60 Historical Photos Worth 1000 Words

The American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” in 1911. Over 100 years later, this still rings true.

Each photograph tells a story, a special event or moment, and helps us witness the past. From historical landmarks and well-known people to the basic daily routines of the past, these 60 pictures have lessons for us, and portray the past in a way that we can empathize with and understand it more intimately.

1. Titanic, 1912

titanic, 1912

2. One of the First McDonald’s Restaurants

one of the first mcdonald’s restaurant

3. 106-year-old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home, 1990

106-year-old armenian woman guards home, 1990

4. Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961

disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961

5. The Racial Segregation in the US South

an example of racial segregation

6. Beach in Australia, 1900

australia 1900

7. Circus Hippo Pulling a Cart, 1924

circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924

8. Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., April 1865

libby prison, richmond, va., april 1865

9. Mannequins from an Atomic Bomb Test Site in Nevada during the Mid-50s

mannequins from an atomic bomb test site in nevada during the mid-50s

10. Unknown Soldier in Vietnam, 1965

unknown soldier in vietnam, 1965

11. Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is returned to the Louvre after WWII

da vinci’s mona lisa is returned to the louvre after wwii

12. The Leaving of Last Prisoners from Alcatraz, 1963

the leaving of last prisoners from alcatraz, 1963

13. Cars in 1900

cars in 1900

14. Inventor Hugo Gernsback is Demonstrating His Television Goggles in 1963

inventor hugo gernsback is demonstrating his television goggles in 1963

15. A Kansas Water Wagon in The Year of 1900

a kansas water wagon in the year 1900

16. Execution by Cannon, Shiraz, Iran, Late 19th Century

execution by cannon, shiraz, iran, late 19th century

17. Great Pyramid and Sphinx, Egypt, 1873

great pyramid and sphinx, egypt, 1873

18. Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

19. First Colorado Football Team of 1890

first colorado football team of 1890

20. Main Street of Telluride, Colorado, 1880

main street of telluride, colorado, 1880

 21. Adolf Hitler Meeting with Pope Pius XI

adolf hitler meeting with pope pius xi

22. Scientists in the early 20th century, Albert Einstein is one of them

albert einstein among other scientists

23. John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe

john f. kennedy and marilyn monroe

24. Elvis in the US Army, 1958

elvis in the us army, 1958

25. Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916

charlie chaplin at age 27, 1916

26. Queen Elizabeth during Her WWII Service

queen elizabeth during her wwii service

27. Helen Keller with Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood in 1919

helen keller with charlie chaplin in hollywood in 1919

28. Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi

charlie chaplin and mahatma gandhi

29. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro

che guevara and fidel castro

30. Martin Luther King With His Son Removing a Burnt Cross from their Front Yard, 1960

martin luther king with his son

31. Winston Churchill in a Swimsuit, 1922

winston churchill in a swimsuit, 1922

32. RARE PHOTOGRAPH: Madonna, Sting and Tupac

madonna, sting and tupac hanging out

33. Albert Einstein at the Beach

albert einstein

34. The Beatles at the Beginning of Their Career

the beatles at the beginning of their career

35. Leo Tolstoy tells a story to his grandchildren in 1909

leo tolstoy

36. Roy O. and Walt Disney on the Day They Opened Disney Studios

roy o. and walt disney on the day they opened disney studios

37. Fidel Castro Lays a Wreath at the Lincoln Memorial

fidel castro lays a wreath at the lincoln memorial

38. The Microsoft Staff in 1978

the microsoft staff in 1978

39. Alan Shepard, America’s First Man in Space Puts on his Navy Mark IV Spacesuit

alan shepard, america's first man in space, puts on his navy mark iv spacesuit

40. Bill and Hillary Clinton playing volleyball in 1975

bill and hillary clinton playing volleyball in 1975

41. Princeton Football Team in 1890

1890 princeton football team

42. Osama bin Laden with His Family Visiting Falun in Sweden in 70′

osama bin laden with his family visiting falun in sweden in 70′

43. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885

unpacking the head of the statue of liberty, 1885

44. A Common Kansas Barber Shop in the Year 1900

a common kansas barber shop in the year 1900

45. Wrights Department Store – Grand Junction, Colorado, in the year 1900

wrights department store - grand junction, colorado, in the year 1900

46. New York in 1900

new york in the year 1900

47. An American Classroom in the Year 1900

an american classroom in the year 1900

48. This photo was taken inside Hitler’s bunker (Führerbunker) in 1945 by allied soldiers.

inside of hitler's bunker (führerbunker) in 1945

49. The last photo Ever Taken of the RMS Titanic Before it sunk in April 1912

the last photo of the rms titanic april 1912

50. Soldier shares a Banana with a Goat During the Battle of Saipan, CA. 1944

soldier shares a banana with a goat during the battle of saipan, ca. 1944

51. While Christ the Redeemer being built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

jesus christ from rio being built

52. Shooting of Leo the Lion for the MGM Logo


53. Samurai Taken Between 1860 and 1880

samurai. ~ 1860 – 1880

54. The last known Tasmanian Tiger (now extinct) photographed in 1933

tasmanian tiger

 55.Nagasaki, 20 Minutes after the Atomic Bombing in 1945


56. A Team British SAS Soldiers back from a 3-Month-Long Patrol of North Africa, January 18, 1943

a team of sas soldiers in north africa, 1943

57. Child Laborers in 1880

child laborers in 1880

58. Construction of the Eiffel Tower in July, 1888

construction of the eiffel tower in july, 1888

59. The Unbroken Seal on King Tutankhamen’s Tomb

unbroken seal on king tutankhamen's tomb

60. The Extinct Subspecies of the Plains Zebra, Quagga