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Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History Part 2 (Megapost)

Sequel to our popular post on US history.

1869 pueblo de los angeles

La Plaza, as seen from the Pico House. Pueblo Los Angeles, c. 1869


1870 slave market

Slave auction place, c. 1870


1871 chicago cafe after fire

Burnt District Coffee House in Chicago after the Fire, 1871. Chicago entrepreneurs quickly reacted to establish or reestablish businesses in the fire district.


1887 telephone wires in new york

Telephone wires in New York, 1887


1890-1900 hanging stagecoach robber Texas

Hanging of a stagecoach robber in Texas, c. 1890-1900


wooden prison wyoming 1893

Wood-plank prison in Wyoming, 1893



Chinatown Squad of the San Francisco Police Department posing with sledge hammers and axes in front of August Pistolesi’s grocery store at 752 Washington Street, 1895. They were specialized in opium dens and gambling rooms and their method was simple.


1900 opium den san francisco

Opium den in San Francisco, 1900



Alice Huyler Ramsey (November 11, 1886 – September 10, 1983), the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast, 1909. Only 152 miles out of the total 3600-mile trip were made on paved road.



North American native Chilocco Indian Agricultural School basketball team in 1909. Originally, the swastika is a sign of good fortune.



A horse-drawn fire engine of Engine No. 39 leaving Fire Headquarters at 157 East 67th Street for the last time after being replaced with a motorized fire engine, New York City, February 19, 1912.



Lawn mowers of the White House grounds, 1918


1920s motorcycle chariot

Motorcycle chariots, 1920s


1922n wade log motor home

Log motor home by Wade, 1922



Log motor home by Wade, interior


1923 japanese already unwanted

Neighbors of Japanese origin were already unwanted in some neighborhoods in 1923


1924 three friends take a joyride

Three friends take a joyride on their ‘new’ vehicle, Ohio, c. 1924


North American native switchboard operator, 1925

North American native switchboard operator, 1925


1930 workers pave 28th street manhattan

Workers lay bricks to pave 28th Street in Manhattan, 1930


Drive-In restaurant on West Sunset Boulevarde, Los Angelesben,1932

Drive-In restaurant on West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles,1932



A life guard and a doctor attempt to save a swimmers life on Coney Island Beach, 1940. The woman in the center chose the worst moment for a smile.



Coney Island, NY, 1940


Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth (both 30 at the time) meet at a movie premier in London. October 1956

Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth (both 30 at the time) meet at a movie premier in London. October 1956


Elvis Presley joins the Army, 1958

Elvis Presley joins the Army, 1958


Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev eating a hot dog in Des Moines, Iowa

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev eating a hot dog in Des Moines, Iowa, on which he commented “It’s excellent… we make good sausages but yours are better”, 1959



Couple and friend being abused in a restaurant for the latter being black, USA, 1963



Minoru Yamasaki (right) posing with a model of the World Trade Center he designed, 1964


1966 portrait of hockey goalie

Portrait of hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk before face masks became standard in 1966


1967 boston marathon woman removed

In 1967, challenging the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer, at the time a headstrong 20-year-old junior at Syracuse University, entered the race. Two miles in, a race official tried to physically remove her from the competition.



Arnold Schwarzenegger on his first time in New York, 1968


New York City sidewalks filled with trash during the 1968 strike

New York City sidewalks filled with trash during the 1968 strike of sanitation workers.



US President Richard Nixon jumps down from the trunk of a limousine which carried him and Pakistani President Yahya Khan (left, background) in a motorcade to Government House after Nixon’s arrival in Lahore on August 1, 1969



Children play a game on the Xerox Alto, one of the first personal computers with a graphic user interface, 1973. Its monitor was switchable between portrait and landscape mode.


1973 liberty statute from jersey city

Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, 1963


1979 carter solar panels white house

President Carter with engineers and solar panels newly installed on the White House, 1979. President Reagan had them removed in 1986, to be reinstalled by President Obama in 2010.


1979 barack obama with choom gang on hawaii

Barack Obama posing with a group of friends that called themselves the Choom Gang, Hawaii, c. 1979. Choom was slang for smoking marijuana.



Robin Williams joins the stunning women of the Denver Broncos’ Pony Express as pro football’s first male cheerleader and prances before 70,000 cheering fans in Denver’s Mile High Stadium.


1984 reagan with china clay soldiers

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan posing with clay soldiers at the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 1984



John Travolta takes Princess Diana for a dance in the White House, 1985


See also:

Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History Part 1

Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of World History Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5


Via Reddit, RLT, Wikipedia


  1. Thurston

    Per “Slave auction place, c. 1870” — isn’t 1870 a little late for slave auctions?

  2. Michael Gene Sullivan

    “Couple removing abused for bringing their black crony with them to a restaurant, USA, 1963” What does that even mean. And “black crony?” Don’t you mean friend?

    • Spacemaker

      It sounded terrible indeed. Thanks for noting, I’ve changed it.

  3. julia

    Remarkable pictures. Was Princess Diana wearing the same dress in 1985 as QEII in 1956?

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