16 Rare Historical Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

Take a journey back in time with these incredibly rare photographs capturing astonishing moments in human history. The photos we selected portray events from an alternative perspective, giving us further insight into complex events that have often been too neatly packaged by popular historical narratives:


A liberated Jew holds a Nazi at gunpoint in 1945:

Hitler’s bunker: 

The last known photo of the Titanic:


Filming Star Wars inside the ‘Millennium Falcon’:

Building of the Eiffel Tower in July 1888:

The Microsoft team in 1978:


The Titanic leaving port in 1912:

The first ever McDonald’s built in 1940 in San Bernadino, California:

Osama Bin Laden (second from the right) aged 14 in 1971, during family trip to the town of Falun in Sweden:

The original Ronald McDonald played by Willard Scott:

Hitler 800mm inspecting the“Schwerer Gustav” railway gun:

The Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake, 1906:

Nagasaki, Japan, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945:

The last known Tasmanian Tiger, photographed in 1933.  The species is now extinct:

Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial in 1959:

A German air raid on Moscow in 1941:

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