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

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Mark Twain in Tesla’s lab, 1894

 

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A 10 x 15-foot wooden shed where the “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” started out in 1903

 

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Testing football helmets in 1912

 

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Helmets again: A Pyramid of captured German ones in front of the NYC Grand Central Terminal, 1918

 

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A bar in New York City, the night before prohibition began,1920

 

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Mount Rushmore Before Carving, 1920s

 

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Traffic jam in New York, 1923

 

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A quiet little job at a crocodile farm in St. Augustine, Florida, 1926 (UPDATE: well, an alligator farm of course, as Roy notes in the comments below)

 

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World economic crisis, 1929

 

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Central Park in 1930

 

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Last four couples standing at a Chicago dance marathon, ca. 1930

 

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Meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, early 1930s

 

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Confederate and Union soldiers shake hands across the wall at the 1938 reunion for the Veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg

 

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When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills of the 30s started using flowered fabric for their sacks, 1939

 

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NY, Coney Island, 1940

 

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The thirty-six men needed to fly and service a B-17E in 1942 (Photo by Frank Scherschel, Life Magazine)

 

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A man begging for his wife’s forgiveness inside Divorce Court. Chicago, 1948

 

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Three young women wash their clothes in Central Park during a water shortage. New York, 1949

 

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19 year-old Shigeki Tanaka was a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima and went on to win the 1951 Boston Marathon. The crowd was silent as he crossed the finish line. (UPDATE: As Peter notes in the comments below, “Tanaka was not exactly “a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima” — when the bomb was dropped, he was at home, about 20 miles from the site. He saw a light and heard a distant rumble, but was personally unaffected by the bomb.”)

 

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Florida’s last Civil War veteran, Bill Lundy, poses with a jet fighter, 1955

 

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NASA scientists with their board of calculations, 1960’s

 

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Muhammad Ali’s fists after the fight with Cooper, 1963

 

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New York firemen play a game after a fire in a billiard parlor, 1969

 

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An abandoned baby sleeps peacefully in a drawer at the Los Angeles Police Station, 1971

 

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Boy hiding in a TV set. Boston, 1972 by Arthur Tress

 

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A spectator holds up a sign at the Academy Awards, April 1974

 

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Robert De Niro’s cab driver license. In order to get into character for the film Taxi Driver, he obtained his own hack license and would pick-up/drive customers around in New York City.

 

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Nancy Reagan sits on the lap of Mr. T, dressed as Santa, 1983

 

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Ronald Reagan wearing sweatpants on Air Force One, 1985

 

Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History Part 2

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

 

Sources: Imgur, Reddit, RLT blog



69 Comments

  1. Adam

    Thanks for the marvelous posnitg! I really enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back sometime soon. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great work, have a nice morning!

  2. Bob K

    In the NYC traffic jam, where are the trolley wires?

  3. Dan Perez

    The photo described as “testing football helmets” is a photo from the April 6, 1912 issue of “Flight” magazine where it is captioned “HOW TO TEST A SAFETY HELMET – Mr. W.T. Warren, wearing a helmet of his invention, takes a flying leap at the hangar to demonstrate its utility. Interested spectators to the rear are Messrs. Lewis Turner, W.H. Ewen, and A.M. Ramsey.” So it’s not necessarily a football helmet. Probably a pilot’s helmet judging by the use of a hangar in the test. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2011205#post26293775

    • Dan Perez

      And the fact that it’s in FLIGHT magazine.

  4. Dan Perez

    The B-17E photo was taken at MacDill Field, Tampa, FL. That one (with crew identified) and more from that feature are on my website feature about the history of MacDill Field and photos from their 1976 air show. http://www.tampapix.com/airshow2.htm.

    • Spacemaker

      Dan, thanks for your comments. I like your version of this photo with the crew and the stuff they take with them identified. Did you use javascript for the hover effect?

  5. Allen

    Great pics

  6. M*A

    I commend you for updating the captions based on verified feedback in the comments.

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  8. Bigwillie9

    Muhammad Ali a great American, who went to prison for what his religion would not accept, the Vietnam war. Sometimes you have to stand for what you believe regardless of the persecution and the injustice you may suffer.

  9. Karla

    Ronald Reagan has his pants on backward. Must have peed his panties.

    • Rand

      Not at all funny. Your parents failed.

  10. Mel

    Love the pictures, more need to see these wonderful times of past. Very important to the history of the world and what went on to make it wonderful and enjoyable to live in.

  11. Richard Kinsler

    Love the photographs how can I get copies. Thanks

  12. Audrey Mary Rey

    Outstanding!

  13. M. Stone

    I was born in 1942…my father was born in 1899 (no indoor plumbing, horse & carriages in N.Y.C., he had no electricity he had gas lamps, etc.), his father was born in 1865…WOW…….what happened in those three Lifetimes????

    • Sallie

      I was born in Oklahoma in 1940 and we never had indoor plumbing until I was 14. We never had much but we were always happy. We did have electricity. However, we spent a lot of nights in the cellar during storms using kerosene lamps to see by. We have seen a lot of changes, haven’t we. Wonderful pictures.

  14. J Moriarty

    Small point for historical accuracy in re: “Muhammad Ali’s fists after the fight with Cooper, 1963”, Muhammad Ali was still Cassius Clay in 1963. It was after his ’64 bout with Liston that he was accepted into the Nation of Islam and he changed his name.

    Great pics and thank you for digging them up!

    • Spacemaker

      Thanks for noting Prof Moriarty:)

  15. vesey

    when i looked at that picture of the little kid in 1972 Boston playing in a hollowed out tv with that “tommy gun”, it occurred to me that if that was seen by his school, he would be suspended……..we have progressed so much technologically and medically this last 42 years but we’ve paid a heavy price socially for that progress………….

  16. Dave B.

    Re: Photo of shacks in Central Park – perhaps this it *1830*, not 1930 as caption says? Central Park was opened in the 1850s.

    • Nia

      No, it is the 1930’s. Check out the buildings plus they were called Hoovervilles.
      Ask your parents or grandparents or perhaps your great-grandparents how devastating the Great Depression was. But somehow most survived.

  17. joe

    thank you, this was really good =)

    • Spacemaker

      Thank you:) We are planning more of these…

  18. Robert Honeyman

    What you’ve labeled a B-17 is in fact a B-24. The B-17 had two engines; the B-24 had four.

    • Robert Honeyman

      Also, the B-17 was known as the “Liberator.” The B-24 was known at the “Flying Fortress.”

      • Damien

        Both the B-17 and B-24 were 4-engined bombers. The photo is indeed a B-17, the B-24 had twin tail-fins, and tricycle undercarriage.
        The B-17 was the Flying Fortress, the B-24 was the Liberator.

        • vesey

          i was hoping someone would point that out………..

        • Bryan

          Yes thanks… My grandfather flew B17 in WWII… read that comment and about lost my shit…

    • Jared

      You, my friend, are a retard.

  19. Ryan Jentzsch

    Anyone else creeped out by the Mickey Mouse club photo?
    Wonderful pics though. Reagan in sweats made me laugh. Thanks for sharing.

    • Spacemaker

      Thanks Ryan. In case you are interested, we have just published a similar collection on world history. Pls see link above.

    • Marmel

      ohhh! i thought it was just me! love the pictures though

    • Ian Z.

      Yes. Very disturbing. Like something out of a nightmare.

  20. Patrick

    These pics are amazing, they really take you back in time and make you think

  21. Neil Hanmer

    Photo of Civil war vet posing near jet taken 15 years after the start of WW11 brings to realisation it was 80 years…one lifespan (give or take) from the War of Independence to the Civil War… 80 years..2nd lifespan from Civil War to WW11 which started almost another 75 years ago…a 3rd lifespan. World history advances at an alarming rate!!

    • Bryan

      Kinda hope the pattern doesn’t stick

  22. Juggling For A Cure

    Wonder how much money the football helmet tester made, and if he had medical insurance.

    • Dan Perez

      The photo described as “testing football helmets” is a photo from the April 6, 1912 issue of “Flight” magazine where it is captioned “HOW TO TEST A SAFETY HELMET – Mr. W.T. Warren, wearing a helmet of his invention, takes a flying leap at the hangar to demonstrate its utility. Interested spectators to the rear are Messrs. Lewis Turner, W.H. Ewen, and A.M. Ramsey.” So it’s not necessarily a football helmet. Probably a pilot’s helmet judging by the use of a hangar in the test and the fact that it’s in FLIGHT magazine. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2011205#post26293775

  23. Manpreet Kaur

    Wow! These stills are really … umm!! I have no words. I am so mesmerized

  24. Tim

    When I was a small boy in Indiana in the early sixties I met a man who was well over 100 years old. I asked him if he had ever witnessed personally a historical event. He said as a child younger than I was he remembered being perched on his fathers shoulders as the train carrying Lincolns body passed through going to Illinois for burial..

  25. Jordan

    Bill Lundy’s claim to be a Civil War veteran has actually been disputed. Census records suggest he was born in 1960, which would make him five years old when the Civil War ended.

    • Spacemaker

      Thanks, Jordan, for letting us know, I will note that in brackets. Cheers!

    • tim

      The civil war ended in the 1950’s?

      • Justin

        He meant 1860

    • Justin

      1860*

    • Dan Perez

      1860

  26. Peter

    Tanaka was not exactly “a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima” — when the bomb was dropped, he was at home, about 20 miles from the site. He saw a light and heard a distant rumble, but was personally unaffected by the bomb.

    • Spacemaker

      Thanks Peter for noting – I updated the caption accordingly.

  27. lyle laylin

    I think the photo of Mt Rushmore may be documenting the first blast for the carving.

  28. Betsy

    The implications of the Civil War vet posing with an Air Force jet in 1955 blew my mind.

  29. Mike

    Wonderful pics… but “U.S.” history? Dawson City and the Klondike are in Canada…..

    • Spacemaker

      Right, I too had a feeling that one was the odd one out 😉 So it is out. Thanks for noting and shame on me.

      • Juan

        I’d guess that that line over the pass is made up of 90% Americans. The search for easy riches…what could be more American?

        • Heinrich D. Bag

          Canada is part of North AMERICA—>”American” is appropriate.

      • D Fry

        That was the pic that brought me here, I would have liked to see it. You could have marked but left it.

  30. Roy

    Great collection of photos. I just want to point out one teeny-tiny error. There are no crocodiles in Florida. Those are alligators. Anyway, keep up the great work. I love seeing these old photos of the way things were.

    • Spacemaker

      Roy, true, thanks for noting indeed (and also for the encouragement:))

      • will

        Actually – there are crocodiles, as well as alligators, in Florida.

        • Thomas Kember

          If there are crocodiles in Florida where did they come from? Africa or Australia?

    • Spacemaker

      and noted in brackets with reference. Thanks again.

      • Andrew

        To be completely factual, there are crocodiles in south Florida. That being said, those depicted are most likely alligators, as American crocodiles are shy and reclusive.

    • D Fry

      Those are alligators, but crocodiles do occupy some of southern Florida.

    • Mark Gibbons

      There are still salt water crocs nesting near the souther entrance of the Sunshine Skyway. Amazing, but true. In 1956 my parents took me to that gawd awful ‘attraction’ they had an alligator with 5 legs. One grew out of his back like a shark fin that was clearly a 5 th leg. It was bad enough to be creeped out see docile aligators lying over one another. At feeding time an old guy who clearly enjoyed upsetting the animals stuck plucked, ddead chickens on a thirty foot pole and held it out from the bridge over thes monsters. All Hell would break loose. Dog eat Dog came to mind. These are nothing but killing machines that will claw their way to the top while the nasty old man delighted in the misery. Ugh…… DISNEY took away the tourists and thes places closed in the 1970s…the Hillsborough County Court House on Franklin and LaFayette streets had a gator pit attraction. I marveled at the other photos and the comments.

      • Spacemaker

        Mark, that’s very interesting – thanks a lot for noting, and thanks for your kind words too. Do make sure to check out our other similar history posts too (see links above, below the pictures).

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