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Badass Historical Photos That Made Us Say ‘Whoa’

November 11, 2020 2.8k votes 324 voters 4.9k views15 items

List RulesVote up the coolest images of the past.

It's easy to idealize the past, and venerate the people who live through it as larger than life. However, there are times when that veneration is warranted. Take Maria Spelterini, for example: the first and only woman to walk a tightrope over Niagara gorge (several times, once blindfolded and once wearing peach baskets on her feet). What's especially cool about Spelterini is that we have the 1876 photograph to prove her derring do.

There are many badass photos from history showcasing courageous women, WWII soldiers, and even non-human companions. Included below is selection of the most badass historical photos; vote up the ones that really make you say, "Whoa!"

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    Riley The Golden Retriever Assisting With Search And Rescue After 9/11 (2001)

    Photo: Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    US Troops Arriving On Omaha Beach On D-Day (1944)

    Photo: Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent/National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    Maria Spelterini, The Only Woman To Cross Niagara Gorge On A Tightrope (1876)

    Photo: George E. Curtis / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    Woman Assembling A 'Vengeance' Dive Bomber During WWII (1943)

    Photo: Alfred T. Palmer / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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