We may be able to collect a few information on historical events but we can never know side to side what happened or if the known facts are actually true.
Reasons unknown, or different in every case, there are some interesting facts and moments that the books often leave out. Here are fifty rare and uncanny historical pictures that don’t make it into history books that we should know about.
#1 Ann Frank’s father
Here is an image of Anne Frank’s father, Otto, coming back to visit the attic where they hid from the Nazis. He was the sole survivor in the family.
#2 The US Supreme Court in session
This photo was taken in 1937 by a woman who had concealed a camera in her handbag. Cameras were not allowed in the Supreme Court. As far as anyone knows, this is one of only two photographs that have been taken when the court was in session.
#3 “Human Fly” George Willig
This photographer captured George Willig scaling the exterior of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in 1977. The climb took three and a half hours and resulted in his arrest as well as $1.10 in fines.
#4 Seinfeld finale
In this photo, New Yorkers stopped to watch the Seinfeld finale in Times Square. Some things are worth pausing for, even in New York.
#5 German SS guards taking a break
During forced labor to clear the bodies at Bergen-Belsen in 1945, British soldiers allowed the German SS guards to take a break, but only if they were lying down in one of the mass graves.
#6 Nikola Tesla as an old man
This photograph was taken in 1943 and, as far as anyone knows, is the last photo capturing Nikola Tesla before his death.
#7 The oldest aerial photograph
This photo, taken over Boston, is the oldest aerial photograph that can be found. It was taken in October of 1860.
#8 Time Square when Germany surrendered
This photo captures the celebrating crowd on May 7th, 1945 after the surrender of Germany and the end of World War 2. That’s quite a few people!
#9 The inside of an old airplane
A 1930s airplane interior didn’t look quite like what we are used to today. There may have been a few less safety features.
#10 JFK’s funeral
While there are plenty of photos of the day of his assassination, here is one we don’t see so often. This is inside of JFK’s funeral in November 1963.
#11 Lyndon B. Johnson yelling
Lyndon B. Johnson was yelling at the pilots of a plane to cut their engines so John F. Kennedy could be heard when he spoke in Amarillo Texas. The future president can be seen trying to calm him down.
#12 John F. Kennedy Jr.
The photo of this little guy was captured in 1963 in the presidential plane. He looked like he was a pilot in the making.
#13 The bullet bra
Just in case you ever think that the current trends are going too far… remember what they were wearing in the 1940s and 50s.
#14 The alligator table
This bizarre scene was captured in the 1920s at the Los Angeles’ California Alligator Farm. The alligators were trained and visitors were allowed to roam freely among them.
#15 The Young Pioneers
The Young Pioneers were a Soviet government youth group. In this picture they can be seen with gas masks for an attack preparation drill in 1937.
#16 The London Scottish Regiment
During the First World War, the soldiers prepared for war by throwing each other in the air. This image was captured in 1915 in England.
#17 Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali
This 1963 photo catches Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali kidding around together. We can see how this less than serious photo may have been skipped in the history books.
#18 The World Trade Center in 1972
This photo was taken a year before construction of the buildings was completed. The sun shines through the incomplete buildings spectacularly.
#19 Female snipers in 1945
These are the snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front. Between them, they had seven hundred and seventy-five confirmed kills.
#20 1972 gay pride rally
This was the first gay pride rally. It was held in Philadelphia in 1972.
#21 Sean Connery signing a coconut
Here’s an unexpected surprise. Sean Connery signs a coconut for a Jamaican child while on the set of Dr. No in 1962.
#22 Ghostbusters taking a break
Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd were captured taking a break on set. Even actors need a break from hunting ghosts.
#23 Execution of a German Communist
While Redditors question if the image itself might be staged for effect, it depicts a German communist being executed by firing squad in Munich in 1919.
#24 Joseph Kennedy’s birthday
This family photo, taken in Hyannis Port in 1963, captures the family in a less serious moment. It also captures some interior decorating choices that an entire generation would like to put behind them.
#25 Plate glass manufacturing
This 1903 photograph was taken inside the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company in Tarentum, PA. It captures an earlier method of making the glass compared to what is used today.
#26 Navy beard contest
The sailors were having a beard contest in 1944. It gets scraggly out there at sea.
#27 1945 military dog
This wounded dog poses with his handler in Japan in 1945. The US soldier is holding a “good luck” flag stolen from a Japanese soldier.
#28 1918 Red Cross fundraiser
The nurses and officers in this image were part of a Red Cross fundraiser that was held in Birmingham, Alabama in 1918.
#29 The White House swimming pool
This was the White House swimming pool in 1946. It has since been converted into the Briefing Room.
#30 An unusual sight
This 1897 photograph captures an alligator pulling along a little girl. Somehow, we don’t think safety regulations would allow it today.
#31 American airborne liberation
Lieutenant Briand Neaudin and Paul Lehman are seen celebrating in this photo. They had been captured by the Germans and liberated by other U.S. airborne infantryman in June, 1944.
#32 John McCain being treated by a doctor
Then US Navy Lieutenant-Commander John McCain is being treated by a doctor in this photograph after his A-4 Skyhawk was shot down in North Vietnam in 1967.
#33 Italian pasta shop
This 1865 photo captures drying racks outside a pasta shop. It was taken in 1865 in Palermo, Italy.
#34 Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin
This colorized image shows Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin standing together to be photographed in 1929. The two look fairly relaxed together.
#35 French battleship damage
This is the French battleship, Jean Bart, at Casablanca in 1942. It shows damage from US Navy bombs as well as shells.
#36 Women physicians in Philadelphia
This 1885 photograph captures a group of women from India, Japan, and Syria. They had all completed their education as physicians in Philadelphia in that year.
#37 IRA warning sign
Just so the British troops would know what they were up against, the IRA put up this sign. The photo was snapped in 1994.
#38 John Lennon’s Times Square billboard
This colorized photo shows the billboard John Lennon and Yoko Ono paid for in 1969. It declared that the war was over – ‘if you want it.’
#39 An epic shot
This chaotic scene was photographed in March of 1944. It shows an active and deadly Mount Vesuvius in Italy with B-25s flying past.
#40 A former president’s goodbye
George H.W. Bush gazes down at the White House after Bill Clinton’s inauguration ceremony. We wonder what was going through his mind.
#41 Flying the Chinese flag
In 1941, Ruth Lee, a Chinese restaurant hostess, would fly a Chinese flag while sunbathing so she wouldn’t be mistaken for Japanese. The photo was taken on a beach in Miami.
#42 The imprint of a kamikaze plane
The imprint of a kamikaze plane is clearly seen on the side of the H.M.S Sussex. This photo was captured in 1945.
#43 Princess Diana and an AIDS patient
This 1991 photograph captures Princess Diana holding the hand of an AIDS patient. In a time when hysteria about the virus was still high, her holding his hand without a glove was significant.
#44 Armed 106-year-old woman
This image was taken during an armed conflict in Armenia. The woman was protecting her home in Degh village.
#45 Banned Hitler photo
Hitler had this photograph banned because he didn’t like how it came out. However, it still managed to resurface and here it is on the internet.
#46 Queen Elizabeth as a mechanic
This 1939 photo shows a young Queen Elizabeth in a role we’re generally not accustomed to seeing her in. She spent time as a mechanic during World War II.
#47 A single day of shells
This significant pile of 105mm shells was left over from an allied bombardment. They had all been fired in a single day on German lines in 1916.
#48 British infantry in 1941
This eerie image is of a British infantryman in 1941. He is holding a long WWI-style bayonet which is attached to his rifle.
#49 The McDonald brothers
The McDonald brothers were captured in this photo in front of their not first McDonald’s prior to it opening. The picture was taken in 1948 in San Bernadino, California.
#50 A cigarette
This is a depiction of a US Marine giving a cigarette to a Japanese soldier who had been buried in the sand. The photo was taken in Iwo Jima in 1945.