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20 Rare Historical Photos You’ve Probably Never Seen

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It won’t matter if you’re a history buff or not, here are some photos you’ve not likely seen before. History is full of beautiful, amazing, heartbreaking, and horrible events, but all events, both good and bad, are part of the human race’s history. The ability to capture these moments with photographs allows everyone to view historical events. Revisiting history can be a great source of conversation, debate, learning, reminiscing and possibly avoiding situations no one wants to repeat. Take a short stroll through history with these photos, but not all are for the faint of heart.

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Helen Keller led an amazing life from 1880 to 1967, even by today’s standards. Among a few things, she was an author, a political activist, and a lecturer. She was both blind and deaf and is still considered a role model for those with a disability. Here she is meeting Charlie Chaplin, the famous Hollywood actor, in 1919.

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The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner and during its first voyage from Southampton to New York, where the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. Here is a photo from April 15, 1912, of a few survivors making their way to the Carpathia. Sadly, more than 1,500 died, and it literally went down in the history books as the worst failed passenger liner.

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At the end of World War II, in celebration, many ally forces openly mocked Adolf Hitler, the leader of the German Nazi Party. This is one example.

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Here’s a rare photo of Queen Elizabeth during her service in World War II. Believe it or not, before Queen Elizabeth took the throne she was a mechanic and considered a badass truck driver during the war. While men were off in combat during the war, the women were recruited to the British Army to cover non-combative jobs, just like in the U.S.

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Here’s a peek of the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Mona Lisa, when it was being returned to the Louvre following the end of World War II. It had been packaged and sent to the countryside in France for safekeeping during the war.

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The Tsar Nicholas II, the final Emperor of Russia, and his youngest daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia, sharing a smoke together.

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The Russo-Finnish War, also called the Winter War, a military conflict between Finland and the Soviet Union at the beginning of WWII, was brutal. Here is a Russian spy laughing in the face of his execution.

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Looking very criminal like, this was Lewis Payne in 1865, just before his execution for assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. Payne was from Alabama and had served the Confederate army during the Civil War.

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In 1884, what was to become the most famous icon of America, the copper Statue of Liberty sculpture was being constructed in Paris as a gift to America from France.

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During the fall or liberation of Saigon, depending on the perspective, an American evacuee punches a South Vietnamese man to keep his place on the final chopper out of the U.S. embassy.

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Evelyn McHale, an American bookkeeper that sadly became famous following her suicide in 1947. She jumped off the 86th floor of the Empire State Building and landed on a limousine parked below. While her suicide note read that she did not want her family to see her, the picture of her death came to be considered a piece of appreciated art.

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This makeshift photo set for one amazing lion, which later became the iconic logo lion roar everyone hears and sees when watching an MGM film.

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These Afghan women are enjoying the freedom of shopping for non-traditional clothing, professional careers, higher level education, public places, and public transportation before the rise of the Taliban. By the mid-1990, the employment and education of women over eight years old was outlawed by the Taliban across Afghanistan.

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Here’s a photo from the fake town created on the atomic bomb test site in Nevada in the mid-1950. As you can see, it was equipped with mannequins to add lives to the site of destruction.

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During the 1960’s, an English rock band rocked the world as the Beatles became one of the most influential rock bands during the rock era. This photo was taken as they walked backward for the cover picture for the Abbey Road album.

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In September 1962, some of the most powerful men in the U.S., John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and more, gathered to tour Cape Canaveral’s Missile test annex where President Kenney’s vision to land man on the moon moved forward.

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Charles Duke, one of the members of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 to the moon, spent time exploring the surface and snapping pictures. He took a picture of his family on the moon floor and left the photo as a memento on the moon.

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In 1989, an unknown protester and rebel became known as “Tank Man” as he stood in front of the column of tanks formed in protest of the Chinese military suppression force in Tiananmen Square.

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Standing in front America’s White House is Pablo Emilio Escobar, the Columbian drug lord and narcotic terrorist, and his son in the early 1980’s. He was noted as the wealthiest criminals in history, making over 21.9 billion a year and earning the name “The King of Cocaine.”

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Seen here is a young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden. He’s the flashy one down front in green. He later went on to the be the founder of the al-Qaeda, an organization sadly responsible for the twin tower terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, that took the lives of almost 3,000 and injured over 6,000.

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