Interesting Historical Photos

The Punt Gun could discharge over a pound of shot at a time that could kill as many as 50 birds. This depleted stocks of wild waterfowl and by the 1860s most US states had banned the practice.

A picture of a crowd in New York, 1939 (there is not one unhatted head)

A rare color photo of Adolf Hitler showing the blue color of his eyes.

Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

Dagen H, the day Sweden switched sides of the road, 1967

German soldier taking aim from the back of a trained horse, 1935

Crowded ship bringing American troops back to New York harbor after V-Day, 1945

Civil War General Amrbose Burnside, whose unusual facial hair led to the coining of the term “sideburns”

A photo illustrating the class divide of pre-war Britain, 1937

The face of a hockey goalie (Terry Sawchuk) before masks became standard game equipment, 1966

Using a traditional Japanese blade, 17-year-old Yamaguchi assassinates socialist politician Asanuma in Tokyo, 1960 (Photo taken after initial stab)

Stalin in an off-record photo captured by his bodyguard Vlasik

US intelligence images of how Hitler could have disguised himself, 1944

A photo of the iceberg that sunk the Titanic, taken the morning of April 15, 1912 from board of the ship “Prinz Adalbert”, before knowing the Titanic had sunk. The smear of red paint along the base of the berg (bottom right) prompted the chief steward to take the picture.

Defiant until the very end, a German Communist being executed in Munich, 1919

German soldiers react to footage of concentration camps, 1945

Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the Empire State Building, 1947. Her landing position appeared disarmingly placid and composed, as if asleep. (Colorized Picture)

Russian spy laughing through his execution in Finland, 1942

A young Adolf Hitler cheering the start of World War One, 1914