Absolutely Astounding Historical Photos

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Thelonius Monk, 1959

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Members of the Harlem Hellfighters in 1919

The “Harlem Hellfighters” were the first African American regiment in WWI who were assigned to the French forces. None were captured, never lost a trench, or a foot of ground to the enemy. They returned to the U.S. as one of the most successful regiments of World War I

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Shortest, tallest and fattest men in Europe play cards. 1913

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A 17-year old Frida Kahlo poses for a family photo wearing a traditional gentleman’s 3-piece suit, 1924

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8th grader Kurt Cobain playing drums at an assembly at Montesano High School, 1981

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Private James Hendrix of the 101st Airborne, playing guitar at Fort Campbell Kentucky in 1962

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Earliest known photo of Elvis Presley, with parents Gladys & Vernon in 1938

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Samurai in Training, 1860

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Enlisted men aboard an American ship hear the news of Japan’s surrender. 1945

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A photo taken in secret of the Supreme Court in session, one of only two ever taken. 1932

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

The only known photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, before giving his famous address. November 19, 1863

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A large crowd, made up of many African Americans, mourn the death of Abraham Lincoln outside the Courthouse in Vicksburg, Mississippi

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin, 1931

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

In 1939 20,000 Nazi supporters held a rally in Madison Square Garden

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Times Square, 1957

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Paper boys at 2 A.M. about to start their morning rounds. February 12, 1908

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A war-weary French woman pours a British soldier a cup of tea during the fighting following the Allied landings in Normandy. 1944

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Adolf Hitler speaking with Princess Olga of Yugoslavia, 1939

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Men working in the rigging of the three-masted steel barque Garthsnaid, 1920

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Prince Charles and Princess Diana on vacation in Bahamas, 1982

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A polar explorer proffers a can of condensed milk to a polar bear, USSR, 1980s.

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Zanzibar, 1947. An exhausted nanny poses with her young charge, named Farrokh Bulsara. A quarter of a century later, he would adopt the pseudonym of Freddie Mercury.

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A member of the Sioux tribe on horseback, 1905. (Colorization by Dana Keller).

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A 7,600-ton multi-story housing block is physically moved in order to extend an avenue in the Romanian city of Alba Julia, 1987.

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Claude Monet with his paintings, 1923. (Colorization by Dana Keller).

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

The Beatles perform for 18 people in a modest club in the town of Aldershot, December 1961. A year and a half later they would be superstars.

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Marilyn Monroe poses for soldiers, 1954. (Colorization by Dana Keller).

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

The seal on the tomb of Tutankhamen, 1922. It had remained untouched for 3,245 years.

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Soldiers during the Second World War, Easter 1944. (Colorization applied subsequently).

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A canteen for Disney employees, 1961.

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

A boy distributes newspapers bearing a headline about the sinking of the Titanic, 1912. (Colorization by Dana Keller).

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Loading the first ever five-megabyte hard drive onto a PanAm plane, 1965.

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

Madison Square around the turn of the 20th century. (Colorization by Sanna Dullaway).

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

The Hindenburg disaster, 1937. (Colorization applied subsequently).

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

The first telephoto lens in the world, 1900.

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Young women carrying ice, 1918. (Colorization by Dana Keller).

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An accident in Washington, 1921. (Colorization applied subsequently).

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A flight simulator for pilots, 1942.

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Newspaper sellers on a cigarette break, 1910. (Colorization applied subsequently).

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Workers of the Fiat company take part in a race on the roof of the first factory in Turin, Italy, 1923.

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Bonus

A collection of historical photos beautifully brought to life with color

 

Richard Pierce – 14 years of age, works as a Western Union Telegraph Messenger. with nine months of service. He works from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Smokes. Visits houses of prostitution. Wilmington, Delaware, ca. May 1910

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Flight deck crews spot Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers of bombing squadron VB-12 which have just returned from an attack on Japanese-occupied Pacific islands to the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Saratoga(CV-3), October 1943.

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Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan at Antietam, October 2nd/3rd, 1862

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

US Army soldiers use a jeep to move a Very Low Altitude (VLA) antiaircraft balloon (barrage balloon) during a training exercise in southern England before D-Day, circa May 1944.

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Two U.S. soldiers of C Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division seek shelter behind a M-4 Sherman tank at Geich, near Düren, Germany, on 11 December 1944.

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Summer on the Lower East Side, 1937

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President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, and James Farmer

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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed by Mathew Brady in Washington, April 1878

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Mugshot and fingerprints of a young Marxist named ‘Benedetto’ Mussolini. Bern, Switzerland, 1903

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Thomas Edison relaxing on a “Vagabonds” camping trip, 1921

These Historic Photos Will Take Your Breath Away

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