You all know by now that I am a fan of history and, if you don't know that... why haven't you been paying attention?  I feel like I mean nothing to you!

Even if you are inattentive and don't really deserve my affections, you should know that the part of history that 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.

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President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with teenage Bill Clinton in 1963.
June, 1969 -- The flow over Niagara Falls is stopped for maintenance work.
Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi in 1931.
Lenin looks creepy in the last known photo of him in 1923. He had three strokes by this point and was mute.

Ida Fuller of Vermont, the first recipient of monthly payment under Social Security, receiving her first check on January 31, 1940.  Before Social Security, many elderly citizens lived in deplorable poverty.

Harry Houdini in 1912 in chains, about to be lowered into the East River.

A 1942 elementary school classroom in Seattle before and during the Japanese Internment.
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth in 1956.
The raising of the American Flag over Hawaii in 1898 following its annexation as a US territory.
George Orwell holds a puppy during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.  Ernest Hemmingway can be seen in the background.
The USS Nebraska sports an amazing experimental camouflage scheme in 1918.
Journalist Raymond Walker risks his life under a hail of bullets dashing across the International bridge from Hendaye, France, to Irun, Spain to save a baby, during the Spanish Civil War, 1936.
A colorized portrait of German soldiers as they appeared in 1913.

1873: Two years after the Great Chicago Fire, the city is rebuilding.
Steve McQueen and James Coburn serve as pallbearers at Bruce Lee's funeral in 1973.

Taken sometime between 1863 and 1865, this is the only known photo of an African American Union Soldier with his family.
Miss New Zealand faints during the 1957 Miss Universe Pageant.
The White House in 1865.

The last known photo of a Bali tiger taken in 1937.

A Coca Cola delivery truck in 1909. 
An areal shot taken a few moments after the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

Teddy Roosevelt in 1900 on the election trail, riding a moose through water.
Hitler in the mid-1930's feeding a deer.
The Beatles preparing to cross Abby Road in 1969.

A baby walker from 1905.

A sign in a Massachusetts business warning away German customers in 1939.
Damage from the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake and the tsunami that followed.
Searchlights during an air raid drill in Gibraltar in 1942.

The only known photo of Einstein's Mass-Energy Equivalence formula
The only known photo of Albert Einstein's original E=MC2 formula on his chalkboard.

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The only known photo of Fredric Chopin.

Taken in 1840, the woman in this picture is Constanze Mozart, the wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Earliest known, surviving heliographic engraving in existence, made by Nicéphore Niépce in 1825 by the heliography process. His illustration is of an etching printed from a metal plate that was etched following alteration of the ground by sunlight; the image is of a 17th Century Flemish engraving showing a man leading a horse.

The first color photograph taken in 1861.

Lincoln, without his hat, a few minutes before he gave The Gettysburg Address in 1863.

The exhumation of President Lincoln in 1900.  Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Ill. was falling apart and, during refurbishment, the caskets of the president and his wife were opened to make sure thieves had not stolen anything.  According to eyewitnesses, Lincoln's body was perfectly preserved.

And Here's The Only Other Known Photo Of Dickinson, Taken In 1847 When She Was A Teenager
Emily Dickenson as a teenager in 1847.

Russian peasants get electricity for the first time in 1920.

Execution by cannon in Iran sometime in the mid to late 19th century.

"Only known photograph aboard Titanic and also last known photograph. Pictured alongside Lightoller, as they prepare to close the gangway before depature from Queenstown, Ireland on April 11th, 1912. It is also the last known photograph of a Titanic officer on duty.”
The last picture taken of the inside of Titanic as the crew prepare to close the gangplank in 1912.

Alaotra Grebe, a possibly extinct bird
A 1985 picture of a Alaotra Grebe from Madagascar.  It is the only photo ever taken of this species that may or may not be extinct.

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