Square

Photographed by Stuart Franklin in 1989, this is one of the most iconic images of a generation.

tank-man


10. Here’s another view of Tank Man standing in front of the tanks

another-image-of-tank-man-from-another-angle

11. George Best playing football in Belfast, aged 2

So young- George Best plays football in the street in this rare family photo, taken around 1948

 

12. World famous artist Salvador Dalí and Coco Chanel having a cigarette together. 1938

Salvador-dalí-and-coco-chanel-sharing-a-smoke-1938

 

13. A Russian war veteran sees the tank he spent the war in, for the first time in 70 years.

russian-war-veteran-kneels-beside-tank-he-spent-the-war-in

 

14. A puppy having a snooze in-between some Russian soldiers during WW2 – (1945)

puppy-sleeping-inbetween-russian-soldiers-1945

 

15. A photo taken of a woman sneezing

portrait-of-woman-in-mid-sneeze

 

16. A policeman on a Harley Davidson with a customised mobile holding cell of the side

police-man-on-a-harley-with-a-mobile-holding-cell

 

17. Paul McCartney takes a selfie in 1959

paul-mccartney-selfie-1959

 

18. The only known photograph of Billy The Kid

only-known-photo-of-billy-the-kid

 

19. A frozen Niagara Falls – 1911

Niagara-falls-frozen-in-1911

 

20. Keith Richards in the studio. (1967)

keith-richards

 

21. John F Kennedy Jr salutes his father’s coffin along with the honour guard

john-f-kennedy-jr-salutes-his-fathers-coffin-along-with-the-honor-guard

 

22. Jessie James photographed aged 16 years old

jessie-james-ages-16-years-old

 

23. Jackie Kennedy wearing her famous pink Channel dress with her husband’s blood stains on it, stands next to Lyndon Johnson as he is sworn in to office as the President of The United States of America

Jackie-kennedy-wears-pink-Chanel-suit-with-blood-of-her-husband-aslyndon-johnson-is-sworn-into-office

 

24. Whiskey dispensers at work, was a common sight back in the 1950s

ice-cold-whiskey-dispenser-sometimes-seen-in-workplaces

 

25. Construction begins on the Berlin wall

construction-of-the-berlin-wall

 

26. Construction half way through of the Effel Tower, Paris.

effiel-tower-being-constructed-in-paris

27. Construction of Christ The Redeemer in Rio

construction of the christ the redeemer

28. Rio without Christ The Redeemer statue

construction of Christ the redeemer in Rio

 

29. Whipping scars shown on the back of an ex-slave

former-slave-showing-whipping-scars

 

30. This is the moment that for first time ever Harold Whittles hears sounds after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.

Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear

 

31. Hitler practising his public speeches in front of a mirror

Hitler-rehearsing-his-public-speeches-in-front-of-the-mirror-

32. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro

Che Gevara

 

33. The Bin Laden family in Sweden 1971. Osama is 2nd on the left in the green trousers

a-young-osama-bin-laden-in-sweden

 

34. A young Hitler in 1914 at Munich’s Odeonsplatz  to cheer the declaration of war on Russia

a-young-adolf-hitler-at-Munich’s Odeonsplatz on August 2 1914 to cheer the declaration of war on Russia

 

35. An early 20th century version of the alarm clock on an iphone. A Knocker up, waking up his clients with the use of a stick that reaches up to the bedroom window.

A-knocker-up-waking-up-clients-the-early-20th-century-version-of-alarm-clocks.

 

36. A Frenchman cries in despair and panic as the Nazis occupy Paris during World War II

A French civilian cries in despair as Nazis occupy Paris during World War II

 

37. A child gives a heart-shaped balloon to riot police during the protests against austerity measures in Bucharest

A Romanian child hands a heart-shaped balloon to riot police during protests against austerity measures in Bucharest

 

38. This photograph shows the winner of the Miss Atomic Bomb beauty pageant 1950

1950-winner-of-the-Miss-Atomic-Bomb-beauty-pageant

 

39. A dog named Leao sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the tragic landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011.

A dog named Leao sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011.

 

40. Woman crushes the roof of a United Nations car after committing suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building (NYC)

This was Evelyn Francis McHale (23 years old) who jumped off the Empire State Building and crushed the roof of a United Nations Assembly Cadillac. Clutching a strand of pearls at her neck, she looked to be resting peacefully despite the fact that she was dead and just fell from 33 floors.

A-beautiful-woman-suicide-jumps-off-united-nations-building-new-york-city

 

41. The day Sweden changed from driving on the left to driving on the right.

On September 3rd, 1967, or “H-Day” as it was called, Sweden planned to switch from driving on the left side of the road to the right side. This is what happened.

Sweden-changed-from-driving-on-the-left-side-to-driving-on-the-right-1967-this-is-what-happened-on-the-first-morning

 

42. Now that’s a snowball fight! They really knew how to do it back in 1893!

Students from Princeton has a snowball fight back in 1893. It was Freshman vs Spohomore. This photo shows the results of the fight. They must have used their fists as well as snow to hit their opponents!

Princeton-students-after-a-big-snowball-fight-freshman-vs-sophomores-1893-snowball-fight

 

43. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin (1927)

33-The-real-Winnie-the-Pooh-and-Christopher-Robin-ca-1927

 

44. Prisoners leaving Alcatraz in 1963 before it closes forever

This photo shows the very last prisoners of Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay, moving on out of the facility and relocating them to another prison. The jail known as “The Rock, or “”America’s Devil Island” was home to over 200 inmates at the maximum security facility.

the-very-Last-prisoners-of-Alcatraz-leaving-in-1963

 

45. The aftermath of a fire at Madam Tussauds Wax Museum. Melted limbs and burnt mannequins of wax back in 1930 in London.

fire-at-Madam-Tussauds-Wax-Museum-in-London-1930-melted-damaged-and-destroyed-mannequins-and-statues

46. This 1929 photo shows alcohol being poured out of the windows of a building during Prohibition in Detroit

37-Illegal-alcohol-being-poured-out-during-Prohibition-Detroit-1929

 

47. Family watching an atomic mushroom cloud rising into the air from the bomb testing in Las Vegas 1959.

28-Mom-and-son-watching-the-mushroom-cloud-after-an-atomic-test-Las-Vegas-1953

 

48. A mother selling her 4 children,August 4, 1948 – Chicago, Illinois

29-Mother-hides-her-face-in-shame-after-putting-her-children-up-for-sale-Chicago-1948

 

49. A young boy in Austria receives brand new shoes during WW2

30-Austrian-boy-receives-new-shoes-during-WWII

50. Children having dinner during the Great Depression – feasting on cabbage and turnips

Christmas-dinner-during-Great-Depression-turnips-and-cabbage

 

51. A little girl with artificial legs – England 1890

little-girl-with-artificial-legs-UK-ca-1890

 

52. A 1920s life guard on the beach

Lifeguard-on-the-coast-1920s

 

53. A hotel owner throwing acid/bleach into his pool after seeing a black people swimming in it.

Hotel-owner-pouring-acid-in-the-pool-while-black-people-swim-in-it-1964

54. Martin Luther King removing a burnt cross from the front of his house, with his son in 1960

Martin-Luther-King-with-his-son-removing-a-burnt-cross-from-their-front-yard-1960

 

55. A man measuring bathing suits of women. If they were too short they would be fined – (1920)

Measuring-bathing-suits-if-they-were-too-short-women-would-be-fined-1920s

 

56. Iconic photo of a soldier in Vietnam – 1965 – War is hell

soldier-in-Vietnam-1965

 

57. A bombed bookstore in London ruined by an air raid 1940

A bombed Bookstore-in-London-ruined-by-an-air-raid-1940

 

58. This is Walter Yeo. He was the first man to have advanced plastic surgery and a skin transplant – (1917)

This is Walter Yeo. He was the first man to have advanced plastic surgery and a skin transplant - (1917)

 

59. A woman using a sun tan vending machine to top up her tan (1949)

Suntan-vending-machine-1949

 

60. The quite scary and original Ronald McDonald 1963

The quite scary and original Ronald-McDonald-1963

 

61. Disneyland Staff Cafeteria in 1961

Disneyland Staff Cafeteria in 1961

 

62. An advertisement for Atabrine anti-malaria drug in Papua New Guinea during WWII

Advertisement-for-Atabrine-anti-malaria-drug-in-Papua-New-Guinea-during-WWII

 

 

63. A Soldier shares his banana with a goat while fighting in the battle of Saipan (1944)

Soldier-shares-a-banana-with-a-goat-during-the-battle-of-Saipan-ca-1944

 

 

64. A little girl holding her doll and sitting in the rubble of her bombed house in London (1940)

Little-girl-with-her-doll-sitting-in-the-ruins-of-her-bombed-home-London-1940

 

65. A Man riding a Circus hippo pulling a cart in 1924

Man riding a Circus-hippo-pulling-a-cart-1924

66. This is Annette Kellerman. In this photo she is promoting the right for women to wear a fitted one piece bathing suit. She was later arrested for indecency (1907)

Annette-Kellerman-promotes-womens-right-to-wear-a-fitted-one-piece-bathing-suit-1907-She-was-arrested-for-indecency

 

67. Annie Edison Taylor was the first person to survive while going over Niagara Falls in a barrel – Brave woman! Or just plain stupid (1901)

Annie-Edison-Taylor-the-first-person-to-survive-going-over-Niagara-Falls-in-a-barrel-1901

 

68. A 106 year old woman from Armenia, guards her home (1990)

106-year-old-Armenian-Woman-guards-home-1990

 

 

69. A baby in a cage. These were used in 1937 to make sure that children got enough sunlight and fresh air when living in high-rise buildings and apartments.

Baby-cages-used-to-ensure-that-children-get-enough-sunlight-and-fresh-air-when-living-in-an-apartment-building-ca-1937

 

70. Nazi officers and cadets having a celebration Christmas feast (1941)

31-Hitlers-officers-and-cadets-celebrating-Christmas-1941

 

71. Image of the Hindenburg Disaster May 6 1937

Image of the Hindenburg-Disaster-May-6-1937

 

72. A 27 year old Charlie Chaplin – 1916

Charlie-Chaplin-at-age-27-1916

 

73. Buddhist monk Quang Duc sets himself alight in a suicide protest against the South Vietnamese government then under Ngo Dinh Diem.

Vietnam Monk sets himself on fire

 

74. The testing of new bulletproof vests (1923)

Testing-of-new-bulletproof-vests-1923

 

75. Animals being used as part of medical therapy (1956)

Animals-being-used-as-part-of-medical-therapy-1956

 

76. Woman wearing a gas mask while walking with a pram (1938)

Woman-With-A-Gas-Resistant-Pram-England-1938

 

77. Elvis serving in the Army in 1958

Elvis-in-the-Army-1958

 

78. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty (1885)

Unpacking-the-head-of-the-Statue-of-Liberty-1885

 

 

80. 20 minutes after the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

 

 

 

20-mins-after-the-atomic-bomb-nagasaki

 

 

81. Arnie showing off his muscles to two old girls

 

 

 

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82. Albert Einstein kicking back on holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

albert-einstein-on-holiday

 

 

83. Albert Einstein’s office on the day he died.

 

 

albert-einsteins-office-on-the-day-he-died

 

 

84. Strange photo of a bear wrestling a man

 

 

bear-fight

 

 

85. Photo of The Beatles waiting to cross the Zebra Crossing on Abbey Road

 

beatles-abbey-road-shot

 

 

86. Weird photo of some women with a blood stained bed

 

blood-stained-matress

 

 

87. The Camp Nou, Barcelona – 1925

 

Camp-nou-stadium-barcelona-1925

 

 

 

88. Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee

chuck norris and bruce lee

 

 

 

89. Elmer Riggs and Mr Klein with a fossil of a rhinosaur. Check out the stuff that’s overflowing from the draws.

elmer-riggs-mr-klein-with-fossil-rhino-skull

 

 

90. Construction of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco

 

 

 

 

golden gate bridge under construction

 

 

91. Google.com moves from their garage to an office in 1999

 

google-launch-1997

 

 

92. Hitler invades Paris – 1940

hitler-takes-over-paris

 

 

93. Lumberjacks in California work on giant redwood trees – 1920

 

lumberjacks-chopping-giant-redwoods

 

 

94. A very strange photo of a woman with her best friends

odd-cat-pic

 

 

95. Osama Bin Laden with his Judo team mates

 

osama bin laden and his judo team mates

 

 

96. Filming of the MGM lion intro

filming of the MGM lion

 

 

 97. The very last photo taken of the Titanic before it sunk

the very last photo of the titanic

 

98. Filming of the original series of Batman

the making of batman

 

99. A staff photo of Microsoft – 1978

the-1978-microsoft-staff-photo

 

100. Photo of the skies over London while bombing and dog fights between the Germans and British planes during WWII

the-london-sky-during-a-bombing-and-air-fight-between-germans-and-british-planes-1940

 

101. The very last Tasmanian tiger, which is now extinct

The-very-last-tasmanian-tiger-the-species-is-now-extinct






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