25+ Exclusive pictures that tell the incredible stories of the past

In the past, taking a photograph was an attempt to preserve a part of the present for the future. Perhaps this remains the case today, but with the advent of cell phones equipped with cameras so advanced that compete with the cameras of yesteryear, and the resulting sea of photographs, it is easy to get lost in a world of colorful images.

To inspire us in the comments the famous american photographer, Ansel Adams, who said “a photograph is usually look but rarely examined,” in Great.guru we have decided to create a list of photographs that narrate the incredible story of humanity: their sufferings, their triumphs, their perseverance and their failures.

1. The giant manta ray, 1938

This manta ray, with a weight of 544 kilograms and was captured by a fisherman named Forrest Walker. In this photo, we see his friends Mr. John Hachmeister and Mrs. Earl Baum admiring the catch.

2. Unpacking the Statue of Liberty, 1885

Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the statue of liberty was dismantled and sent to the united States at the beginning of 1885. The statue finished, it consisted of 350 individual pieces and shipped to the united States in 214 crates.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the american people from the people of France on 4 July 1884. The copper statue is Libertas, the roman goddess of freedom, which holds a torch and in the other hand holds a tabula ansata on which are written the roman numerals “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776), the date of the declaration of independence of the united States. A broken chain lies at her feet.

The statue became an icon of freedom and of the united States.

3. The girl’s original mini bikini, 1946

Necessity is the mother of invention, and this is perfectly true about the development of the bikini, modern. With the shortage of fabric at that time and intended to revive the sales of swimwear, the French designer Louis Réard, created a 2-piece design in 1946, which he called bikini. The bikini, with a total area of 30 square inches of fabric, was announced as, “the suit smaller than any other bathing suit.”

Unable to find a model willing to showcase his revealing design, Réard hired Micheline Bernardini, a dancer nude 19 years of the Casino Paris. The photographs of Bernardini and articles about the event were widely disseminated by the press.

4. The first selfie, 1839

Although the selfies gained popularity when smart phones with cameras became common, the practice is as old as the camera itself. This photograph of Robert Cornelius, a pioneer of american photography, is the first self portrait, or selfie and it was taken in the year 1839.

The term was adopted for the first time by the photographer Jim Krause in 2005. The word became so popular that it was included as a new word in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013.

5. Wreck at Montparnasse , 1895

Gare Montparnasse became famous for the derailment of the express Granville—Paris , 22 October 1895. The engine underwent nearly 30 meters from the lobby of the station, crashed into a wall of 60 cm thickness, it is shot through a terrace, and broke the season in a tailspin on the street Place de Rennes 10 metres below, where he stopped at the tip. The driver was fined 50 francs for approaching the station too fast and one of the guards was fined 25 francs since they had been preoccupied with the paperwork and could not actuate the hand brake.

The photograph of Lévy and Sons of the event has become one of the most famous in the history of transportation.

6. The first flight of the Wright Flyer, 1908

The Wright Flyer, named for its designers, was the first airplane to fly. Even if your first flight time was only 12 seconds, marked the beginning of the pioneer era of aviation, flying 4 times on the 17th of December, 1903.

This fotogrfía of John T. Daniels public for the first time in 1908.

7. The last photo taken of the RMS Titanic, 1912

This is the last known photograph of the RMS Titanic before it sank during its maiden voyage, hitting an iceberg, the fateful day of April 15, 1921. It is believed that this photograph was taken the 12 of April of 1912 by Francis Browne, a jesuit priest irish. He sailed with the ship on the first leg of the trip, but had to shorten it when he received a note from his superioir clerical that ordered him to return to his station immediately.

8. – Made pyramid of helmets from captured German, 1918

This photograph, taken in 1918 (some believe that was in 1919) shows the employees of the New York Central Railroad at a celebration in Victory Way, showing a pyramid made out of German helmets recovered in front of the terminal at Grand Central. There were more than 12,000 pickelhaubes (as they were called, to their helmets in German) in the pyramid. They had been sent from stores in Germany at the end of the war.

The people of today can find this picture terrifying because each helmet represents a dead soldier, or captured. But in those days, the memories of the days devastating of the war were even more hard. This monument could have evoked emotions that today we can hardly imagine.

9. Testing a bulletproof vest, 1923

In 1923, the corporation of protective clothing of New York has produced a vest lightweight body armor for use by the police forces. To demonstrate its effectiveness, they decided to perform a live demonstration. The presentation took place at the headquarters of the police of the city of Washington. The subjects were W. H. Murphy and his assistant. Was shot to Murphy from a distance of 3 meters. The two shots were straight to the chest. According to eye-witnesses, “the didn’t even blink”. After the trial, Murphy gave the stray bullets to a police officer as I remember.

10. Recording the lion’s roar of the MGM, 1928

Jackie was the second lion used for the logo of the MGM. It was the first lion MGM roar, that was heard for the first time through a disc gramophone for the first production of MGM with sound. Jackie roared 3 times before you look to the right of the screen. The lion appeared in all the movies of MGM in white and black from 1928 to 1956.

Jackie is also known for surviving several accidents, including 2 train accidents, an earthquake and an explosion in the study. The most famous case was when the pilot of a plane in which he was travelling was Jackie, had that crashing to aterriar, leaving him stranded in the Arizona desert for 4 days with a little bit of water and sandwiches, which earned him the nickname “Leo the lucky”.

11. Celebrating the end of prohibition, 1933

Approved by the united States Congress in 1917 and ratified in 1919, the eighteenth amendment of the Constitution prohibited the manufacture or sale of alcohol within the united States. Originally designed to prevent crime and the embriaguéz, it soon became clear that prohibition did just the opposite as that bars illegal immigrants generalizaban and smuggling led to the establishment of the organized crime.

The repeal of the eighteenth amendment had been a central policy of the campaign of president Roosevelt, who suggested reintroducing alcohol as a way of raising taxes in a time of economic difficulty. After the repeal of this amendment in 1933, Yuengling sent a truckload of beer “Winner Beer” (beer winner) to president Roosevelt in appreciation. This came on the day that it revoked the amendment. A curious fact because the beer Yuengling takes almost 3 weeks to develop and añejarse.

12. The refusal of the lonely man, 1936

This photograph was taken in the launching of a vessel of the German army in 1936, Adolf Hitler was attending the event and the image is displayed at a single man standing idly in the middle of hundreds of men and women who are unemployed and do the nazi salute, as a show of loyalty to the party and its leader. What makes this photo so unique is the challenge of this man to the system, which represents a protest of a man in its most sincere and pure.

13. The disaster of the Hindenburg, 1937

The 6 of may 1937, the Hindenburg, a giant airship of German passenger, caught fire when attempting to land near Lake Hurst in New Jersey, killing 35 people on board, and a member of the crew that was on the earth. Of the 97 passengers and crew members, 62 managed to survive. The horrible incident was caught by reporters and photographers and was played in radio programs, newspapers and in news broadcasts. Millions of people around the world saw the dramatic explosion which consumed the ship and its passengers. As a result of this dramatic news, the people lost confidence in the travel in airships putting an end to that era.

14. Anne Frank, 1940

This photograph from 1940 shows Anne Frank at the age of 6 years, in the college Montesori in Amsterdam.

In 1999, the magazine Time named Anne Frank among the heroes and icons of the 20th century, in his list of “The most important people of the century”. They said, “with a diary kept in an attic secret, she faced down the nazis and lent a powerful voice to the fight for human dignity”.

15. Winston Churchill, 1941

This picture, we brought instant recognition to the photographer Yousuf Karsh in 1941, when he made the decision to Winston Churchill, the british prime minister. In the photograph is particularly noticeable in the posture and facial expression, which has been compared to the feelings of war that prevailed in the United Kingdom: the persistence against an enemy conqueror. But according to Karsh, the expression severe in the face of Churchill is due to the fact that Karsh, without permission, had taken the pure of the mouth. Although this photo will still be very famous, a favorite photo of Karsh is a portrait of the takes captured later (above) which shows Churchill with a mood light and a smile on your face.

16. A French set fire to the cigar of Winston Churchill, 1944

A frances lit the cigar of Winston Churchill after the defeat of the army German. Churchill arrived in Cherbourg 10 June 1944, one day before the forces alíadas will land on the beaches of Normandy as reinforcements during the day “D”.

17. Day of Victory over Japan in Times Square, 1945

If you thought that this is the iconic day V-J Day in Times Square (victory in Japan) photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, you are wrong. This photograph shows the same scene was taken by a reporter and photographer for the u.s. navy, Victor Jorgensen , and titled “Kissing the War Goodbye” (laying off the war with a kiss). It was published the next day in the newspaper The New York Times.

18. Test Baker of operation Crossroads, 1946

The operation Crossroads were a couple of tests with nuclear weapons (with the names Baker and Able) conducted by the united States in the Bikini atoll in 1946. Were the first detonations of nuclear weapons since the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The tests were performed to determine the effect that they had nuclear weapons on the ships of war.

The picture shows the Baker test. The cloud outside wider in the photo is the condensation cloud formed briefly and is caused by the “effect of house of Wilson”. Although there was no cloud in the form of fungus that is jacked to the sky, the top of the water geyser formed a head like a fungus or cauliflower, which fell back into the lagoon. The water released in the explosion was highly radioactive and contaminated many of the ships that were parked nearby.

19. The story behind Gandhi and the spinning wheel, 1946

For when the photographer Margaret Bourke-White, went to the place where he was Gandhi for an article on the leaders of India, the art of spinning was so linked to the identity of Gandhi that his secretary, Pyarelal Nayyar, told Bourke-White that I had to learn the art of spinning before shooting the leader. It was a rare opportunity to get this photo, and Bourke-White was not going to miss it. In this photo, we can see Bourke-White practicing the craft.

The photography of Margaret Bourke-White never appeared in the article for which it was destined. But less than 2 years later, the magazine Life presented this picture visibly as a tribute in an article published after the murder of Gandhi. Came to be seen as an iconic photograph.

20. Presley taking an oath in the army of the united States, 1958

Elvis Presley is often considered one of the cultural icons most important of the TWENTIETH century.

He served in the U.s. army from 1958 to 1960. At the time of his recruitment was already a known name in the world of entertainment. Before entering in the army of the united States, Elvis Presley had caused national indignation with his performances full of sex and rock and roll. Many parents, religious leaders, and teachers saw their recruitment as a positive thing because it removed from public view. Despite the fact that the government and the armed forces he was offered many options for use, its popularity, Presley decided to join as a simple soldier. Once finished with his service, Presley was awarded the medal of good conduct of the army. Also described as a skilled marksman in several weapons. His period in the armed forces earned him the sympathy of new fans and the rest, as they say, is history.

21. Building the Berlin wall, 1961

The photographic images that show euphoric people on both sides of the wall by climbing over it and destroying it, are etched in our memories. This photograph shows the other side of the line of time, when the construction of the Berlin wall was underway.

22. Snow storm of North America, 1966

One of the snow storms that are more severe that have been registered in the united States and Canada, took place in 1966. The blizzard was particularly memorable for its long duration, heavy snowfall and gusts of wind greater than 112 kilometers per hour. For when the storm subsided, had claimed more than 200 lives.

The iconic photo of the employee of the department of transportation, Bill Koch, standing next to a set of power lines, was taken by his colleague Ernest Feland.

23. The ultimate confrontation: the flower and the bayonet, 1967

For years, this photograph captured by the French photographer Marc Riboud in 1967 has left a formidable reputation as a symbol of passive resistance and an ideology that is anti-violence.

24. The black power salute at the 1968 olympic

This was a demonstration policy pursued by athletes of african americans, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, during the ceremony of the medals in the olympic stadium of the City of Mexico, in the summer of 1968. After winning the gold medals and bronze, respectively, in the event of race of 200 meters, came to the place of medals by deciding to break the illusion that all was well in the world.

Just before the anthem american began to play, Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists with black gloves in the air. His message was clear: before saluting to the united States, we should treat blacks as equals. The athletes kept their fists raised until the anthem ended.

25. Women protesting against the forced use of the hijab in Iran, 1979

On 8 march 1979, International Women’s Day, more than 100,000 women gathered in the streets of Tehran, the iranian capital, to protest against the binding decision of the new islamic government on the use of the hijab, which meant that women would be required to wear this type of scarf when they were out of the house. The photographer Hengāmeh Golestān said, “the spontaneous uprising of women and men in the march 8, 1979, was an effort to protect the achievements of the rights of women in the 70 years of iranian history”.

26. A woman in Italy is fined for wearing a bikini, 1957

The bikini was banned on beaches and public places on the French atlantic coast, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Australia, and was prohibited or discouraged in several states of the united States. The Vatican declared it sinful.

During the early 1950s, several Hollywood stars took advantage of the advertising daring associated with the bikini by posing for photographs wearing one of them. This led to an increase in the popularity of the bikini. At the end of the century, it had become the clothing of the most popular beach in the world. According to the historian of French fashion Olivier Saillard, “The emancipation of the fashion of swimwear has always been linked to the emancipiación of the woman”. However, a survey shows that 85% of all bikinis sold never touch the water.

Some of these photographs may mean more to some than to others, but seguramenente provided a window for exploring our past and help us decide the direction of our future. With luck, we will understand that the world can be a better place if we use a little bit of love, tolerance, understanding and compassion.

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