127 Important Historical Photos That Might Change Your Perspective On Things


In 1826, Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor, came up with what forever changed the way we see, experience, and remember the world and its history. It was the birth of a camera that took the first photograph on a piece of paper coated with tar of the view from his window at Le Gras. Of course, it looked nothing even remotely similar to what we think of as a camera.


Many other photography inventions followed, each more wondrous than the previous one, but it was not until 1900 when people could put their hands on lightweight and portable cameras.


These early days of photography were not just the beginning of something bigger, but these attempts forever eternalized history with its people and their lives. “History Season” is one such illuminating Facebook page dedicated to sharing the great historical events captured in images.


From snaps of daily lives in the past to the most memorable moments of human history, below awaits a thrilling walk.


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#1 1945: The Day Daddy Came Home


Gunner Hector Murdoch had been gone over four years, most of it as a prisoner of war in Singapore. His wife Rosina and son John hadn't known if he was dead or alive. He got home on his birthday


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#2 Ukrainian Restaurant In The U.S. Celebrates The Death Of Joseph Stalin, 1953


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#3 Dinner Party At The Hotel Astor. New York City. 1904


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#4 New York City During The Great Blizzard Of 1888


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#5 The Great North Dakota Blizzard, 1966


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#6 The Swedish Warship Vasa


It sank in 1628 less than a mile into its maiden voyage and was recovered from the sea floor after 333 years almost completely intact. Now housed at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm


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#7 Stoney First Nation Member, Samson Beaver With His Wife Leah And Their Daughter Frances Louise, 1907


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#8 Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania. Built In The 14th Century And Restored In The 1950s-1960s


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#9 Manhattan In 1851 And Today


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#10 Detroit, Michigan In 1882 And 2017


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#11 1925 Drexel Institute Girls’ Rifle Team. Philadelphia, USA


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#12 Children Cross The River Using Pulleys On Their Way To School, 1959, Italy


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#13 2 Year-Old Elvis Presley With His Parents, 1937


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#14 Serving A Snack On Scandinavian Airlines Flight, 1969


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#15 Portrait Of A Young Grumpy Girl, 1850s


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#16 Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On A Unfinished New York Skyscraper? Well Here's The Photographer Charles Ebbets. 9/20/1932


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#17 Mailman Poses With His Heavy Load Of Christmas Mail And Parcels. Chicago, USA. 1929. Colorized


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#18 Sir Winston Churchill, In 1895, Age 20


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#19 A Kid's Reaction To Meeting Andre The Giant (1970's)


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#20 A Roman Mosaic Depicting A Fish. 1st Century Ce


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#21 3400 Year Old Painter's Palette From Ancient Egypt, Amenhotep III Era


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#22 A Motor Home In 1922


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#23 Captured Japanese Mini-Submarine In The Aleutian Islands, 1943 And 2021


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#24 Man Charging An Electric Amc Gremlin. Seattle, USA, 1973


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#25 A 2000 Year Old Glass Mosaic, Found In The City Of Zeugma, Turkey


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#26 The Train Crash At Montparnasse Station. France, 1895


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#27 London's First Black Police Officer, PC Norwell Roberts, On Point Duty Near Charing Cross Station, 1968


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#28 The Models Of “American Gothic” Stand Next To The Painting (1942)


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#29 Woman Wiring An Early IBM Computer Taken By Berenice Abbott In 1948


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#30 Four Young Women Playing Volleyball On Stilts At The Beach In Venice, California, 1934


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#31 Dorothy Counts, 15, Is Taunted And Harassed By White Students As She Makes Her Way From Harding High School As The Only Black Student At The Newly Desegregated School. Charlotte, North Carolina. 1957


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#32 William Harley And Arthur Davidson, 1914


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#33 Inuit Man Warms His Wife’s Feet. Greenland, 1890's


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#34 A Man Stands In The Panama Canal During Its Construction. 1912


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#35 Roman Mosaics Unearthed Under A Vineyard In Italy, In The Province Of Verona. Dated From 3rd To 4th Century


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#36 A Statue Of Anubis In Tutankhamuns Tomb, Taken During Carter Expedition (Photo Taken In 1922)


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#37 Former Slave, Author And Activist Frederick Douglass With His Musician Grandson Joseph Douglass In 1894


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#38 Mother Teaching Children Numbers And Alphabet In Home Of Sharecropper. Transylvania, Louisiana. Jan. 1939. Photo Taken By: Russel Lee


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#39 Berlin, Germany, 1985-2018


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#40 People At Daytona Beach In Florida, United States In 1904. Colorized


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#41 Open-Air School In The Freezing Cold. The Netherlands. 1918


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#42 A Mother With Her Children, 1,800 Years Ago. Alexandria, Roman Egypt


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#43 May 1922: 78-Year-Old Robert T. Lincoln (Son Of Abraham Lincoln) Is Helped Up The Steps At The Dedication Of The Lincoln Memorial In Washington D.C


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#44 US Marine In Vietnam 1960s


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#45 A Couple Of Victorian Travellers, 1890s


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#46 Newcastle Castle, UK - 1895 To 2022


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#47 Ashtrays And Coin-Operated Televisions In The Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Terminal, 1969


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#48 Bristol, UK (1900 And 2020)


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#49 An American Serviceman Shares His Rations With Two Japanese Children In Okinawa, 1945


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#50 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) On A Walk In New York, 1963


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#51 A Woman On The Frozen Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri. 1905


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#52 A Man Standing On The First Cables During The Construction Of The Golden Gate Bridge, 1935


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#53 A British Blacksmith Removing The Leg Irons Off A Slave, 1907, Off Coast Of Mozambique


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#54 Piano Designed For People Confined To Bedrest. UK, 1935


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#55 New York City Mayor, Jimmy Walker With Members Of The Blackfeet Nation Tribe On The Steps Of City Hall, Oct. 23, 1927


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#56 The Great Wall Of China In 1907


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#57 1910 Great Flood Of Paris


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#58 Australian Soldiers After Their Release From Japanese Captivity In Singapore, 1945. Colorized By: Hristos Kaplanis


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#59 A Woman Walks Through Berlin During The Battle Of Berlin, May 1945


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#60 New Parents Of Quadruplets, Late 1880s


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#61 A Boy And His Owl, 1933


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#62 French Battleship Strasbourg And Her Crew. Toulon, France. Spring 1941


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#63 Eiffel Tower Under Construction, May 15, 1888


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#64 Manhattan, 1931 To 2018


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#65 2 Guards From Delhi Durbar With James Recalton An American Photographer Who Visited India In 1903


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#66 Soldier Of The Us 4th Infantry Division Bidding Farewell To His Wife And Baby At Penn Station, New York, 1944


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#67 Charlie Chaplin At Age 27 Before He He Adopted The Iconic Mustache, 1916


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#68 The Creation Of The Recycling Logo By G. Anderson. He Was 23 At The Time. 1970


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#69 Two Women Working As Ice Deliverers Carry A Large Block Of Ice. September 1918


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#70 New Zealand Māori Battalion Performing A Haka Ceremonial Dance In Egypt, 1941


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#71 Woman Riding A New Tricycle. Photo By Chas. W Oldrieve, 1882


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#72 Children Playing On Playground Equipment In Dallas, Texas. Ca. 1900


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#73 An Immigrant Family Arriving At Ellis Island In 1904


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#74 Four Generations, Circa 1905


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#75 1946 vs. 2021 - Poznań, Poland


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#76 A Chippewa Indian Named John Smith Who Lived In The Woods Near Cass Lake, Minnesota Claimed To Be 137 Years Old Before He Died In 1922. Photo Taken In 1915


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#77 2,200-Year-Old Hellenistic Theatre In Laodicea, Southwestern Turkey, After Recent Excavation


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#78 Female Worker Bottling Ketchup At The Heinz Factory. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1897


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#79 Community Grocery Store Owner, Harlem, New York, 1940


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#80 Nicolas Cage And Johnny Depp (1988)


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#81 King George V And Tsar Nicholas II 1890s


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#82 Young Girl During The Great Depression. Missouri, USA. 1930s


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#83 Mother & Son, County Claire, Ireland, C. 1890. Colorized


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#84 Airplane Food 1960s


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#85 Roman Mosaic Uncovered In The Streets Of Stari Grad, On The Island Of Hvar In Croatia


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#86 Soba Noodles Deliveryman In Tokyo, Japan. 1935. Photo By The Mainichi Shimbun


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#87 Teacher Tantie Huckabee At The Palmetto-Covered One-Room School Near Taylor Creek And Lake Okeechobee, Florida In The 1890s


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#88 Robert Wadlow, The Tallest Man In Recorded History, Late 30s


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#89 Behind The Scenes Photos From The Making Of The First Godzilla Movie, 1954


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#90 Women Pull Farm Equipment In A Field During World War I, In Oise, France, In 1917


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#91 Inside Of A Railroad Car Made By The Pullman Company, 1890s


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#92 A Family At A Drive-In Restaurant Has Cool Air Piped Into Their Car. 1957


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#93 Woman Being Ticketed For ‘Indecent Exposure’ At Rockaway Beach Of New York, 1946


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#94 US Marine Gives A Cigarette To A Japanese Soldier Buried In Sand. Iwo Jima, 1945


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#95 Wernher Von Braun, Designer Of The Saturn V , Poses In Front Of Its Engines (1969). Braun Was The Head Of The German Rocket Industry In World War II. At The End Of The War, He Was Brought To The Us


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#96 Gun Safety Being Taught In An Indiana School, 1956


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#97 William Hutchings (1764-1866), Aged 100 In 1864, Veteran Of The American Revolution. Colorized By: Lorenzo Folli


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#98 Dice Made Of Terracotta From Indus Valley Civilization. Harappa, Pakistan. 2600-1900 Bc


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#99 J. Robert Oppenheimer And Albert Einstein, 1947. (Colorized)


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#100 A Young Jimmy Carter Working As A Nuclear Engineer In The Us Navy In 1948


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#101 Two Gentleman From The Early 1900s. Lincoln Nebraska


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#102 Log Driving In Glens Falls, New York, 1907


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#103 Jeep Cemetery, Okinawa, 1945


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#104 The Original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel In NYC, Demolished In 1929 To Serve As The Site For The Empire State Building


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#105 New York City In The Early 1900's. Colorized


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#106 Lumberjacks Pose With A Douglas Fir Tree In Washington State, USA. 1899


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#107 Barcelona, Spain In 1906. Sagrada Familia Basilica In An Early Stages Of Construction


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#108 Einstein At The Age Of Three In 1882


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#109 Veterans Of Four Different Wars From The Same Town Of Geary, Oklahoma. 1940s


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#110 Rusting Mig-23 Soviet Combat Aircraft In Its Shelter, Near Komsomolsk-On-Amur


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#111 East Germany Showing Off Their Computers In A State Parade - July 4th, 1987


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#112 Warehouse Of Steel Floats For Anti-Submarine Nets, 1953


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#113 Athens, Greece 1862 And Now


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#114 New York City Street Scene, C. 1900


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#115 Cowboys Having A Drink In Old Tascosa, Texas, 1907


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#116 Coal Miner's Wife And Three Of Their Children. West Virginia, USA. Septemper 1938. Photo By: Marion Post Wolcott


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#117 Crew Members Of B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay” On Parade, 1945


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#118 A Fake Rooftop Suburb That Hid A Whole WWII Airplane Factory Underneath, 1944


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#119 Parthenon (Athens, Greece). 1875 vs. 2022


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#120 Harlem River Speedway & Harlem River Drive. Ca. 1900 And 2020


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#121 U-118, A World War One German Submarine Washed Ashore On The Beach At Hastings, England. 1919


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#122 Photo Of A Cowboy Seated Next To His Horse On A Hill, In Old West Bonham, Texas. June, 1910


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#123 Lewis Hine, Young Coal Miner, 1909-13


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#124 Huntington Beach, California, During The Oil Boom Of 1928


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#125 Evicted Sharecropper Family In Temporary Camp, Butler County, Missouri, USA. 1939


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#126 Farmer And Sons Walking In The Face Of A Dust Storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma. April, 1936. Photo Taken By Arthur Rothstein


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#127 The 369th Infantry Regiment, Aka The Harlem Hellfighters, Return From Ww1 And Parade Up Fifth Avenue In New York City On Feb. 17, 1919


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