December 7, 2014

Humans are Nuts! 30 Incredible Historical Photos.

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He who forgets or ignores is doomed to repeat or perpetuate. Awareness for the win!

Did you know that Porsche designed the Beetle, for Hitler? Did you know that Hugo Boss designed the Nazi Uniform?

These photos are crazy!


Major General Horatio Gordon Robley with his collection of tattooed Maori heads, 1895:


Selfies, circa 1920:

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


A rare color photograph of two Parisian women from 1930:

Porsche showing the model of the beetle to Hitler, 1930s:

Porsche showing the model of the beetle to Hitler, 1930s

Class held in a train wagon (reason unknown), Ontario, Canada, 1932:

The Olympic flame arrives in Berlin, 1936:

The famous photo by Jimmy Sime that illustrates the class divide in pre-war Britain, 1937:

Driving class at Michigan Highland Park University, 1939:

Georges Blind, a Member of the French Resistance, Smiling at a German Firing Squad, October 1944:

A Dutch woman entering military captivity with her husband, a German soldier, 1944:

To demonstrate the superiority of the Red Army, 57.000 German prisoners of war are herded through downtown Moscow, July 1944:

Liberty bridge in Budapest made temporarily usable after the siege, 1945:

Japanese guards bow before US prisoners of war being released from a Yokohama detention center following the capitulation of Japan, 1945:

The last commercial sailing ship, Pamir, to round Cape Horn in 1949:

James Dean posing in the coffin in the local undertaker in his home town in the year of his car crash and ensuing death, January 1955:

Fidel Castro plays baseball in Havana, 1959:

A low-division hockey match is interrupted, Sweden, 1959:

Iranian woman before the Islamic Revolution, 1960:

Residents of West Berlin show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side, 1961:

The last prisoners leaving Alcatraz, 1963:


Detective in disguise in Brooklyn, 1969:

Rien ne vas plus in the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas while Man is landing on the Moon, 1969:

One of the two Riace Bronzes discovered by an amateur scuba diver is brought out of the Ionian sea. Calabria, Italy. August 1972. Imagine seeing that underwater!

Bill and Hillary Clinton as university students, 1973:

An assistant holding an umbrella over an actor’s head during the filming of the scandalous erotic thriller Caligula, 1976:

Pelé taking a break on the field of Hungarian football club MTK while filming “Escape to Victory”, 1980:

War is hell.

British soldier observing Argentinean helmets after the Battle of Goose Green on the Falkland Islands, May 1982:

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates discuss the PC’s future at Jobs’ Palo Alto home, 1991. Photo by George Lange

Nice rug:

Camels and burning Kuwaiti oil fields that had been blown up by retreating Iraqi troops, 1991. (Photo by Steve McCurry/National Geographic)



Relephant Reads:


Animals in the Womb: Gorgeous Images.

40 Historic Photos that still open our Eyes.

10 Photos you’ve never seen that You’ll Never Forget.




Bonus: here’s another way to blow one’s mind—not just history, but present can wake us up: video


Bonus: 36 rare photographs of history


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