Sharing Wonderful Historical Photos
I received these seventeen photos in an email, like the previous ones I put up. There was no information about where these came from or who took the photographs. They were interesting to me as I love history. I was sure that others would love to see them also. I put them in date order so it will be easier to see the progression. I hope you enjoy them.
The Earliest Known Photo of Someone Drinking Beer
In 1844, the first known photo of someone drinking beer was taken. Why am I not surprised that it was in Edinburgh? They do look like they are having fun though.
Only Known Photo of a Black Union Soldier with Family
I love this photo. This man was fighting for the freedom of his race in this country. His reason for fighting is gathered around him. Many men have fought for their freedom and way of life and I am proud of them all.
A Native American Looking on Progression
He is looking at the progression of this country, but we have to wonder if he was cursing and wondering how this was going to affect him and his race. The area looks familiar to me, having been raised in Northern Nevada. I wonder if that is the Truckee River down below? My dad worked near there for many years.
Results of a Snowball Fight at Princeton
These three look like they had a lot of fun and are now regretting it. Were they on the winning team or were they the losers? Who knows, but they are a lot of fun to look at. OUCH!!
The Japanese men wore these loose pants at this time. They were practicing their archery so they could help defend their territory. Japan was ruled by feudal lords at this time in history. They had an Emperor that ruled the country. This photograph was taken sometime between 1860-1900.
New York Subway Opens
In 1904, the New York City subway system opened for the first time. All of the important men of the time attended the grand opening to be the first to ride the subway trains. The subway cars have changed immensely in that time period, I notice. This looks more like carriage seats than train seating.
Nine Kings in One Photo
On May 20, 1910; Nine Kings were together in Windsor Castle. In trying to find out what would bring these busy and important men all together at one time, I Googled the date. I found a few things, the first aircraft air display was held in Hendon, England; and Haley's Comet was at its closest point to Earth on that date. The thing that I finally decided the occasion was for though, was that Prince George Frederick was proclaimed King George V the day before. King Edward VII, his father, had died on the 6th of May that year.
Electricity in 1920s Russia
This photograph shows some Russian peasants getting electricity in 1920. Can you imagine the wonder of it? These people may have never even seen electric lights before. It probably seemed like magic. The wonder of electricity changed the way many people lived then.
Cow Shoes Used during Prohibition.
During Prohibition, moonshiners would use shoes like these to leave false trails so that the Revenuers would think it was a cow and not follow them to their stills and where they stored their moonshine. Pretty inventive, right?
Delivering Moonshine in a Disguised Truck
During Prohibition, moonshiners would use a truck or car disguised as something else to deliver their goods. This one was designed to look like a truck full of lumber. A bottle had broken during transit and the smell of the liquor alerted the police to the ruse. They searched the truck and found the false entrance to the liquor.
1930 Dance Marathon
This photo is of the last four couples standing towards the end of a Chicago Dance marathon. They don't all appear to be standing to me. A lot of leaning going on here.
Kennedy Teens in 1930s
This is probably one of the few photos of the Kennedy boys that you will see while they were in their teens. Every one of them became famous, although only one lived long. Would they have changed their lives some if they knew the path they were on? I would have.
1934 Fascist Party Headquarters of Mussolini
This building is a part of history that we don't see too often. The Italian government has changed considerably since these days. I doubt the building is still standing. The décor is a bit strange, don't you think? Big Brother is watching you.
Jewish Refugees Become Aware They are Liberated
April 1945, these Jewish refugees run into allied soldiers and become aware that they have been liberated. The joy and relief flooding through their system can only be imagined. They know that they were so close to death and now they know they and their children are going to live. My heart rejoices along with them.
Japanese Americans Return to Their Home
On May 10, 1945; this family of Japanese Americans returned to the home they had left to go to concentration camps. This family may have been in America for a century, but when we went to war with Japan, they were treated like the enemy. I am so disgusted with the fact that this was done to these people. When they returned, their home was covered with graffiti saying they were not wanted here. Were Germans treated this way? NO! My husband is very German, his family came over just before the first World War. His father was born shortly afterward and no one in his family was treated badly. Why were the Japanese treated badly? Because they looked differently. I hope this disgrace never happens again.
Tereska, a Disturbed Child
This child, Tereska, was raised in a concentration camp. There can be no doubt of why she was disturbed. The horror of what she saw during that time cannot be denied. The deprivation, hopelessness, and cruelty that she saw while there, would assuredly mark anyone for life. For a child to see and experience this was nothing but criminal.
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