The “Historical Pictures” Facebook Group Shares Photos You Rarely See In History Books, And Here Are 110 Of The Most Noteworthy

Pictures hold something truly special—a speck of time that once was and shall never be again. They’re the closest thing we have to a time machine, allowing us to glimpse through a window of film and into the past. 

Although technology has come leaps and bounds since the very first photograph, and we’ve gotten used to its magic, it still feels like a pirate treasure to come across old pictures from a time not-too-long-ago. From close families, to celebrities, there’s something for everyone, and the Facebook group called “Historical Pictures” is just the hub of it all. 

Today, we’ll be featuring some of the photos the members of the group have shared, and hope that it’ll tickle your fancy to go dig out your own photo albums. So, dear readers, I invite you to look at this photograph (brownie points if you read that in Nickelback), well a couple dozen of them, upvote your faves, leave some comments, and have a good time!

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#2 Sophia Loren, Circa 1955

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#3 Three Young Ladies Posing With A Friend, 1930

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#4 Bride Leaving Her Recently Bombed Home To Get Married, London, Nov 4, 1940

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#5 Cheryl Browne, First African-American Contestant For The Title Of Miss America In 1971

Cheryl Adrienne Browne was born in New York City in 1950 and studied dance at LaGuardia High School in Manhattan. After high school, she moved to Decorah, Iowa to study dance at Luther College. After winning the Miss Decorah contest, on June 13, 1970, she beat 19 white contestants to win Miss Iowa, making her eligible to compete for the 1971 Miss America crown. Cheryl became the first black woman to compete for the Miss America title, the first African American contestant to make it to the final, even though competition rule number seven, instituted during the 1930s, which read: “Contestants must be of good health and of the white race,” had been abolished 30 years before in 1940.

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#6 Same, Sophia, Same

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#7 Fun Before The Internet, 1960s

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#8 Richard Lasher Was On His Way To Ride His Dirt Bike When Mt. St. Helens Erupted In Front Of Him (1980)

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#9 This Innuit Girl Descending Into Her Home, An Ice Igloo

This powerful image transcends time, and continues to go viral over 70 years later. Helen Konek is 91 years old now. But she was 17 when photographer Richard Harrington asked to take images of her family near Arviat, Nunavut. This one is in the massive igloo her father Pipqanaaq built.

Image credits: Explore Native American Culture

#10 My Sweet Sixteen Self. I Will Be Eighty In February 2023

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#11 Titanic Survivors Marjorie And Charlotte Collyer In New York Immediately Following The Sinking Of The Liner In 1912

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#12 John Lennon And Yoko Ono Waiting For The Maid To Make The Bed So They Can Continue Protesting Against The System 1969

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#13 My Grandmother From 1947

Image credits: Charlie Carlson IV

#14 The Champion Watermelon Eater At The 4th Of July Celebration In Brooklyn, 1935

Image credits: Ben Levin

#15 Camberley Kate, And Her Stray Dogs In England. She Never Turned A Stray Dog Away, Taking Care Of More Than 600 Dogs In Her Lifetime. (1962)

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#16 An Officer Halts Traffic To Make Way For A Cat Carrying A Kitten Across The Street, 1925

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#17 Mother And Son, Ireland, 1890

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#18 Portrait Of A Young Grumpy Girl From The 1850s

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#19 Cicely Tyson And James Earl Jones

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#20 Irish Seaman And Antarctic Explorer Thomas Crean Photographed In 1915 Aboard The Endurance In Antarctica During The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Of 1914–1917 LED By Ernest Shackleton

The Endurance was trapped in ice for 492 days and sank, so the 28-man crew had to use lifeboats to reach the uninhabited Elephant Island. Crean was one of 6 members of the crew to make the 800 miles (1300 km) journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in the small-boat James Caird to seek rescue for the rest of the crew. Once they reached South Georgia after 17 days at sea, 3 of the men, including Tom Crean, trekked across the island to a whaling station on the north side of South Georgia. There they were able to organize rescue efforts for the 3 men left on the south of the island and the remaining crew on Elephant Island. The entire crew of the Endurance returned home without loss of life.

Image credits: David Anii Okafor

#21 Happy New Year 1907

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#22 Statue Of Liberty Towering Over Paris Just Before It Was Disassembled And Shipped To New York, 1886

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#23 Christmas Dinner, 1936. Dinner Consisted Of Potatoes, Cabbage And Pie

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#24 Soldier Coming Home To His Daughter After WWII, 1945

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#25 First Nations Husband And Wife, (A. Ross, 1886)

Image credits: Native American Culture Regions

#26 Nora Washington With A Catfish She Caught With A Cane Pole, No Less In The Colorado River, Bastrop, Texas 1950s

Image credits: Brent Peltier

#27 A Young Woman Posing For A Studio Portrait, Kentucky, 1890-1910

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#28 Little Twins With Their Dog On Porch

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#29 Unpacking Mona Lisa After The End Of World War II In 1945

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#30 This Boy And His Dog Were Photographed By Photographer J. E. Williams In New Athens, Ohio In The Late 1890s-Early 1900s

This was another one that was cracked but the damage wan’t in critical areas and I was able to clone some image from the photo taken at the same time. From my glass negative collection

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#31 Bedouin Couple In Front Of Their Tent, Adwan Tribe. 1898. (Colorized By Frédéric Duriez)

Image credits: Historic Photographs

#32 Women Grocery Shopping In The 1960s

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#33 A Group Of ‘Victorian Street Urchins’ Taken In Birmingham, England Circa 1898

Image credits: Victorian/Edwardian photography and Art Appreciation

#34 A Roman Toddler's Footprint In A Red Clay Tile, Imprinted As It Was Drying ~2000 Years Ago

Image credits: Museum of Artifacts

#35 Charging An Electric Car In The Garage, New York, 1911

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#36 A Coal Mining Dad With His Children, 1945

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#37 The Baby In This Picture Is My Grandmother Born In 1893. Along With My Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother And Great Great Great Grandmother

Image credits: Lori Linley Liebetrau

#38 London, England In 1890

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#39 A Little Boy And His Mom

Image credits: Dorothea Lange

#40 “Girls In The Windows”

In 1960, photojournalist Ormond Gigli assembled 43 women, dressed them in refined, colorful garb, and situated them in 41 windows across the facade of the classic New York City brownstones. Years later, the image ended up being his most famous artwork.

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#41 Portrait Of Lillian, Cora And Luvenia Ward. Taken In Worcester, Massachusetts, Circa 1900

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#43 This Is Economy Class Seating On Pan Am 747 In The ‘60’s

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#44 My Grandparents, Poland 1952

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#45 Home Prices In 1950s

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#46 Northumbrian Miner At His Evening Meal, 1937

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#47 Lucille Ball. A Timeless Beauty

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#48 Little Girl Tending To The Care Of Her Dolls. Early 20th Century Glass Negative

Image credits: Paul Holbrook

#49 Silent Film Actress, Delores Costello, Drew Barrymore's Grandmother, 1928

Image credits: Brent Peltier

#50 Two Gentleman From The Early 1900s

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#51 John Adams Was Born In 1745. He Was The Earliest Born Human To Have Been Photographed. A Shoemaker, He Died In 1849, Aged 104

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#52 The Hoover Dam Under Construction In 1934

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#53 A Casual Portrait Of A Woman Smiling, 1880

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#54 Rolling Stones Concert At Jfk Stadium In 1978.... Something Bands These Days Have Never Been Able To Duplicate

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#55 Ron Howard's Wedding To His (Still) Wife Cheryl In 1975--With Henry Winkler

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#56 Winona Ryder, Jodie Foster & Julia Roberts, 1989

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#57 Even The Window Cleaners Wore Suits 100 Years Ago

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#58 This Is Jim Thorpe. Look Closely At The Photo, You Can See That He's Wearing Different Socks And Shoes

This wasn't a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, a Native American from Oklahoma represented the U.S. in track and field. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage can. That's the pair that he's wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock. Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day

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#59 Dolly Parton In The Late 60's

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#60 These Photos Shows The 16-Year-Old German Soldier Hans-Georg Henke After He Was Captured By The Us 9th Army On April 3rd, 1945

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#61 A Ghostly Yet Mesmerizing Image From 1900

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#62 A Photo Of My Grandfather, Clyde Hensley, Lived Deep In The Appalachian Mountains Of Western North Carolina

Lived off the land, kept bees, grew tobacco, dried it, twisted it, made molasses. You name it. I always knew him as happy and content. For no special reason. True Grit. 1912-2002

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#63 An American Mother And Daughter Hold The American Flag In The Early 1900’s

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#64 Reckless Kids Having Fun!

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#65 Roadside Camping (With A Great Auto-Tent), 1920

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#66 Left To Right: Cher's Mom, Georgia Holt, Cher, Georganne Lapiere, (Cher's Sister) And Sonny Bono Having Fun In The Sun! - March 1972

Image credits: Charles Tranberg, Author

#67 Teenage Sisters Gertrude And Ursula Falke. Germany, 1906

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#68 Portrait Of A Young Woman From Denmark. Photographed In 1895

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#69 Freakily Accurate Newspaper Article From April 18, 1963

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#70 These Daguerreotype Portraits Show The Oldest Generation Of People To Ever Be Photographed, 1840-1850

Many of these people were born in the 1700s and some of them even lived through the American Revolutionary War

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#71 Benton County, Tennessee, 1930's

Caption Carl Mydans was a photographer that worked some for the federal government during the Great Depression. He took several heart breaking pictures of rural families, especially in the South. This family was photographed near Benton County, Tennessee. He titled this one "Rural Mother

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#72 Taken In 1972 Us Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant

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#73 Marilyn Monroe Circa 1954

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#74 Old Photos Of All Hallows’ Eve (Late 1800s + Early 1900s)

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#75 Waltis Kilburn, His Wife And 14 Children Pose For A Photo At Their Home In Leslie County, Ky 1949

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#76 Circa 1910, These Children Were Playing With Their Little Wagon But Stopped Long Enough For This Picture To Be Taken

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#77 A Couple Of Victorian Travellers, 1890s

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#78 Café Waitresses Serving Chips In Liberated Paris, 1940s

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#80 Photo Of A Family Gathered Around The Fireplace In Their Home

The small cabin home was located in Loyston, Tennessee. The community of Loyston no longer exists as it was flooded when Norris Dam was built.

Image credits: Lewis Hine Photographs for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

#81 Agents Dump Seized Liquor During The Prohibition In The 1930s

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#82 Mulberry Street, New York City, 1900

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#83 A Police Officer Transporting A Prisoner In A Holding Cell In 1921

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#84 This Is Mrs. Robert E. Lee. The Child Is Their Son, Robert E Lee Jr

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#85 My Great-Great Aunt Helen Taken In 1913 When She Was 16 Years Old. She Passed Away At 90 Years Old In 1987

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#86 Queen Mary, Elizabeth’s Grandmother, Cradling Her In 1926

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#87 A Woman On The Frozen Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri In 1905

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#88 Elvis, His Father Vernon, And His Grandmother Minnie Mae, 1959

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#89 The Interior Of A Commercial Plane In 1936. The Plane Belonged To Imperial Airways, The First British Commercial Airline

Image credits: David Anii Okafor

#90 Another Look At Barbara E. Tripp, Age 3, On The Steps Of Her Home In New Bedford, Mass., September 10, 1916. Glass Negative Photo From The William H. Tripp Collection

Image credits: Paul Holbrook

#91 Mother And Daughter Photographs From 1900

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#92 My Great-Great Grand Parents And Their Family

My maternal great-grandmother is on the far left, dark dress, with the bow in her hair. Time period is mid to late 1800's. She lived to the ripe old age of 103

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#93 Pioneers Traveling In A Covered Wagon And A Carriage, Probably In Colorado, 1880s

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#94 28 Students Of A One-Room School At La Forge Farms. Missouri, January 1939

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#95 A 23-Year-Old John Wayne, Circa 1930

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#96 1924 My Dad At The Top With His Sister And Brothers, Irish Section Of The South Side Of Chicago

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#97 My Grandfather Around 1908 Wayne Michigan

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#98 Dinner Party At The Hotel Astor. New York City. 1904

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#99 Witches From 1875

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#101 The Rms Queen Elizabeth Pulling Into New York With Service Men Returning Home After The End Of World War 2, 1945

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#102 Us Cavalry Soldiers Pose In Front Of A Tree Known As The "Grizzly Giant" 1900. The Tree Still Stands

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#103 Most Likely A Father And His Offspring. Glass Negative Photo From Around 1910

Image credits: Paul Holbrook

#104 “Les Nouvelles Meirveilleuses”. In The Spring Of 1908, Three Women Walked Onto The Longchamp Racecourse In Paris And Jaws Dropped

he elite society event was known for debuting the latest couture creations to the public, but no one had seen fashion quite like this before. Dressed in blue, white and havane brown creations, according to newspapers, spectators called the three women a “monstrosity”, accused them of being semi-naked and showing revolting *décolletage. *It was these three dresses however, which would forever change fashion that day and launch the twentieth century silhouette. As for the designer? Well, no one really bothered to remember her name… But perhaps you might like to know who it was. Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix was her name, a young Parisian designer who had taken over her mother’s long-established couture house and was starting to gain popularity in turn-of-the-century Paris for her lightly corseted dresses featuring minimum boning and more elastic material… Long before Lycra or Spanx came along, she soon began making dresses made from stretchy elastic silk jersey, outlining the hips and thighs and slimming the figure. To debut her creations to society, she hired three beautiful models and chose the Parisian racetracks of 1908 as her catwalk.

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#105 The Second Class Saloon, Nome, Alaska, When Owned By Wyatt Earp And His Wife Between 1887 And 1901

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#106 Safety Standards In Way!!!

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#108 Tom Cruise, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, And Rob Lowe In A Publicity Still For The Outsiders, 1983

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#109 A 19 Y O Teddy Roosevelt At Harvard

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#110 In The Late 1800s Early 1900s, It Was Tradition That On The 31st Of December, The Wife Would Kneel In Front Of Her Husband And Apologise For Everything She Got Wrong During The Course Of The Year

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