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20 Vintage Photos That Depict Historical Moments & Figures

 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)

Vintage Photos Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller (1919)

2. Charging one of history's first electric cars (1905)

Vintage Photos Charging one of history's first electric cars (1905)

3. A rare photo portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Vintage Photos A rare photo portrait of Vincent van Gogh

4. The very first Christmas tree erected at the Rockefeller Center in New York City (1931)

Vintage Photos The very Christmas tree erected at the Rockefeller Center (1931)

5. A zeppelin flying over the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt (1931)

Vintage Photos 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

Vintage Photos The Mona Lisa being carefully unwrapped and returned to the Louvre after it has been removed from the museum during the outbreak of WWII

7. A miracle Hollywood trio: Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Humphrey Bogart

Vintage Photos A miracle Hollywood trio: Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Humphrey Bogart

8. The Lincoln Memorial under construction (circa 1914-1922)

Vintage Photos 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)

Vintage Photos The landing of 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)

Vintage Photos 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)

Vintage Photos 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)

Vintage Photos 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)

Vintage Photos 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)

Vintage Photos  Construction workers restoring the Notre Dame cathedral (1950)

15. Mark Twain's visit to the British Parliament in London (July 1907; colorized)

Vintage Photos Mark Twain's visit to British Parliament in London (July 1907)

16. Billy the Kid (the 2nd person to the left) playing cards (1877)

Vintage Photos Billy the Kid (the 2nd person to the left) playing cards (1877)

17. The rejected potential designs of the Eiffel Tower

Vintage Photos The rejected potential designs of the Eiffel Tower

18. Muhammad Ali counseling a potential suicide victim

Vintage Photos Muhammad Ali counselling a potential suicide victim

19. The inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor (1886)

Vintage Photos The inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor (1886)

20. Two men trying to play tennis on a bi-plane (1920)

Vintage Photos Two men trying to play tennis on a bi-plane (1920)
Source of all images: izismile
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