18 Photos That Can’t Be Found in History Schoolbooks (and the Amazing Stories Behind Some of Them)
In history lessons, we read about great and fatal events. The text was usually accompanied by black-and-white photos of old times with serious people. But these people were not as gloomy as they might have appeared.
Bright Side collected 18 photos that we never saw at school.
1. A boy with a new pair of shoes
This Austrian boy’s name was Werfel. These shoes were donated to him by the Junior Red Cross. He was 6 years old when photographer Gerald Waller captured him in 1946.
2. The puddle jumper
The famous Jewish photographer Martin Munkacsi took this photograph in New York in 1934, during the Great Depression. The blurred background shows us the sadness of that difficult period. The jumping woman is contrasted with the frozen background. Her wide smile and leap symbolize the hope for happiness and better times.
3. A Victorian couple tries not to laugh while taking pictures for a portrait, the 1890s
Yes, we are used to seeing frozen expressions on the gloomy faces of those times. In fact, it was very difficult to take a picture in 1890. People were not photographed every day. For some, the chance to take a photo was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But it was not so sad. Look at this couple and how cute they are!
4. Marilyn Monroe working out at home, 1952
Stars always work on their bodies. Look at the figure of Marilyn Monroe! It was not only the benefit of steak and carrots but also her daily activities with the barbell.
5. Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in front of the Sphinx by the pyramids in Giza, 1961
During the Cold War, the United States of America sent their best musicians abroad. The USA did this in the framework of cultural diplomacy. For example, in this photo, we see how Louis Armstrong played his trumpet for his wife, Lucille, in Egypt in 1961 at the foot of the Great Sphinx.
6. Wait for me, Daddy!
The photograph was taken in 1940 by Claude P. Dettloff. In the photo, a 5-year-old boy named Warren ran away from his mother to his father, Private Jack Bernard of the British Columbia Regiment. The boy cried, "Wait for me, Daddy!" This photo was published in Life magazine and hung in all the schools in British Columbia during the war.
7. A young man playing banjo with his best friend, the 1920s
8. "Children on Stoop Wearing Masks" by Helen Levitt (1939)
Helen Levitt was an American photographer, and she has been called “the most celebrated and least-known photographer of her time.“ Helen Levitt was noted for her ”street photography" around New York.
9. A French girl with a kitty, 1959
10. Dorothy Gulliver, 1928
Dorothy Gulliver was a star of silent cinema. In this photo, she posed for a publicity shot for the film The Collegians.
11. Frank Sinatra asks Lou Gehrig for an autograph,1939
Lou "The Iron Horse" Gehrig was a professional baseball player. Frank Sinatra was just 23 and wasn’t so famous. That day might have been the last day Lou Gehrig wore a baseball uniform because he had a serious illness. After meeting with Gehrig, Frank Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey’s band and became very popular.
12. An unusual portrait of a Victorian lady, 1840
13. Lipstick tests on a bald man, 1950
In this photo, female volunteers test lipstick by kissing a bald man. Looks like the best job in the world for a man, right?
14. Perfume dispensers in public bathrooms, 1952
15. Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen and his wife, 1947
Peter Freuchen had an amazing life. This Dane was an Arctic explorer, an actor, the author of 30 books, and an anthropologist. In the photo, this stern-looking man stands next to his 3rd wife, Dagmar Kon.
16. Portrait of an unknown lady, 1840
17. Iron worker in NYC
New York is famous for its skyscrapers. Do you know who built them and how? Courageous workers did it, and they played with death every day. They even went up and worked without safety ropes!
18. Testing a rugby helmet, 1912
Oops! This is how helmets were tested for strength in 1912. It doesn’t compare with current crash tests...
Of course, now there are many funny pictures. We make them every day and post them on Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks. But look at these 18 old photos! They are filled with vivid and invaluable moments!
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