Historical Pictures You Likely Haven’t Seen Before

These photographs all tell stories about the historical figures or events that they represent. Once taken simply to document their present, they now help us witness the past

Many photographs only become iconic shots years later, once we understand their importance and historical context. From historical landmarks and famous people to the basic daily routines of the past, these pictures portray the past in a way that we can empathize with and understand more intimately.

William Harley and Arthur Davidson, 1914

Bill Gates for driving without a license, 1977

The Beatles before making their most historical picture

Muhammad Ali & Michael Jordan, 1992

Boxing in Yankee Stadium, 1923

Chicago, 1967

Bruce Lee on a dance floor

Osama Bin Laden and his judo mates

Kobe Bryant when he was 18. 1996

The last picture of Titanic taken before sinking, 1912

Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger. 1969

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Golden Gate under construction, San Francisco. 1937

Fidel Castro and Malcolm X, 1960

Kurt Cobain & Krist Novoselic

Vladimir Putin as a teenager

The Beatles’ last concert

Playing golf on a skyscraper. 1932

Barrack Obama as a teenager



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