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From The Photo Albums of Very Famous People...

Most of the photos we see of past famous names like John Kennedy or Elvis Presley are professional photos, hiding beneath layers of posing, manipulation and over exposure to the iconic imagery.

But here and there, real photos from their real lives do slip through, changing our view of these famous people of history, and giving us a more human aspect to examine. Here are some great photos from the photos albums of very famous names:

John D. Rockefeller giving charity on his 84th birthday. 

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Young Bill Clinton with his saxophone. 

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Bill and Hillary Clinton on their wedding day 

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Hilary Clinton in high school, sitting on the floor in the front of the photo. 

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Young Barack Obama having fun with granddad at the beach. 

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Barack Obama with his mother 

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A young John Lennon making himself some tea. 

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famous people historical photos

James Dean as a boy. 

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James Dean age 18, making faces at the camera. 

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famous people historical photos


Albert Einstein visits a Native American home of the Hopi tribe 

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Albert Einstein at the beach, 1939 

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A self portrait of artist Usher

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famous people historical photos

Elvis Presley yawning in the dressing room 

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Elvis's last vacation, Hawaii, 1977. 

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famous people historical photos

Siblings Michael and Janet Jackson as kids 

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Winston Churchill examining a Tommy-Gun. 

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The American Gothic painting by Grant Wood in 1930, next to the couple who served as the models for it. 

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Marlon Brando showing a cat some love. 

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Marilyn Monroe performing acrobatics at the beach. 

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Sean Connery, fourth on the left, wins third place in the Mr. Universe competition. 

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Pablo Picasso dressed as Popai the sailorman. 

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John and Jackie Kennedy in a photo booth, 1953. 

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John Lennon, the man and the glasses 

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John Wayne takes a vacation in the 40s 

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famous people historical photos

Fidel Castro sliding on the snow while visiting Moscow. 

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Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin. 

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Charlie Chaplin without the famous mustache, 1916. 

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Albert Einstein as a (problematic) child. 

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Tolstoy at age 20. 

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Winston Churchill wearing the kind of bathing suit they used to wear at the time. 

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Marylyn Monroe in a rare photo as a brunette. 

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Nelson Mandela wearing authentic tribal clothes 

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famous people historical photos

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