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Hotel owner uses harmful chemicals to discriminate against black patrons and force them out of pool

Hotel owner uses harmful chemicals to discriminate against black patrons and force them out of pool
Daily Sanctuary
It is absolutely appalling to witness the extreme racism depicted in this picture. Rather than politely asking the individuals in the pool to leave, the hotel owner chose to resort to the horrifying option of potentially causing them permanent harm through burning.

Food Collection

Food Collection
Rare Historical Photos
During World War II, the German Army launched an unsuccessful operation to seize Leningrad, known as the Siege of Leningrad. This prolonged siege endured for nearly three years and left the city in utter ruins. Depicted in this image are two women desperately searching for sustenance, resorting to scavenging from a deceased horse lying on the ground.

Liverpool school children don gas masks amid wartime

Liverpool school children don gas masks amid wartime
Teach Rock
In World War II, the fear of gas attacks gripped families. To safeguard the citizens, gas masks were distributed to all UK residents. Despite the discomfort they caused, children ingeniously found amusement in creating fart-like sounds when exhaling forcefully through the masks.

Enormous Insects

Enormous Insects
Daily Sanctuary
It is claimed that this photo from the 1930s is authentic (although it may be difficult to accept). It shows a hunter holding an enormous grasshopper. It is possible that it was a humorous postcard, a prevalent trend during that era, but its true nature remains uncertain.

Exclusion of Women Permitted

Exclusion of Women Permitted
Pulptastic
It is widely recognized that women had no rights not too long ago, as they were granted the right to vote just 98 years ago. Regrettably, women’s involvement in various fields continued to face obstacles even after that milestone. As an example, Kathrine Switzer was prevented from participating in the Boston Marathon by the event organizers. However, she defied the odds and made history by becoming the first woman to complete the race in 1967.

Reviving a Life with a Kiss

Reviving a Life with a Kiss
Rare Historical Photos
Observers of this image may mistakenly perceive it as a photograph capturing a passionate moment between two men; however, this is not the case. The individual suspended upside down is in a state of shock caused by contact with a high voltage electrical wire. To attempt resuscitation, his colleague is administering mouth-to-mouth assistance.

Preceding the Creation of Mount Rushmore

Preceding the Creation of Mount Rushmore
Slightly Warped
This photograph showcases what would later become recognized as one of the most beloved tourist spots in the United States. Mount Rushmore, erected within these majestic mountains, was established in 1925 and portrays the nation’s esteemed founding fathers.

Statue of Liberty showcased at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair

Statue of Liberty showcased at the 1878 Paris World's Fair
Mental Floss
Over the course of 8 years, the construction of the Statue of Liberty took place in different phases until it was ultimately transported to New York. Currently, the head of the statue is being showcased at the World Fair in Paris, France.

Containers of Alcoholic Beverages

Containers of Alcoholic Beverages
Cult Of Weird
From 1920 to 1933, the United States implemented a ban on alcohol. In this scene, an imposing tower stands tall, constructed entirely from barrels of illicit liquor seized by law enforcement. The barrels, containing illegal alcohol, are on the verge of being incinerated.

In Need of Some Fresh Air

In Need of Some Fresh Air
The Atlantic
There is no doubt that the technology available today exceeds what we had about a century ago. Displayed here is one such invention, a box created to aid children in obtaining fresh air and sunlight, especially when residing in an apartment complex.

Alcohol discreetly poured from a window during prohibition

Alcohol discreetly poured from a window during prohibition
Daily Sanctuary
Back when alcohol was prohibited, law enforcement officers would dispose of it without hesitation. It is evident that there existed a prosperous clandestine industry for producing alcohol. One can only imagine the sheer amount that was being discarded onto the streets!

Evacuation Due to Attempted Assassination

Evacuation Due to Attempted Assassination
Rare Historical Photos
This photograph captures a scene of turmoil following the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan, featuring secret agents, officials, bodyguards, and security guards. A total of six shots were fired during the incident, and unfortunately, the President sustained one gunshot wound.

Children Acting Like Adults

Children Acting Like Adults
Slightly Warped
During the 1800s, children were often hired to perform tasks typically carried out by adults, leading to their involvement in habits typically associated with grown-ups. Consequently, it is not unexpected for them to have enjoyed other activities reserved for adults.

The Headquarters of the Italian Fascist Party

The Headquarters of the Italian Fascist Party
Imgur
It is truly a terrifying sight to witness on the Italian Fascist Party’s headquarters! Given Mussolini’s rise to power through violent means, it is not surprising that he selected this image as a symbol for his party. This photograph was captured in 1934.

When Singing and Boxing Collide

When Singing and Boxing Collide
Slightly Warped
In this image, we witness the historic encounter of two immensely renowned individuals. The Beatles, the epitome of legendary musicians, join forces with the boxing champion known as ‘the world’s greatest’. The group of five strike a playful pose, anticipating the tremendous popularity this photograph is bound to achieve.

Montana men in desperate situation

Montana men in desperate situation
Daily Source
Living in the countryside can often become a solitary experience, prompting these men to share a photograph in hopes of finding companions in the form of spouses. These individuals made sincere efforts to appeal to potential suitors, understanding that the combination of a feline or canine companion alongside their impressive handlebar mustaches would undoubtedly capture the interest of any woman.

Living Conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto

Living Conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto
Rare Historical Photos
Upon the signing of the order to establish a Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, it swiftly became the most extensive one throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. The Polish population was displaced, making way for the relocation of approximately 138,000 Jews into the city.

Carrying crosses

Carrying crosses
Slightly Warped
Martin Luther King Jr. faced numerous challenges on his journey as an activist. He encountered vehement opposition and encountered individuals who did not stand by his beliefs. In this image, MLK Jr. is seen removing a burnt cross that was maliciously placed in his front yard, highlighting the adversity he faced.

The Artist and the Beauty

The Artist and the Beauty
Picasso Showing Brigette His Painting Techniques
In 1956, a 21-year-old Brigitte Bardot crossed paths with Pablo Picasso, who was 74 at the time. Brigitte, already an exceptional actress and a global sex symbol, shared a special bond with Picasso, considered one of the greatest artists in history. This intimate moment captured in a photograph reveals the unique connection between these two artists, built on the foundations of art and beauty. It is possible that Brigitte served as a muse for Picasso, inspiring his masterpieces through her close presence. Despite never painting her, Picasso once expressed his frustration at not being able to incorporate blondes, whom he adored, into his artwork. These photos, serving as glimpses into forgotten moments in history, strive to immortalize the past. This rare collection offers a new perspective on ourselves and our history, as it reveals unknown aspects that have rarely been seen by human eyes.

Finding solace amidst the ruins

Finding solace amidst the ruins
Daily Sanctuary
In 1940, amidst the ruins of her bombed residence in London, a young girl tightly holds onto her doll, finding solace in its presence. Undoubtedly, this must have been an exceedingly distressing event for her, leaving a lasting impact on her tender psyche.

Lived: The Space Chimp’s Journey

Lived: The Space Chimp's Journey
Daily Sanctuary
On January 31, 1961, Ham the Astrochimp became the pioneering primate to venture into space. Despite his journey, he managed to return to Earth unharmed, experiencing only a minor bruise on his nose.

Employee faints while at work

Employee faints while at work
Daily Sanctuary
During Queen Elizabeth’s 1970 birthday procession, a soldier collapsed due to the unbearable scorching heat while wearing a heavy uniform. This powerful image vividly highlights the immense pressures placed on these soldiers.

Enhanced Transmitter

Enhanced Transmitter
Rare Historical Photos
Shown in this image is Nikola Tesla, the renowned inventor and electrical engineer, conducting his experiments within his laboratory. In the photograph, he can be seen seated behind a contraption that he named the ‘magnifying transmitter’.

Mount’s Performance Was Outstanding

Mount's Performance Was Outstanding
Daily Sanctuary
At this moment, Gutzon Borglum, the artist, is examining his miniature version of Mount Rushmore, envisioning what it will eventually become. Initially, the ambitious plan was to include more than just the presidents’ heads. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, the project had to be scaled down, resulting in the Mount Rushmore we know today.

The Beatles’ Pre-Fame Era

The Beatles' Pre-Fame Era
Pulptastic
The Beatles didn’t always experience greatness. In the beginning, their fan following was far from the millions they eventually achieved during their peak. In this instance, they are seen performing in front of just 18 individuals, but it took them a year and a half to become global superstars.

Babies Subjected to Gas Mask Testing

Babies Subjected to Gas Mask Testing
Daily Sanctuary
Due to the persistent danger of German bombings in London, hospitals were constantly on high alert. The nurses took extra precautions to safeguard the well-being of the children by equipping them with gas masks.

Military Canine

Military Canine
Daily Sanctuary
It was not unusual for animals to engage in warfare, and in this particular instance, a proud puppy can be seen perched upon a World War I cannon in France. This loyal pup is encircled by his fellow soldiers, who he steadfastly supports and safeguards.

Get a fresh grin with a brand new pair of shoes

Get a fresh grin with a brand new pair of shoes
Gerald Waller
The scarcity of resources and the difficulties faced during World War II were clearly portrayed in numerous photographs. Both adults and children endured hardships, as depicted in this image of a young boy filled with joy as he received a desperately needed pair of shoes.

An excellent deal

An excellent deal
Retronaut
In the early 20th century, women, although given the right to vote, still had to abide by numerous regulations. The photo depicted here exemplifies one of these rules, which mandated a specific length for swimsuits to avoid fines for the wearers.

Hoover Dam: A Marvel of Modern Engineering

Hoover Dam: A Marvel of Modern Engineering
Rare Historical Photos
Although the Hoover Dam was not the initial dam ever built, it held the distinction of being the world’s tallest dam during its construction. The project commenced in 1931 and reached completion in 1936, boasting impressive dimensions of 60 feet in thickness and a height equivalent to two football fields.

Polar bear is fed by a Soviet soldier

Polar bear is fed by a Soviet soldier
Rare Historical Photos
During the harsh winter of 1950, both Soviet soldiers and animals endured extreme cold. The scarcity of food caused polar bears to become progressively thinner, evoking sympathy from the soldiers. In this photograph, we observe soldiers sharing their plentiful supply of condensed milk with the polar bears.

Tsar Nicholas and Anastasia: Historical Figures Remembered

Tsar Nicholas and Anastasia: Historical Figures Remembered
Lifebuzz
In this image, Tsar Nicholas II and his daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia, can be seen indulging in a smoke. Tragically, soon after this photograph was captured, the entire family met a fatal fate, with the exception of Anastasia, whose body was never recovered.

The Mighty Roar of the Lion

The Mighty Roar of the Lion
Lifebuzz
The lion roaring before the start of a Metro Goldwyn Meyer movie is a familiar sight to anyone who has seen their films. In this picture, the film crew can be seen capturing this iconic moment alongside the majestic lion.

Japanese-Americans Forced to Evacuate

Japanese-Americans Forced to Evacuate
Rare Historical Photos
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, President Roosevelt issued an executive order mandating the evacuation of all Japanese-Americans residing on the West Coast. Consequently, numerous individuals were compelled to sell off their properties.

Gun used to shoot ducks

Gun used to shoot ducks
Daily Sanctuary
The immensely lengthy firearms were employed in the pursuit of commercial waterfowl hunting. These weapons were specifically utilized in punt boats and had the capacity to discharge nearly a pound of ammunition, resulting in the slaughter of up to 50 birds in a single shot. Eventually, their usage was banned as a result of their catastrophic impact on the population of wild birds.

The Statue of Liberty: Symbolizing Freedom and Democracy

The Statue of Liberty: Symbolizing Freedom and Democracy
Lifebuzz
It is a little-known fact that the Statue of Liberty was actually designed and constructed in Paris, France. After its completion, this magnificent masterpiece was transported to New York, where it has resided ever since.

Final Image Captured of Adolf Hitler

Final Image Captured of Adolf Hitler
History In Orbit
It is commonly thought that this photograph, taken on April 30, 1945, captures the final moments of Hitler’s life before he took his own. Shortly after that day, the war came to a close.

Hydrogen Bomb undergoes Testing

Hydrogen Bomb undergoes Testing
History In Orbit
From 1946 to 1958, a series of nuclear weapons were detonated by the United States in the Marshall Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean. The photograph presented here was captured on Bikini Atoll, one of the islands affected by these tests. The release of radioactivity resulting from these experiments rendered both Bikini Atoll and the neighboring islands unsuitable for human habitation.

The commencement of the war.

The commencement of the war.
Slightly Warped
The accompanying image shows Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, on the fateful day they were assassinated. This tragic event is widely regarded as the catalyst that sparked the onset of the First World War.

Dynamic Duo: Chef and Sous Chef Serve Up Culinary Genius

Dynamic Duo: Chef and Sous Chef Serve Up Culinary Genius
Daily Sanctuary
Gas masks during the World Wars proved to be versatile with numerous applications. An example of their resourcefulness can be seen as two soldiers don them while undertaking the tear-inducing chore of onion cutting. Their ingenuity in this situation is commendable.

Brilliant intellects

Brilliant intellects
Slightly Warped
Shown in this image is a gathering of influential figures in the American automobile industry. Among them are Henry Ford, the renowned founder of Ford Motors, Thomas Edison (who may not be specifically associated with automobiles), President Warren G. Harding, and Samuel Firestone from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.

Investigating Weightlessness Effects at an Altitude of 25,000 Feet

Investigating Weightlessness Effects at an Altitude of 25,000 Feet
Daily Sanctuary
In an experiment conducted in 1958 to study the effects of weightlessness, scientists opted to introduce a kitten into a zero-gravity setting. Fortunately, the kitten exhibited more confusion than fear, and it did not transform into an aggressive, clawed furball.

The start of the conclusion

The start of the conclusion
Slightly Warped
This is a depiction of the Titanic, famously called the unsinkable ship. The photo was captured in 1912 as the Titanic set sail from the port. It was scheduled to depart on April 2nd but tragically sank a mere 12 days later. Unfortunately, the ship chose to disregard six separate warnings about the presence of icebergs in the area, ultimately leading to its downfall.

The Most Tragic and Heartbreaking Tragedy

The Most Tragic and Heartbreaking Tragedy
Lifebuzz
In the year 1947, a tragic incident occurred when a young woman named Evelyn McHale, aged 23, chose to end her own life by leaping off the Empire State Building in the bustling city of New York. Tragically, her lifeless body collided with a parked limousine at the building’s foundation. This distressing image was later transformed into a piece of art by the renowned Andy Warhol and has come to be known as ‘the most beautiful suicide.’

8-year-old defeats several chess masters in 1920

8-year-old defeats several chess masters in 1920
Daily Sanctuary
Losing a game of chess to an 8-year-old prodigy like Samuel Reshevsky must have left these men completely bewildered and embarrassed. Reshevsky continued to showcase his mastery of chess skills until his demise in the early 1990s.

Women of Ice

Women of Ice
Daily Sanctuary
Back in 1918, when indoor fridges and freezers were not yet commonplace, ice was considered a luxury that required delivery. These ladies can be seen joyfully fulfilling their responsibilities as ice-delivery workers.

Make everything resistant to gas

Make everything resistant to gas
Ny Daily News
Taken just before the outbreak of the Second World War, this photograph captures an English woman strolling down the street with her baby, secured within a gas-proof pram amidst the streets of England. Notably, the woman herself adorns a gas mask.

Soviet Astronaut Dog

Soviet Astronaut Dog
Daily Sanctuary
Laika, a former stray dog, made history as the first animal to journey beyond Earth. Although she did not survive the mission, her legacy is honored by a monument in Moscow, featuring a depiction of a dog standing on a rocket.

1923: Washington D.C. Hosts Live Demonstration of Bulletproof Vest

1923: Washington D.C. Hosts Live Demonstration of Bulletproof Vest
Daily Sanctuary
The photograph depicts the process of testing bulletproof vests. To determine who will undergo the test, a simple game of rock, paper, scissors is played. Subsequently, a 7mm revolver is fired at the individual wearing the vest. Of course, the wearer of the vest anxiously hopes for the shooter to possess both good intentions and a steady hand.

Sale of Children: Unthinkable and Inhumane Practice

Sale of Children: Unthinkable and Inhumane Practice
Bettmann
One of the most unfortunate aspects of poverty is the suffering endured by innocent children. Depicted in this image is a mother, filled with embarrassment, as she resorts to putting her four oblivious yet content children up for sale.

Examining the efficacy of a football helmet

Examining the efficacy of a football helmet
Daily Sanctuary
Little is known about this 1912 photo, other than its comedic nature. It would be intriguing to discover whether this amusing experiment was successful in any way.

Stockholm’s Historic Telephone Tower

Stockholm's Historic Telephone Tower
Daily Sanctuary
In 1887, prior to telephone companies adopting the practice of burying their wires, a tower was constructed to accommodate more than 5000 telephone wires. Understandably, the residents harbored strong dislike towards it and likely felt a sense of relief when the tower was destroyed by fire in 1953.

The Somme Battle: A Historic Conflict

The Somme Battle: A Historic Conflict
Rare Historical Photos
Taking place near the River Somme in France, this battle stands as one of the largest conflicts of World War I. It witnessed the British and French forces clashing with the Germans for over three arduous months. The sheer brutality of this battle is evidenced by the staggering death toll, which exceeded one million soldiers, solidifying its position among the most gruesome and deadly encounters in history.

The Secrets of King Tut Unveiled

The Secrets of King Tut Unveiled
Finding Dulcinea
In this image, we witness the renowned Egyptologist, Howard Carter, meticulously analyzing the interior of King Tutankhamun’s gilded sarcophagus. Carter gained international recognition after uncovering the tomb in November of 1922.

A Saint Encounters a Devil

A Saint Encounters a Devil
Slightly Warped
The Pope is widely regarded as one of the most esteemed and virtuous individuals on Earth. In stark contrast, Hitler, a dictator responsible for the mass murder of millions, if not thousands, came face to face with the Pope sometime after his appointment as Chancellor in 1933.

Women involved in bootlegging activities

Women involved in bootlegging activities
Rare Historical Photos
In the era of Prohibition, women became involved in smuggling alcohol not only into the United States but also into states where strict enforcement of the law existed. In 1921, police were prohibited from searching women, making them ideal couriers for the illicit liquor.

Adolf Hitler in His Youth

Adolf Hitler in His Youth
Slightly Warped
At the age of 11, Adolf Hitler, the Austrian-born dictator, already evoked conflicting opinions about his future. While some admired him as a great leader, many others would later condemn him as the embodiment of evil. Nonetheless, in this image, Hitler appears resolute, defying any challenges that may come his way.

Remove yourself from my path

Remove yourself from my path
Lifebuzz
Not only Vietnam, but also Cambodia and other countries involved were heavily impacted by the detrimental effects of the Vietnam War. The photograph captures the struggles of both South Vietnamese and American individuals as they battle to secure a spot on the final US helicopter departing from Saigon.