40+ Unusual Photos of Famous Historic Moments

40+ Unusual Photos of Famous Historic Moments

There are old photographs that have been so rarely seen that you can get lost in them for a very long time. Behind every cliché of the past are past lives of thousands of our unknown ancestors, and it is always interesting to contemplate and discover what they tell us about the world and ourselves.

1 – The capsizing of the transatlantic liner SS Normandie on February 9, 1942, on pier 88 in New York.

When it finally enters commercial service, Normandy is the largest liner in the world. His maiden voyage is surrounded by great prestige, and after 1936, the liner began a career under the sign of luxury. However, it was interrupted by the Second World War and the ship was disarmed and remains docked in the port of New York.

At the end of 1941, it was requisitioned by the United States and renamed USS Lafayette, to be transformed into a troop carrier. However, an accidental fire broke out during the work in 1942, and the tons of water used by firefighters make it capsize.

2 – View from the top of the Empire State Building on the day of its dedication. [1931]

It was the day when New York City finally got its tallest structure, the 1,250-foot-tall (380 m) Empire State Building. All of the engineers working on the project proudly stated that this great work of architecture will stop the ongoing New York City skyscraper rivalry. While they knew it was possible to go higher, doing so during the Great Depression seemed unwise.

The photo shows people looking at the city from the Empire State Building. Reportedly, the very day of the opening was marred by fog, so it’s good that they were able to see anything at all. The opening ceremony was attended by more than 350 people including Franklin Roosevelt, Al Smith, and Jimmy Walker. The Empire State Building still remains one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks.

3 – A young Inuit girl and her little husky. [1949]

This photograph is undeniably one of the cutest things you’ll ever see. Whether it’s the adorable little girl or a small husky protruding from her backpack (or both) that is so enjoyable to the eye, the fact is that this is such an amazing photograph.

To Inuits, huskies aren’t just a warm and cuddly pet to have around your kids – they can be a matter of life and death in the Inuit culture. It’s their superior sense of smell that is incredibly helpful to Inuits hunting across the snow and ice-covered landscapes. Huskies can, for example, uncover an “alluk” – a seal breathing hole that’s too well hidden to be so easily spotted. They also excel at pulling sleds and are generally considered to be crucial to the survival of people in such a harsh environment.

4 – A photo taken from behind the statue of Lincoln during Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous speech, “I have a dream.” [28 August 1963]

The legendary speech was a combination of Martin Luther King Jr’s previously delivered speeches, with many references to the Bible and the Founding Founders interwoven within it. His speech became one of the signature moments of the civil rights movement and it still echoes to this day.

During the speech, he expressed the severity of issues that African Americans were still faced with and the struggles of their lives. The turnout was much larger than expected – more than 250,000 people descended on Washington to take part in an event larger than any other that had taken place in the capital before, and hear words of wisdom. He had definitely some of the most significant pages of African American history and has been an inspiration ever since.

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