45 Rare Historical Photos That Will Make Your Jaws Drop

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The camera is one of the most useful inventions in history. Because of it, a lot of the most important events that colored people’s lives, whether happy or grim, have been documented. Through photography, people’s memories, regardless of how big or small, were captured and stored forever in archives that we can now see for ourselves.

Below are rare historical photos that will make you wonder about the celebrities who knew each other way back then or will leave you emotional over the events that shaped our history.

1. The Beatles Prior to Their Legendary Abbey Road Photo

The Beatles before their iconic Abbey Road shot.

2. William Harley and Arthur Davidson (Circa 1914)

William Harley and Arthur Davidson (1914).

3. Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan – 1992

Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan (1992).

4. Bill Gates‘ 1977 Mugshot for Driving Without a License

Bill Gates

5. Robin Williams in a Cheerleading Squad in 1980

Robin Williams joining the cheerleading squad (1980).

6. The First Car Factory in the United States (Ford – 1926)

The first car factory in the United States for Ford (1926).

7. A 1925 Photo of Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium

Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona (1925).

8. A 1900 Photo of Kids in Creepy “Halloween People” Costumes

Three kids and their spooky "Halloween people" costumes (1900).

9. The Streets of Chicago in 1967

The streets of Chicago (1967).

10. A 1923 Boxing Event at the Yankee Stadium

Boxing in Yankee stadium (1923).

11. Bruce Lee Dancing with a Huge Smile on His Face

Bruce Lee on the dance floor.

12. Diane Keaton and Al Pacino On the Set of The Godfather in 1972

Diane Keaton and Al Pacino on The Godfather set (1972).

13. Albert Einstein with His Furry Shoes

Einstein and his furry shoes.

14. A 1968 Photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger Seeing New York City for the First Time

Arnold Schwarzenegger seeing NYC for the first time (1968).

15. An 1898 Image of a Child with Artificial Legs

A child with artificial legs (1898).

16. A Photo of Bin Laden with His Classmates in Judo

Osama Bin Laden and his judo classmates.

17. The Last Photo of the Titanic Before It Sank in 1912

The last picture of the Titanic before sinking (1912).

18. Behind the Scenes of the 1966 Batman

The making of Batman (1966).

19. A 1969 Photo of Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger

Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger (1969).

20. A Photo of the Well-Loved Hachiko Before He Was Buried

The beloved Hachiko before his burial.

21. Photo of German Children Playing with Large Stacks of Money During the Weimar Republic’s Hyperinflation Period in 1922

German children play with stacks of money during the hyperinflation period of the Weimar Republic, 1922.

22. The Beatles and Muhammad Ali in 1964

The Beatles and Muhammad Ali (1964).

23. A 1933 Image of the Nazis Singing to Discourage People from Jewish Shops

Nazis singing to encourage people to follow their boycott of Jewish shops in 1933.

24. The 1934 Buckeberg Nazi Celebration

Nazi celebration in Buckeberg in 1934.

25. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marlon Brando

MLK Jr. and Marlon Brando.

26. A 1938 Photo of a Woman in Austria Sitting on an “Only for Jews” Bench

A Jewish woman in Austria in 1938 sitting on a bench marked "Only for Jews."

27. A 1938 Photo of the SS Troops Loyalty Oath-taking in Munich

SS troops taking a loyalty oath in Munich, 1938.A

28. Nazi SS Troops Enjoying Their Downtime Outside the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936

Nazi SS troops lounging outside of the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.

29. Salutes for Hitler After Germany’s Successful Annexation of Austria in 1938

Applause and salutes for Hitler after Germany successfully annexed Austria in 1938.

30. This is a Colored Photo of the Exact Event From Another Angle

Another angle, and in color.

31. A 1938 Photo of Hitler’s Bodyguards in Berlin

Hitler

32. Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein

Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein.

33. An 1911 Image of Joseph Stalin‘s Record at the Tsarist Secret Police

Joseph Stalin

34. A Frozen Soviet Fighter Used By Finnish Soldiers to Inflict Psychological Warfare on the Soviet Invaders

A frozen Soviet fighter propped up by Finnish soldiers to wreak psychological warfare on the invading Soviets.

35. Side by Side Photo of Joseph Stalin (Right) and His Body Double Felix Dadaev (Left)

Joseph Stalin (right), and his body double Felix Dadaev (left).

36. Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee

Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee.

37. A German Soldier Sharing His Food to a Russian Mother

A German soldier share some of his food with a local Russian mother.

38. A 1941 photo of Joseph Stalin‘s Son Yakov Dzugashvili When He Was Nabbed by the Germans (He Was Killed Later on at Prison Camp)

Stalin

39. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

40. A Frenchman in Tears During the 1940 Nazi Occupation

A Frenchman cries during the Nazi occupation in 1940.

41. This Russian Spy Laughs As He Was About to Be Executed by Finns

About to be executed by the Finns, this Russian spy laughs.

42. A Photo Captured of the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces During the 1937 Shanghai Battle

Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces during the battle of Shanghai, 1937.

43. Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi

Charlie Chaplin and Mathatma Gandhi.

44. The 1942 Execution of the Ukrainian Jews by the German Einsatzgruppen or Death Squads

German Einsatzgruppen (death squads) executive Ukrainians Jews in 1942.

45. The 1942 Stalingrad March of the German Soldiers

German soldiers marching Stalingrad, 1942.

 

 

 

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