history Cool Historical Photos You Probably Haven't Seen Before

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One of the most interesting things about looking at pictures from our long-forgotten past is that you discover that people haven’t really changed much since the advent of the camera. The rare historical photos on this list provide insight into the lives of people from all over the world, dating all the way back to the 18th century when Lincoln was just walking around the American northeast, begging people to take photos of him. One of the coolest things about some of these rare pictures from history is how they add another way that we can view some of the largest looming figures from the recent past. Dictators seem less like stuffy monsters, and people, like Anne Frank, who we’ve resigned to one specific point in time are suddenly able to live a full life. But why read about it when you can take a trip through time with these cool history photos?

There are a few pictures of history that are burned into our brains: Einstein sticking out his tongue, the guys having lunch on a steel beam, and Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston. But none of those pictures are on this list of interesting photos of history. These are the rare historical pictures that took place outside the grasp of the history books. These photos tell a story of a world that wasn’t simply black and white, but of a time that contained a vast ocean of civilizations and experiences. Turn your computer into a time machine and enjoy these cool historical photos you probably haven’t seen before.
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Photo: US Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons
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The First Photo of Abraham Lincoln


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Photo: Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons
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An Illegal Picture Taken Atop the Pyramids


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Photo: Imgur
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2,800 Year-Old Lovers


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Photo: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology/Wikimedia Commons

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Photo: Library of Congress
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304 people just voted on Harry Belafonte and MLK Having Fun


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Photo: Courtesy Harry Belafonte
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Photo: George F. Mobley/National Geographic Archives
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General Patton's Dog on the Day of Patton's Death


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Photo: National Archives/Defense Media Network