Interesting Historical Photos (Large Collection)
1991: Princess Diana shakes hands with an AIDS patient without gloves
a profound gesture that made her a gay hero. "It is hard to find words to express the aching loneliness and rejection I have found them experiencing as they approach the end of their lives...How will we treat them?"
Hitler reacts to kiss from excited American woman at the Berlin Olympics, 1936
Shortly before the finish of the men’s 1500 meters free-style swimming, a woman in a red hat, whom Black Guards repeatedly prevented from photographing Hitler at close range, broke the cordon during the excitement of the finish of the race, shook Hitler by the hand and then kissed him, while the crowd of 20,000 rocked with laughter. Hitler, who was in high spirits, joined in the fun, clapping his hands as the woman returned triumphantly to her seat.
Erwin Rommel inspecting the defenses in Normandy, 1944
Adolph Hitler put Field Marshall Rommel in charge of the French Atlantic wall and the defense of Europe from an Allies cross-channel invasion in 1944. Rommel arrived, looked over the situation, and immediately ordered a tremendous upgrading of the fortifications on all of the English Channel beaches.
The Fat Man on transport carriage, Tinian Island, 1945
It’s so odd to see that an object roughly the same size as an SUV can destroy an entire city and leave radioactive damage for lifetimes afterwards. The Fat Man and Trinity were both implosion based plutonium devices, but they were very different weapons. Trinity’s “the gadget” was a massive unemployable bomb that would test the theories that Fat Man was based on.
Residents of West Berlin show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side, 1961
The building of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 divided families and neighborhoods in what had been the capital of Germany. The Wall represented a uniquely squalid, violent, and ultimately futile, episode in the post-war world. Life was changed overnight in Berlin. Streets, subway lines, bus lines, tramlines, canals and rivers were divided. Family members, friends, lovers, schoolmates, work colleagues and others were abruptly separated. In some cases, children who had been visiting their grandparents on the other side of the border were suddenly cut off from their parents.