19 Historical Photographs With Touching Stories Behind Them


Sometimes a photograph means much more than what has been captured. They include stories that you can never find in history books. These images are just so powerful.

1. A German soldier with the horror of war on his face.

2. A bicycle chained to a tree by its owner before leaving for the World War I in 1914.

3. German soldiers’ reaction while watching a film about concentration camps.

4. An African-American posing under a tree reserved for white people. (1950)

5. Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing. (1945)

6. Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali trying to save a man from committing suicide. (1981)

7. Elvis Presley waiting for his food at a segregated restaurant. The African-American woman has to stand because she’s not permitted to sit. (1956)

8. Cages were made for children to get fresh air in houses with no garden in London. (1930s)

9. Armless Charles B. and legless Eli Bowen riding a bicycle together. (1890s)

10. 23-year-old Evelyn McHale commits suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building and falls on top a car. (1947)

In her suicide note, she wrote:

“I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June. I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies.”

11. Leonid Rogozov, operating on himself because he was the only physician in the Soviet Antarctic Expeditions’ Novolazarevskaya Station.

12. An Austrian orphan hugging his new shoes. (1946)

13. Lessons to stay calm for African-American activists in America. The girl is trying to handle future bullying she may face. (1960)

14. The dog named Pep sentenced to life in prison for killing the Pennsylvania governor’s cat. (1924)

15. 1940s sense of humor.

16. Reaction of a little girl after seeing a penguin for the first time.

17. The hotel owner pouring acid into the pool while an African-American family was swimming in it. (1964)

18. In 1960s, Indigenous Australians were not seen as humans.

19. Wedding rings collected from the victims of the Nazi camps. (1945)

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