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Rare Historical Photos That Will Give You The Chills

 The collection of these images is sure to leave you feeling completely stunned at historical facts that you certainly did not know, while some are confirming rumors that you may have only heard whispers of. These rare images have mostly been hidden from the public and contain shots of some of your favorite celebrities and other famous figures. There are some highlighted moments throughout history that were captured in these images. For example, an image of a priest praying over the victims of the R.M.S Titanic after it sank in 1912, or perhaps an image of Brigitte Bradot in a manner you certainly have not seen her in before.

There are two sides to every story but pictures are indeed worth a thousand words and we have them. There are photos here that can change the course of history as they reveal a totally different story from what we have been taught up until now. Many of these photos are rare and photographic proof of the truth of historical events that send shivers down our spines. This is not for the faint of heart, but are surely fascinating and important for those ready to see some mind-altering rare historical photos. 

Seeing a photo of Hitler is a hard one to swallow any day of the week. This one is of his overlooking the Schwerer Gustav, known as the largest weapon in war history. 

The only way to move the weapon was with a rail car. It was 4 stories tall, 20 feet wide, and 100 feet long. While it was huge in scope, it was too slow and large to be effective and only ended up firing 300 shells in total.

Babe Ruth is still known as one of the best baseball players in history. That fact, however did not bother Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old girl. During a game in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mitchell, who was left-handed and was just signed by a local team, threw five balls and ended up striking Babe Ruth out!

The crowd looking out went wild over this. Mitchell was signed by the local team, The Chattanooga Lookouts. This was one impressive moment in baseball history.

What you are looking at is a genetically unique animal called a quagga. It is part donkey, part horse, and part zebra. The main animal DNA is that of a zebra so it is considered to be a subspecies of that animal. 

The quagga used to live in sub-Saharan Africa. This photo was taken in 1870 in the London Zoo where the animal was on display. Sadly, the quagga was extinct very closely to when this photo was taken.

In a brilliant move, the Fiat car company built a racetrack on its roof to allow people to race their cars there. 

Today, Fiat no longer operates in this location but the track is still up there and is used by those who want to meet for races and other such car enthusiasts. This photo was snapped mid-race showing the older models of the Fiat car.

This would never be allowed today, but before people frowned upon animals doing tricks, there was Queenie the waterskiing elephant. Marj and Jim Rusing owned Queenie as well as a tourist attraction that was a water based one.

They taught Queenie how to waterski in order to boost sales. Queenie spent some time on the water but was put down in 2011 due to health issues.

For the Niagara Falls to freeze it needs to be more than incredibly cold. While it looks frozen, it is only the top layer of the falls that have frozen over, there is still flowing water below the layer of frost and ice. 

The winter is long enough, however, that the falls looks like they freeze over for months at a time. It is quite a sight to see. There are miles of river below the ice. 

Most people do not know that the iconic musician Elvis Presley actually served in the United States Army. He served for around two years, from 1958 to 1960. 

He was drafted at the time and therefore did not have much choice. He was already pretty well known at the time so this photo of him in an Army uniform is a rare image to have been captured at the time.

The story of Anne Frank is a heartbreaking one. Her diary told the story of the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II. Millions of people read her story and learned of what she went through along with her family, as well as her untimely passing. 

This photo shows her father, Otto Frank, in the attic where the family hid during that time. He is standing where they nearly made it through the war.

From NPR: “In the midst of the political fallout, the U.S. government announced an unusual plan to get thousands of displaced Vietnamese children out of the country. President Ford directed that money from a special foreign aid children’s fund be made available to fly 2,000 South Vietnamese orphans to the United States.

It came to be known as Operation Babylift. The first plane to leave as part of that mission took off on April 4, 1975, just a few weeks before the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. But shortly into the flight, a malfunction forced the pilot, Captain Dennis “Bud” Traynor, to crash land the C-5 cargo plane into a nearby rice paddy.”

This unbelievable shot is of the 15 megaton Bravo test that took place on March 1, 1954 and was said to be more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. 

Those in the surrounded areas were said to be exposed to massive amounts of radiation and therefore forced islanders around the test to evacuate or suffer terrible side effects from the fallout of this bomb. Many people refused to return to this island since.

This is what the prototype of Mount Rushmore looked like before it was literally set in stone. 

Thomas Jefferson’s face was originally going to go on the other side of Washington, but after nearly a year and a half of carving, they realized that the granite would not be able to support it so they blew it off and started on the other side.

Another Titanic photo for the books. This is the last photo of the Titanic ever taken before it sank on April 14, 1912. This photo was taken on that day by a boat that was sailing nearby and snapped this a mere few hours before they hit the iceberg. 

There are those who say that the ship sank because of the fact that it took the officer 30 seconds to give the order to change course.

Hellen Keller was a deaf and blind woman who managed to learn how to communicate thanks to her caretaker. She met with Charlie Chaplain during the filming of Sunnyside.

The two were said to become fast friends and communicated by Hellen touching Charlie’s mouth to feel his words as he was saying them.

The famous lion’s roar in the beginning of any MGM film was recorded as this photo was being taken. This rare behind the scenes image shows the two men who were in the very same room with the lion in order to record the “roar”. 

The lion was named Lucky as he was also a survivor of a plane crash and fire on the studio lot. Lucky indeed.

This photo is from 1911 during an expedition in Antarctica. At the time, this area of the world was not explored very much or very well so this photo was a new one for the world as well as for the explorers. 

This photo was able to capture the essence of what it was like to be there at the time as it was indeed desolate and barren.

This aerial view of Woodstock goes to show the massive scale of people who showed up to the music festival. There were over 500,000 people at the event and not a single incident of violence among any one of the individuals there. 

There were three deaths reported, but they were not violent and had more to do with substance overdoses.

The Empire State Building took a year and 45 days to complete. Over seven million working hours it took to make the grand building but it is still a pride of New York City and well worth the effort. 

The height of the building stands at 1,454 feet if you include the lightning rod at the top. It also cost $28 million to construct.

One of the oldest monuments in the world, the Sphinx was carved into the bedrock in the Giza plateau from one single piece of limestone. 

It is 73 meters long and 20 meters high. It is said to be one of the largest single stone monuments on the planet, as well as one of the oldest as it dates back over 5,000 years.

This is how shoe companies tested their shoes before technological advancements took over. 

A guy would place the show onto this machine and it would “walk” itself out to test the wear and tear and just how durable the shoe was. This is quite the sight of the behind the scenes way of doing things many years ago. 

The 1960s were not a proud time for the United States of America. This photo documents just how dark it was. In 1964, for eight frightening days, the Birmingham police used unspeakable violent and cruel tactics against thousands of non-violent African-American protesters. 

They were led by the non-violent leader Martin Luther King Jr. The police used stun guns, tasers, tear gas, dogs, and billy clubs to exact their discipline.

Martin Luther King and Lyndon B. Johnson worked together to amend the laws and allow African-Americans the right to vote. Here is what MLK thought about President Johnson:

“I had been fortunate enough to meet Lyndon Johnson during his tenure as Vice President. He was not then a presidential aspirant and was searching for his role under a man who not only had a four-year term to complete but was confidently expected to serve out yet another term as Chief Executive. Therefore, the essential issues were easier to reach and were unclouded by political considerations.
His approach to the problem of civil rights was not identical with mine—nor had I expected it to be. Yet his careful practicality was, nonetheless, clearly no mask to conceal indifference. His emotional and intellectual involvement was genuine and devoid of adornment. It was conspicuous that he was searching for a solution to a problem he knew to be a major shortcoming in American life…”

Terrifying as it looks, miraculously no one got killed during this derailment at the Granville Paris Express.

This accident happened on October 22, 1895 after the train overran a stop and crashed through a wall and into the terrace outside of the station and then proceeded to fall 30 feet to the street below. Four people got hurt and the rest of the 131 passengers were safe.

The Prohibition Era lasted from 1920 to 1933 and was the direct result of an amendment to the constitution. During this time, it was illegal to sell and make alcohol. 

The government saw this as a solution to crime, poverty, and other socioeconomic issues that were facing the people at the time. The reverse actually happened and there ended up being more crime and violence so it was appealed and what you are looking at is the celebration.

Private First Class Joseph Jackson and Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas are pictured here on their mission which took place on March 10, 1945 which also happened to be Easter morning. 

They wrote “Happy Easter Adolph” and “Easter Eggs for Hitler” on the artillery shells. These two were not hiding their desire to end Hitler and his reign of terror so they could go home.

A US corporal is shooting a Colt M1895 whilst sitting atop a Sri Lankan elephant. The reason behind why he is on top of the elephant is still unknown as using an elephant as a platform to shoot from was not something the US did. 

The most reasonable assumption is that this photo was taken for publicity purposes and this was not something they would actually use.

The Hoover Dam is named after President Hoover. The construction of this massive structure started in April 1931 and ended in March 1936. A total of 21,000 men worked on the dam, which collectively cost the country $500,000 a month in payroll. 

The Hoover Dam stands at 726 feet tall, making it taller than the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. The base of the dam is as thick as two football fields if you were to measure them end to end.

The day the Nazi regime was officially over, also known as V-Day or Victory Day, was one of the happiest in history. 

It was said to be “the celebration heard around the world.” For the United States, however, another battle loomed as they were not quite done fighting the Japanese Imperial Army.

A United States soldier is seen here removing a street sign that was once named after Adolf Hitler, and replacing it with a street sign that reads “Roosevelt Blvd.” 

This took place in Berlin, Germany in 1945 and symbolized a lot more than traffic correction.

Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Over 160,000 of them came over to fight the Nazi regime. 

General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that this operation is a crusade and “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” There were over 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts that were deployed that day, changing the direction of World War II.

On December 7, 2941 at 7:48 in the morning, Japan’s Imperial Army performed a surprise attack on the military base in Pearl Harbor, HI, killing 2,500 Americans and injuring another 1,700. 

The following day, the United States declared war on Japan and solidified its involvement in World War II.

The First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States was built in the 1860s, linking the well-developed railway network of the Eastern coast with rapidly growing California. The main line was officially completed on May 10, 1869. 

The vast number of people who traveled the line, and the network that followed, set the USA on the path to economic abundance. It also ended the centuries-old way of life of the Native Americans and greatly altered the environment.

Soldiers had to wear respirator gas masks during WWI. While under chlorine gas attacks, soldiers were instructed to urinate on their masks in order to more effectively combat the gas. 

However if for some reason they did not have a mask on hand, they were told to urinate on a piece of cloth and cover their face in it. Water also worked but was less effective.

Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run in and complete the male-only Boston Marathon in 1967 amidst angry protesters that grabbed at her and tried to push her off the path.

Men were not at all happy with her running, but she kept on going! 

The punt gun was used in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century. 

Its main use was to destroy waterfowl in large amounts, up to 90 birds at once. The bullets were made of lead and weighed one pound each.

NPR’s Robert Krulwich describes this tragedy: “So there’s a cosmonaut up in space, circling the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth; he’s on the phone with Alexei Kosygin – then a high official of the Soviet Union – who is crying because he, too, thinks the cosmonaut will die. The space vehicle is shoddily constructed, running dangerously low on fuel; its parachutes –

– though no one knows this – won’t work and the cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, is about to, literally, crash full speed into Earth, his body turning molten on impact. As he heads to his doom, U.S. listening posts in Turkey hear him crying in rage, “cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship.”

Evelyn McHale, jumped from the Empire State Buildings 86th floor observatory to her death where she lays atop a limousine.

She seems like a damsel from a movie, sleeping rather than no longer living! 

Roger Moorhouse, a historian said: “It makes perfect sense that he would be doing this. We have this image now of Hitler almost as a buffoon, but he had a lot of charisma and his speeches made people sincerely believe he would lead them back to greatness. He was an absolutely spellbinding public speaker and these pictures show that it was something he worked very hard on. When you listen to his speeches now, he sounds like a ranting, raving maniac, but we know that it came across in a very persuasive way. These pictures give an important insight into how he practiced. He was a showman and rehearsed his gestures to get a particular reaction from his audiences.

He experimented with his own image and asked Hoffmann to take photographs for him to review. Then he’d look at them and say “no, that looks silly” or “I’m never doing that again”. He used Hoffmann as a sounding board but never intended the images to be published. Hitler was a very modern politician in that way. He was concerned about how he looked and his public persona.”

This is an excerpt from the actual newspaper, the Manchester Guardian, on 19 March 1925: Madame Tussaud’s, the famous wax-works exhibition in Marylebone Road, London, was badly damaged last night by fire. The fire was discovered shortly after 10.30. By 11.30 the interior of the top story was a raging furnace. The whole of the roof collapsed with the exception of a dome-like structure at the western end.

Scores of fire engines were in attendance, and probably 10,000 people assembled in the neighborhood. The fire was extinguished by midnight. It was stated that all the Napoleonic relics had been destroyed. The total amount of damage cannot yet be estimated. The whole of the roof and the top floor of the main building was destroyed.

This hippopotamus named Lotus was actually apart of the act of a circus, although Lotus certainly doesn’t seem happy about it.

The circus was a cruel place for people and animals alike, and this is a perfect example of that. 

In 1975, American audiences were paralyzed with fear when the movie Jaws came out. 

Jaws went on to make over 470 million dollars at the box office and forever changed the movie industry.

Bison were hunted so much in the 19th century solely for their skins, that they were almost to the point of extinction. 

This photo taken in 1882 shows just a small portion of the skulls gathered, the remaining bones were left to decay on the ground.   

Imagine having lunch with alligators at your feet. Believe it or not, this was a major tourist attraction in the early 1900s in Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles where families spent their Sunday’s watching “trained” gators. 

Apparently there were over 20 ponds at the California Alligator Farm where visitors were told not to “throw stones, spit on, punch or molest the alligators in any way.”

This painting is almost too bizarre to be real! Smart phones AND FaceTime in 1930? How did they even come up with this? 

We’ve always known that the Germans had an interesting take on the future, but they really nailed this one on the head!

On September 11th, 2001 this model just happened to be in the middle of a photoshoot, when she got distracted by what became one of the most tragic moments in recent history. 

The Twin Towers, one of New York city’s favorite landmarks was destroyed by commercial airplanes that day that were hijacked by an Islamic Terrorist group against the United States. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and severely injured an additional 6,000. 

The prices of living during the Great Depression really create a visual of how different life used to be compared to the prices of living in today’s society. 

Could you imagine only paying $27 a month in rent and only having to spend a few bucks on groceries?

Basketball was originally practiced with hoop baskets mounted on a wall. In 1891, a college professor Dr. James Naismith was responsible for further improving the game of basketball.

He came up with the idea to cut the bottom of the hoop basket so the ball could go through and came up with the 13 rules associated in the game.

In 2007, 65 years after this plane crash landed in 1942 on a beach in Wales, an American P-38 fighter plane known as the Maid of Harlech emerged from the water. 

This is where it was once buried and this discovery was described as one of the most important WWI finds in recent history.

This bar photo captures the faces of these individuals looking happy and drunk! This is because, on December 5th, 1933 Prohibition ended and the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. 

It repealed the 18th Amendment, causing an end of national Prohibition. 

In 1958, David Isom, 19 broke the color line in Florida at one of the city’s segregated public pools causing the officials closing the facility. 

African Americans were not permitted to use White Only pools – and if this happened, the pool water would be drained and the pool would be closed. 

Henry Ford’s first invention of “the Quadricycle” in 1896. Ford utilized basic construction materials including a leather belt and chain drive for transmission, a buggy seat and an angle iron for the frame. 

He sold his first Quadricycle for $200 and used this profit to manufacture his second automobile.

This photo shows Boris Karloff getting worked on by Jack Pierce and his assistant for his Frankenstein role in 1931 for the classic horror film. 

His make-up artist Jack Pierce did amazing work in early horror films – and Karloff would have to sit in this chair for four hours before being ready!

How did Jimi Hendrix end up in the army? Well, it turns out that this musician had a bit of a rebellious side to him that got him a predicament. 

He was given the choice to serve in the Army or spend two years behind bars for stealing vehicles. Hendrix joined the Army at 19 years old and was stationed in Ford Ord, California. 

From the 70’s to present day, Jamie Lee Curtis has been turning heads for her irresistible sex appeal and luring stare. 

This photo was taken right before her career in horror films took off, from her first role in Halloween in 1978. 

In April of 1926, 41 members of the Ku Klux Klan gathered together and posed for a photo that was supposed to be featured as a “surprise bulletin” in the Cañon City, Colorado newspaper. 

The photographer, decided not to release the photo and the image remained concealed for 65 years. The moment it was released, it went viral. 

Can you believe police officers wrote woman tickets for wearing a bikini? Just goes to show we’ve come a long way since the 50’s. 

This image was taken in 1957 on a beach in Italy before bikinis were socially acceptable. They were described as a “two-piece bathing suit which reveals everything about a girl except for her mother’s maiden name”.

Young Pioneers was a youth group within the Soviet government. 

The gas masks were used as part of an attack preparation training, a little intense? We think so…

One thing we know about Adolf Hitler, he had quite the complex. This photo, along with several others taken around this era were forbidden to be shown because they “undermined his dignity.” 

In 1945, the photo resurfaced in a German home. 

In the early 1900s and for many years to follow, horse diving was a big attraction that involved horses jumping off towers (sometimes with, sometimes without men) into a warm pool of water. 

The photo was taken in 1905 in an unknown location, we’re guessing it was in Pueblo, Colorado. 

In 1948, the surrealist artist collaborated with a well-known photographer to create a unique piece inspired behind the theory of “suspension.” 

The cats and the artist jumped, while wires kept the surrounding objects in place.

Female bodybuilding first appeared in the 19th century but didn’t gain popularity until years later. In the early 1900s when circuses became a big attraction, their showcase of superhuman strength reintroduced the sport. 

Featured is Laverie Valee, or “Charmion”, a well known trapeze artist and “strong woman” who was known for her performance filmed by Thomas Edison. 

Recognize this face? That’s because this is the icon face of the Sports Illustrated model and jaw-dropper, Chrstine Brinkley. 

She first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in the late 70s, and appeared in over 500 magazine covers with her most recognizable role being known as “The girl in the red Ferrari” in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” in 1938. 

This adorable family portrait was taken in 1938, when Elvis was just 3 years old. The photo was found in a fan club in Leicester, England. 

After analyzing the white concrete background, it was discovered that this image was taken at the Lee County Jail in Tupelo. His father, Gladys was put behind bars for forging a check. 

Demi Moore was born in Roswell, New Mexico and moved to Los Angeles at 15 where she signed with Elite Modeling Agency and furthered her career as a pin-up girl in Europe. 

Moore appeared on the cover of the January 1981 issue of the skin magazine, “Oui” at only age 16 – although had allegedly lied to the photographer reporting to be 18 years old. 

Ivanka Trump was part of an exclusive all-girls school in Manhattan, and was quoted comparing her boarding schools to prisons and being jealous of her friends that were out partying and having fun while she was home studying. 

She was involved in helping her Dad become President and is now an extremely successful business woman, fashion designer, author and television personality. 

Meet Mr. Andre the Giant – he was 7 feet 15 inches tall and weighed 520 lbs!

Andre the Giant was born with an excess growth hormone and was known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”

Photographed above is the original Charlie’s Angels – although these ladies didn’t solve crimes! 

They were part of the Manson Family in relation to Charles Manson, a legendary psychopath and lifelong criminal who began his hippie cult in San Francisco in 1967 and later moved his followers to an old abandoned movie ranch in California desert.

David Bowie in 1975 taken by photographer Steve Schapiro from a 12-hour photo shoot. 

This photo was later used as the back cover of Bowie’s album, Station to Station.

Marilyn Monroe posing in a pink outfit in her own home in 1952. Not only did she have beauty, but the brains too – and had an IQ of 168, which is even higher than Albert Einstein! 

Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, Monroe began her modeling career with her natural brown hair and later had cosmetic surgery done to her chin and nose.

Let’s not forget Cyndi Lauper was the queen of WWE and helped launch WrestleMania! 

Lauper won a Grammy in 1985 for Best New Artist, thanking fans reporting she had not expected this and always wanted to make art. 

Alice Cooper is known for his stage theatrics and although he was one to do crazy things, including cutting off his own head on stage –

– it was rumored he cut the head of a snake that tried to strangle him but denied ever “biting off the head off a live bat” – which was another rumor.

Apparently Susan Sarandon forgot to wear a shirt for this photo-shoot! Sarandon’s career started in 1969; she went on a casting call with her husband Chris Sarandon for the movie Joe… 

and although he didn’t get the part – she ended up getting a role as one of the leads in the movie, and the rest is history!

In 1975, Muhammed Ali came to Bob Dylan on the Night of the Hurricane Benefit Concert with a special gift – a huge boxing glove. 

The event was to benefit boxer, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was wrongfully imprisoned which Dylan wrote about in his song, Hurricane.

Although Back to the Future was not something to remember – we can thank Michael J. Fox for representing the self-lacing Nike Mag shoe which would come to life, light up and form to feet, worn by his character Marty McFly. 

The 2011 Nike Mag shoe was designed to be an almost identical copy of the shoes shown in the film and 1,500 pairs of the once mythical shoe went up for auction on Ebay.

Ric Flair aka “Nature Boy” and the ultimate wrestler! Flair was infamously known for his reputation as being an alcoholic and not only was he married 4 times. 

He claimed to have slept with more than 10,000 women and drank 10 beers and five cocktails a day for over 20 years. 

The Annual Freshman-Sophomore Snowball fight was a regular activity for Princeton students back in the days. 

Although the aftermath results look to be a bit more intense than from a snowball fight, this was a real thing!

Hoover Dam is located on the border between Nevada and Arizona and was constructed during the Great Depression (1931-1936).

The construction involved thousands of workers and over 100 workers had lost their lives – originally known as Boulder Dam and later renamed by President Herbert Hoover to Hoover Dam. 

John McEnroe and Sweden’s Bjorn Borg pictured in the early 80s, known to be enemies and polar opposites. 

McEnroe was hot-headed and Borg was calm and composed and reportedly played 16 times against each other.

In 1964, dinosaurs transported on the Hudson River on their way to the 1964 World’s Fair. This was part of a promotion for an oil company. 

The Sinclair Oil Corporation “Dinoland” which exhibited featured life-size models of nine dinosaurs and of those dinosaurs was a seventy foot long version of Sinclair Oil Corporation’s signature Brontosaurus.

This soldier is living his best life – pictured trying on the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire after the World War II conquest of the city of Nuremberg in 1945. 

This crown was previously worn by all emperors from the 10th to 19th century.

Bridgette Bardot was known for her work with Jean Luc Godard and Louis Malle and involved in the French New Wave of cinema in the 50s and 60s. 

Throughout her career, Bardot appeared in 47 films, several musicals and recorded more than 60 songs. Bardot retired from show business in 1973 and changed career paths and ultimately became an animal rights activist. 

Back in the 1970s, apparently green was the color for Frigidaire kitchen appliances. 

Frigidaire was founded by For Wayne in Indiana in 1919 and became so popular that in the mid 1990s, many Americans referred to all refrigerators as Frigidaire.

Christopher Robin Milne, son of author A.A. Milne, was an inspiration for the ‘Christopher Robin’ character in his father’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories.

The bear who inspired the world with his sweet demeanor and constantly tired appearance. 

Big thanks to Willis Carrier, an American engineer, who invented air conditioning.

In 1902, he invented the first electrical air conditioning unit and in 1915 started Carrier Corporation which furthered his  business into heating and ventilation systems. 

At only 17, Judy Garland won our hearts in the iconic movie, Wizard of Oz in 1939. 

What others may not know is that Garland was bullied by studio executives and even forced to starve herself for the film – resulting in a life of eating disorder behaviors and drug addiction. 

This photograph taken in 1959 displays an adorable French girl in 1959 is holding her kitty happy as can be. 

This was taken during the New Wave which not only influenced cinema but had a part in recognizing special moments in everyday life – such as a child’s love for animals. 

These unfortunate children grew up during the Great Depression. 

Rather than indulging in turkey and special treats like we are used to for the holidays – were stuck with simple turnips and cabbage. 

In the late 1800s, America began welcoming immigrants through Ellis Island which ultimately led to 2 million immigrants to the United States. 

This was the place that welcomed Europeans and the like to the United States and from here they spread across the country. 

Is that really Clint Eastwood? Look at this guy strolling down Via Veneto, one of the fanciest streets of Rome on a skateboard while rocking some fancy Italian shoes. 

This was taken during the time Eastwood was beginning his fame from the Spaghetti Western movies.

Legendary Jimi Hendrix struggled at 19 years old when he was given the choice of joining the Army or going to prison after being involved in riding stolen cars. 

Of course, Jimi chose the Army and after completing an eight week program at For Ord, California was assigned to the 101st Airbone Division.

Bill Gates showing off his groovy bike in the 1970s. Before Microsoft, Gates was just an average kid from Seattle. 

Being a son of brainiacs, it is no surprise he excelled throughout school and at an early age took an interest in programming, which resulted in his first computer program involving a game of tic-tac-toe for computer users.

At 14 years old, Olive Oatman’s parents were killed by a tribe of Native Indians. Oatman and her younger sister were enslaved and a year later traded to a Mohave tribe. 

The sisters were tattooed on the chin, and unfortunately her younger sister died of starvation.

Bloody Bill was born in 1840 and became the leader of the gang, Quantrill’s Raiders. During the Civil War, he had a lot of pent up rage and slaughtered Union soldiers whenever he could. 

On one occasion, he killed 20 soldiers with his gang and massacred another 100. 

Among the many Apache indians dressed in ceremonial pieces, are the Apache spirit dancers. This freaky looking costume and headpiece is their form of storytelling and healing from the “Mountain Spirits”. 

This photo was taken in 1887, but the Apache mountain spirit dancers live on through tradition.

One of the earliest forms of photography was referred to as ambrotype. 

It was used for about 10 years before tintype became more popular. Ambrotype was done on glass. 

Bison were hunted so much in the 19th century solely for their skins, that were almost to the point of extinction. 

This photo was taken in 1882 and shows just a small portion of the skulls gathered, the remaining bones were left to decay on the ground. 

This old west saloon in Michigan looks just like one of today’s many bars. 

That’s because the general layout of saloons and bars has not changed much in the last 150 years. There’s a counter with a bartender who sells alcohol – the perfect combination.

Captured by Frank G. Carpenter in the 1890s, this Eskimo Medicine Man was told to be exorcising “evil spirits” from a sick boy in Alaska. 

Looks like the treatment is scarier than the disease!

Belle Starr – one of the most female outlaws in the wild west. Born as Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr, and her family called her May. 

She rode sidesaddle with two pistols and was killed in 1889. Her murdered remains a mystery to this day. 

Wild Bill Hickock might have been the fastest fun in the west. Legend has it that he killed over 100 people. 

Bill was not happy when the count gave him the reputation of being a killer. He was responsible for exaggerating his kill count when in reality, he killed only about 10 men.

Native Americans had a special name for any Black American who served in the U.S. Army: Buffalo Solider. 

You might remember the term from Bob Marley’s song. In 2005, the final living Buffalo Soldier passed away. He was 111 years old. 

Wyatt Earp is pictured with his friend, Bat Masterson. 

Wyatt is known for his role in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral where he along with his brothers Morgan and Virgil, as well as his friend, Doc Holliday, squared off against four outlaws.  

Ned Christie, the Cherokee statesman is most noted for clashing with the U.S. lawmen. It all started when he was accused for murdering a U.S. Marshal in 1887.

This lead to what was called “Ned Christie’s War”. Two years later, the U.S. law enforcement burned down his home, and he escaped, although was killed after that. 

Geronimo was the leader of the Apaches and united several Native tribes against their American and Mexican enemies.

This image is one for the books as they are rare. Geronimo was a leader who did not find it comfortable to be in front of the public. 

In the late 1800s, you can make a lot of money mining gold, silver or copper. 

Owning the mine netted you the biggest profits, but the miners themselves also made out big.

Guns were an integral part of survival in the wild west and everyone had one.

Since photographs were a relatively new invention and very exclusive, many cowboys were filled with pride when they got their photograph taken. They always wanted to show off their guns in the pictures.

Laura Bullion aka “Rose of the Wild Bunch” learned the trade from her father who was a bank robber. 

This female rebel was remembered for her “rough” looks, and romantic involvement with several outlaws from the Wild Bunch. She eventually gave up her life in crime after spending several years in jail. 

This is probably one of the eeriest photos we’ve ever seen, which explains why it was difficult to find history behind it. 

The date of the photo is unknown, although it might be the creepiest “westworld host” we’ve ever seen!

Rufus Buck started a short-lived, but deadly gang including part Creek Indians and African-Americans. 

They killed some people, robbed, raped and were eventually captured. The gang was sentenced to death. 

Two Oglala Lakota Natives, known as Elk and Black Elk were part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. 

They traveled all around the world with the show and were famous for dancing while wearing shells and bells. 

Jesse James, known as an unstoppable outlaw would go to great lengths to follow through with a crime. The last thing you probably think of is a husband or father. 

Turns out, this dangerous outlaw had another side to him that was kind of “soft”. Here are his two children, Jesse Jr. and daughter, Mary in the early 1880s.

This rare photo was taken of Jesse James. 

This photo was taken on July 10th, 1864 in his hometown of Missouri when he was just 16 years old.

Buffalo Bill’s biggest attraction was his cowboys and their gun fight re-enactments. 

The best cowboy sharpshooters made it into the show and had to pass an audition to prove their skills. The show paid very well and was a good job to have back in these days.

There were quite a few female gunslingers and outlaws back in the old Wild West. 

Big Nose Kate pictured above was not only known as being outlaw Doc Holliday’s wife, but she also helped him escape from jail by setting jail on fire. The women back then had to be rebellious in nature.

Rose Dunn, also known as Rose of Cimarron, fell in love with a wild west bandit named George “Bittercreek” Newcomb after being introduced to him by her brothers.

In 1895, George was killed by the brothers after they became bounty hunters.

This 19th-century man, shown in a Kansas City newspaper, is wearing the traditional garb of the wild west. 

The hat he’s wearing is a Mexican sombrero and was vital to survival in the harsh wild western climate.

Kit Carson was an American frontiersman who helped develop California. He was illiterate and spent a lot of time with Natives. 

He even married 2 native women. His third wife was Mexican. Kit had a total of 10 children.

General Custer was most famous for losing at the Battle of Little Big Horn. 

He had risen in the Army ranks during the Civil War and the Indian Wars.

Frustrated for not being paid their wages, the Dalton brothers decided to take matters into their own hands. In 1890, they made the choice to become “outlaws.” 

They managed to stop quite a few trains in the next two years, but their life mission as outlaws came to a halt when they were caught robbing a bank in Kansas of 1892. All of the brothers were shot, 2 killed, and the survivor Emmet went on to serve 14 years in jail. 

In the late 1800s, photographer John Grabill sent almost 200 pictures to Congress for copyright. 

His photos chronicled the development of South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado, as well as its effects on the local Natives.

Pearl Hart gained notoriety just before the turn of the 20th century as a female stagecoach robber. 

She cut her hair short, dressed in men’s clothing, and was eventually sentenced to five years in prison, but pardoned after three years.

Traveling across the wild west was very dangerous. 

Many rich travelers had to hire armed men to protect them on dangerous routes.

One of the most successful cavalry regiments on the Confederate side of the Civil War was Terry’s Texas Rangers. 

The regiment was formed in 1861 and was involved in at least 275 engagements until it was finally dissolved in 1865.

Back in the 19th century, people moved around, just not as frequently as they do today. 

Here is a couple taking a break in Kansas as they head west to start a new life.

This picture depicts a true cowboy, Charlie Nebo, along with Nicholas Janis. 

Charlie never tried to inflate his achievements and was happy to live like a true frontier man.

Buffalo Bill, whose real name was William Cody, started a very popular “Wild West” show in 1883 that lasted for several decades. 

The show toured around the U.S. and had many acts, including gun fight re-enactments.

Santiago ‘Jimmy’ McKinn was a 12-year old, who lived with his family in the lower Mimbres Valley in New Mexico. 

One day, while out with his older brother Martin, a group of Chiricahua Apache led by Geronimo approached the two and then quickly killed Martin and abducted young Santiago. 

Apparently, fashion wasn’t the biggest area of focus during the wild west days. These women took part in the popular job of gold mining. 

Many people started moving out to the west with the dream of striking it rich digging for gold. 

This photo depicts the different personalities of these “Wild West Outlaws.” 

While some were cold blooded killers, others seemed to have a sense of humor. As if swapping hats is going to disguise one another. 

This female outlaw was a Wild West legend. She made quite the statement after she married Cherokee Sam Star and got involved with horse stealing and bootlegging. 

She was caught for horse stealing and was put behind bars in 1883. Like most of these outlaws, she was killed in 1899, just 9 years after tying the knot her partner in crime.

Spotted Elk was a chief of the Lakota Sioux tribe who was well respected amongst his tribe for being a skillful diplomat. He was also a man of peace, who settled many massive wars. 

Unfortunately for Big Foot, his last day was spent serving his people at the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 where he was killed along with 152 other innocent people, including women and children. 


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