Rare Historical Photos

When you think of the past, what comes into your mind? Take whatever you just thought of and throw it in the trash, because it was wrong. The following photographs will show you that people in the past were much the same as the people of today – but the world around them was different.

Familiar Face

Before she became an icon, took over Hollywood and stole the hearts of men all over the world, Marilyn Monroe was named Norma Jeane Doughtrey. She was just a normal American girl of 1940s. She even worked a normal job during her early years.

Familiar Face

Norma spent her days learning some basic skills at a factory located in Van Nuys, California. She looked so happy at her normal job that you couldn’t even imagine her leaving that job. That said, fate had a different idea in mind for this star.

Lucille Being Lucille

While her Hollywood career didn’t start in comedy, Lucille Ball soon found out that it was what she did best. The reason for this is that the actress never took herself too seriously. She wasn’t afraid to let loose in front of her fans and show a human side.

Lucille Being Lucille

While many actresses would refuse to get dirty and take part in some slapstick comedy, Lucille was all for it. It was her openness that allowed her to climb to the top of Hollywood. Today, Lucille is considered a Hollywood legend.

Wardrobe Differences

Going back in time to a much more conservative time, we are seeing in this picture Brigitta Lindman, a Swedish flight attendant checks out a gown that a showgirl is wearing. On the attendant’s face, you can see both some shock and interest in the dress.

Wardrobe Differences

Today the showgirl closer represents what girls wear today than the flight attendant. We can’t help but wonder what she is thinking as she looks at this smiling girl’s dress. This picture does a great job of the past meeting the future.

Victoria Principal’s Fashion

Fashion and the way the humankind saw allure was very different back in the 1970s than it is today. We saw different things as intriguing. Nobody is going to say that this picture isn’t attractive, but it was probably much more crazy in the 1970s than it is today.

Victoria Principal’s Fashion

Pictured below is Victoria Principal. She made waves in the 1970s and throughout the 1980s when she starred in the acclaimed soap opera Dallas. She has appeared in some shows and movies in the days since Dallas but never reached those heights.

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch was one of the biggest parts of the 1970s. Let’s not fool ourselves, most people tuned into the show just to get a view of Maureen McCormick who portrayed Marcia Brady. She was every guy’s dream back in the 1970s.

The Brady Bunch

Back in those days, we beauty was more simple as you can see that none of these girls are wearing the kind of clothes that stars wear today. Times have definitely changed within the last 40 years. Surely, things will never be the same.

Princess Diana On The Diving Board

Here we have a view of Princess Diana on her yacht and on the diving board. We wonder if she actually took that dive into the water or just sat there and got some sun. I’m positive she jumped in after seeing that fierce seagull flying at her.

Princess Diana On The Diving Board

This definitely is a throwback to a time when things were more simple. The hair was big, the bathing suits were less revealing and it seemed like the sun just shined a bit brighter. Royalty will never be the same after losing a great woman like Princess Diana.

Pools Of The 60s

Here is a picture of Audrey Hepburn is her swimsuit back when she was one top of Hollywood. This pool photoshoot caused quite the stir back in the 1960s. Her playful stares into the camera were enough to drive any fan absolutely wild.

Pools Of The 60s

Today these photos would be considered quite tame, but back then the world was shocked that Audrey would pose for such pictures. We must remember that back in those days things were a little more tamed in most of America, but not all of it.

Old Days Of Racing

Jungle Pam Hardy was one half of the racing duo that consisted of her and Jungle Jim Lieberman. She was only into the sport for about four years and Jim passed before the 1970s were out, but the two of them together cemented themselves in racing history.

Old Days Of Racing

Together they changed the sport forever and are still talked about today. Women were never put at the forefront of the sport until Pam. Seeing a picture really shows you how much the sport changed from the days when it was raw and rugged.

Disco Roller Skates

While we can easily look back to the early 90s and remember people dressed up in all neon and roller skating down a beach path, roller skates really exploded in the 1970s disco era. You’d hear the latest groove and roller skate in circles at the local rinks.

Disco Roller Skates

It was a magical time and everyone was living life to the fullest whilst having an amazingly good time. Just look at this woman in New York help these kids skate along on a nice spring day. This is definitely something we can’t expect to see these days.

 

Beautifully Pure

We have to say that back in the 1960s and 1970s a more pure and joyful beauty was admired over the kind of raunchy beauty that is treasured to today. We have here just a girl just hold a plastic beach ball and enjoying herself at the beach.

Beautifully Pure

Look how crystal clear the water looks as well. It was before so much plastic had been thrown into our sea. Hopefully one day we’ll accomplish making our water pure again as it was back in the 1960s and 1970s.

Now That’s A Hit

Those are a lot of legends in one room. While The Beatles can be claimed to be the best thing to ever happen in rock music,  Muhammad Ali is definitely claimed to the best boxer. We wonder if they ever thought that they’d be as a big as they’d become.

Now That’s A Hit

Placing these giants in pop culture together definitely leaves for a historical picture. What’s even more amazing is that all of these individuals made money off of making hits. We wonder what Paul and Ringo think when they see this picture today.

The Great Houdini

Harry Houdini is known the world over as one of the great magicians and escape artist of all time. He started off small by freeing himself out of handcuffs. The masses were amazed by the feat, but this was only the beginning for the great Houdini.

The Great Houdini

Pretty soon he was freeing himself while being submerged in water, hanging upside down and all kinds of other traps. His greatest escape had to be when he buried himself alive and escaped. Pictured above is the genius himself.

Just For Kicks

Pictured below is Marilyn Monroe kicking a soccer ball at a 1957 soccer game between the United States and Israel. Wearing such a tight dress probably left for quite the challenge when kicking the ball, but she actually kicked the ball quite well.

Just For Kicks

Back in the 1950s Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just a beloved actress, model, and symbol, she was representative of the women of the United States of America. She made appearances at a variety of events and was considered the greatest actress in Hollywood.

Up Close And Personal

Anyone who had ever watched a movie can guess what these guys are doing. They are filming the lion which appears during the opening credits of movies under the MGM studio. For all we know, he might be the first lion to ever pose for the shot.

Up Close And Personal

Can you imagine how these guys felt having work whilst so close to that lion. They had to be a little nervous. We’re hoping they got paid handsomely for their work. You have to be well paid if your going to be putting your life on the line for a job.

Ladies’ Man

Anyone who was around the 1980s and early 1990s will fondly remember Andre The Giant for his work in the WWF. He had epic battles with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. He was also in the beloved movie The Princess Bride. 

Ladies’ Man

Andre was always huge in size, but when he was young he looked so much more normal. Look at how far those arms go as he stretches them above the toweled beauties. Andre is definitely one of the most beloved giants to ever walk the planet.

Man’s Best Friend

No matter the decade, dogs have always been there for the people that they’ve considered their friends. Look at this cute dog hold up his owner by the jacket. He makes the child feel assured that he will not fall into the pond while trying to get his golf ball.

Man’s Best Friend

This dog is a prime example of how good dogs have been to us throughout the years. One can’t help but think of those Our Gang movies from the 1930s when they look at a photo like this. Dogs and children both appeared to be so different back then.

What’s He Whispering?

One of Marilyn Monroe’s greatest movies is 1959’s Some Like It Hot. It was made during the later days of her career when she was becoming increasingly difficult to work with. This picture might be a direct result of this period.

What’s He Whispering?

We have the movie’s director Billy Wilder whispering something in the Marilyn’s ear. Look at his eye, look in her eyes. Is she hearing a threat or perhaps he is coming onto her. We will never know, but we wouldn’t be surprise if that was what was happening.

 

Bessie Love Sits

Besides the black and white colors, this 100-year-old picture can very well be on a modern-day girl. You are looking at silent film icon Bessie Love. She was in dozens upon dozens of movies throughout the 1910s and 1920s.

Bessie Love Sits

She was even nominated for one of the best actress awards. Once sound became big, her career slowed significantly and she never rose to the same heights. This was the fate of a lot of actors back then. If they didn’t have the voice, they were kissing their careers goodbye.

One of Johnny’s Favorites

Pictured below is Carol Wayne. She doesn’t have a huge list of films that she appeared in but was a recurring guest on the The Tonight Show. She was a beloved Hollywood personality and a huge star. Anyone from that time will surely remember her.

One of Johnny’s Favorites

Amongst many of Johnny Carson’s guest, she was his favorite. This photo was taken during her last appearance on the show. A year later she’d pass away under mysterious circumstances in Mexico. Hollywood truly lost a gem when she passed.

 

Walking The Tightrope

Here is another picture of a fearless woman. This time we’re taking you to Cologne, Germany in 1946. You can really see the destruction the city took in during WW2. The wounds of war were still fresh here and would be repaired fully until the 1980s.

Walking The Tightrope

Perhaps distracting folks from the ravaged city around them, she has decided to walk a tightrope between two buildings. This is truly something beautiful. We hope that she made it across to the other side of the rope in one piece.

 

Secret Assembly

Back in 1988, things were really heated between the United States and the Soviet Union. That said, one could not easily know what the government was working on. When it came to Soviet Russia, their secrets were completely locked and sealed from the public eye.

Secret Assembly

Access into this Kazakhstan was forbidden, but one brave photographer took a chance and decided to quietly snap some pictures of what was being worked on. Appears that they were building two rocket ships to take into space.

 

A Real Queenie

Those are indeed two nice looking ladies skiing, but now look up and you’ll see the real attraction. Yup, that is Queenie elephant rocking skis of her own and speeding down the river. This amazing elephant is known to have loved to water-ski.

A Real Queenie

She would never resist a chance to hit the waves. Resisting doesn’t exactly mean that she loved it, but despite that, it is an amazing historical picture. We’re quite sure that this elephant is actually in tears while chained to that thing.

Ride Of Your Life

Let take a look back to a time were safety regulations meant very little and performing dangerous stunts would only bring excitement to a crowd. This picture is special. This guy is testing out a roller coaster in progress.

Ride Of Your Life

As fun and dangerous as this looks, this man didn’t volunteer or have to do this for his job. He is a death row inmate and was forced to tackle this high-risk stunt against his will. We wonder if these were his final moments of life because this looks dangerous surely.

 

Space Chimp Survives

Meet the chimp that set history into motion. While Russia sent a dog to space and was unsuccessful in bringing him back alive. The people of the United States sent Ham the Chimp to space and against all odds brought him back with him still perfectly healthy.

Space Chimp Survives

Here is a picture of this space monkey holding a paper with his image. As you can see, he is quite pleased with himself for staying alive. He couldn’t look anymore happier. The chimp is even smiling in the newspaper photo. This definitely a classic picture.

Audrey And Her Fawn

Being an actor doesn’t of you just going from studio to studio and acting out a part. These actors have to do things to prepare for this role. For her role in Green Mansion, Audrey was asked to spend time with a fawn named Pippin before filming started.

Audrey And Her Fawn

The two got along great and ultimately Audrey would end up adopting Pippin and keeping him on a long term basis. Owning a deer really does beat the heck out of having one of those little dogs that modern day celebrities shove in their purse.

A Giant Stingray

Before we started polluting the seas and fishing everything out, our oceans were definitely wilder. Look at how massive this stingray is. The picture below was taken in 1935. The world was much cleaner back then and animals thrived a lot more.

A Giant Stingray

Normally, we’d question if it was legitimate or not, but since that it was from that long ago we can stand assured that it couldn’t be photoshopped or faked. This man holds nothing back as he puts his hand upon this giant beast.

River Of Booze

This waterfall isn’t an ordinary waterfall and doesn’t come with that same beauty you’d get from nature. That said, it is probably the best waterfall there ever was. This was taken during the prohibition era, one of the darkest times in American history.

River Of Booze

The story goes that people were illegally smuggling booze on the third floor of this building. When police got word of it, they got rid of the beer by letting it pour out the windows. We’re surprised that no one is standing below the building and drinking the beer.

 

 

Speeding With The King

In a world where the only genres of music were jazz, country and folk, Elvis came along and brought some color to the world. He is the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll for a reason. He put rock music on the map and led the way for an array of other musicians.

Speeding With The King

Here we have a picture of the king when he was still young and healthy. He is struggling to perform or riding rollercoaster till dawn, he is simply having some innocent fun on a cool looking motorcycle. Elvis was experience something like any young man his age.