Rare Historical Photos
Rare Historical Photos – Vol 1. Take a look at these fascinating historical photos and discover the real stories behind them! This will be the first volume in many rare historical photos series we will post on the site. Enjoy.
Construction of The Statue Of Liberty in Bartholdi’s Parisian warehouse workshop in Paris, France – winter of 1882. The now famous American icon arrived in New York City in 1885 as 350 pieces of copper and iron contained in 214 wooden crates. It was finally pieced together and unveiled at Ellis Island, New York in late October 1886. (LOC.gov / public domain)
All eight Kennedy children. From left to right: Jean, Bobby, Patricia, Eunice, Kathleen, Rosemary, Jack, Joe Jr. – This Kennedy family photo was taken in Hyannis Port, Massachussets – 1928. (jfklibrary.org)
Rare Historical Photos – Turn of the century sledding in Central Park, New York – ca 1900s. (newyorkologist.org)
Jewish prisoners being rescued from a Death Train – 1945. These Death Trains (aka Holocaust Trains) were railyway transports orchestrated by the Deutsche Reichsbahn under strict supervision of German Nazis. The sole purpose of these trains was to forcibly deport Jews and other Holocaust victims to Nazi concentration and extermination camps.
Race officials trying to stop Kathrine Switzer from running in the Boston Marathon. Switzer was able to fight her way through and became the first woman to finish the race – 1967. (thinkinghumanity.com)
Nazi rally at the Cathedral of Light – Nuremberg, Germany – 1937. The Cathedral of Light – or Lichtdom – was an aesthetic feature at Nazi nighttime rallies and consisted of 152 anti-aircraft searchlights placed at intervals of 12 meters aimed skyward. The effect formed a brilliant vertical wall of light that appeared to reach the heavens.
Sweden on the day after switching from driving on left side of road to the right side – 1967. (Wikipedia)
West Berlin residents showing their children to grandparents on the Eastern Side of the Berlin Wall – 1961. The Berlin Wall was a military guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin, Germany into East and West sides from 1961 until its eventual fall in 1989. (rarehistoricalphotos.com)
This rare historical photo – dubbed “The Most Beautiful Suicide” – shows Evelyn McHale as she landed on top of an automobile after leaping from the Empire State Building – 1947. Photographer Robert Wiles snapped the now famous photo of McHale just a few short moments after her death. The photo was ran in Life magazine with this caption:
On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. ‘He is much better off without me … I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody,’ … Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale’s death Wiles got this picture of death’s violence and its composure. (Wikipedia)