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49 Most Powerful, Rare and Intoxicating Images From The Past

Some of the rarest images from history – those which express the most powerful events that have ever happened in the world. You absolutely cannot miss them. These are the jewels from the past.

1. Elvis Presley during his service in the U.S. Army


2. The real boarding pass for RMS Titanic


3. During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles Duke left a family photo on the moon that was enclosed in a plastic bag.


4. Construction of the Eiffel tower in July, 1888.

5. Famous album cover art for The Beatles album Abbey Road, correct? Not exactly, this is them walking back in the opposite direction.


Original iconic pic

6. The unbroken seal on King Tut’s Tomb.


7. The First Google Team in 1999.


8. One of the first photos that was taken inside of Hitler’s bunker (Führerbunker) in 1945 by Allied soldiers.


9. Filming Star Wars inside of the iconic “Millennium Falcon” spacecraft.


10. A Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber named “Enola Gay” was the bomber that dropped the “Little Boy” (nuclear bomb) over Hiroshima, Japan during World War 2. It was the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb as a weapon of war.


11. The moment George W. Bush was notified of the September 11 terrorist attacks.


12. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the day he recieved his American citizenship


13. Albert Einstein’s matriculation certificate that he received at the age of 17, showing his final grades from the Aargau Kantonsschule (on a scale of 1-6).


14. A different angle of the popular stand off between a man (top left in photo) and a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks (top right in photo) on Tiananmen Square.


Original Pic


15. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro sharing a laugh


16. Disneyland employee cafeteria 1961


17. The US-built ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first computer ever made. It combined, for the first time, the high speed of electronics with the ability to be programmed for many complex problems. It could add or subtract 5000 times a second, a thousand times faster than any other machine.


18. George S. Patton’s Dog, Willie, mourning his best friend on the day of his death


19. Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut.


20. The following photo is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sunk in April 1912.


21. Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his front yard. His son is at his side. Atlanta, GA, 1960.


22. This photo was taken in space right after World War II (1946). A team of soldiers and scientists used a German-made V-2 missile equipped with a camera to capture this shot. Making it the first photo in space.


23. Madonna, Sting and Tupac hanging out


24. Microsoft staff. December 7, 1978.


25. The first Wal-Mart store was opened in 1962 by [a salesman] Sam Walton. It was called Walton’s Five and Dime.


26. Einstein’s office at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, photographed on the day of his death, April 18, 1955.


27. Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender instrument aboard the USS Missouri, 1945.


28. The Beatles meet Muhammed Ali


29. Construction of Brasilia city, which would later become the capital of Brazil. 1960.


30. The assembly line of Porsche 911’s at the Stuttgart factory. ~1970


31. A WW1 submarine with a hull number of U-118 was found washed ashore on the beach at Hastings, Sussex, England. After the surrender of Germany, its towing cable snapped as it was being towed to France for dismantling.


32. Aircraft await orders while being grounded on 9/11. Nova Scotia, Canada. Photo: Halifax Airport.


33. Tsar Nicholas II goofing around with his friend in 1899. He along with his family were brutally murdered in one room by the Bolsheviks after being held prisoners in 1917


34. Princeton students after a Freshman / Sophomore snowball fight. Princeton, NJ, 1893


35. John Young and Charles Duke training for the Apollo 16 mission in the New Mexico desert.


36. The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra. The only Quagga to have been photographed alive was this mare at the Zoological Society of London’s Zoo in Ragent’s Park in 1870.


37. An American soldier replaces “Adolf-Hitler-Str.” sign with a “Roosevelt Blvd” one in Berlin, Germany, 1945.


38. The original Ronald clown of McDonald’s. 1963.


39. One of the heaviest WW2 tanks ever created, the Tiger II. It weighed ~68.5 tonnes and had 100-180mm armour on the front. Budapest, Hungary, 1944.


40. Hitler inspecting the massive 800mm “Schwerer Gustav” railway gun from afar. It was the largest-calibre rifled weapon ever used in combat, and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece.


41. Walt and Roy O. Disney on the day that they opened the Disney studio. Beside them are their wives and mother.


42. Henry Ford (the founder of Ford Motor Co.), Thomas Edison (inventor of the phonograph, motion picture camera and the practical light bulb), Warren G. Harding (29th president of USA) and Harvey Samuel Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.) lounging together.


43. Times Square, New York, 1911


44. Californian lumberjacks working in the Redwoods. These trees have lived for thousands of years, so seeing photos like this saddens us (the trees didn’t hurt anyone). Check out our recent article on the tallest, biggest and oldest trees in the world.


45. A man on the corner is reading a newspaper which headline reads “Nazi Army Now 75 Miles Away from Paris”. New York, May 18, 1940.


46. Samurai 1860-1880


47. A native American man overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in Nevada, ~1868


48. The Infamous Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi – This photo was taken just before he was shot by the man, Nathuram Godse, touching his feet. January 30, 1948, India


49. Joseph Goebbels on his wedding day. Hitler was his best man and can be seen behind him in a trench coat and top hat.

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