25 Jaw-Dropping Historical Photos That Will Knock Your Socks Off

In a time without selfie-sticks or duckfaces, photographs seemed to be less ostentatious. It is hard to believe that these rare historical photos haven’t been spread around the world any earlier. Give into a bit of nostalgia and enjoy these 25 incredible pictures.


1. Ever dreamed of marrying Sean Connery? Here he is all dressed up for the 1974 movie Zandoz.


2. Cuteness overload! A little girl is handing flowers to a Paris police officer in 1920.


3. In 1953, Marilyn Monroe honored a birthday party with her presence. She soon found herself chatting with Nancy and Ronald Reagan – who were still actors back then.

4. In 1912, these boy scouts collected money for survivors of the Titanic tragedy.


5. Ready for take-off? This photo shows Austrian-born tailor Franz Reichelt preparing for his jump off the Eiffel Tower. Although he used a parachute he had designed himself, he jumped to his death.


6. A triporteurs’ race captured on camera in the lively streets of Paris. Triporteurs generally were freight or delivery tricycles.

7. Laughter is the best medicine! After the US army had liberated the French town of Sainte-Mère-Église in WWII, this American paratrooper and an elderly French woman share a moment of well-deserved joy.


8. “A small step… and another one…” Neil Armstrong is completing his training with the lunar module in 1969.


9. The MANIAC at the Los Alamos National laboratory in 1952. What it is? The first computer, of course.

10. New Year’s Eve in 1964 Manhattan.


11. Fancy a bit of dress-up? This is what Japanese nurses looked like in 1905.


12. Cheers! In 1937, a woman is enjoying an after-work drink in a saloon in Craigville, Minnesota.

13. A rare photograph of famous American psychologist B.F. Skinner in 1965.


14. Is there anything better than fresh bread? Food trucks were already beyond popular in 1919.


15. Taken in 1940, this photo shows a family having dinner in their underground shelter.

16. There you have it. The legendary Moulin Rouge in 1923.


17. Why not use mattresses as body protection? US Coast Guard recruits in 1917.


18. Children working in a factory in Macon, Georgia. Luckily, times have changed since 1909.

19. Sabiha Gökçen managed to become one of the first female fighter pilots. In 1937, that was a pretty big deal.


20. They should have kept this sign from 1915 in front of Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.


21. Reagan’s dog Lucky is taking American president Ronald Reagan and UK’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for a walk.

22. In 1918, this British soldier sure had enough reason to be happy.


23. Its fame didn’t prevent the San Francisco Cliff Restaurant from burning down in 1907.


24. No, this is not a sci-fi movie but an actual space suit prototype in 1961.

25. Did you know? When filming The Godfather in 1972, Marlon Brando couldn’t remember his lines. This is why his colleague Robert Duvall had to wear a gigantic placard around his neck.