Fascinating Vintage Photos Capture Jazz Club Scenes and Style of Bygone Days, 1920s-1940s

The Jazz Age, also known as the Roaring Twenties, was an electrifying era that epitomized a heady mix of cultural rebellion, artistic expression, and newfound freedom. At the heart of this period was jazz music, an innovative genre that not only transformed the music scene but al … | Continue reading


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Vintage Photos of Bygone Pittsburgh and its Residents Choking under Clouds of Coal Smoke, 1940-1950

The history of coal smoke in Pittsburgh is one of the most well-known examples of environmental pollution in American history. At its height, the smoke produced by the city’s industries was so thick that it was said to block out the sun. The scale of the problem is revealed in th … | Continue reading


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The Rise and Fall of the Pet Rock: A Look Back at the 1975 Holiday Craze

In the mid-1970s, an unusual product burst onto the scene, capturing the attention of millions of people across the United States. The Pet Rock, a simple rock with googly eyes glued on and nestled in a cardboard box with a bed of straw, became an instant sensation and cultural ph … | Continue reading


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Vancouver’s Stanley Park through vintage photos that show a bygone era, 1900s-1930s

Stanley Park in Vancouver is one of the most renowned urban parks in the world, attracting visitors from all over the globe. With its lush forests, stunning views, and diverse wildlife, the park has become a beloved landmark of the city. This article shows old photos of Stanley P … | Continue reading


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Vintage Photos of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Factory From Their Early Days, 1900s-1930s

Founded in 1903, Harley-Davidson is one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression along with its historical rival, Indian Motorcycles. The company has survived numerous ownership arrangements, subsidiary arrangements, periods of poor economic … | Continue reading


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Fascinating Old Photos of a Young Charlie Chaplin Without His Iconic Mustache and Hat

Charlie Chaplin is widely regarded as the greatest comic artist of the screen and one of the most important figures in motion-picture history. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both ad … | Continue reading


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Vintage Portraits Depict Mustache Styles and Haircuts of the Late 19th Century Men, 1880s-1900s

The man of the late 19th century, no matter his social status, was sure to don a perfectly stylish and manicured mustache as a part of any proper gentlemen’s attire. During the Crimean War in the 1850s was when men started to really show off a variety of different facial hair sty … | Continue reading


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Stunning Vintage Photos Capture Street Scenes of Los Angeles in the 1930s

This collection of impressive photos captures the street scenes and everyday life of Los Angeles in the 1930s. Most of the pictures were taken by Ansel Adams which commissioned to document the city’s industry as the country was shoring up its air power. Many of his photographs fo … | Continue reading


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Old Photos Show the Spectacle of Victorian Women’s Hairstyles, 1870s-1900s

The 19th century was an interesting time for hair and fashion in general. Many cultural changes were occurring, and Europe and America alike saw many integral style periods, all of which gave birth to hairstyles of their own. The women who lived during the Victorian era opted for … | Continue reading


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Vintage Color Photos Capture Street Scenes of Los Angeles From 1940s to 1960s

These amazing color photographs show the streets of Los Angeles between the 1940s and 1960s. During the early 20th century, Los Angeles continued to boom and by the early 1920s, it had overtaken San Francisco in size. By 1939 it had a population of over 1.5 million. The Biltmore … | Continue reading


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Vintage photographs show the FBI's fingerprint files from 1944

These photos picture the overflow filling facility that the FBI’s Identification Division started using during World War II for the purposes of clearance needs of the armed services. | Continue reading


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Retro personal computer ads from the 1980s

This photo collection of vintage ads gives a glimpse into how the computer industry developed in the early 1980s. | Continue reading


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Behind the scenes pictures from the making of Star Wars saga, 1977

Star Wars is an American epic space-opera franchise created by George Lucas, which began with the eponymous 1977 Star Wars film. | Continue reading


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Photos of Vis-O-Matic, the pre-Internet online shopping store, 1950s

"Vis-O-Matic" was the Amazon Prime of its era: a store equipped with televisions where customers sat down and ordered products off the screen. | Continue reading


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Old photos show how students decorated their dorm rooms, 1890-1950

These images, taken between the turn of the 20th century and 1950s, show how student housing in the US has changed over the past hundred or so years. | Continue reading


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The dangerous playgrounds of 1900s through vintage photographs

If it seems like today’s kids have gotten “softer” compared to the kids decades ago, perhaps it’s because playgrounds have gotten softer as well. | Continue reading


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The Antarctic Snow Cruiser, a Colossal Failure

The Antarctic Snow Cruiser was developed under the direction of the explorer Admiral Richard Byrd and it was intended to facilitate transport in Antarctica. | Continue reading


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Vintage computer ads that show how far we’ve progressed, 1970-1990

In this article, we’ve collected some retro computer ads to give you a hands-on look into what made the tech headlines before the age of smartphones. | Continue reading


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The inflatable dummy tanks of battlefields, 1918-1945

A secret unit of the U.S. Army composed of artists, illustrators, radio operators and sound experts known as the “Ghost Army” used inflatable decoy tanks. | Continue reading


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Aircraft detection before radar, 1917-1940

Acoustic location was used from mid-WW1 to the early years of WW2 for the passive detection of aircraft by picking up the noise of the engines. | Continue reading


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The stilt-walking shepherds of France's grasslands, 1843-1937

Locally referred to as tchangues, or “big legs,” the five-foot wooden stilts were strapped to a person’s legs and supplemented with a long staff which a shepherd used to direct his flock and as a support for resting. | Continue reading


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The World Trade Center under construction through photos, 1966-1979

The photographic journey of the construction of the World Trade Center buildings, a long-gone icon of New York City. | Continue reading


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Vintage and bizarre photos of exercise machines from the past, 1920-1970

Starting from the early 20th century, people used elaborate contraptions, painful machinery, bizarre devices, and strange poses to get their ideal fit body. | Continue reading


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Rare real colour photos of WWII

These are rarely seen color pictures from the Second World War featured in the book “The Second World War in Colour” by the Imperial War Museum. | Continue reading


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The futuristic world as envisioned by Echte Wagner advertising cards, 1930

These future fantasy collectible cards were published by Echte Wagner in the first half of the 20th century and are quite wonderful in their predictions. | Continue reading


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A father comforts his son on deathbed. The photo that changed the face of AIDS

In November 1990 LIFE magazine published a photograph of a young man, his body wasted by AIDS, surrounded by family members as he took his last breaths. | Continue reading


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Old and photos of Bedouin nomads, 1898

These rare photos from the end of the 19th century capture a range of Bedouins at a time of change. An amazing and striking photo collection. | Continue reading


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Spacelander was the Bicycle of the Future, 1946-1960

The Spacelander bicycle was designed by Benjamin Bowden in 1946 and represented what the bicycle of the future was supposed to look like. | Continue reading


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A soldier's face after four years of war, 1941-1945

The museum caption reads: (Left) The artist Eugen Stepanovich Kobytev the day he went to the front in 1941. (Right) In 1945 when he returned”. | Continue reading


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Hitler rehearsing his speech in front of the mirror, 1925

Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party, strikes a pose for photographer Heinrich Hoffmann whilst rehearsing and listening his recorded speech. | Continue reading


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Rare Vietnam War images from the winning side, 1965-1975

The so-called first 'television war', the Vietnam war was defined and shaped by cameras and the bold photographers behind them. | Continue reading


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The Rhino: a bizarre experimental all-terrain vehicle

The amphibious four-wheeled vehicle called Rhino was designed by the Greek-American inventor Elie Aghnides. Here are some rare pictures of the Rhino. | Continue reading


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The remains of the astronaut Vladimir Komarov, a man who fell from space, 1967

The above photograph shows the charred remains of Komarov being looked over by Soviet officials during his open casket funeral. | Continue reading


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The only illegal photos taken inside the US Supreme Court in session, 1932-1937

There are only two known photos in existence taken inside the US Supreme Court while in session. The Supreme Court of the United States does not allow cameras in the courtroom when the court is in session. | Continue reading


@rarehistoricalphotos.com | 3 years ago

Remembering the hysteria over Windows 95 launch (1995)

On Aug. 24, 1995, Microsoft—at that time a tech company with around $6 billion in sales and 17,800 employees—introduced their newest operating system. | Continue reading


@rarehistoricalphotos.com | 3 years ago

Niagara Falls Without Water

For six months in the summer and fall of 1969, Niagara’s American Falls were “de-watered”, as the Army Corps of Engineers conducted a geological survey of the falls’ rock face. | Continue reading


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Use of Masks During the Spanish Flu Pandemic, 1918

From the earliest recognition of the Spanish Flu, US public health authorities recommended masks for doctors, nurses, and general public. | Continue reading


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The German front in rare color photos, 1914-1918

These incredible color photographs of the German battlefront during the First World War, 1914-1918, were taken by Hans Hildenbrand. | Continue reading


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The Burning Monk, 1963

The burning monk was attempting to show that to fight all forms of oppression on equal terms, Buddhism too, needed to have its martyrs. | Continue reading


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The Revolutionary Bell Labs Datacenter, 1960s

Since the early 1900s Bell Telephone Laboratories, or Bell Labs, has been a major source of technological experimentation and change. | Continue reading


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Pictures from the 1939 New York World's Fair

An idea dreamed up at the height of the depression, the theme of the 1939 World's Fair in New York was "The World of Tomorrow". | Continue reading


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The priest and the dying soldier, 1962

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Dr. Leonid Rogozov operating himself to remove his appendix in Antarctica, 1961

Leonid Rogozov was a Soviet general practitioner who took part in the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960–1961. | Continue reading


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The Old Cincinnati Library before being demolished, 1874-1955

Built in 1874 on the site reserved for an opera house, the Old Cincinnati Library was a thing of wonder. With five levels of cast iron shelving, a | Continue reading


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