These 34 Incredibly Rare Historical Photos Will Leave You Speechless

American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane once coined the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This simple notion applies to various aspects of our lives, but most especially to our rich history.

Here’s another interesting collection of photos that many of you may not have seen before:

1. First selfie, ca. 1920

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2. A utility worker giving mouth-to-mouth to a co-worker after he contacted a high voltage wire in 1967.

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3. This soldier stood alone, refusing to join the Nazi salute in 1936.

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4. This Austrian boy got a new pair of shoes in World War II.

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5. A random but poignant soldier in Vietnam, 1965.

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6. Animals used to be involved in medical therapy as early as 1956.

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7. Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory with his “Magnifying Transmitter.”

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8. A Catholic woman and her protestant husband laid to rest in Holland, 1888.

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9. Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

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10. Einstein at Nassau Point, Long Island, New York in the summer of 1939.

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11. Woman with a gas-resistant pram, England, 1938

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12. Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916

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13. Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

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14. Hippo pulling a cart, 1924

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15. Advertisement for Atabrine, anti-malaria drug, in Papua, New Guinea during WWII

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16. Soldier shares a banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan, ca. 1944

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17. Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937

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18. A grotto in an iceberg seen during the British Antarctic Expedition, January 5, 1911.

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19. Bookstore in London ruined by an air raid, 1940

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20. Walter Yeo, one of the first to undergo an advanced plastic surgery and a skin transplant, 1917

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21. Suntan vending machine, 1949

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22. Measuring bathing suits – if they were too short, women would be fined, 1920s

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23. Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it, ca. 1964

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24. Lifeguard on the coast, 1920s

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25. Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test, Las Vegas, 1953

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26. Mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948

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27. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941

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28. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

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29. Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, 1963

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30. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930

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31. A space chimp posing to camera after a successful mission to space, 1961

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32. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, 1929

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33. Little girl with her doll sitting in the ruins of her bombed home, London, 1940

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34. Painting the Eiffel Tower, 1932.

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