Bagpipers were usually the first ones out of the trenches when it was time to fight; playing as they lead the soldiers into each battle 1910s
A Serbian soldier sleeps with his father who came to visit him on the front line near Belgrade, 1914
Ethnomusicologist playing a cylinder recording for Mountain Chief, 1916
In this photo, Frances Densmore a pioneering ethnomusicologist and musician is playing a cylinder recording for Mountain Chief (Chief of Montana Blackfeet) to interpret it into Plains Indian Sign Language. Densmore’s aim was to help preserve Native languages and cultures for future generations. Currently, only 75 people in the world are reported to use the Plains Indian language.
The head of the Statue of Liberty was displayed at the 1878 Paris world fair
French soldiers chatting around a fire lit inside a damaged Church near Saint-Mihiel, France, 1916
Over 7,000 bags of gold and silver the Nazis stole from citizens in an underground vault 1945
The inventory indicated that there were 8,198 bars of gold bullion; 55 boxes of crated gold bullion; hundreds of bags of gold items; over 1,300 bags of gold Reichsmarks, British gold pounds, and French gold francs; 711 bags of American twenty-dollar gold pieces; hundreds of bags of gold and silver coins; hundreds of bags of foreign currency; 9 bags of valuable coins; 2,380 bags and 1,300 boxes of Reichsmarks (2.76 billion Reichsmarks); 20 silver bars; 40 bags containing silver bars; 63 boxes and 55 bags of silver plate; 1 bag contai
Over 100,000 German Prisoners in a Makeshift POW Camp on the Western Front, LIFE Magazine May 1945
Chinese Catholics prepared to defend their church from the Boxers. Boxer Rebellion, 1899
The Boxers were Chinese citizens in the late 19th century who, in response to growing power by the imperialist Great Powers, started attacking Western officials and their special districts given to them through unequal treaties in cities around China. They did this in the name of the ruling government, who didn’t outright support them, but didn’t do anything to stop them either. This led to an intervention by the West and Japan and hundreds of thousands dying.
A young Oglala girl sitting in front of a tipi, with a puppy beside her, probably on or near Pine Ridge Reservation
A young Adolph Hitler (far right)
Adolf Hitler & staff inspect the Schwerer Gustav, The Largest Artillery Gun Ever Made, 1943
It required 250 men to maintain, move, & operate the behemoth. It also required 2 sets of train tracks, so to move it, the crew had to lay down a brand-new set of rails next to the existing track. It could take 3 months to get it into position. The barrel was good for about 40 shots, then had to be replaced.
Sexy legs contest, 1930s
A nose shaping device for women, 1944
Boys in a record shop, 1957
Women having their legs painted instead of buying stockings, 1941
A zoo keeper giving penguins a shower, 1930
Construction workers on the Forth Road Bridge, 1961
A machine that can shave a dozen men at the same time, 1960
The most common way of lacing a corset with a foot, 1910
A walking library, 1930
Drive-through shoe repair, 1938
Poker face mask, 1932
Cleaning and brushing suede shoes in tea kettle steam, 1950-1960
A buyer looking at a new bra and panty set being modeled for him, circa 1955
A Dutch boy learning how to skate, 1933
A dentist examining a school girl in the classroom, 1935
A height-stretching device, 1931
Women boxing on a roof, 1930s
A bicycle that can ride on both land and water, 1932
Only the second confirmed photograph of notorious outlaw Billy the Kid (second in on left side) playing cards with his pals, 1877
The Fat Man atomic bomb on transport, Tinian Island, 1945
Early car parked in front of The Northern Saloon in Bannock Nevada 1910
Chief John Smith, reputed to be 138 years old when he died, 1784-1922.
A few cowboys enjoying a drink and talking to the bar man at The Equity Bar in Old Tascosa, Texas, 1907.
Hudson St, Lower Manhattan, NYC. (1865)
Hatfield clan, West Virginia, 1897.
Statues of Menkaure being excavated in Giza, Egypt. (1908)
A lifeguard on duty at Brighton Beach in New York, 1906.
34 of the Neapolitan mafia caged in a courtroom during their trial. The smaller cage to the right holds a witness. 1911
Whitechapel slum in 1888, the year Jack The Ripper struck
Rabbits race on Venice Beach, California, 1935