Have you ever wondered what photographs are missing from history, that none of us can ever remember seeing but are essential for knowing what happened?
Photos were being taken of people who no longer even exist cohesively as a civilization: Native Americans and Aborigines people were photographed in he 1860’s and 70’s, but we hardly ever see them.
Here are 31 photos that remain forgotten from history, including recent history.
Is that a Knight’s Templar symbol on her clothing or is that some other Victorian age symbol? Her facial expression says rigidity, but apparently she’s asking someone to smile for the camera. Why no duck face?
This guy is on top of a moving USS Queenfish Balao-class submarine. The exact details behind this photo are unknown.
Meet Queenie the Waterskiing Elephant. Several decades ago Liz Dane and Queenie appeared at circuses and on television shows, county fairs and events where the happy elephant would water-ski.
As part of a 1950’s publicity stunt, US President Dwight Eisenhower let Helen Keller touch his face on November 3, 1953.
During the Great Oil Crisis that struck the Netherlands in the 1970’s, a group of people decided to have a picnic on a deserted highway on November 4, 1973.
In the year 1900, a woman took a selfie in the Victorian era.
In the 1950’s, you could get what they referred to as a “10,000 calorie sundae” in Lynchburg, Virginia for 35 cents.
Remember the roaring lion at the beginning of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) movies? He was also named Leo the lion, probably for the astrological sign that is a lion.
This is Disneyland in 1961, kind of creepy.
Not a very pretty sight for people who know about the true victims of warfare, this was the very first launch of the American Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, off the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. This could only be left out of history in an effort to make it seem like they cared about warfare less.
This 1916 photo was taken somewhere in the region of Northern France. The image looks grim and as some would say, apocalyptic, but it was a group of British soldiers playing soccer. Still looks creepy.
In 1961, trumpet player Louis Armstrong took a trip to Egypt. Remember all the old, obscure vinyl records you might find in the house of your grandparents? During the Cold War, American musicians were actually kind of flaunted and encouraged to take international trips to promote the way of life in the West.
Fidel Castro likes to play basketball too. In Poland, Fidel Castro of Cuba played a game of basketball with university students from Wisla Krakow. Apparently baseball is the most celebrated sport in Cuba.
In 1910, the Great Flood in Paris caused the Seine River to get out of control. Residents of the city decided to use boats to move around despite the flood.
This might qualify as World War 2 propaganda, it is a woman in Cologne, Germany being an acrobat for no apparent reason after the Nazis were bombed, as well as innocent people. Cologne was bombed in a whopping 262 air raids. In May 1942, an incredible 1,000 bombs were dropped on the German city by the Allied nations.
Neil Armstrong ate this for breakfast before going to the Moon.
Back in 1914, only royalty could get a portrait in color. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was the spark for World War 1.
In 1870, this Japanese Samurai was photographed by Felice Beato, a British-Italian photographer.
In the 1870’s as well, this Native American man from the Mojave desert was photographed.
Apparently just 6 years ago, North Korea was a little different. Maybe that’s not exactly true. Either way this is a supermarket in North Korea in 2012.
In 1912, big blocks of ice helped kids in New York City stay cool. New York isn’t even a place that is usually hot.
Before the RMS Titanic went down, the state of the art electric horse and rowing machine aboard the ship were enjoyed in this photo.
This is truly the wild west. In 1883, this photo was taken in North Platte, Nebraska.
A Native American standing on a hill in 1868, staring at the completed Transcontinental Railroad was captured in this somber photo, in Nevada.
The Vietnam War was rightfully protested in photos like this, but now people have lost that kind of inspiration for the most part.
During the Terra Nova Expedition, this photo was taken in Antarctica by the British between the years of 1911 and 1913.
The Queen holding an instrument of death, posing for a photo. This is a more accurate representation of her character than almost any other photos of her.
Remember Jim Morrison.
It’s strictly forbidden to photograph the proceedings of the Supreme Court but here this photo was taken anyway in 1914. A similar event happened in 1932, when a photojournalist named Erich Saloman became the first person to ever sneak a camera into the United States Senate. He faked having a broken arm and managed to conceal a camera in his sling.
That “giant man” has a certain disorder that makes him look like that.
That’s right: Kim Jong-un on horseback.
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