Iconic Photos That Show A Different Side Of History

July 28, 2022
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There are numerous well-known images out there that we have all seen countless times. There are, however, just as many undiscovered treasures that are so uncommon you’ve probably never seen them before.

Let’s look at some unique images that portray a different aspect of history.

Staircase On The Titanic Before And After The Accident

An impressive staircase was one of the Titanic’s many notable features. Sadly, the staircase has never been captured on camera.

We can get a pretty good idea of what the staircase must have looked like before the crash thanks to the RMS Olympic, a nearly identical ship from the same era that sailed until 1935.

The Stewardess Who Escaped From Two Sailing Ships’ Sinking

Although it’s unlikely that you’ve heard of her, Argentine stewardess and nurse Violet Jessop accomplished a miraculous feat that no one else in human history has been able to do again.

She was present when the RMS Olympic and Titanic sank in 1911 and 1912, and lived through both events. During both incidents, she saved children and assisted passengers in boarding lifeboats.

Norma Jean Dougherty

In 1943, Norma Jean Dougherty was a young woman who posed for a picture. She had no idea that a few years after this picture was taken, she would become one of the biggest stars in the world.

This young woman later became Marilyn Monroe. She entered Hollywood gradually after beginning as a model. What follows is history.

Young Johnny Carson

One of the most legendary hosts of late-night talk shows is Johnny Carson. He created The Tonight Show and served as its host for an amazing 30 years.

It’s difficult to believe that he once was a young kid with lofty goals. Here he was in 1940, just 15 years old. He had no idea that one day he would be a huge celebrity.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart made significant contributions to aviation. She was the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone and had no fear.

One of the final pictures of her taken before she vanished is this one. She was very fashionable, as you can see, especially for the time.

The Aqua-Trail Houseboat, 1959

After the end of World War II, American consumerism soared. Mass production of all kinds of goods began, and technological development accelerated.

The first attempt at a camping trailer that could also serve as a houseboat was the Aqua-Trail houseboat. There were only 32 produced, and if you can find one, it is currently worth millions of dollars.

1863 Civil War veteran

Humans can withstand a variety of wounds, but being shot in the head is not one of them. The odds of surviving are extremely slim, and they were even slimmer in the 1800s.

When he survived being shot in the forehead during the Civil War, Jacob Miller defied all expectations. He also suffered from a number of other wounds but fully recovered.

Sammy Davis Jr. & Clint Eastwood

Sammy Davis Jr. and a young Clint Eastwood are seen in this uncommon photo taken backstage at the Sands Hotel following Davis’ concert in 1959. Eastwood’s career was just beginning at the time.

What was the connection between these two myths? Apparently, they were both gun lovers. The pair were captured on camera admiring a revolver.

Posing for billboard painters as a model

These days, billboards are everywhere. They are simple to set up and appear to change every few weeks. However, everything was different in 1947.

In reality, hand-painted billboards were created by painters who had to risk their lives to reach those heights. Models would also occasionally be used.

Bob Ross’s Air Force Assignment

Without the side-by-side images, it would be very difficult to identify Bob Ross on the left. All of us are accustomed to seeing him with his thick hair and beard.

Ross was a master sergeant in his earlier years. He spent 20 years in the air force rather than bringing joy to the world on television. He went away to pursue his love of painting.

Abraham Lincoln and his son

President Abraham Lincoln would typically be pictured with other prominent politicians or Heads of State, so this was a very unusual occasion for him.

Here, he can be seen beaming while posing for a photo with his son Tad. Lincoln was killed ten weeks after the photo was taken.

Priests and Hippies Interact

The last thing that comes to mind when we envision a hippie festival is a gathering of priests. However, in 1971, these priests attended the Glastonbury festival.

They were there to share the gospel with the attendees, who could care less about the music, not to listen to it. This incredible image that highlights the contrast between two distinctly different worlds is the end result.

An unadorned Geisha, 1905

If this picture weren’t in black and white, one might assume it was taken only a few years ago because it looks so contemporary. But this picture was taken more than a century ago.

It portrays a Geisha without the customary makeup and with her hair down, which was incredibly uncommon to see. These women have never been seen or captured in photos like this.

Newlyweds Near the Waterhen River

In this photograph from Saskatchewan, Canada, taken in 1931, a young infatuated couple is seen posing close to the Waterhen River.

It was extremely uncommon for two natives to pose unafraid for a photographer like Paul Coze. Native Americans were typically very reserved due to the widespread prejudice they faced from the Caucasian population.

Marilyn Monroe As Theda Bara, 1958

Even though Marilyn Monroe is as stunning as ever, she is not recognisable in this picture. She honored the woman who had come a few decades earlier as the biggest sex symbol of her time.

Theda Bara, a silent film actress known by the stage name “The Vamp,” was the woman in question. Here, Monroe aped Cleopatra to recreate Bara’s famous appearance.

Dinner Party in 1904 at the Hotel Astor

History Daily Hotel, in picture One of the priciest and most opulent hotels in New York City was Astor. Only extremely wealthy people would stay there, and a room would be extremely expensive.

The hotel had just opened when this picture was taken in 1904, just a few months later. A lavish dinner party is depicted, with all the men seated at one table and the women seated all the way in the back.

Young Jewish Boy

Istvan Reiner was a young child who belonged to a Jewish community and lived in a ghetto in Hungary. He was only four years old when this photo was taken, and he was grinning because he didn’t understand what was really going on.

As you can see, he was donning the striped uniform that was required of everyone living in concentration camps. This picture was taken just before he was transported to Auschwitz.

1969’s The Three Stooges in Yellowstone

The Three Stooges were a comedy group that existed between 1922 and 1970. Making people laugh was Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and “Curly Joe” DeRita’s top priority in life as they made history in the comedy industry.

The group visited Yellowstone in 1969, and while there, they posed for this picture with three park rangers. Sadly, Fine had to retire after having a stroke a few weeks after they were supposed to film the pilot for a new series.

Police Officer Guarding A Pharmacy During A Flood

Staying at one’s post during a significant flood would be the last thing anyone would think to do, but this policeman took his job very seriously. When a deadly flood struck Cambridge, Ontario in 1974, people were submerged up to their waists.

The person in the photo, Constable John Shuttleworth, was dispatched to guard this pharmacy against local shoplifters who were stealing everything they could. It was impressive to see him stand there with such a strong commitment.

Prince Harry and Princess Diana

Given that Princess Diana consistently acted in a kind, sweet, and compassionate manner, it is understandable why she was referred to as The People’s Princess.

One of the best pictures of a royal ever is this one of Diana holding her youngest son, Prince Harry. She was not afraid to show her children affection in front of the public, unlike other royals.

A Bizarre Style from 1895

Since the beginning of time, people have blindly followed fashion trends, no matter how ridiculous they may have turned out to be in the end.

This image is a perfect illustration of this phenomenon. In 1895, a man with hair and facial hair that resembled the shape of the moon was captured on camera. Should this style be reintroduced?

Family gathering

Millions of people across many nations lost their lives in the devastating World War II. Most people anticipated their loved ones would die rather than return home given the high number of casualties.

When this Russian soldier was reunited with his sisters, who had believed he had been killed in action, he was photographed. Since he hadn’t heard from his sisters in months, the soldier also believed they had passed away.

Mick Jagger and Dolly Parton

Since they are both among the most well-known musicians in the world, Dolly Parton and Mick Jagger require no introduction. However, seeing them together is pretty uncommon because of how different their musical styles are.

In 1977, the rockstar and the country legend posed for a photo backstage at New York’s Bottom Line, and it is clear that the two had a close friendship.

A Distressed Patient


Because a consultation with the dentist can be extremely painful, many kids and even adults are afraid of them. This young patient, whose head was bandaged and who appeared to have recently undergone surgery, was dissatisfied with the dentist’s assistance.

A Young Don Knotts

Don Knotts struggled to find success before he became a well-known comedian. His first attempt at comedy was as a ventriloquist, and Danny “Hooch” Matador was the name of his dummy.

After a while, he began to feel stuck in his ventriloquist act and realized that continuing to do the same thing would prevent him from progressing in his career. Because his manager did not want him to give it up, he made up the story that the dummy had been lost. The truth is that he actually threw it overboard while on a ship. Oddly, he admitted to his friend that he had heard the dummy scream for help.

Women in Combat, 1895

In the past, it was against the law for women to serve in the military, but there have been a few instances of rebellious women who took up arms despite the risks.

During the Hamidian Massacres of 1895, when the Turkish killed thousands of Armenians, these Armenian women posed for a photograph. These women were prepared to stand up for their nation.

Lisa Fonssagrives On The Eiffel Tower, 1939

Those who are afraid of heights may find it terrifying to look at this image, especially once they realize that it is completely accurate. In 1939, Lisa Fonssagrives bravely and artistically posed while suspended from the Eiffel Tower.

This photo shoot for Vogue was conducted by the stunning Fonssagrives without the use of any security measures. Fortunately, she wasn’t hurt, and the photos changed history.

John F. Kennedy Campaigning Door-to-door In West Virginia, 1960

Politicians have campaigned in newspapers, on television, and now even online, but John F. Kennedy went above and beyond by going door to door.

Kennedy became aware of the West Virginians’ disliking of him due to his Catholic faith during the Democratic Primary for the 1960 Presidential race. He, therefore, made the decision to fly there and interact directly with the locals. As a result, he won the state.

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