Fascinating Photos Collected From History

August 3, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

Clyde Barrow, of Bonnie & Clyde fame, poses with his car and guns in Joplin, Missouri 1933

fascinating historical photos


American Experience (PBS) – Bonnie & Clyde


The one-armed lion tamer who went by the name of Captain Jack Bonita and his pride, ca. early 1900’s.


Before he lost his arm, as a result of his encounter with the lion ‘Baltimore’ at Coney Island in 1904, Captain Bonavita appeared in the arena with 27 lions, a performance which no other trainer had ever attempted. 

For eight months the trainer fought against the amputation of his arm


Capt. Jack Bonavita was clawed to death at the Bostock animal farm Monday (1917). He was training a vicious polar bear when the animal turned and attacked him.

The trainer had been putting the bear through his customary performance when the beast became enraged and attacked him. A policeman killed the bear by putting six bullets into him. Captain Bonavita sustained a fractured jaw and was badly lacerated about the face and body.


Dead Italian soldier clutching a photograph of his child. World War II


Inside of an Airplane in 1930


30,000 Russians queue for the first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union, January 30th 1990

"My parents hosted a family from Russia is the 80s (my father is a Russian historian). The family was actually staying in their own home close to us. My mom and dad (both spoke Russian) would check in with them every day and help them transition into their 6 month or so stay. I think the father was a visiting scholar, not unusual in academia. One day, my parents took them to a grocery store. Obviously, they were amazed. So much stuff! So much variety! This was the 80s, remember, when it was only 3 or 4 kinds/brands of peanut butter, not the 10-15 kinds you see now. Well, the family bought a few things, but apparently a couple of days later they returned and spent a good portion of their per diem. They bought all kinds of stuff – perishable and non-perishable. Like, 5 gallons of milk, pounds of meat and cheese, fresh (and out of season) vegetables, bread, etc. I think they also bought a bunch of cleaning stuff they didn’t need since they had a housekeeper coming once a week anyway. Anyway, it was more than a family of 2 adults a small child could consume before it all went bad. My parents came over and were flabbergasted by the overflowing fridge and cupboards. When asked why they bought so much, they said that they had gotten to market at a good time, before anyone else. They thought they might be able to barter with the excess milk and bread."


British soldiers fire their rifles at German aircraft flying overhead during the evacuation of Dunkirk, May-June 1940

Why did Hitler halt the Advance on Dunkirk? 


Breaker Boys at the Pennsylvania Coal Company’s mine, 1910

A breaker boy was a coal-mining worker in the United States and United Kingdom whose job was to separate impurities from coal by hand in a coal breaker. Although breaker boys were primarily children, elderly coal miners who could no longer work in the mines because of age, disease, or accident were also sometimes employed as breaker boys. The use of breaker boys began in the mid-1860s. Although public disapproval of the employment of children as breaker boys existed by the mid-1880s, the practice did not end until the 1920s.


An elephant used by German soldiers to move heavy logs near the Western Front of World War I, 1915


A young Chinese woman sits on a stretcher at a liberated “comfort station” as she is interviewed by a British Flying Officer of the Royal Air Force following the Allied victory in the Battle of Burma. 8 August 1945

No one talked. All were weeping. That night we slept there and in the morning we were put in those rooms. Soldiers came to my room, but I resisted with all my might. The first soldier wasn’t drunk and when he tried to rip my clothes off, I shouted “No!” and he left. The second soldier was drunk. He waved a knife at me and threatened to kill me if I didn’t do what he said. But I didn’t care if I died, and in the end he stabbed me. Here( She pointed her chest).
He was taken away by the military police and I was taken to the infirmary. My clothes were soaked with blood. I was treated in the infirmary for twenty days. I was sent back to my room. A soldier who had just returned from the fighting came in. Thanks to the treatment my wound was much improved, but I had a plaster on my chest. 
Despite that the soldier attacked me, and when I wouldn’t do what he said, he seized my wrists and threw me out of the room. My wrists were broken, and they are still very weak. Here was broken…. There’s no bone here. I was kicked by a soldier here. It took the skin right off… you could see the bone. 

When the soldiers came back from the battlefields, as many as 20 men would come to my room from early morning. That’s why I had to have a hysterectomy (in my twenties). They rounded up little girls still in school. Their genitals were still underdeveloped, so they became torn and infected. There was no medicine except something to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and Mercurochrome. They got sick, their sores became septic, but there was no treatment.
The soldiers made Chinese laborers lay straw in the trenches and the girls were put in there. There was no bedding… underneath was earth. There was no electricity at that time, only oil lamps, but they weren’t even given a lamp. They cried in the dark “Mummy, it hurts! Mummy, I’m hungry!” We wanted to go and give them our leftover food, but there were a lot of sick and disturbed people in the trenches. Some of them had TB. I was scared they might pull me in to the trenches, and I didn’t want to go there. I could have gone if I had a lamp.
When someone died the girls got scared and began to cry. Then everyone in the trenches was poisoned and they closed up the trench. They dug another trench next to it. 

Related: The Story Of Ok-Sun Jung, And The Horrifying Experiences She Went Through As A Comfort Woman For Japan During WW2


Pierre Curie, Marie Curie and their daughter Irene Joliot-Curie in 1906. Everyone in this picture was a Nobel laureate in science.


A circus dwarf eats at a diner in New Jersey Photo by Bruce Davidson, 1958


Joe Arridy giving his toy train to another inmate before he’s taken to the gas chamber. The “Happiest prisoner on death row”, an innocent man with an IQ of 46, he used spend his time playing with that train.  1939

He asked for ice cream for his last meal. He saved some for after the execution. He had no idea what was going on.


French woman pours a hot cup of tea for a British soldier fighting in Normandy, 1944


BBC sound effects workers making effects for a program in studio 1927


December 1889. Useful Holiday Presents


Ralph Edwards and Marilyn Monroe at the Hollywood Entertainers baseball game in 1952

fascinating historical photos


Grigori Rasputin with his admirers 1914

fascinating historical photos


Boeing B-29 Superfortress Cockpit


Omaha Beach. June 6th, 1944. The first wave of American troops lands at dawn


Dead German soldiers on the outskirts of Stalingrad, 1943


The Fallen of World War II – 18 minute video showing death statistics


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  • crizz1066

    World is so lucky that 1st the British and then the Russia fought against the Germans and stopped them.

    • Pauly Incorrect

      And the jews never entered into conflict with anyone ever again. Thank goodness.

      • crizz1066

        What has that got to do with anything???

        • Pauly Incorrect

          Hitler loved jews.

          • crizz1066

            Ok think it’s time they locked you up n gave you your medicine

            • Pauly Incorrect

              Mmmm. Medicine.