Epochal historical figures loom so large in the public imagination it's hard to conceive of them just, y'know, hanging out with each other, kickin' it like normal people. But they totally did and do, and there are photographs of the historical figures cool kids club to prove it. Here you will find some awesome historical photos of filmmakers and pop stars, authors and activists, physicists and silent film stars together.
What the hell would Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin talk about? The weather? Who knows how many awesome stories Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Houdini probably shared, but if any two historical badasses had a lot to talk about, it was those guys. Hell, Teddy Roosevelt pictures are badass in-and-of themselves. Throw Houdini in there and you've got two of the most famous figures of history together. Can't go wrong, right?
Albert Einstein & Charlie Chaplin, 1931
Physicist Albert Einstein and comic/filmmaker Charlie Chaplin attending the premiere of Chaplin's City Lights in Los Angeles.
Harry Houdini & Theodore Roosevelt, 1914
America's most badass magician and most bull moose president, photographed together in 1914 on an ocean liner known as the SS Imperator, which was the largest passenger ship in the world at the time.
Ford, Edison, Harding, & Firestone, 1921
Inventors and magnates Henry Ford and Thomas Edison hanging out, reading the New York Times with then-President Warren G. Harding and businessman Harvey S. Firestone.
Helen Keller & Mark Twain, 1905
Deaf/blind author/activist Helen Keller with Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain. Twain reportedly told her "serious, comic, and curious" stories, including why he chose his pseudonym.