Rare Photos That History Didn’t Burn! n°37

From Kai-Shek’s Luncheon in 1941 to the adoring Dylan fans in London in 1966, this series of images offers a profound journey through history, moving across continents and decades. Reflecting a diverse range of events, they provide unique glimpses into various core moments in time.

Chiang Kai-Shek eating lunch with his wife, photographed for LIFE, 1941.

Kai-Shek’s Lunch (1941)

This less known photograph by Carl Mydans shows a domestic side of Chiang Kai-Shek, a Chinese wartime leader, symbolising an intersection of political, personal, and media histories just before WWII intensified.

Women truck drivers, military and industrial transportation, 1942.

Truck-Driving Women (1942)

In 1942, during WWII, women started driving trucks for military and industrial transportation. This was key in proving their capability in traditionally male roles, propelling later gender equality movements.

Federal Express 173, a runaway Pennsylvania Railroad train crash, 1953.

Federal Express 173 Crash (1953)

On January 15, 1953, a runaway Pennsylvania Railroad train, the Federal Express 173, crashed into Washington D.C.’s Union Station. It spectacularly overshot the track due to an air brake failure, penetrating the floor of the main concourse.

Betty Ford dancing on her final day as First Lady, White House, 1977.

Betty’s Last Dance (1977)

On her final day as First Lady in 1977, Betty Ford posed dramatically atop the Cabinet Room table, symbolizing her groundbreaking, spirited tenure in the White House before President Carter’s inauguration.

American women casting their vote for the very first time, 1920.

First Women Votes (1920)

In 1920, after 19th Amendment’s passage, American women exercised their voting right for the first time, making the 1920 election a watershed moment in the struggle for gender equality in the United States.

The Moose “Stolta” (1908)

In 1907, an extraordinary race occurred in Älvkarleö, Sweden when a moose named Stolta beat horses, demonstrating these majestic creatures can match equine speed, captivating the public imagination with this unique event in sporting history.

Toronto Portable Phones (1983)

In 1983, Toronto, Canada became a pivotal location in the history of communication as it experienced the debut of portable telephones, ushering in a transformative era of mobile connectivity.

Mayor Stapleton led KKK parades in downtown Denver, 1920s.

KKK Stapleton Reign (1920s)

Ben Stapleton, Denver’s mayor in the 1920s, tainted his legacy by affiliating himself with the KKK. His membership empowered them to march through downtown Denver, ultimately converting the city’s government into a Klan-oriented system. Today, his name graces an airport and a Colorado town.

Original baseball patented back in 1883, Patent Office, 1925.

Baseball Patent 1883 (1925)

The original baseball, patented in 1883, stands as a captivating artifact of sports history, shedding light on the evolution of America’s beloved pastime (Patent Office, 1925).

An circus elephant balancing on its front legs, 1920s.

Elephant Act (1920s)

In the 1920s, circus elephants, like those in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, performed daring stunts such as balancing on their front legs, showcasing unnatural behaviors to captivate audiences.

Medics brace for flu battle in New South Wales, Australia, 1919.

Flu Aid in NSW (1919)

In April 1919, amid the global Spanish Flu pandemic, courageous medical staff in New South Wales bravely prepared to visit afflicted areas, donning masks and loading supplies, embodying the relentless dedication of healthcare workers in crisis.

Alexander Fleming in his laboratory at St Mary's, London, 1943.

Alexander Fleming (1943)

In 1943, the esteemed Professor Alexander Fleming was deeply engrossed in his laboratory at St. Mary’s Hospital in London’s Paddington district. Celebrated for his seminal discovery of penicillin, his research had a profound and transformative impact on the field of medical science.

A sheriff's secretary and a police lieutenant in Los Angeles, 1951.

LA Raid Evidence (1951)

In 1951, a sheriff’s secretary and a police lieutenant displayed confiscated marijuana in LA, signifying a prevalent, national crackdown on drugs during a time when societal views and legal perspectives were sharply skewed against marijuana use.

Fred Morley takes on Aussie, the boxing kangaroo, London, 1931.

Kangaroo Boxing in London (1931)

On August 31, 1931, Fox Photos photographer Fred Morley “boxed” with a kangaroo named Aussie in London’s Trafalgar Square, creating a memorable spectacle that showcased both the sport’s popularity and novelty of exotic animals in England.

Miss NASA poses with the Apollo 8 space capsule, 1971.

Miss NASA and Apollo 8 (1971)

In 1971, a memorable image was taken featuring “Miss NASA” posing next to the legendary Apollo 8 space capsule, renowned for its pioneering achievement as the first manned mission to orbit the moon.

Surgeons and nurses during an operation in a hospital in Dresden, 1956.

Dresden Surgery (1956)

In 1956, during the era of the German Democratic Republic, surgeons and nurses at a Dresden hospital demonstrated the advancements in medical procedures of the time through their operations.

Chrysler Imperial inside a garage in suburban Chicago, 1957.

Car in Chicago Garage (1957)

In 1957, renowned street photographer Vivian Maier snapped a photo of what appears to be a 1957 Chrysler Imperial tucked away in a suburban Chicago garage, offering a glimpse into mid-20th century American existence.

Iconic dresses, fashion inspired by the Beatles' music, London 1964.

London Beatles Attire (1964)

In 1964, the innovative fashion scene of London left an indelible mark on The Beatles’ iconic style. Their attire embodied the rebellious spirit of the era, sparking a revolution that transcended both music and fashion on a global scale.

The Hoffman Girls dressing room, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1924.

Hoffman Girls (1924)

The Hoffman Girls dressing room at Moulin Rouge in 1924 symbolizes the golden era of cabaret. An all-female American dance troupe, they injected energetic jazz rhythms into traditional French can-can, raising the global fame of the Moulin Rouge.

Fans peering into the window at Bob Dylan in a limousine, 1966.

Dylan’s London Fans (1966)

Barry Feinstein’s 1966 photograph encapsulates Bob Dylan’s surreal fame, capturing besotted fans peering into his limo, curious and awestruck. It beautifully signifies Dylan’s status as an enigmatic and influential figure of the 60s cultural revolution.

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