Father stares at severed hand and foot of his daughter, punishment for failing the rubber quota, 1904

A Congolese man stares at the severed hand and foot of his five-year-old daughter as punishment for failing to make the daily rubber quota, in Belgian Congo, 1904. This photo was taken by Alice Seeley Harris. The man was identified as Nsala. In her book “Don’t Call Me Lady: The Journey of Lady Alice Seeley … Read more

What FBI’s Filing System Looks Like During World War II

The following photos give us a fascinating look inside the FBI’s overflow filing system. Housed during World War II in the Washington, D.C. Armory, the FBI’s archive collected over 23 million cards and 10 million fingerprint records, with around 400,000 new cards added every month. Take a closer look. GEORGE SKADDING/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES … Read more

What Sweden Looked Like Over 110 Years Ago

This beautiful collection of old photographs from Swedish National Heritage Board captured Sweden from over 100 years ago. You are about to see town views, city environments, harbors, streets, palaces, dwelling houses, railway stations, castles, etc. from Stockholm, industrial and university towns with medieval roots like Visby (today a UNESCO World Heritage), and other towns … Read more

Warship Evaded the Enemy by Disguising Itself as an Island (1942)

Dutch warship HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen blending in with the environment (1942) Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons During World War II, the Japanese fleet completely crushed a combined Dutch-American-Australian-British fleet at the Battle of the Java Sea. The victorious Japanese then occupied the entire Netherlands East Indies. With four Dutch warships survived the Japanese onslaught, they decided … Read more