All people remember visual information the best, which is why images have such a striking and lasting effect on our memory and overall perception of life. This is exactly why the first thing that comes to many people's minds when you say "Albert Einstein" is the photograph where the famous physicist is showing his tongue and not his contributions to science per se. Of course, exceptions happen, but you get the point - visuals are important.
The subjects of the photos we're about to show you, be it infamous criminals, famed actors, or monumental events, have all earned a place in world history, but we often can't put a name to the face, so to speak, and have a very one-sided view of history and its events and key figures. In this article, you'll find familiar faces and famous places in a new perspective, to know and remember that history is very complex and multifaceted.
1. Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller (1919)
2. Charging one of history's first electric cars (1905)
3. A rare photo portrait of Vincent van Gogh
4. The very first Christmas tree erected at the Rockefeller Center in New York City (1931)
5. A zeppelin flying over the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt (1931)
6. The Mona Lisa being carefully unwrapped and returned to the Louvre after it was removed from the museum during the outbreak of WWII
7. A miracle Hollywood trio: Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Humphrey Bogart
8. The Lincoln Memorial under construction (circa 1914-1922)
9. The landing off of the 16th Infantry Regiment, U.S. 1st Infantry Division on Omaha Beach, France, on D-Day (June 6, 1944)
10. Albert Einstein's portrait in a leather jacket (1938; colorized)
11. American nurses wearing gas masks at a hospital in France during WWI (a photo by Paul Thompson)
12. The city of Dresden, Germany, in ruins after World War II (1945)
13. A portrait of Audrey Hepburn in the living room of her home in Beverly Hills (photo by Bob Willoughby; November 1958)
14. Construction workers restoring the Notre Dame cathedral (1950)
15. Mark Twain's visit to the British Parliament in London (July 1907; colorized)
16. Billy the Kid (the 2nd person to the left) playing cards (1877)
17. The rejected potential designs of the Eiffel Tower
18. Muhammad Ali counseling a potential suicide victim
19. The inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor (1886)
20. Two men trying to play tennis on a bi-plane (1920)
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