35 Rare Historical Photos You Won't Find In Books


There is a lot more to history than some of the famous photos that we have all seen in textbooks.

Sometimes, the monotony of those same glimpses into history over and over again can really put a damper on learning about the past, but there are some interesting facts and moments that the books often leave out.

Here are 35 rare historical photos that usually don’t make it into history books, but should.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

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. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Armed 106-year-old woman

This image was taken during an armed conflict in Armenia. The woman was protecting her home in Degh village.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Navy beard contest

The sailors were having a beard contest in 1944. It gets scraggly out there at sea.

20. Italian pasta shop

This 1865 photo captures drying racks outside a pasta shop. It was taken in 1865 in Palermo, Italy.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. The White House swimming pool

This was the White House swimming pool in 1946. It has since been converted into the Briefing Room.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. “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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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!

34. 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.

35. 1972 gay pride rally

This was the first gay pride rally. It was held in Philadelphia in 1972.

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Millions of Americans have temporarily lost their unemployment benefits after President Donald Trump failed to sign the Covid relief bill into law.

US President-elect Joe Biden had warned of "devastating consequences" if Mr Trump continued to delay signing but the Saturday deadline has now passed.

Unemployment benefits and a ban on evictions will be affected.

The package worth $900bn (£665bn) was approved by Congress after months of difficult negotiations and compromises.

Mr Trump says he wants to give people bigger one-off payments.

The bill includes the payment of $600 to Americans earning less than $75,000 a year. Mr Trump says he wants Americans to receive $2,000 but Republicans in Congress refused to agree to the change.

In a tweet late on Saturday evening local time, Mr Trump again defended his position on the issue, blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus economic relief is part of a $2.3tn spending package that includes $1.4tn for normal federal government spending. A partial government shutdown will begin on Tuesday unless legislators pass a stopgap bill before then - but this would not include coronavirus aid and Mr Trump would still have to sign it.

About 14 million Americans would be affected by a lapse in unemployment benefit payments and new stimulus cheques.


What did Biden say?

In a strongly worded statement published on the transition website on Saturday, Mr Biden described Mr Trump's refusal to sign the bill as an "abdication of responsibility".

"It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don't know if they'll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump's refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority," Mr Biden said.

He praised the example of members of Congress in compromising and reaching a bipartisan agreement, adding: "President Trump should join them, and make sure millions of Americans can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads in this holiday season."


What's Trump position?

On Twitter earlier, the president had reiterated his objection to the bill, saying: "I simply want to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill."

The coronavirus aid relief bill - with the larger budget bill rolled in - overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives and Senate on Monday but, a day later, Mr Trump issued an implied veto threat, describing the package as a "disgrace" full of "wasteful" items.

He baulked at the annual aid money for other countries in the federal budget, arguing that those funds should instead go to struggling Americans.

Mr Trump's decision to bat the measure back to Capitol Hill stunned lawmakers since he has largely stayed out of negotiations for a coronavirus aid bill that had stalled since last July.

His top economic adviser, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, had proposed the $600 payments early this month, and many have questioned why the president waited until now to object.


What happens next?

The fate of the spending package remains in the balance while Mr Trump refuses to sign it.

He spent Saturday at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida with his family, where he held "many meetings and calls", according to his schedule.

The White House said it had no update on the prospect of Mr Trump signing the bill by Monday, an official quoted by Reuters news agency said.

Because it includes money to fund the federal government through September 2021, a government shutdown looms on Tuesday unless a stopgap bill is passed and signed by the president.

But that would not cover the coronavirus aid package, leaving millions of families in peril.

Earl McCarthy, a father of four from Georgia who lost his sales job earlier this year, told the Associated Press that he was facing the prospect of having no income by the second week of January.

He said he had already relied on his savings for five months while waiting to receive $350 a week in unemployment benefits. "It's going to be difficult if the president doesn't sign this bill," he said.

The House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, plans to vote on Monday on a standalone bill that would provide the $2,000 cheques to Americans.

On the same day, the House is also expected to vote on an unrelated, $740bn defence spending bill, which Mr Trump vetoed on Wednesday instead of signing into law. Lawmakers plan to override the president's veto and enact the legislation anyway, but to do so they need two-thirds of votes in both the House and Senate.

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