Rare Historical Photos

The part of history that really fascinates me the most are the alternative points of view to it… those photos and descriptions that tell us what it was like to be there and, perhaps, surprise us with something we didn’t know and haven’t seen. So enjoy the other perspective!

A Native American overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in 1868.

A Native American overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in 1868.

A Japanese plane is shot down during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

A Japanese plane is shot down during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 1897.

A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 1897.

Winston Churchill out for a swim.

Winston Churchill out for a swim.

The original Ronald McDonald

The original Ronald McDonald — played by Willard Scott!

The Microsoft staff in 1978.

The Microsoft staff in 1978.

The London sky following a bombing and dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.

The London sky following a bombing and dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed in 1933. The species is now extinct.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed in 1933. The species is now extinct.

Rare historical photos

The Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906.

Samurai taken between 1860 and 1880.

Samurai taken between 1860 and 1880.

Roy O. and Walt Disney on the day they opened Disney Studios.

Roy O. and Walt Disney on the day they opened Disney Studios.

Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945.

Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945.

Martin Luther King, Jr removes a burned cross from his yard in 1960. The boy is his son.

Martin Luther King, Jr removes a burned cross from his yard in 1960. The boy is his son.

Hitler in Paris.

Hitler in Paris.

Grounded aircraft on September 11, 2001 await orders.

Grounded aircraft on September 11, 2001 await orders.

Google begins.

Google begins.

Che Guevara.

Che Guevara.

Albert Einstein looking fabulous.

Albert Einstein looking fabulous.

A shell shocked reindeer looks on as World War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941

A shell shocked reindeer looks on as World War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941

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