German immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, NY circa 1900
Queen Victoria At Windsor Castle Lunch 1888
Citizens of Moscow listen to a historic radio announcement, saying that German forces invaded at 4 AM that morning and that the war started. 30% of male population will perish in the next 4 years (including 90% of men born in 1923)…June 22th, 1941
Full radio transcription:
”Attention, Attention! Moscow speaks! Citizens of USSR, today at 4 in the morning, without declaration of war, German armed forces attacked the borders of the Soviet Union. Thus begins the Great Patriotic War of Soviet people against the German Nazi aggressors. Our cause is righteous! The enemy shall be defeated! Victory will be ours!”
Famous lawman Wyatt Earp with his car in 1927
This photo, depicts an ‘Enigma’ machine used in the communications room of a German troop train . The Enigma machine is on the left. 1940s.
The Enigma Machine Explained
Tsar Nicholas II and his cousin, King George V, in 1904 when Nicholas was on a state visit to England
Tsar Nicholas II asked his first cousin, King George V of England, for political asylum in Britain during the Russian Revolution. George rejected it, and Nicholas was executed soon after.
George V withdrew his asylum invitation on personal and diplomatic grounds. Nicholas’s unpopularity had forced George to abandon his cousin over fears his presence could spark a similar worker uprising in Britain. George V realised that, to most of his subjects, the tsar was a bloodstained tyrant… that this was no time for a constitutional monarch, apprehensive of his own position, to be extending the hand of friendship to an autocrat – however closely related.
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family, murdered by Bolsheviks 100 years ago
When Tsar Nicholas II’s daughters were executed, the executioners struggled to kill them with gunshots, due to the fact that they were carrying 1.3kg of diamonds sewn into their clothing…Anna Demidova, Alexandra’s maid, survived the initial onslaught but was quickly stabbed to death against the back wall while trying to defend herself with a small pillow
A young Jim Henson with some early Muppets, “Sam and Friends” 1950s
Applause and salutes for Hitler after Germany successfully annexed Austria in 1938
German soldiers salute their officers at a Parisian cafe on Bastille Day, July 1940
Teenagers picking a song at the jukebox, 1955
Helen Keller, the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree, photographed sitting down in Looe, Cornwall, UK on 6th May 1932
How Helen Keller Learned to Talk.
Nuclear bomb “shadows” in Hiroshima, Japan 1945
An amazed Boris Yeltsin doing his unscheduled visit to a Randall’s supermarket in Houston, Texas, 1990
Yeltsin, then 58, “roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement,” wrote Asin. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, “there would be a revolution.”
“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,” Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”
“Even the Politburo doesn’t have this choice. Not even Mr. Gorbachev,” he said. (article)
The lottery used by the Selective Service to determine who would be drafted for Vietnam. United States, 1969
A man buying cigarettes from his hospital bed, 1950s
Marilyn Monroe’s mugshot, after being arrested for driving too slow and without a license. (1954)