There’s a lot more to the story than some of the famous photos we’ve all seen in textbooks.
Sometimes, the monotony of those same glimpses into history again and again can really put a brake on learning about the past, but there are some interesting facts and moments that books often omit.
Here are fifty rare historical photos that usually do not in history books, but should.
#1 Ann Frank’s Father
Here is an image of Anne Frank’s father, Otto, returning to visit the attic where they were hiding from the Nazis. He was the only survivor in the family.
#2 The US Supreme Court In Session
This photo was taken in 1937 by a woman who had hidden a camera in her purse. Cameras were not allowed in the Supreme Court. As far as we know, this is one of only two photographs taken when the court was in session.
#3 “Human Fly” George Willig
This photographer captured George Willig climbing outside the South Tower of the World Trade Center in 1977. The climb took three and a half hours and resulted in his arr33st as well as $1.10 in fines.
#4 Seinfeld Finale
In this photo, New Yorkers stopped to see the end of Seinfeld in Times Square. It’s worth taking a break for some things, even in New York.
This photograph was taken in 1943 and, as far as anyone knows, it is the last photo that captured Nikola Tesla before his d33ath.
#7 The Oldest Aerial Photograph
This photo, taken over Boston, is the oldest aerial photograph that can be found. It was taken in October 1860.
#8 Time Square When Germany Surrendered
This photo captures the crowd celebrating May 7, 1945 after the surrender of Germany and the end of World War II. ¡ There are quite a few people!
#9 The Inside Of An Old Airplane
The interior of a 1930 aircraft did not look much like what we are used to today. There may have been some less security features.
#10 JFK’s Funeral
Although there are many photos from the day of his murder, here is one we don’t see as often. This is inside JFK’s funeral in November 1963.
#11 Lyndon B. Johnson Yelling
Lyndon B. Johnson shouted to the pilots of a plane to cut their engines so that John F. Kennedy could be heard when he spoke in Amarillo Texas. The future president can be seen trying to calm him down.
Margaret Hamilton And The Handwritten Navigation Software She And Her Mit Team Produced For The Apollo Project, 1969
In 1969, When Black Americans Were Still Prevented From Swimming Alongside Whites, Mr. Rogers Decided To Invite Officer Clemmons To Join Him And Cool His Feet In A Pool, Breaking A Well-Known Color Barrier
Statue Of David By Michelangelo, Encased In Bricks To Prevent D@m@ge From B00mbs, During World W@@r
Louis Armstrong Playing For His Wife, Egypt, 1961