Fascinating Photos Collected From History

September 13, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting

The Last Prayer 

Dawn breaks upon the cross of Christ at the bow of a Coast Guard Combat Cutter protecting an allied convoy moving into the zone of war. Led by a chaplain, the Coast Guardsmen sing of the glory of the cross at this impressive service in the forecastle under the guns loaded to battle with their enemies.


WWII…Italian soldier dies in North Africa with the photo of his son in hand. The last thing his eyes wanted to see.


Bonnie & Clyde’s bullet-riddled Ford V8, 1934

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Walt Disney designed a gas mask for children during World War II


Dead, frozen Soviet soldier propped up by Finnish soldiers as a warning to other Soviet soldiers during the 1939-40 Winter War


A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., 1930’s 

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Teddy Roosevelt’s entry in his journal from Feb. 14, 1884, when both his wife and mother passed away within hours of each other

Roosevelt had been called by telegram back to New York City from Albany where he was a New York State Assemblyman. The concern was his mother’s fading health. Alice had just given birth to a baby girl two days earlier. But by the time Theodore reached his home at 6 West Fifty-seventh street, Alice’s condition had taken a serious downward turn. He was greeted at the door by his brother, Elliott, who ominously told him that “there is a curse on this house”.

And so it seemed. Roosevelt’s not yet 50-year-old mother, Mittie, was downstairs burning up with a fever from typhoid. And upstairs, his beloved Alice, scarcely able to recognize him was dying of undiagnosed Bright’s disease. Alice died two days after their daughter was born from an undiagnosed case of kidney failure (in those days called Bright’s disease), which had been masked by the pregnancy. His mother Mittie died of typhoid fever on the same day, at 3:00 am, some eleven hours earlier, in the same house.

After his wife died, Roosevelt not only never spoke her name again, but never allowed anyone else to speak her name in his presence. That included their daughter, Alice Longworth Roosevelt, who never heard her father speak her mother’s name. His belief was, and he told this to a friend who also lost his wife, that the pain had to be buried as deep inside as possible or it would destroy you. This is the opposite of the current opinion that feelings should be shared.

In a short, privately published tribute to Alice, Roosevelt wrote:

She was beautiful in face and form, and lovelier still in spirit; As a flower she grew, and as a fair young flower she died. Her life had been always in the sunshine; there had never come to her a single sorrow; and none ever knew her who did not love and revere her for the bright, sunny temper and her saintly unselfishness. Fair, pure, and joyous as a maiden; loving, tender, and happy. As a young wife; when she had just become a mother, when her life seemed to be just begun, and when the years seemed so bright before her—then, by a strange and terrible fate, death came to her. And when my heart’s dearest died, the light went from my life forever.


Portrait of a Union soldier in Missouri, 1863


A U.S. Soldier’s snapshot of Marilyn Monroe visiting the troops in Korea, 1954


Marilyn Monroe wearing the (sheer, tight, skin-color) dress that made the audience gasp when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”. It was so tight fitting, that she reportedly wore nothing underneath. May 19, 1962


Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried in the same cemetery because of their religion, 1888


World War I German Cavalry Lancer, 1918


Captured Chinese Soldiers beg for their lives to a South Korean Soldier thinking that they are going to be executed, Korea 1951


Last public guillotining in France (Eugen Weidmann), an event witnessed by the actor Christopher Lee. 17 June 1939 


Activist Dion Diamond sitting on a counter stool during a civil rights sit-in, Arlington, 1960


Monopoly board created by POWs held captive in the Philippines by the Japanese during WWII

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The identification card of Anny Horowitz, a French Jewish girl murdered in Auschwitz, 1940

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  • bobcollum

    Damn that dion diamond had balls of steel. Just read a quick story about a drunk cop pointing a shotgun at him and another activist while they were in a jail cell.


    Hard to fathom that this was real life not that long ago really. My father was 13 in 1960.