Nuclear bomb test at Bikini Atoll – 1946
In the 1940’s, the United States conducted a series of nuclear bomb tests around the world. Over 216 nuclear tests were conducted via the atmosphere, underwater, and space. One of the best documented and shocking tests was at Bikini Atoll in 1946. From 1946-1958, 23 nuclear bombs were detonated at seven sites on the atoll.
The one pictured above was visually the most shocking ever documented and was called “Operation Crossroads”. The two tests in 1946 were called Able and Baker. Baker (seen above) was detonated in just 90 feet of water and caused massive damage and contamination to the atoll. The contamination to the area was so bad, they cancelled a third test that was to be called Charlie but was later detonated off the San Diego coast under the name Operation Wigwam.
A salute for a fallen hero and father – 1963
In one of the dozens of powerful images from the JFK assassination and following funeral is this image of 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. As his father’s funeral procession drives by, the toddler raised his hand to salute his dad one last time. The Kennedy clan had many losses of family before their time. JFK’s brother Robert was assassinated just a few years after this photo was taken in 1968. In another shocking twist, JFK Jr.(pictured here saluting) died with his wife when he was flying his airplane and encountered some engine trouble. He couldn’t correct the malfunction and crashed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was only 39 years old.
Love in the middle of an actual riot in Canada – 2011
In Vancouver, Canada, two people crossed path in a twist of fate as the infamous 2011 Stanley Cup riots raged around them. The two people were both trying to get out of downtown and the out of the riots way when the woman, Alex Thomas, fell to the ground. In that moment, a man named Scott Jones came running over and bent down to comfort her. What happened next was a moment that couldn’t be made up for a movie. The two embraced and kissed as a photographer snapped the famous photo. The two are still together today and living in Melbourne, Australia.
“Afghan Girl” captured the world’s imagination when this photo appeared on the cover of National Geographic – 1984
In a refugee camp along the Pakistan/Afghan border in 1984, the image of this woman was snapped by a National geographic photographer. The haunting image was so descriptive, emotional and powerful in the way it captured the feeling and plight of the refugees left without a home, it made its way onto the cover of the magazine. Seen by millions of people, it shed light on the situation abroad and let us connect with the feelings of this woman a world away. In 2002 the photographer returned to the region to find out the identity of this woman, hoping to finally hear her story. After weeks of searching a tip lead him to a house where he was greeted by the woman and her family. Her name is Sharbat Gula and the life she lived since the photograph has been one of hard times. Read more about her amazing story here: Wikipedia
The very first photo ever taken at Machu Picchu, Peru – 1911
Sitting at almost 7,500 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu was inhabited from 1450-1550, then sat abandoned for hundreds of years. Locals knew of the location but the outside world had no idea until it was first “discovered” in 1911. Since the rediscovery of the amazing city, over 30% of the structures have been rebuilt or been shored-up to make it safe for the over 500,000 tourists who flock to the site each year. In 1983 it was declared a UNESCo world heritage site.
Actor Clint Eastwood tries a new transportation device: the skateboard – 1964
Clint Eastwood is one of America’s finest actors. His roles in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, as well as the Dirty Harry franchise and Unforgiven, to name a few, have made him a star all over the globe. That fame didn’t stop Eastwood from being a very active outdoorsman, he loved to surf, ride horses and from the looks of this photo, even skateboarding. In the 1986, Eastwood became mayor of his beloved hometown of Carmel, California, and even at the age of 85, is still starring in and directing movies.
Elvis gets his mop tightened up in Memphis – 1956
Elvis Presley has always been larger than life. In the modern era his name is known even by people who have never heard his music or watched his films. But he wasn’t always the legends he is today. The “King of Rock N Roll” was born in the small town of Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935. In 1954 he started to pursue his passion for uptempo music in Memphis and by 1956 he released his very first single called Heartbreak Hotel. From that moment, his light burned fast and bright and he took the world by storm. Dozens of number one songs and movies later, Elvis became a shadow of his former self. Ballooning in weight and age starting to creep up on him, Elvis became addicted to prescription pills and was found dead on a toilet in 1977. He was 42 years old.
In the 1940’s, surfers looked for other people to surf with since hardly anyone rode waves back then – 1938
Surfing in California started off as a fun pre-war distraction with only a few people learning the ancient Hawaiian sport in the 1920’s. Surfer Tom Blake is the main person to introduce the sport to California after having spent time in Hawaii and trying surfing himself. In 1929, Blake built himself a hollow board with and by 1931, he received a patent for his hollow surfboard design. This simple adjustment in the surfboards length and weight made it more attractive to people and soon the sport gained momentum. By the 1960’s, over a million people were surfing thanks to movies like Gidget and Blue Hawaii starring Elvis.
Bob Marley lights up the night during a concert at Berkeley – 1977
Bob Marley introduced the world to the music called Reggae in the 1960’s. By the 1970’s he was a worldwide phenomenon and inspiration to people of every color and creed. His songs of hope and peace made him a popular person on every continent, especially Africa. The connection between his African ancestors and his life in Jamaica was not lost on Marley and his songs reflect the searching and longing to be reunited with his brothers from his homeland. Songs of slavery, poverty, hunger and political oppression were radical for the time but brought attention to the world stage where these topics were addressed by people who may have never known of them, if not for Marley’s music. Marley’s life was cut short by melanoma cancer and the artist died on May 11. 1981. Today he is a legend of the highest order in the worlds of music and civil rights.
A soldier on the frontline tries to save a kitten – 1952
Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor leans against sandbags in a foxhole. The soldier softly holds a kitten he has named “Miss Hap.” The kitten gets that name because Praytor says she was born at the wrong place at the wrong time. The kitten was left an orphan after another soldier killed its mother for making too much noise. “Miss Hap” had a sister but another soldier who adopted it, rolled over in his sleep and killed it by accident. Praytor’s kitten survived and eventually found its way home to the US with another soldier after Praytor was shipped out.
Led Zeppelin makes their U.S. debut – 1974
John Bonham and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin hated flying and soon talked their label into renting the band its own plane so they could fly without having to deal with other people on the flight. Page in particular needed a larger space and made himself a private room on the plane so he could deal with his fear, vertigo and self-described “psychosis.” Bonham on the other hand used to drink whiskey until he passed out before the plane even took off. Bonham died in 1980 after a drinking binge that saw him digest more than 40 shots of vodka. He passed out and choked on his own vomit. He was only 32 years old.
This fisherman catches a monster Black Sea Bass – 1903
Before commercial fishing became overtaken by huge fleets and long-line fisherman, people could still catch fish that defied imagination. Black Sea Bass are masters of hiding on the bottom of the sea in caves and crevices and are believed to live for over a hundred years if given the the opportunity. In the early 1900’s, people started moving to the California coast and discovered fish so enormous that some of the records from that time still stand to this day. This image of Edward Llewellen and his world record black sea bass is astounding. Weighing in at 425 lbs, this fish caught off of Catalina Island on August 26th, 1903 shook the fishing world.
Jan Rose Kasmir at a demonstration against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C. – 1967
People all throughout the United States were opposed to the U.S. going to war in Vietnam. Protests happened in every major city and many people would take busses for hundreds of miles to join in. On October 21st of 1967, 100,000 people marched on Washington to voice their feelings about the horrors of war. People of every color and class marched toward the Pentagon when military personnel were called in. Demonstrators clashed with soldiers as violence broke out. For two days, the group surrounded a line of military soldiers and over 680 people were arrested.
Jackie Robinson and Ernie Banks – 1953
On an overcast day in Birmingham, Alabama in 1953, Jackie Robinson had a great idea of holding a white & black all-star game to show people that the races could co-exist in life and in sport. Unfortunately, he chose to hold the game in the deep south. Officials from Birmingham barred Robinson from holding such an event as it was against the law. Not wanting to disappoint the crowd, Robinson discussed the situation with all the members of the teams and dropped all white players from his group. This surprised the city officials but won over the crowd and the white players who respected Robinson immensely.
Also in the picture is Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians who, like Robinson, was instrumental in breaking baseball’s color barrier.
Presidents and musicians have always been a thing. Here, Nixon greets Elvis.
Richard Nixon was always known as an uptight individual. The juxtapose of Nixon and Elvis delighted people of all ages. Rumor has it that this meeting came about after Elvis wrote Nixon a letter and hand delivered it to the White House. In the letter, Elvis told the President of his love of country and would do anything to help Nixon out. Nixon responded right away and the next day they posed together for this photograph. The image of a cool rock star posing with Nixon was very powerful can gave him a great image boost until the Watergate scandal a short time later. Nixon eventually resigned his Presidency.
The still untouched Tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, or as the world knows him… King Tut
As a kid I remember hearing about King Tut’s tomb. I think my dad had a Time/Life book collection and one of them was about Egypt and all the amazing things like the pyramids, the Sphinx and King Tut. This photo from the 1922 discovery was jaw-dropping. After hundreds of years of rumors and stories, Howard Carter and George Herbert lead a team into the “Valley of Kings” to find the long forgotten tomb. While the tomb had been robbed of many of its riches, presumably just months after Tutankhamun’s burial, the tomb was resealed and lost to all knowledge. In fact, a migrant camp that later became a settlement was built directly over the entrance and nobody knew about it until the day in 1922 when the above picture was taken. Since that time, the contents of the find have made their way around the world in displays everywhere.
The assembly of the Eiffel Tower begins – 1887
It was built to be the centerpiece of the 1889 world’s expo and also the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The 300 meter high tower was erected in just two years, a feat that is still marveled about today. Gustave Eiffel’s design for the tower was chosen from 107 potential entrees and it has long been considered a pinnacle of craftsmanship. Eiffel’s chief engineer came up with the original concept in 1884 and together they developed the plan that the world would come to know as the Eiffel Tower.
Future icons: Steve Jobs sits with Bill Gates – 1991
Two of the most powerful and influential men of the 20-21st century sit in a hallway and pose for a photo. Jobs would start with a company he called Macintosh, which he started out of a garage in California while Bill Gates and Paul Allen came up with Microsoft. Gates founded Microsoft on April 4, 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 to sell partner Steve Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The rest, as they say, is history.
Lunchtime on a skyscraper – 1932
The building of New York City’s skyline was a thing of beauty. This country was built by imagination and hard work and nothing captures that ideal more than New York City. This photo shows a group of laborers taking some time to enjoy their lunch break, 40 stories above the city streets. It’s these people who made $4 a day that built the ideas of architects and developers and created a new landscape, changing the city’s profile forever. These 11 guys were in the process of building Rockefeller Center when this iconic photo was taken on September 20, 1932.
JFK on Air Force One deep in thought – 1963
John F. Kennedy is considered by many to be one of America’s finest presidents. Though his time was cut short by his assassination in Dallas on November 22 1963, the decisions he made regarding race, war and peace have steered our country ever since. Here, JFK sits alone staring out the window on his private plane, having won the election after a tough fought campaign against Richard M. Nixon.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ” -JFK
A young and gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor was well known in her later years as the ex-wife of actor Richard Burton, her perfume called White Diamonds and her odd friendship with Michael Jackson. Before life got too big and complicated, Taylor was a bright eyed beauty trying to make a name for herself in Hollywood. Here, the young Taylor had the world in front of her and had yet to become famous. She eventually became one of the biggest female stars of all-time with roles in huge Hollywood hits such as Giant, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She died of congestive heart failure in 2011.
Southern California beaches had more cows than people
Southern California has an amazing history. Now known for its beautiful topography and large cities, California has long been a crowded and expensive place to live. That wasn’t always the case. Long settled for a thousand years by native American tribes, California was first discovered by the outside world in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Spanish and soon claimed in her name. The picture above shows that all the way until the early 1900’s, you could find more livestock on the beaches than people; a far cry from the modern California we know today.
The Original Perfectly Timed Photo
This picture was taken in 1900, which is identified as the picture of a women sneezing, “The Original Perfectly Timed Photo.” But it is believed that this picture is actually a picture of an actress practicing her skills and that the picture is staged. Since the picture isn’t blurry, it is believed that the film exposure is too long to catch a sneeze.
Want to See My Spirit Animal?
This picture is a picture of a real life liger and its baby cub. What, you didn’t a liger is real? Well believe it, this beauty is a half lion and half tiger. The bigger cat is named Hercules and is the Guinness Book of World Records holder of the largest cat on Earth weighing in at over 900 pounds and almost 6 feet tall!
Skateboard Revolution – 1975
The photographer Hugh Holland says he was in the right place at the right time when he shot this image of a young beach kid. During this time skateboarding was gaining popularity all over the country but especially in Los Angeles. This picture of a kid shredding down the boardwalk in Venice Beach in this perfectly timed photo perfectly captures the origins of how skateboarding’s popularity began.
This tragic photos shows Somayeh Mehri (age 29) and her daughter Rana Afghanipour (age 3) giving each other a kiss after they were in an acid attack and both became permanently disfigured. They both are from Bam a city in southern Iran and were involved in an acid attack by Somayeh’s estranged husband who thought she was having an affair.
Nuclear Test Gone Wrong
This photo shows a U.S. Navy blimp crashing into the ground with an explosion in the background at a Nevada nuclear bomb test site on 8/7/1957. The unmanned blimp was blown from the sky from the shock wave blast during one of the hundreds of tests that the US military conducted on U.S. soil.
Chinese Government training
This is a picture shows Chinese paramilitary officers enduring a training regime that is not only physical but also psychologically challenging. While it looks like some intense punishment, it is actually an exercise that is aimed at relieving anxiety.
Hitler poses in front of the Eiffel Tower – 1940
This photo was taken on June 23, 1940 when Hitler visited Paris with, “Architect of the Reich,” Albert Speer (left) and sculptor Arno Breker, whom was named official state sculptor in 1937 by Hitler. This photo was taken a day after the signing of the Franco-German armistice at Compiègne, France.
A Presidential Scandal
President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the white house in 1996. This photo may not seem like much but it turned out to be part of one of the biggest scandals in US politics. Lewinsky was a white house aide who became “friendly” with the president. Soon the press got hold of a the story that she and the President had been having a torrid affair inside the white house. The stories were lewd and the movement to impeach the President Clinton overshadowed all he had accomplished during his term as our nation’s leader.
Kennedy gets a briefing on the Nasa space program – 1962
President Kennedy takes a tour of Cape Canaveral in September 1962. Cape Canaveral has always been home to NASA’s many space adventures, including the first manned spaceflight program: Mercury. Mercury’s objectives was to be the first manned spacecraft in earth’s orbit and soon led to many other successful missions, such as the Apollo and Gemini missions. Here, Kennedy watches the launch that is about to make astronaut John Glenn the first American into orbit on February 20th.
Wax Statues or Real People?
This photo seems truly shocking.While originally believed to be a photograph of the dead during the Victorian era, it is actually an image of melted wax sculptures after a fire at the local museum. Many people were so disturbed when the photograph was first run in a paper that they wrote letters expressing their contempt for the paper for printing such an image.
Growing up during wartime – 1943
These Young girls play with their dolls in Munich, seemingly unfazed by the piling shells around their homes. The stories of families growing up in Germany during these years is quite heart wrenching. The lack of food, the oppressed people of Germany were stuck between a madman in Hitler and the forces of good trying to remove his tyranny.
Children without access to any lake or pool learned how to swim by any means necessary. Here we see a group of children in their schoolyard under the supervision of their principal.
A Haunting or a hoax?
In this creepy image we see a little girl standing by the grave of her dead sibling. Her sister died a few months before and during the visit, her father took this photo of his daughter standing by the edge of a lake. Only later when he got the photo back did he see the reflection in the water of two girls, not one.
Combat Training – 1943
Col. Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, hand-to-hand combat expert Known for ordering trainee Marines to attempt to kill him with bayonets, and disarming them all. This image may be a little over the top but it was widely popular during world war II.
Sophia Loren is known and loved for her international acting work, whilst also being one of Italy’s most loved and respected stars. She was in dozens of films over the 50s and 60s, including The Pride and The Passion, Two Women, and A Countess From Hong Kong. In here heyday Sophia Loren certainly wasn’t shy about showing the world that she didn’t shave her armpits. It seems as though her armpit hair is completely overshadowed by her beauty, however. It looks like it’s been trimmed as well, showing that you really can do sexy with hairy armpits, if you want to.
Young Muhammad Ali
A young Cassius Clay, later to be known as Muhammad Ali, poses for a picture at just 12 years old. After having his bike stolen he told the police officer that was taking the report that he was going to “whoop whoever stole it.” The policeman decided to take the young boy under his wing and teach him how to channel that aggression out in the boxing ring.
Models posing wearing wooden swimsuits, 1929
In an attempt to promote products made by the Gray Harbor lumber industry, these models were custom fitted with spruce wood veneer bathing suits that must have taken quite a long time to put together. It’s a good thing that this type of thing never became a hot fashion trend. Can you imagine the splinters?
Al Capone’s prison cell in 1929
During his stay at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia in 1929, Al Capone was able to get some of the guards to work for him and smuggle in certain goods. Capone was able to live in some level of comfort with oriental rugs, fine furniture and even had a cabinet radio which at the time was the equivalent of a big screen TV.
Experimental Russian Tsar Tank 1914
Russia attempted to completely redefine what a tank was back in 1914 when they attempted to make a “trike style” tank that used two massive 27 feet tall wheels rather than the track style. It had a much smaller third wheel only an estimated 5 ft tall. It was thought that these enormous wheels would go over any obstacles, but due to a gross miscalculation of the weight, the machine was under powered and got stuck quite often.
California drought brings the skateboarding craze of the 1970’s
Although skateboarding is said to have started back in the 1950’s a rare drought mixed with massive heat wave that plagued California in the 1970’s causing many swimming pools, drainage ditches and any other concrete type surfaces became more available to the youth of that era. So they busted out what seems like mini skateboards, compared to the ones available today, and proceeded to hit up every spot they could get their hands on.
The first Moulin Rouge in Paris before it burned down, 1914
The infamous Moulin Rouge just one year before it burned to the ground in 1915. What allegedly was a short circuit that started in a storage room quickly spread to the rest of the building, leaving nothing but a pile of rubble in it’s wake.
Model Nena von Schlebrügge, mother to Uma Thurman, poses in 1963
In this photo shot by Norman Parkinson, Nena von Schlebrügge poses with a statue of the famous Sphinx in 1963. The Photo was taken for Great Britain’s high society publication, Queen magazine. She is also the mother of famous Hollywood Actress, Uma Thurman.
The Great Blizzard of 1947 Brings New York City to a crawl
December of 1947 brought an incredible blizzard when a record 25 inches of snow fell in less than 24 hrs. The city that never sleeps was blanketed with snow that started falling at approximately 3:00 a.m. and didn’t stop until the following night. When most people were getting up to go to work there was only a few inches, but by mid-day the snow picked up drastically.
Chester E. Macduffee and his submarine armor, 1910
This robot looking creature is actually a hand-made diving suit by Chester Macduffee back in 1910. It was used to set an extreme depth record of 212ft; it weighed approximately 500 lbs. and utilized two mechanical hands that could be interchanged with different tools like a closing claw and even an electric powered light.
Open air schools in the Netherlands, 1918
To combat the spread of tuberculosis, Netherland officials decided to try something a little different by making what they called open air schools. They would find semi-rural areas away from city centers and pollution and then make a classroom, without the room of course. They felt open air, good ventilation, and the exposure to the sun was good for the children’s health.
Famous Girls in the Window Photo, 1960
Famous photographer Ormond Gigli noticed these beautiful brown stone buildings that were in the process of being torn down on East 58th street in NYC. He said he felt the need to immortalize the buildings and worked quickly to acquire the necessary permits and track down 43 models that would do the shoot. In the end he was able to pull of this award winning photograph.
1934 brings the new streamlined Chrysler Airflow and Union Pacific’s M-10000 train
The Chrysler Airflow was the first vehicle to use streamlining to make the car as slippy as possible for things like fuel efficiency and speed. The M-10000 was the first streamlined passenger train that also used an internal combustion engine for power.
Chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer playing 50 games at one time, 1964
Bobby Fischer was considered a prodigy when it came to chess, he had earned the title of Grandmaster as well as World Chess Champion. He put his skill to the test when he went up against 50 different players, all at one time back in 1964. He won 47, had a draw against two people, and surprisingly even lost a game.
Assembly line for the B-24 bomber in Ft. Worth Texas, 1943
What’s known as the United States Air Force Plant 4 is one of many different locations where the assembly of military equipment is completed. This particular plant is located in Ft. Worth Texas and was mainly used back in the 1940’s to manufacture the B-24 bomber planes, but is also still currently being used today, staffing a reported 17,000 people.
Sewer Gang hard at work in London in the 1950’s
In what many felt to be the worst job in London, the Sewer Gang is hard at work keeping the drainage of the sewer systems flowing freely so the city wouldn’t get backed up. They reported worked for a weekly wage that equated out to be right around six dollars.
A giant man-made U.S. Shield was made using 30,000 people at Camp Custer, 1918
As a way to boost patriotism and make Americans feel better about themselves, British photographer Arthur Mole took this iconic photo using 30,000 officers and men at Camp Custer in Michigan. To get the right perspective for the photo, Mole used a 70ft tower that was constructed at the site.
First class gym aboard the Titanic, 1912
Believe it or not, there was a first class gym aboard the Titanic that any passenger with a first class ticket could pay one shilling to gain access. It included some of the latest electric powered machinery such as an electric camel, horse, and cycling and row machines that patrons could use under the watchful eye of the physical educator that acted as a lifeguard for the room.
New York City Swimmobile, late 1960’s
The swimmobile was a brilliant way to help the people that didn’t have money or a way to get to a community pool during the hot summer days in New York. The city would take these mobile swimming pools, park them in a deserving neighborhood, and then come pick them up at the end of the day.
The food truck of 1919
The food truck has recently started to branch out into a whole new segment of fast food. How they did it back in 1919 was to use a Ford Model T and turn into essentially a sandwich vending machine. Customers could walk up and have their choice of fully prepared sandwich, fruits, and a cup of coffee to start the day.
Pre-construction of the capital of Brazil, Brasilia City, 1960
Founded in April of 1960, the city of Brasilia was developed and designed to become the capital of Brazil because it was a far more central location then the previous, Rio de Janeiro. It was designed so that there would be certain sectors for specified activities, such as a sector for hotels, embassy sector and even a banking sector.
Building the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, 1933-1937
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge connects the northern tip of San Francisco to Marin County. The bridge spans the one mile-wide Golden Gate strait that connects the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Construction started January 5th, 1933 and lasted just over four years completing the project on April 19th, 1937
California Street in San Francisco, 1964
This gorgeous photo was taken by famous American photographer, Todd Walker back in 1964. In the photo is California Street, which is one of the longest streets running through San Francisco and is actually the last leg in the Lincoln highway, which was the first road across America
Hair Premier of the 1930’s
These machines look like they would be straight out of a sci-fi movie where the machine is taking over the human brain. But it’s actually one of many different hair perm machines that was available at the time. Anything from electric heat to steam kettles were used on these contraptions to allow women of that era to make themselves beautiful.
19 yr. old German pilot lands plane right next to the Kremlin, 1987
Mathias Rust was your average 19 year old teenager with a particular interest in politics. As an amateur pilot, he decided to fly his single engine plane over 500 miles from his home country of Germany to the gates of the Kremlin in Moscow. He flew right past the Soviet military defense systems, and was even tailed by Soviet fighters that had requested permission to shoot down the small plane but they never got the go ahead. Rust would be jailed for a year for his bold move.
The Texas Track Club of Abilene pose for Sports Illustrated shoot, 1964
This was no ordinary track club, this group comprised of some of the best high school and collegiate athletes in the area that had trained with hopes of competing in the Olympics some day. Jeanne Ellison (back), Janis Rinehart (front) and Paula Walter (middle) were chosen to grace the cover of the ionic Sports Illustrated, becoming the first female track athletes to be on the cover.
Custom vehicle built for Tsar Nikolai II of Russia , 1917
What some believe to be the first off-road vehicle made was the caterpillar-tracked, front ski vehicle made by engineer Adolphe Kégresse, for the Tsar of Russia Nikolia II in 1917. The Tsar was known to be a major auto enthusiast and had a full collection of cars from Rolls Royce, Mercedes and Packard that Adolphe would end up putting the flexible rubber tracks on most of his collection. It appears to be a Rolls Royce in the picture above.
Apollo 14 Astronaut, Edgar Mitchell training at Kennedy Space Center, 1970
This photo is of Edgar Mitchell during the lunar surface simulation for the Apollo 14 mission. The mission designed to help them understand what it would require to deploy the components of the Apollo lunar surface experiments package.
The engine room of a late 1930’s diesel electric submarine
Submarines are one of the greatest feats of engineering, perhaps second only to space travel. In 1928, a new type of submarine using a combination of diesel and electric power as a propulsion device emerged. There would usually be two massive diesel engines that would work essentially as generators to charge the electric drive system. Working in these rooms were hot, loud and dirty, but so was most of the submarine life.
Sculptors work on the Statue of Liberty in Paris, France, 1877-1885
Work commences on Lady Liberty’s left arm that would later hold the Declaration of Independence in Paris, France. She was the design of sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi and was made as a gift to celebrate the American’s Independence. It would take almost 7 years to build before it was dissembled so it could be shipped to New York In 1885
Terrible Flooding in Paris , 1910
Following months of rainfall in late January, 1910, the Seine River rose almost 25ft above what it normally would be at and caused massive flooding throughout Paris. Due to the floods, residents were forced to get creative in finding ways to get to and from their homes.
Sophia Loren is an Italian film actress. Her talents as an actress were not recognized until her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women; Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.
Spirella’s brassieres photographed very well in white, particularly with the lace over a paler nylon backing. The brassieres came in almost as many styles and variations as the girdles and corsets they were designed to complement.