Instead of Thousand Words: Best Historic Black and White Photos of All Time

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The phrase “instead of thousand words” invented American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane in 1911. It is a simple combination of words that is suitable to many aspects of our lives – but especially to historical photographs. Sometimes a simple picture can tell a lot more about the past than long articles and chronicles. I am presenting you the very best historic black and white photos of all time

 

MustSee01 A woman with a baby carriage, equipped against gas attacks. England, 1938.

 

MustSee02

Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885.

MustSee03 Elvis in the Army, 1958.

 

MustSee04
Animals as therapy, 1956.

 

MustSee05
Testing new bullet proof vests, 1923.

 

MustSee06
Charlie Chaplin at age 27, in 1916.

 

MustSee07
The Hindenburg Tragedy, May 6, 1937.

 

MustSee08
Circus hippo, harnessed to a cart, 1924.

 

MustSee09
Annette Kellerman action for women to wear tight-fitting swimsuit piecework in 1907. Then she was arrested for obscenity.

 

MustSee10
Annie Edson Taylor – the first one who survived, breaking the Niagara Falls in a barrel, in 1901 (she was 63 years old!).

 

MustSee11
106-year-old Armenian woman guards the house in 1990.

 

MustSee12
Children’s cells to a child living in an apartment, getting enough sunlight and fresh air, 1937.

 

MustSee13
The first Ronald McDonald, 1963.

 

MustSee14
Disneyland workers in Cafeteria, 1961.

 

MustSee15
Atabrine advertisement – antimalarial drugs – in Papua – New Guinea during the Second World War. The inscription on the sign: “These men didn’t take their atabrine.”

 

MustSee16
Soldier shares banana with a goat in the war on Saipan, 1944.

 

MustSee17
Girl with a doll in the ruins of her home after the bombing of London, 1940.

 

MustSee18
Construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961.

 

MustSee19
The unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965. “War is hell”.

 

MustSee20
Bookshops in London, which was destroyed by bombardment, 1940.

 

MustSee21
Walter Io – first person to undergo plastic surgery and skin grafts, 1917.

 

MustSee22
Sunbathing maschine, 1949.

 

MustSee23
Measuring the length of a bathing suit – if it is too short a woman will be fined, 1920.

 

MustSee24

Martin Luther King Jr. and his son taking away the burnt cross from the lawn of home, 1960.

 

MustSee25
The hotel owner pours acid into the pool, to disregard african’s ethnic persuasion, 1964.

 

MustSee26
Lifeguard on the beach, 1920.

 

MustSee27
Prostheses, UK, 1890.

 

MustSee28
Mother and son looking at the mushroom cloud after a nuclear test in Las Vegas, 1953.

 

MustSee29
A penniless mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale. Chicago, 1948.

 

MustSee30
Austrian boy just got new shoes as a gift. The picture was taken during the Second World War.

 

MustSee31
The officers and cadets from the army of Hitler celebrating Christmas, 1941.

 

MustSee32
Christmas dinner in the Great Depression: turnip and cabbage.

 

MustSee33
This Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, 1927.

 

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Last prisoners depart from Alcatraz Island, 1963.

 

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Melted and damaged pieces after a fire at Madame Tussauds in London, 1930.

 

MustSee36
Chimpanzees after a successful flight into space, 1961.

 

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Poured illegal alcohol during Prohibition in Detroit, 1929.

 

MustSee38
Princeton students after a Freshman / Sophomore snowball fight, 1893.

 

MustSee39
A beautiful suicide – 23 year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landed on a United Nations limousine, 1947.

 

MustSee40
The first morning after Sweden traffic flow switched from left side driving to right side driving, 1967.

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