29 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Discover some of the interesting moments in history through this collection of rare photos, which will change the way you think about the past forever. 

1. Couple Goals

Charles Bronson and his wife, actress Jill Ireland. The picture was snapped back in 1969 in London. In addition to starring in their successful photos, the glamorous couple co-starred in more than fifteen films together. That's what called power couple. 

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2. Legends Taking A Break

Marlon Brando and British actress Vivien Leigh were captured taking a break during the filming of A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951.

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3. Valkyrie for the Win

A rare photo of the six-engined North American XB-70 Valkyrie prototype in the late ’50s. It is supposed to be used as a nuclear-armed strategic bomber by the US Air Force.

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4. The Brunette Bombshell

French actress Brigitte Bardot was 18 years old in 1953 before she hit it big.

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5. Riding with Marilyn

Famous photographer Sam Shaw captured the best moment of Monroe and husband Arthur Miller cruising through NYC in a brand new 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible.

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6. Fainting the Color

A weary guard of honor fainted and passed out during a Trooping in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. 

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7. Her Majesty the Gunner

Queen Elizabeth II was firing a British machine gun called the L85 in 1994 when she is the reigning queen of England. 

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8. The Beatles on Abbey Road

The scene before photographer Macmillan took the epic photo of the Beatles crossing the zebra crossing on Abbey Road in London. 

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9. A Supersonic Flight

This intriguing photo captures the very last launch of the American Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet off the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier on July 28, 2006. It was monumental because this takeoff marked the end of an era for the U.S. Navy.

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10. Jungle Pam

It would be hard to argue who was hotter back in the ‘70s – “Jungle Jim” a.k.a. Jim Lieberman and his rubber-melting wheel stands or “Jungle Pam” in her shorts and go-go boots? While Lieberman was arguably one of the most iconic drag racers in history, his sassy sidekick was just as memorable.

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11. Grotto in an Iceberg

This picture was taken on January 5, 1911, and portrays a grotto that formed in an iceberg. The image shows the sheer power of nature and provides interesting perspective. The men inside the iceberg look so small compared to the surrounding ice. 

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12. War is Hell

This powerful image demonstrates the futility of war. His helmet reads “War is Hell”  during the Vietname War in 1965.

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13. A Wholesome Breakfast for Mankind

A photo captured Neil Armstrong feasting on a wholesome breakfast with the crew on  July 16, 1969. He was joined by fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as Donald Slayton, the director of flight crew operations, and the lunar module pilot William Anders.

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14. A Broad Perspective

A Native American standing upon a hilltop in 1868 gazed over the landscape and the completed Transcontinental Railroad in Nevada. 

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15. Purse Those Lips for Me!

Victorian lady goofed around and get a duck face  in order to deal with all those rigid rules. 

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16. Now, Let Me Take a Selfie!

This Victorian woman captured one of the world’s oldest selfies as she posed in front of the camera and snapped a picture of herself in 1900. 

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17. A Hands-On Kind of Meeting

This poignant image captures Hellen Keller’s meeting with President Dwight Eisenhower on November 3, 1953. It certainly must have been the most unique greeting Eisenhower ever experienced with Keller examining his face with her hands instead of shaking his hand.

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18. Picnicking on the Highway

Captured here is a group of people picnicking on a deserted highway in the Netherlands on November 4, 1973 during the Great Oil Crisis. Even though times were bad, it didn’t stop people from having a good time with some hookah pipes and an instrumental accompaniment to lighten the mood.

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19. Jackie the Lion

Movie studio MGM refers to its opening credits mascot as Leo the Lion and this fantastic shot shows the recording of the iconic lion’s roar for MGM’s first talking movie White Shadows in the South Seas, released in 1928.

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20. Trumpeting Away

In 1961, the New York Times published a photograph of the trumpeter Louis Armstrong’s trip to Egypt, where he serenaded his wife Lucille while she sat in front of the Great Sphinx and pyramids of Giza in Egypt. 29 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before_20

21. Castro Shooting Hoops

During a visit to Poland on June 8, 1972, Fidel Castro enjoyed a game of basketball with university students of Wisła Kraków. The dictator was a passionate player of the game even though the de facto national sport of Cuba has always been baseball.

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22. Lost in Time

It is forbidden for anyone to take photos of the Supreme Court in session and even to this day, the policy remains in place. However, the photojournalist Erich Salomon made it by faking a broken arm in order to hide a camera in his sling. 

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23. Row, Row, Row Your Boat!

During the Great Flood of 1910 when the deluged Seine River flooded Paris, the streets weren’t bustling with pedestrians getting on with their daily ventures, but instead commuters who took to using boats to make their way around the city.

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24. A Portrait of a Man in Color

Those piercing blue eyes belonged to Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. His shocking assassination in Sarajevo, Bosnia on June 28, 1914 triggered Austria-Hungary to declare war against Serbia, which in turn led to the start the devestating World War I.

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25. Biblical Proportions

Pictured here is actress Anne Baxter, who played Nefretiri, queen of Rameses II. Her costumes in the film were exquisitely designed and decorated (though not necessarily historically accurate).

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26. A Noble Samurai

The British-Italian photographer Felice Beato took this photo of a Japanese Samurai in 1870. He captured rare photos of the Edo period of Japan as well as portraits of Japanese people, landscapes, and cityscapes, as well as a series of photographs that depicted the sites and scenery of Tōkaidō Road. 

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27. Working Out Titanic-Style

Pictured here are men making use of the state-of-the-art rowing machine and the electric horse on the RMS Titanic, which sadly sunk to the bottom of the ocean on April 14, 1912..

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28. An Incomplete Goddess

Captured here are men working on the head and torch-bearing arm of the Statue of Liberty at the Gaget, Gauthier & Co. workshop in France. A year before she was dedicated, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York port via a French ship which held the disassembled statue on board.

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29. The French Angel

Despite his tough-guy appearance, fear not of Maurice Tillet, otherwise known as The French Angel. In the 1940s, he was a World Heavyweight wrestling champion and one of the most famous wrestlers of his time. He achieved success despite suffering from a life-altering condition.

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