These are some of the rarest photographs ever captured. Some of these are so awesome that even if you’re not a fan of history, it will blow your mind a bit.
Disnleyland Opening Day (1955)
A look at the early days of Disneyland. The park opened to invited guests on July 17, 1955. The following day it opened to the general public.
Golden Gate Bridge Under Construction (1937)
This must have been such a mammoth task to undertake. Who would have thought it would eventually be declared one of the wonders of the modern world? In the 1930s, a rule of thumb on high-steel bridge construction projects was to expect one fatality for every $1 million in cost. Joseph Strauss made safety a high priority on the treacherous project. The chief engineer made the construction site the first in America to require workers to wear hard hats, and he spent $130,000 on an innovative safety net that was suspended under the bridge deck. The net saved the lives of 19 workers, who called themselves the “Halfway to Hell Club.” Ten of the 11 fatalities occurred in a single accident on February 17, 1937, when a 5-ton work platform broke apart from the bridge and fell through the safety net.
The MGM Lion (1929)
Once it has been seen, it can not be unseen! The MGM lion is standing on a box!
You know that lion roaring at the beginning of old films? Yep, this is the moment these cameraman captured that iconic movie intro. Just wondering how long they had to film while waiting for him to roar? Also, he does not seem to have any leash or rope on him… Just hope he had a go at the camera man!
Hitler’s Bunker (1945)
A new view of a photograph that appeared, heavily cropped, in LIFE, picturing Hitler’s bunker, partially burned by retreating German troops and stripped of valuables by invading Russians. This is thought to be the first photograph taken of Adolf Hitler’s underground bunker after his death. Doesn’t it just send chills down your spine?
Eiffel Tower Construction (1888)
It’s 120 years since the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We look back on the construction of one of the world’s most recognizable monuments.
As viewed from The Trocadero in Paris, February 1888, progress is being made on the Eiffel Tower. It was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Originally planned to be located in Barcelona (for the Universal Exposition of 1888), it was thought that the design didn’t fit into the feel of the city.
Mount Rushmore Being Carved (1932)
CUTTING into the solid granite of a 300-foot cliff, workmen under the direction of Gutzon Borglum, famous American sculptor, are now putting the finishing touches on the sixty-foot head of George Washington which will form the center of the sculptured group in the Black Hills mountain-top memorial in South Dakota. In specially-designed saddles, the men are lowered down the face of the cliff by winches to cut away the rock with pneumatic drills and hammers. To the right of the sculptured figures, a 500-word history of the United States is to be cut into the granite in letters three feet high.
Construction Of The Statue Of Liberty (1884)
The statue was shown to the U.S., taken apart, shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in crates, and rebuilt in the U.S. It was France’s gift to the American people.
It all started at dinner one night near Paris in 1865. A group of Frenchmen were talking about their dictator and the democratic government of the U.S. They wanted to build a monument to support American freedom. Maybe then, France would have a democracy in their own country.
At that dinner was the sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. He imagined a statue of a woman holding a torch burning with the light of freedom. It took 21 years for this idea to become a reality. French supporters raised money to build the statue, and Americans paid for the base it would stand on. Finally, in 1886, the statue was dedicated.
The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
Abbey Road is another album that Across the Universe took a lot of songs from. No, this is not the famous Abbey Road photo simply reversed. It’s the Beatles walking the other way across the now-famous zebra crossing (here’s the album cover itself. Note the position of the white Beetle in both images). Don’t think this is anything special? Well in 2012, the photo sold at auction for $25,000 US.
Titanic Survivors Boarding The RMS Carpathia (1912)
Not everyone perished on that fateful day in 1912 when the Titanic went down. Shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. Days after the disaster, some of the survivors being rescued by the RMS Carpathia.
Family Photo Left On The Moon (1972)
President Abraham Lincoln’s hearse. Springfield, Il., 1865
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th president of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis.
NASA before Powerpoint, 1961
Before the days of Power Point and Prezi, employees at NASA would have to go about conveying their knowledge in a much more laborious way: chalk, board, and likely tears. It wasn’t all in vain, though; 1961 was the year that the first man–a Russian cosmonaut–entered space, and the United States was scrambling to catch up.
Niagara Falls Frozen Over in 1911
The Washington Post reported on February 2 of that year that the falls had “frozen dry” for the second time in history. You can see people walking right at the bottom of the frozen waterfall.
Candid Moments of the Legendary Marilyn, 1955
In 1955 Marilyn Monroe left Twentieth Century Fox, to move onto bigger and better things. As Marilyn put it, she was no longer “just a dumb blonde”. She was a real renegade in the world of Hollywood. In January, Marilyn formed a production company with photographer Milton Greene and moved to a room at the “Ambassador”.