Rare Historical Photos

Iconic shots bring the past to life

From cave paintings to galaxies shot by the Hubble Telescope, humans have documented their experiences through time. Countless amazing, terrifying, wonderful and curious moments have been preserved for future generations—or perhaps for the beings that might follow in our footsteps millions of years from now. The gallery below holds just the tiniest fraction of our shared past.

Images that time could not forget

Top gallery images

Marina Ginesta, a 17-year-old communist militant, overlooking Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, 1936
Marina Ginesta, 17-year-old Communist, in Barcelona, Spanish Civil War, 1936: Read more…
Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev drinking wine from drinking horns in Soviet Republic of Georgia, 1963
Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev in Soviet Republic of Georgia, 1963: Read more…
John F. Kennedy campaigns in rural West Virginia, precariously perched on a high-chair to deliver his speech. 1960
John F. Kennedy campaigns in rural West Virginia, 1960: Read more
Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920
Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeats multiple chess masters, France, 1920: Read more
The Most Beautiful Suicide - Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the Empire State Building, 1947
“The Most Beautiful Suicide,” Evelyn McHale leaps from Empire State Building, 1947: Read more…

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The primeval selfie

Robert Cornelius took the world’s first self-portrait in Philadelphia 185 years ago. Cornelius was no slacker. He snapped this shot in 1839, which is considered by experts as photography’s practical birth year.

Robert Cornelius selfie
Robert Cornelius: First selfie in history
Other selfies of note…
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Cave of Hands, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Cave of Hands, Santa Cruz, Argentina

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