Historical Photographs Of Times Gone By

Among the millions of old photographs out there in the world, there are that select few which contain a glimpse of an entire mode of life that has been lost to history. The experiences of the silent witnesses to history which they depict will never be repeated ever again on this Earth.

In this article, we’ve selected some of the best historical photographs we could find. In some cases, what they show is truly extraordinary.

historical photographsThe only existing photograph of a witness to the Battle of Borodino — fought during the Napoleonic Wars on 7th September 1812. Taken a century later, this former soldier was by then 117.

historical photographsA lipstick test, 1950. In the twentieth century, bald men were invited to large factories which produced lipstick in order to act as ’live dummies’ for new products.

historical photographsLumber-jacks, Portland, USA, 1915.

historical photographsA young Iranian woman, 1960.

historical photographsHealing a back problem with a bear. Romania, 1946.

historical photographsAlice Liddell — the little girl who was the inspiration for Lewis Caroll’s famous novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

historical photographsThe Great Depression era. When flour producers found out that mothers were now so poor that they were forced to sew clothes for their children from flour sacks, they began to print cheerful patterns and images on them.

historical photographsEinstein on the beach, 1939.

historical photographsA machine for spraying perfume, 1952.

historical photographsMiss New Zealand falls unconscious during the ’Miss Universe’ competition, 1954.

historical photographsThe polar explorer Peter Freuchen with his partner, 1947.

historical photographsWorkers ’shift’ a multi-storey apartment block weighing 7,600 tonnes into a new position, in order to extent the line of a thoroughfare in the Romanian city of Alba Iulia, 1987.

historical photographsTest pilot George Aird ejects from his plane after he loses control.

historical photographsThe as-yet unknown Robin Williams (right) in Central Park, 1974.

historical photographsA group photo of military electricians, 1918.

historical photographsErnest Hemingway fishing, 1904.

historical photographsTesting a rugby helmet, 1912.

historical photographsFawzia Fuad, princess of Iran and queen of Egypt, 1939.

historical photographsPlayers from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks search for a contact lense lost by Jack Evans, 1962.

historical photographsGagarin at a Carlsberg factory, 1962.

historical photographsA young Inuit girl with her huskie dog, 1949.

historical photographsAcrobats perform on the Empire State Building, 1934.

historical photographsNew recruits of the 7th The King’s Own Hussars regiment practice balancing on wooden horses, 1935.

historical photographsSophia Loren in Moscow, 1965.

historical photographsSound-proof booths for listening to music in a shop, 1955.

historical photographsDucklings used as therapy animals, 1956.

historical photographsClass differences, Great Britain, 1937.

historical photographsThe Opening Ceremony of the XXII summer Olympics, Moscow, 1980.

historical photographsThe largest horse in the world, 1928.

historical photographsUnpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885.

historical photographsSalvador Dalí kisses the hand of the actress Raquel Welch, 1965.


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