20,000 Americans attend a Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden, February 20, 1939
German army dentist, circa 1917
Easter Sunday service. USS Duane. 1944
Italian Monk Wearing a Funeral Mask, 1892
Lunch time, Ireland in 1915
A man armed with a machine gun sits at the Cook County Jail during the 1919 Chicago race riots
American soldiers admiring Manet’s “In the Conservatory” that the Nazis hid, along with thousands of other works of art, in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife hours before their assassination, which started WWI. June 28 1914
Rush Medical College lecture auditorium, 1900, Chicago
Messenger dog in mid-air while leaping over a German trench, possibly near Sedan, May 1917
Adolf Hitler’s 4th grade class, 1899. The fuhrer-to-be can be seen top row, dead center
A group of men posing in front of Lynch’s Slave Market, St. Louis, Missouri, 1852
Boxing Match At Yankee Stadium, 1923
Harriet Tubman with rescued slaves- Auburn, NY, circa 1887
British Airship R33 preparing for launch. Barlow, Yorkshire, 1919
Royal group, including Kaiser Wilhelm II and Edward VII, in the Crimson Drawing-Room at Windsor Castle, 17 November 1907
WW1 French trench raider, 1915
These soldiers would sneak out of their own trenches at night, often covering themselves in burn cork to darken their uniforms and exposed skin, silently creeping towards the enemy trench so that they could slit the throats or bash in the heads of the enemy whilst they slept. They would wreak havoc throughout the enemy position, using knives and clubs to maintain minimal noise, and carrying grenades which they would throw into sleeping quarters when they left. The fear factor of that no one could sleep safe, knowing that the enemy sent men like this.
Women from India, Japan, and Syria who completed their education as physicians in Philadelphia, 1885
Three young farmers on their way to a dance 1914
Austro-Hungarian grenadiers, WW1, 1917-18
Men admiring the Mona Lisa, which was temporarily displayed in the Uffizi. The painting was found in Florence 2 years after having been stolen from the Louvre. 1913
Baseball team composed mostly of child laborers from a glassmaking factory. Indiana 1908
Edison patents the phonograph 1878
Edison’s invention came about as spin-off from his ongoing work in telephony and telegraphy. In an effort to facilitate the repeated transmission of a single telegraph message, Edison devised a method for capturing a passage of Morse code as a sequence of indentations on a spool of paper. Reasoning that a similar feat could be accomplished for the telephone, Edison devised a system that transferred the vibrations of a diaphragm—i.e., sound—to an embossing point and then mechanically onto an impressionable medium—paraffin paper at first, and then a spinning, tin-foil wrapped cylinder as he refined his concept.
Eduard Bloch the Jewish doctor of the Hitler family who treated Hitler’s mother before her death in 1907. Hitler granted him his “everlasting gratitude” and called him “noble Jew”. He was put under special protection by the Gestapo until he could move to America in 1940.
Diving suit weighing 440 lbs, 1911
The attitude toward safety on planes was a little different in the 1960s.
A California teacher demonstrates the physics of surfing during his lecture, late 70s/early 80s
On the set of the horror movie Creature From The Black Lagoon, 1954
Honorable ladies on a roller coaster
Long before the appearance of Photoshop, Angus McBean was making these postcards.
A historical prototype of a popular meme today
People’s reluctance to participate in casual social conversations manifested long before the invention of smartphones.
Trolley bus driver, 1975
Apart from social events and movie sets, Marilyn Monroe could also be seen in the kitchen.
A bed placed inside a special closet was popular in France at the end of the 19th century. This construction allowed them to maintain warmth in cold climate conditions.
Computers on parade, Eastern Germany, 1987
The residents of California knew what real fun was all about, 1980
A toothbrush imitating real teeth, 1941
A commercial for washing powder, the 1950s
Monocycle, Los-Angeles, 1938
These men are playing pushball while driving special cars, Canada, 1925
Prohibition Times: a woman is demonstrating a cane that hides a flask inside for alcoholic drinks, Chicago, 1922
A woman wearing a special mask for fighting depression, Budapest, 1937
Athletic clothes weren’t always as comfortable as they are now. Here’s how women at the beginning of the 20th century dressed while playing sports.
One of the first limos, France, 1910
An experimental device created for treating ADD, 1925
A policeman judges an ankle competition in Hounslow, London, 1930