30 Rare Historical Photos

Here are 30 historical photos that will have you looking back at previous years in awe and wonderment – even the photos that are way before your time.


#1. Steamboats chugging along on the Mississippi River in 1907.




#2. A girl being assisted in London, after being rescued from a damaged building caused by a German bombing raid. Clearly, nothing could stop her from smiling.



#3. Testing a new security machine at the Atlanta airport in 1960.

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#4. Michael Jackson in an awkward disguise, trying to go incognito on a date with Tatum O’Neal.

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#5. A photo from damaged camera negatives of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition in Alaska.


#6. A very early photo of Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, riding their rocking horse.



#7. An adorable puppy keeps warm and cuddly between Russian soldiers in Czechoslovakia.

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8. Philippe Petit, a tightrope walker, going for an early stroll through -or should we say over – lower Manhattan.


#9. The mascot of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS, Venus the Bulldog, keeps it casual outside of a window in 1941.


#10. 1937 surfers pose in front of their awesome wooden surf boards in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was before the advent of fiberglass boards, and these often weighed more than 100 pounds.


#11. When the country was still divided, someone took this shot of an East German guard passing a flower through the gap in the Berlin Wall.

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#12. An 1800’s traveler, making his way through the forests of Japan.

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#13. A very young Serena and Venus Williams posing for a photo with former president Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan.

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#14. Teenage girls experimenting with cigarettes on train taking them to school.


#15. Spiritual Leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) driving a Rolls Royce through a crowd of followers in Oregon. He did a daily drive-by to greet his dedicated followers, who came from all over the world to see him.


#16. Japanese girls hanging out in beautiful kimonos in 1887.


#17. Joe Biden taking his oath of office as senator in 1973 by the bedside of his son Beau. Beau Biden passed away in May 2015 from brain cancer.

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#18. Two children from Cuzco, Peru, have their (very dignified and awesome) portrait taken.


#19. A jetpack rider stealing the show at the opening of the LA Olympics in 1984.

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#20. A test image of Sammy Davis Jr from the original “Ocean’s Eleven” in Las Vegas. After filming the final scene, a camera man asked to get a shot of the guys standing in front of the Sands marquee. The image became iconic.




#21. A woman resting inside a Soviet passenger plane in 1957.

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#22. Douglas Fairbanks holding up a triumphant-looking Charlie Chaplin in the middle of New York City.




#23. Chicago Cubs centerfielder Rick Monday, saving the American flag from being burned by protesters.




#24. During the Paris flood of January 1910, a polar bear got stuck in his flooded enclosure.




#25. A woman chatting on a hand crank telephone.

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#26. Members of the IRA patrolling the streets of Dublin, Ireland.




#27. Two men in 1920, playing tennis on the wings of a bi-plane.

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#28. Babe Ruth lying unconscious after running into a wall while chasing a fly ball. He regained consciousness five minutes later – and got two more hits in the game.

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#29. A photo from the first successful ascent to Everest’s summit on May 29, 1953. The photo depicts New Zealand explorer Edmund Hillary and Nepali sherpa Tenzing Norgay.




#30. This robot used to be inside a German department store. He could light cigarettes, and answer questions in different languages.

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