Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of World History (Megapost)

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Hannah Stilley, born 1746, photographed in 1840. Probably the earliest born individual captured on film.


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Princeton students after a snowball fight, 1893



Carl Akeley posed with the leopard he killed with his bare hands after it attacked him, 1896



Interior of a London Pub, 1898



World’s first teleobjective, 1900



The ceiling of the Russian Parliament collapsed, 1907



A beggar running alongside King George V’s coach, 1920



The unbroken seal on Tutankhamun’s tomb, 1922 (3,245 years untouched)



Factory workers race on the roof (test track) of the Fiat Factory in Turin, Italy, 1923



A gang of skinny dippers is chased down the street at Hyde Park by a police woman, 1926



Filming of the MGM screen credits – The beginning of the Hollywood era, 1928



The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, 1928



An opium den in Singapore, 1941



A flight simulator in 1942



In the aftermath of the D-Day invasion, two boys watch from a hilltop as American soldiers drive through the town of St. Lo. France, 1944



Coca Cola is introduced in France, 1950



Uploading 🙂 the first 5 MByte hard disk to a PanAm plane, 1956


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Charlton Heston as Moses in “The Ten Commandments,” drive-in theater, Utah, 1958



Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer “Ip” in Beverly Hills, CA, 1958



A swimmobile in New York City, 1960



Che Guevara and Fidel Castro fishing, 1960



The East Bay Dragons, the first black bikers’ club, Oakland, California, 1960s



Canteen for Disney workers, 1961



The Beatles play for 18 people in the Aldershot club, December 1961. They were to become superstars in one and a half years’ time.


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 Early morning train, Japan, 1964



The Prague Spring of 1968: Soviet soldier chasing young man who had thrown stones at a tank



Man working at analog computer, 1968


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A stripper visits the trading floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, late 1970s



A foreskin away from death: a Pakistani soldier during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence examines whether the man is circumcised or not (i.e. Hindus are not)



Highway picnic during the Oil Crisis, 1973



Due to strong crosswinds, a landing plane crashes with a truck standing near the runway, 1976



Spielberg doing the first Indiana Jones movie in 1980



The glasses John Lennon wore when he was assassinated, 1980



Transporting one of the first Indian satellites, 1981.



Black officer protecting KKK member from protesters, 1983



Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as a young gentleman, 1986



Moving a 7600 ton apartment building to create a boulevard in Alba Iulia, Romania, 1987


See also:

Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of World History Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History Part 1, Part 2


Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4


    • Thanks Ramachandra, you are right indeed. The first one was indeed called ARYABHATA, and since this one seems to be from 1981, I am now a bit confused as to which one it is. So I left out the name altogether. Thanks again.

  1. Re photo of Akeley with leopard he killed “with his bare hands.” My understanding from seeing an exhibit about this at the Field Museum a few decades ago is that the leopard attacked Akeley and he jammed his arm into the leopard’s mouth (thus the sling on his right arm) but that an African man accompanying the expedition actually was the person who killed the leopard with a knife.

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    • Some of us, on the other hand, prefer proper spelling and manners, rather than a response such as yours which is a waste of existence and pitifully miserable. You could do worse that try to understand you ill-conceived and badly-spelled drivel and practice what you try to preach.
      To Earthly Mission, thanks for bringing together these great moments in history – whether trivial or momentous, these are worth seeing.

  3. Wow.. this is fascinating… please allow me to reblog this on my website… I will definitely give link to this original post..

    Waiting for your reply.


  4. I quite literally “stumbled” onto this site and consequently, this page. I am a fledgling wannabe without a clue or the faintest idea of what I WANT to create, much less how to do it. Then, I found this montague of photos and became instantaneously enchanted and simply lost myself in the photos and meandering through time and imagination.

    I am not sure if this site will be a help or a hindrance, I was hoping for networking opportunities and may have discovered nirvana for an old soul such as mine.

  5. I adore old photos and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every picture posted. Thank you so very much for going to the trouble of compiling this wonderful collection.
    I’d love to know where else I can find any or when you will be putting another collection together for viewing. Than You so muchÞr> sh

    • Dear trish you will find many good photographs in francis frith books. You can even get framed photographs of where you lived look them up on the internet. 6ou can even by a series of books called then and now such as Portsmouth then and now. Where a photograph is taken say 100 years ago and the next page shows a more recent shot from the same spot. Waterstones sell these . good luck.

    • Jim is correct. It was a gift from some Canadian troops. Christopher Robin may be holding a bear, but it’s not Winner the Pooh, who was a real bear in the London Zoo

  6. These pics are wonderful! It’s like I’m there, trapped in time and place. I love history pics of years gone by, in a time that was before my own. It shows just how the world was before I was born.

  7. Shortly after the photo with the MGM lion was taken, it attacked and killed its trainer….there’s a reason they’re called “wild” animals, and are best left alone.


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