Stalin in the Kremlin after a meeting about the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union at the start of Operation Barbarossa. The photographer secretly defied orders to destroy it as it was deemed not to show Stalin in a positive light – June 22nd 1941
When the invasion happened, Stalin ran to his rural cottage and had a nervous breakdown for 3 days, being unavailable to Russian command looking for guidance/orders, and drinking himself to death. Beria and other top communists went to meet him and got him out of the cottage. He was also afraid of being deposed/assassinated at this point.
Russian experimental infra-red night vision goggles for a BT tank driver. “дудка” 1939
This is widely believed to be the last ever photo taken of a Barbary Lion (a species now extinct). The picture was taken from on board a Casablanca-Dacar flight in 1925. Barbary Lions were among the largest lions ever, and were famously used for entertainment/fights in Gladiator Arenas.
A black Union soldier sits, posted in front of a slave auction house on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1864
Manhattan, NY 1910
Tribal leader forced to sell off his tribes land, 1948
“In 1947, the 80th Congress approved PL 296 which appropriated funds for “Flood Control, General.” A contract was drawn up in 1948 for approval by the Three Affiliated Tribes. Indians feared that if they failed to consent to outlined terms, they would receive less adequate compensation in the future. In tears. Council Chairman George Gillette “consented” to the coercive piece of legislation. “The truth is, as everyone knows,” he said, “our Treaty of Fort Laramie…and our constitution are being torn to shreds by this contract”. By 1949, provisions for compensation were passed by the Senate and the House and signed into law by the president. In 1950, the tribes voted 525 out of 991 adults to accept the provisions of the act. By 1951, construction was underway and relocation procedures undertaken. The 1951 population included 356 families on 583,000 acres of reservation. Three hundred families were forced to relocate from more than 153,000 acres of flooded lands. The US government believed that many families would choose to permanently move to urban areas under federal job training programs; however, cultural forces inhibited migration to the extent that many Indians viewed even the new reservation lands as “foreign” and inhospitable. Those who did migrate returned in much greater numbers-than anticipated.”
The Arsenal of Guns & Ammunition Found in Bonnie & Clyde’s Car After They Were Killed in the Ambush by Law Enforcement 1934
Thomas “Boston” Corbett, the English-born Union Army soldier who killed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin: John Wilkes Booth
Apparently the guy was also a religious fanatic who castrated himself with a pare of scissors after being aroused by some prostitutes. When asked why he had killed John Wilkes Booth, despite being under orders to take him alive, he simply said: “Providence directed me”. During the war, he served five months in the notorious prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia.
Lincoln’s deathbed at Petersen House, taken shortly after the President’s body was removed, April 1865
In 1969, when black Americans were still prevented from swimming alongside whites, Mr.Rogers decided to invite Officer Clemmons to join him and cool his feet in a pool, breaking a well-known color barrier.
Poon Lim, a Chinese sailor who survived alone adrift on this life raft for 133 days, eventually being rescued in 1943 off the coast of Brazil. Photo taken c.1943-1945
Poon Lim survived for 133 days after the British merchant navy vessel he was travelling on was sunk by a German U-boat, in November 1942, leaving him stranded in the South Atlantic Ocean. Several others survived the initial sinking, but perished, leaving Poon the sole survivor of the attack. He subsequently clambered aboard this raft, and after slowly working his way through the rations already on board, survived by drinking rainwater and catching fish, sharks and even sea-birds. Once, a large storm hit and spoiled his fish and fouled his water. Poon, barely alive, caught a bird and drank its blood to survive. He ultimately drifted towards the coast of Brazil, where he was rescued and treated in a local hospital, in April 1943.
Bridgeport police have a message for the “Tuff Muggs” in town 1930’s
Jonathan the Tortoise (left), as photographed in 1886. Jonathan is alive today, and is presently 186-187 years old. It holds the record for the oldest living terrestrial animal in the world. 1886
Earliest known photograph of baseball being played in California, 1860s
The Italian royal family in a photo taken in June 1922…Mussolini would become prime minister of Italy four months later.
408. One of the 20,000 faces of S21. Tagged, photographed and documented at the prison they were never seen again, likely tortured, forced to sign false confessions and then executed by the Khmer Rouge for the crime of “being educated” Cambodia, 1976-1979
Members of the Blackfoot Tribe in Glacier National Park, 1913.
Hitler reacts to a kiss from an excited American women at the 1936 Olympic Games
Opium den, Shanghai 1936
Photo of members of a secret society at the University of Illinois.
Geronimo and his warriors. Only known photo of Indian combatants still in the fields who had not yet surrendered to the US 1886
Lakota encampment, White Clay Creek, 1891
A bystander attempts to catch a cup of moonshine being poured out of a window by a federal agent during the American Prohibition era – 1925
Sherman overlooking Atlanta, Autumn 1864
The Seacoast Mortar called “The Dictator” at the Siege of Petersburg 1864
A man wears a wooden ‘cangue’ around his neck as he is being punished by starvation for a crime in Shanghai, China, 1874.
Dazed survivors huddle together in the street ten minutes after the atomic bomb was dropped on their city, Hiroshima. August 6, 1945.
Germans in Warshaw ghetto 1943
Beauty pageant winners in 1922
Barber Shop in Clanton, Alabama, 1920s
Family in Pursuit of Land’ in 1886
The ‘Homestead Act’ Allowed Citizens to Claim 160 Acres Out Of Over 100 Million Acres of Land For Settlers Willing to Settle on Farm Land. Almost All of Nebraska Was Settled This Way.