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In the mid-2000s, historian Anna Pegler-Gordon said that visual media often seems more accessible to her students than the written record. They claimed images make the past seem more accessible, giving concrete shape to a world that sometimes seems intangible. Not to mention the immediacy of the image, which often conveys information more quickly than a primary document written in an unfamiliar, or even a foreign, language. But according to Pegler-Gordon, this immediacy also works well in discussion sections, where the shared experience of viewing a picture can provide a focus for lively group discussion.

Now, 15 years after the professor said these words, we can say that her insights were spot on. Take this subreddit, for example. It unites over 3 million people, and they’re all exploring the past through historical photographs. The rarely-seen images coupled with the detailed fashion in which the community shares them with one another (every upload includes an accurate description of what is being presented (event, location, war, year, etc)) not only provides a look into our earlier days, but also inspires interesting discussions in the comment section.

We at Bored Panda have already covered the subreddit here and here but it has received plenty of new submissions since our last publication, so we thought it’s about time we made another one.

#1 Cop Stops The Traffic In New York So A Mother Cat Holding A Kitten Can Cross Safely C.1925

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#2 A Beach In Iran A Few Months Before The Islamic Revolution, 1979

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#3 Rail Commuters Wearing White Protective Masks, One With The Additional Message “Wear A Mask Or Go To Jail,” During The 1918 Influenza Pandemic In California

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#4 It’s No Longer Possible To See This, As Buildings Outside Block The Sun. Grand Central, NYC, 1929 Photo By Louis Faurer

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#5 A Man Browses For Books In The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati. The Building Was Demolished In 1955. Today An Office Building And A Parking Lot Stand Where It Used To Be

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#6 Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On The Unfinished Empire State Building? Well Here’s The Photographer Charles Ebbets Taking That Photo. 9/20/1932

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#7 Atelier Photo: “A Lesbian Couple In Semi Drag Wedding Attire”; Kingdom Of Hungary – Budapest, 1920

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#8 Indigenous Children Forced To Pray To God In A Residential School Ran By The Canadian Government And Catholic Church Between 1930 And 1970, Unknown Location

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#9 A Man Looking For A Job Wearing His Cv, England – 1930s

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#10 West German School Children Pause To Talk With Two East German Border Guards Beside An Opening In The Berlin Wall During The Collapse Of Communism In East Germany In November 1989 (Photo: Stephen Jaffe)

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#11 1972: 3 Women On The Streets Of Kabul, Afghanistan

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#12 Mt St Helens The 17th Of May 1980 And 4 Months Later

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#13 A Man Guards His Family From The Cannibals During The Madras Famine Of 1877 At The Time Of British Raj, India

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#14 The Queen Consort Of Mongolia, Genepil, In Mongolia. The Last Queen Consort And Married To The Bogd Khaganate, Bogd Khan, Until His Death On April 17th, 1924, When The Monarchy Was Abolished. She Was Killed During The Stalinist Purges In May 1938. Photograph Dated January 1st, 1923

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#15 Rare Photo Showing Niagara Falls Without Water, 1969

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#16 A French Boy Introduces Himself To Indian Soldiers Who Had Just Arrived In France To Fight Alongside French And British Forces, Marseilles, 30th September 1914. [colorization]

Image credits: Pavel-Romanov

#17 High School Teacher John T. Scopes Is Brought To Trial In Dayton, Tennessee For Teaching The Theory Of Evolution, Which Was Prohibited Under State Law. July 10, 1925

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#18 Ku Klux Klan Members On A Ferris Wheel In An Amusement Park In Cañon City, Colorado, April 26th 1926

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#19 A Makeshift Hospital In The Vietnam War, 1970

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#20 Babies Left To Sleep Outside, Enforcing Immune Sistem, Moscow 1958

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#21 John F. Kennedy Campaigning Door-To-Door In West Virginia (1960)

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#22 Chinese Guerrilla Fighter Cheng Benhua 成本華 Smiling Moment Before Execution By The Japanese, She Was 24. (Late 1938) [502 X 806]

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#23 Pyramid Of German Helmets In Celebration Of Victory, Grand Central, New York, 1919

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#24 Kubrick Taking A Photo With Daughter Vivian, On The Set Of The Shining. Nicholson Thought He Himself Was The Photo’s Subject. 1980

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#25 George N. Barnard’s 1864 Photograph Of A Slave Trader’s Business On Whitehall Street, Atlanta, Georgia, Shows A United States Colored Troop Infantryman [corporal] Just By The Door.

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#26 People Fighting To Get On A Plane In Nha Trang, April 1, 1975, During The Us Withdrawal From South Vietnam

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#27 Mountain Of Buffalo Skulls In 1892 At The Height Of Their Endangerment

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#28 Miners In The Serra Pelada Gold Mines In Brazil, 1980s

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#29 Actor And Martial Arts Star Jackie Chan At The Benefit Concert In Hong Kong, In Support Of Tiananmen Square Protesters – 1989

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#30 Hitler Rehearsing A Speech In Front Of A Mirror, Taken By His Personal Photographer Heinrich Hoffman, 1925

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#31 French Soldiers Passing By A Dog Wearing Googles And Smoking A Pipe, 1915

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#32 Nirvana During The Photo Shoot For Their Album Nevermind, Which Was Released 30 Years Ago. 1991

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#33 Reporters Who Exposed The Watergate Scandal Watch President Nixon Resign, 1974

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#34 Ww2: Chinese And Malayan Girls Forcibly Taken From Penang By The Japanese To Work As ‘Comfort Girls’ For The Troops. 1939-1945

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#35 Eiffel Tower Under Construction, July 1888 [colorized]

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#36 David Bowie After Being Arrested For Marijuana Possession In Rochester, 1976

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#37 A South Korean Soldier Forcibly Cuts A Young Man’s Hair In Front Of Others During A Nationwide Crackdown On Men With Long Hair And Women Wearing Short Skirts In South Korea – 1970s

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#38 Students Dance In Tiananmen Square Before The Arrival Of The Chinese Military, June 4th 1989

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#39 Freddie Mercury With His Mother, 1947

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#40 “One Of America’s Youngest Newsboys. Four Years Old And Regular Seller. Tampa, Florida.” – 1913

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#41 David Attenborough Entertains Prince Charles And Princess Anne With A Cockatoo. 1958

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#42 Max Schreck Relaxing Behind The Scenes Of Nosferatu, 1922

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#43 Coal Miner Waiting To Get Into The Communal Shower At The End Of His Shift, Taken In Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 1958. By Photographer Max Scheler

Image credits: Feiruzz

#44 A Man Takes A Selfie Using A Stick Of Wood To Activate The Camera, 1957

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#45 Martin Luther King Jr. Removing A Burnt Cross From His Front Yard In 1960

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#46 A Black U.S. Soldier Reads A Message Left By The Việt Cộng During The Vietnam War, The Message Reads: “U.S. Negro Armymen, You Are Committing The Same Ignominious Crimes In South Vietnam That The Kkk Clique Is Perpetrating Against Your Family At Home.”, 1970.

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#47 The Consequences Of Landing On The Wrong Aircraft Carrier, 1952

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#48 Sailors Saluting A War Veteran, Leningrad 1989

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#49 Finnish Soldiers In Nbc Gear, 1961

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#50 Using A Vacuum Cleaner, 1906

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#51 Filming An Episode Of “The French Chef” With Julia Child, 1963

Image credits: Feiruzz

#52 A Hippie Girl Selling Roadside Flowers In Oklahoma, 1973

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#53 Mogadishu, 1993. An Italian Soldier Gives Food To A Local Orphan

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#54 A United States Soldier Holds Up A Jungle Centipede During The Vietnam War, 1967

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#55 Jean Bedel Bokassa During His Coronation Ceremony To Make Himself Emperor Bokassa The First, Central African Republic 1977. The Ceremony Wasted A Third Of The Car’s Entire Annual Fiscal Budget.

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#56 Soviet Rock Fans Attend A Concert In Moscow On September 28, 1991. Half A Million People Jammed An Airfield To See The Soviet Union’s Biggest Western Rock Concert, Touted As A Gift To Russian Youth For Their Resistance Last Month’s Coup.

Image credits: somnum_osseus

#57 Stoney First Nation Member, Guide Samson Beaver With His Wife Leah And Their Daughter Frances Louise, 1907. Photo Taken By Mary Schäffer

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#58 British Schoolboys Holding Discarded Syringes, 1970s. “We Used To Play With These In School All The Time Because They Were Like Mini Water Pistols (Without The Needle).”

Image credits: Pavel-Romanov

#59 A Dutch Athlete Receives A Portrait Of Adolf Hitler As A Sports Prize, Presented By General Otto Schumann, Commander Of The Ordnungspolizei. The Hague, The Netherlands, 1941

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#60 The Director Of The Belgrade Zoo Tries To Convince Sami The Chimpanzee To Return Home After He Escaped, 1988

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#61 16-Year-Old Brenda Spencer Leaves Court In Santa Ana, California, After Pleading Guilty To Two Counts Of Murder In A Sniper Attack. She Killed Two People And Wounded Nine Others. 1979

Image credits: somnum_osseus

#62 A Japanese Soldier Wades Into The Sea Off Cape Endaiadere, New Guinea, With A Grenade Against His Head Moments Before It Goes Off, Defying An Australian Soldier Calling On Him To Surrender, December 18, 1942

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#63 Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique (1960s-2000s)

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#64 Photograph Of The First Official Defector Of The “German Democratic Republic”, Conrad Schumann, Who Escaped To The Western Side On August 15, 1961 After Jumping The Unfinished Area Of ​​the Fence That He Guarded.

Image credits: Pavel-Romanov

#65 The Only Known Color Photograph Of The Russian Czar’s Fabled “Amber Room” – Looted By The Nazi’s This Unique, Priceless Work Of Art Was Lost For Ever (Maybe?). St Petersburg, 1943

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#66 Elisabeth “Lilo” Gloeden Stands Before Judges, On Trial For Being Involved In The Attempt On Adolf Hitler’s Life, 1944

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#67 21-Years-Old Yves Saint Laurent At Christian Dior’s Funeral, 1957

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#68 Theodosian Walls Of Constantinople, Ottoman Empire. 1870.

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#69 Student Survivors Head To A Library Near Columbine High School Where Students And Faculty Members Were Evacuated After Two Gunmen Went On A Shooting Rampage In The School. Tuesday, April 20, 1999.

Image credits: somnum_osseus

#70 Woman Cutting Her Birthday Cake In Iran 1973, 5 Years Before The Islamic Revolution

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#71 J.k. Rowling Writing Harry Potter At A Café In Scotland (1998)

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#72 American Film Actress Veronica Lake Illustrates What Can Happen To Women War Workers Who Wear Their Hair Long While Working At Their Benches, In A Factory Somewhere In America, On November 9, 1943

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#73 Arctic Explorer Peter Freuchen Stands Next To His Third Wife, Dagmar Freuchen-Gale. He Is Wearing A Polar Bear Coat Made From A Bear He Killed Himself, 1947

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#74 A Man Exercises Using A Rowing Machine In The Gym Aboard The Rms Titanic, 1912.

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#75 Puritan Picket Against Too Revealing Swimwear On A Florida Beach, 1985. USA “You Will Follow To Hell.”

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#76 Princess Diana Losing An Argument To Her 7 Year Old Son.around 1991,

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#77 A Picture Of A Submerged Diver In 1899. Many Believe It To Be The First Photograph Taken Underwater

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#78 A Young Female Welder Photographed By Bernard Hoffman In Connecticut, Circa 1943.

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#79 An Old Woman Leaving Her Home With Just A Portrait Of Her Husband And Rugs. Russian Soldiers Gave Her Just 5 Minutes To Pack Her Bags And Leave Before They Destroyed Her Home And Everything In It. Her Sons And Husband Were Already Dead. She Had Lost Everything. May 1995, Grozny

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#80 Young Boys Harassing The Horace Baker Family, The First African American Family To Move Into The All White Delmar Village Neighborhood Of Folcroft, Pennsylvania – Aug. 30, 1963.

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#81 The Temporary Grave Of Theodore Roosevelt In Normandy, Soon After His Death, July 1944. [colorization]

Image credits: Pavel-Romanov

#82 Bulgarian Soldier Giving His Best Battle Cry For The Camera, Ca. 1916.

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#83 1892, Logging Family With A 1300 Year Old Tree

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#84 Jurassic Park: The Ride Officially Opened At Universal Studios Hollywood. Here, Steven Spielberg And Jeff Goldblum Lift The Torches For The Ride’s Grand Opening On June 21, 1996

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#85 In Response To The Anti-Japanese Sentiment That Followed The Attack On Pearl Harbor, The Japanese-American Citizens League Opened The Anti-Axis Committee Office On December 14, 1941. It Was Part Of Their Campaign To Demonstrate The Loyalty Of American-Born Japanese Citizens To The Us

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#86 President Gerald Ford And Pele Play With A Soccer Ball In The Rose Garden, June 28, 1975

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#87 Korean Mother Embraces Her Son, A Prisoner Of War Who Escaped His North Korean Pow Camp Shortly After The Signing Of The Korean Armistice Agreement, Which Ended The Widespread Fighting Of The Korean War, 1953.

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#88 John Lennon Signing An Autograph For Mark David Chapman, The Man Who Would Kill Him Five Hours Later, NYC, 1980

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#89 President Nixon Dines With Chinese Leaders In Beijing, 1972

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#90 Soviet Soldiers Celebrate Returning Home Alive, 1945

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#91 The Champs-Élysées As Seen From The Arc De Triomphe, Ve Day. Paris, France, May 8, 1945. [colorization]

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#92 Vladimir Lenin Plays Chess (Yelling Checkmate) With Alexander Bogdanov During A Visit To Maxim Gorky, Capri, Italy, 1908 –

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#93 Spring Break In California, 1947

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#94 Tutankhamun’s Head. Harry Burrton Photo Published Dec. 1925. @ Griffin Institute/Oxford University.

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#95 Italian-American Cafe, Macdougal Street, NY, 1942

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#96 What Is Now The Fully Developed Las Vegas Strip, 1955

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#97 Mobsters Hide Their Faces At Al Capone’s Trial 1931

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#98 Ground View Of Human Fly George Willig Climbing The South Tower Of The World Trade Center In New York City, May 26, 1977

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#99 President Lyndon B. Johnson Drives His Amphicar On The Lake Of His Texas Ranch In 1965

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#100 Barbara Walters During Her Freshman Year At Sarah Lawrence College In 1949

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#101 Gaurds Of Delhi Darbar India Posing With James Recalton An American Photographer In 1903

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#102 Textile Worker, Taken By Nikolay Matorin, Ussr, C. 1960

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#103 One Of Only Two Certified Photographs Of Billy The Kid (Top Hat). Playing Cards With His Accomplices. 1877

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#104 Frederick Douglass With His Musician Grandson Joseph Douglass, 1894.

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#105 Boiler Explosion Of C&o T-1 #3020 On May 1948

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#106 Female Nigerian Slave Trader Efunroye Tinubu (C. 1880)

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#107 Tucker Sno-Cat Hovering Over A Crevasse During The Transantarctic Expedition, 1954

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#108 Chief Low Dog – An Oglala Lakota Chief Who Fought With Sitting Bull At The Battle Of Little Bighorn, C. 1881

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#109 Shigeru Miyamoto, Creator Of Mario And Other Characters And Video Games For Nintendo, Holds A Nintendo Game Boy Containing The Super Mario World Video Game. June 1992

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#110 Us Medic Gives First Aid To A Wounded German Ss Soldier, France 1944

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#111 Harry S. Truman As A Captain During Wwi, 1918

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#112 A Pic Of Turkish Military Exercise In Istanbul Against To Danger Of Chemical Attack.(1939)

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#113 Florence Thompson, The Migrant Mother In Dorothea Lange’s Famous 1936 Photo, Holds Up Her Likeness During An Interview After Her Identity Was Discovered, October 10, 1978

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#114 A View Of The Destruction In Old Town Dresden From The Town Hall Tower, 15 Feb 1945.

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#115 Daughters Of Tsar Nicolas II During A Summer Cruise In Finland, 1908

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#116 A Soviet Mi-8 Helicopter Flying Past One Of The Two Buddhas Of Bamiyan, Afghanistan 1980

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#117 Nelson Mandela At A South African Communist Party Rally. Soweto, 1990.

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#118 Archduke Franz Ferdinand And His Wife Minutes Before Assassination That Would Lead To Ww1, 1914 [colorized]

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#119 Bill Clinton & White House Intern, Monica Lewinsky, 1998

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#120 Adolf Hitler And Ludwig Wittgenstein In 1903

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#121 Stalin In Bailov Prison, Baku, Azerbaijan, March 1910. [colorized By Me]

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#122 Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Is Married To Greek Magnate Aristotle Onassis, 1968

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#123 Two French Men Restrain A Woman While Another Cuts Her Hair After She Has Been Accused Of Collaborating With The Germans During The Occupation, 1945. [colorization]

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#124 Former President Andrew Jackson Aged 78, One Of The Few Existing Photographs Of Him, Taken In 1845, The Year He Died

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#125 Paul Tibbets, The Man Who Dropped The Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima, Pictured In 1996

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