Collection of rare pictures


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WARNING: The following post contains images that may be disturbing to some readers.

Dorothy Counts – the first black girl to attend an all-white school in the US, being teased and taunted by her peers at Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957.

Dorothy Counts - first black girl in all-whites school
Dorothy Counts – first black girl in all-whites school

Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974.

Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974.
Harold Whittles Hearing Sound For The First Time, 1974.

Job hunting in the 1930’s.

Job hunting in the 1930's.
Job hunting in the 1930’s.

The first Morning After Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving On The Right, 1967.

Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving
Sweden Changed From Driving On The Left Side To Driving

Mafia boss Joe Masseria lays dead on a New York restaurant floor, 1931. Two men walked in, shot him four times in the back and once in the head. He was playing cards and died clutching the Ace of Spades, the death card.

Mafia boss Joe Masseria lays dead on a New York restaurant floor
Mafia boss Joe Masseria lays dead on a New York restaurant floor

A mother searches for her son among the returning prisoners of war, 1947.

A mother searches for her son
A mother searches for her son

A lone African-American man attends a Klan rally in Jackson, 1950. Police were present and stopped the Klan from burning the cross in the background. Perhaps that’s why the young man felt more confident on this day.

A lone African-American man attends a Klan rally in Jackson, 1950.
A lone African-American man attends a Klan rally in Jackson, 1950.

A starving boy and a missionary in Uganda, 1980. This photo was taken by Mike Wells and won World Photo Of The Year in 1980.

A starving boy and a missionary in Uganda, 1980.
A starving boy and a missionary in Uganda, 1980.

Wells felt indignant that the same publication that sat on his picture for five months without publishing it, while people were dying, entered it into a competition. He was embarrassed to win as he never entered the competition himself, and was against winning prizes with pictures of people starving to death.

 Zbigniew Religa, former Minister of Health, after a 23 hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant sleeps in the corner.

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Zbigniew Religa, former Minister of Health
Zbigniew Religa, former Minister of Health after surgery

Photographer Michael Davies throws hot tea into the Artic air, which freezes before it hits the ground.

Photographer Michael Davies throws hot tea into the Artic air
Photographer Michael Davies throws hot tea into the Artic air

Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993. He detected more than 3000 kgs of explosives, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000.

Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993.

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner

Topsy the circus elephant, electrocuted in 1903 because she killed a circus spectator that burnt her trunk with a lit cigar.

Topsy the circus elephant, electrocuted in 1903 because she killed a circus spectator
Topsy the circus elephant, electrocuted in 1903 because she killed a circus spectator

Dr. Robert E. Cornish holding Lazarus IV, a dog he brought back from the dead after having killed him with a nitrogen gas mixture.

Dr. Robert E. Cornish holding Lazarus IV, a dog he brought back from the dead
Dr. Robert E. Cornish holding Lazarus IV, a dog he brought back from the dead

The clothes of victims killed during the Rwandan genocide are laid out on benches in the Nyamata Church in Rwanda. 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days.

The clothes of victims killed during the Rwandan genocide are laid out on benches
The clothes of victims killed during the Rwandan genocide are laid out on benches

Civil War Veteran Jacob C. Miller photographed around 1913. He lived with an open bullet wound in his forehead for many years with the last pieces of lead dropping out 31 years after he was shot.

Civil War Veteran Jacob C. Miller
Civil War Veteran Jacob C. Miller, He lived with an open bullet wound in his forehead for many years

Major Erik Bonde smokes a cigarette after being shot twice in Congo, 1961.

Major Erik Bonde smokes a cigarette
Major Erik Bonde smokes a cigarette

Mike, the headless chicken who lived for 18 months before suffocating to death.

Mike, the headless chicken
Mike, the headless chicken lived for 18 months

Quagga mare at London Zoo 1870, the only specimen photographed alive before becoming extinct. The last quagga died in captivity in 1883.

Quagga mare at London Zoo 1870
Quagga mare at London Zoo 1870

To be continued…

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