You might have previously read about the freaky rare photos in history, most of them in monochromatic, that will give you creeps and the goosebumps. Well, this set is perhaps among the creepiest of all.
The advent of the camera made it possible for us to capture history’s most important moments in photos. The subjects are varied, from war, entertainment, and even milestones of human interest. Many of the photos are from Boredom Files.
Right now, there’s a particular group in these photos that present angles that you haven’t seen before, those you can consider both rare, shocking, or terrifying. There’s the Instagram-worthy and then there’s the goosebumps-worthy. Let’s begin the list.
1. Photo left by an astronaut on the moon
If you are a non-believer of aliens, this would creep you out. Astronaut Charles Duke, who was part of the 1972 Apollo 16 mission to the moon, left a photo of himself with his family right on the moon’s rocks and is still there until today. This may be his subtle message to the skies for them to take care of and remember his family.
2. Infamous drug dealer Pablo Escobar looking like an ordinary father in the White House
The guts! Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar once roamed around Washington, D.C. and even took an innocent-looking photo with his son in front of the White House. This photo was taken in the 1980s.
3. Parisian workers finishing the Statue of Liberty before gifting it to the U.S.
History geeks know that the Statue of Liberty looks very American on the outside, but is actually a gift from France, to showcase their solidarity for each other during the time of the revolution. In this photo, you can see Parisian workers smiling in front of the camera with the gigantic statue in the background, a few years before the official dedication in the United States.
4. Westernization of Afghanistan
Think of it as an irony, but even photo captions of this rare image do not say so. The westernization of Afghanistan (out of all nations, right?) was vividly told in this photo, including women’s rights, college education, clothing, and public transportation.
5. The accident of Evelyn McHale
After all, car-related accidents in pop media like in Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” music video can also be seen in real-life. In the 1940s, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the top floors of the Empire State Building and died as she landed on a limousine parked on the outdoor ground floor. During that time, photography student Robert Wiles captured the scene and was later used by Andry Warhol in his art.
6. Hellen Keller and Charlie Chaplin in one frame
Popular personalities Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin were captured together in one frame in 1919. It was taken from a movie set in Hollywood.
7. Captured spy’s unusual reaction
Even Bonnie and Clyde would jitter should the moment of their capture were to be re-enacted. But not for this Soviet spy. Comical as it is, she would smile in front of the camera with a gun from authorities pointing at her.
8. ‘Tank Man’ in Tiananmen Square
Everyone’s eyes are toward China, time and time again, but most of you would probably remember the events during Tiananmen Square. There were lots of photos captured from this happening, but among the most unique is “Tank Man.”
9. One of the final shots of Tsar Nicholas II and daughter Anastasia
Life runs in circles, and as a big merry-go-round, one day you are well and another day, you’ll find yourself against the fates. This is one of the last photos of Tsar Nicholas II with his daughter Anastasia a few years before they were executed in the Russian Revolution.
10. Titanic survivors boarding the Carpathia
On the surface, you will see a very simple depiction of Titanic survivors boarding the Carpathia, the first ship that answered the distress signals. However, imagining the vastness of the waters at sea, it would be difficult to board a ship right in the middle, and from a boat.
11. Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Lewis Payne awaiting for his execution
This photo shows Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Lewis Payne, in chains, awaiting his execution on the USS Saugus. With John Wilkes Booth, they also plotted to assassinate Secretary of State William H. Seward.
12. Unboxing of ‘Mona Lisa,’ post-WWII
During the Second World War, one of the first works of art authorities thought of was Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” It was kept for safekeeping during the war, and this was the photo of the unboxing after the war ended.
13. Allied troops mocking Hilter
The end of World War II meant so much for the anti-Adolf Hilter supporters. In this popular photo, Allied troops were seen mimicking his gestures in mockery on top of Reich Chancellery in Berlin. You can notice some of the troops in the photo beaming wide smiles.
14. President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex
Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, former Vice President Lyndon Johnson, and staff from the executive branch was captured in the photo during their visit and attendance to the briefing at Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in 1962.
15. Vietnam War image
In the 1975 Vietnam War, people at the U.S. embassy desperately tried to board the last chopper out of the city to escape the atrocities. It’s been known as the evacuation of Saigon.
16. Mannequins and nuclear weapons?
These mannequins were remnants of the U.S. government’s nuclear tests at the Nevada desert in the 1950s.
17. Queen Elizabeth II serving as mechanic and truck driver
People for sure cannot just take leave without recognizing this photo. It is Queen Elizabeth, at 18 years old, serving as mechanic and truck driver to the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service of the U.K. during the Second World War.
18. It’s difficult to get the perfect shot, the Beatles would agree
Also a top-selling The Beatles album “Abbey Road” features an iconic cover that is still an inspiration for many artistic photographs today. Did you know they spent so much time re-doing the shots to get the right capture?
19. Find the young Osama Bin Laden
He is standing second from the right in a green shirt and blue pants. It is a photo taken in Sweden during the 1970s.
20. MGM Studios’ lion is not computer graphics
The classic roaring lion of MGM came from a shoot with a real lion. The lion looks professional, and the photographers and videographers, too. It’s a wrap!
What do you think of the photos you have seen? We have more coming up on the History Code, but let us know your thoughts by sharing your insights below.