NEVER BEFORE SEEN Vintage PHOTOS Uncovered From History’s Past
carly miller - April 24, 2019

The True Meaning Of Life

By Pat A. FlemingPublished: July 2017

The Years have passed by,
In the blink of an eye,
Moments of sadness,
And joy have flown by.

People I loved,
Have come and have gone,
But the world never stopped,
And we all carried on.

Life wasn't easy,
And the struggles were there,
Filled with times that it mattered,
Times I just didn't care.

I stood on my own,
And I still found my way,
Through some nights filled with tears,
And the dawn of new days.

And now with old age,
It's become very clear,
Things I once found important,
Were not why I was here.

And how many things,
That I managed to buy,
Were never what made me,
Feel better inside.

And the worries and fears,
That plagued me each day,
In the end of it all,
Would just fade away.

But how much I reached out,
To others when needed,
Would be the true measure,
Of how I succeeded.

And how much I shared,
Of my soul and my heart,
Would ultimately be,
What set me apart.

And what's really important,
Is my opinion of me,
And whether or not,
I'm the best I can be.

And how much more kindness,
And love I can show,
Before the Lord tells me,
It's my time to go.

These never before seen historical photos will make your jaw drop. Some of the rarest moments have been captured on camera, and have only recently been discovered over the past several years. From the strange, awesome, and totally unbelievable, this collection features some of the most unknown moments that history forgot about.


The Art of Misdirection



This picture captures the very first day that Sweden switched sides of the road in 1967. Clearly, it took some time to get used to.



Cost Efficient Stockings



Back in 1942, nylon stockings were rather scarce. Women would, therefore, paint their legs to look just like stockings.  


Coming Home



This heavily crowded ship is bringing back American troops to New York harbor after V-Day in 1945. 



The Origin Of Sideburns



Civil War General Amrbose Burnside had some rather unusual and unique facial hair. Well in fact, his facial hair led to the term ‘sideburns’ becoming a thing. 


The World’s Youngest Mother



Lina Medina is the youngest known mother in medical history. She gave birth at 5 years, 7 months and 17 days old.  Lina was brought to the hospital by her parents after she complained about extreme growth in her abdominal.  The father of the baby to this day remains unknown.



A Voice For Equality



In 1991, Princess Diana was caught on camera shaking hands with an AIDS patient without gloves, a gesture that made her a hero in the homosexual community. 


The London Milkman



Once German bombers started to take over London skies, they introduced a new weapon of terror and destroyed much of London.



The Last Vinnitsa  Jew



A picture from a soldier’s person album was found and was labeled on the back as ‘Last Jew of Vinnista’. It shows a soldier about to shoot a Jewish man kneeling down next to a mass grave in Vinnitsa, Ukraine in 1941. Every single one of the 28,000 Jews from the area were murdered.


Hearing Sound For The First Time



This 5-year-old boy, Harold Whittles in this picture has just been fitted with a hearing aid and is able to hear sound for the very first time with the arrival of technology.  His eyes grow wide with curiosity and excitement that he will no longer have to suffer from being deaf.






Leonid Rogosov was a Soviet doctor who took part in the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960. He was the only doctor on site and he developed appendicitis while there. Therefore, he had no choice but to perform surgery on himself. 


The Burning Monk



A Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thích Quang Duc burned himself to death at a crowded intersection in Saigon in June 1963. His goal was to show that in order to fight all kinds of oppression that Buddhism also needed to have martyrs.



Checking Miners For Diamonds



South African mine workers were x-rayed prior to leaving the diamond mines in 1954.  Professional radiologists were able to identify even the smallest of diamonds, which we be considered theft in they were caught trying to smuggle them in their stomach. 


Facing Public Humiliation



The sign that this German woman is holding reads ‘I am expelled from the People’s Community’. She was forced to face public humiliation due to a romantic relationship she had with a Polish man in 1942.  German racial laws were strict and it was illegal for sexual relationships between Germans and Poles. 



John F. Kennedy’s Coffin



John F. Kennedy’s was the first president in over 30 years to lie in state in the rotunda.  The previous to have been placed there was William Howard Taft in 1930 who served as chief justice. 


Passing Out For The Queen



In the strict world of British military protocol, there are even rules on how to properly faint respectfully.  Usually, guards will pass out due to the heat, or because of the way in which they must lock their knees. In this photo, a guard of honor has passed out as Queen Elizabeth II rides by. 



Returning From War



Actress Marlene Dietrich is caught on camera kissing a soldier who is coming back home from war in 1945.  It seems as though all of the soldiers around are enjoying the experience as well, and the photo was published for the first time in Life Magazine.


A Work In Progress



Here is the iconic French structure under construction in July 1888 that was built by Gustave Eiffel (hence the name). It is the tallest structure in Paris, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations, especially so for young romantics. 



From Singer To Service



Believe it or not, Elvis Presley, the King, the man, the legend did a whole lot more than just grace the world with his iconic music and eat peanut butter banana sandwiches. He, in fact, served in the US Army from March 1958-1960, and this photo has captured him swearing into his service.


The Statue of Liberty



This rare historical picture, in fact, is the New York City Statue of Liberty being constructed in Paris in 1883. The copper statue was given to the United States from France as a gift on October 28th, 1886. 



A Young Bin Laden



You probably wouldn’t recognize him upon first look, but Osama Bin Laden is the second from the right in the blue pants and green shirt. This photograph is from a family vacation in Sweden in the 1970s.


Two Birds, One Punt Gun



The Punt Gun, seen in this picture was capable of discharging more than a pound of shot at once. It had the capacity to kill 50 birds in one shot. It depleted stocks of wild waterfowl, however by the 1860s most states in the U.S banned the practice.






Dora Ratjen, was born a male but was raised as a female.  He competed on the female German track team and set a world record for the high jump at the European Athletics Championships in 1938.  His true identity was discovered while riding the train. He was stopped for suspiciously looking like a man in a dress. 


Einstein In Sandals



Einstein, pictured here in September 1939 is hanging out on the beach in Long Island with his friend David Rothman, a local department store owner.  Due to Einstein’s thick accent,  his request for ‘sundahls’ was not understood. The legendary scientist was eventually able to purchase the white sandals seen here for $1.35. 



“Uncle Sam”



The man who modeled as Uncle Sam is caught on camera posing in front of the iconic poster in 1970.  The term Uncle Sam is actually taken from Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from New York who supplied rations for soldiers during the 1812 war.  After the war, Uncle Sam began to be associated with everything related to the U.S government.


Giraffe Women Visit London



The Kayan Lahwi people (or Padaung) are an ethnic group who live in both Thailand and Myanmar.  The women are known for their neck rings that appear to lengthen their necks. Here is a rare photo of a visit to London with a royal guard. 



Have You Seen My Son?



A mother shows a picture of her son to a returning prisoner of war in 1947, hoping that she will be able to retrace him.


Ghandi, Attorney at Law



Mahatma Gandhi is captured in this picture during the time that he was a young attorney in 1893. 



Rooftop Boxing



These vintage women are photographed boxing on a rooftop back in 1938, before there were all kinds of modern fitness studios, they made do with what they had.


The Newsies of New York


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At the turn of the century, New York was flooded with low-income children working as newspaper salesmen to make ends meet for their families. Child laborers were forced to work long, grueling hours to barely make a profit to bring home.



Moscow Olympics, 1980


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This incredible photo was snapped during the opening ceremony of the 1980 Olympic Games held in Moscow, Russia.


The First Professional Surfers


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Ever wonder why it’s called a surf “board”? This image was captured in 1922 as the first professional surfers enjoy an afternoon at the beach.



Sweet Caroline


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President John F. Kennedy joins a tea party with his young daughter, Caroline, in the White House.


The Land Before Time


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This stunning photo was captured from modern-day Times Square in New York City. The photo is dated around 1911, around the same time the industrial revolution was just about to transform the city to new heights.



The Berlin Wall, 1989


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The Berlin wall separated friends and families overnight. In 1989, it was triumphantly knocked down, opening up a new age of politics across Europe.


The First Air Force One


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In 1910, Teddy Roosevelt officially became the first US President to fly in an airplane. While commercial flights were still a few decades away, this could be considered the first presidential flight of all time.



Not Your Average Class Photo



Although this may appear to be a normal Austrian class picture, this in fact holds so much more than you think. Take a closer look. Do you recognize the tallest boy in the back line? That’s in fact Adolf Hitler in 1899, who surely did not grow up to be a normal person.


The Nazi Party



This is a photograph of the Nazi booth at a radio exhibition. It started out in Berlin in 1932 and it’s was intended to be used for Nazi propaganda of their gramophone plate industry, that produced records only of the national socialist movement.