A friend sent me the following in an e-mail today:
One of the most wonderful things about the digitization of almost anything and the Internet is the ability to share with the world incredible materials that were once confined to only the eyes of those who possessed them.
Testing football helmets in 1912.
The Titanic in dry dock, 1912
Carl Akeley posed with the leopard he killed with his bare hands after it attacked him, 1896.
The smallest shop in London – a shoe salesman with a 1.2 square metre shoe store, 1900.
A beggar running alongside King George V’s coach. England, circa 1920.
Allied soldiers mock Hitler atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery, by Fred Ramage, 1945.
An aerial view of the WWI Loos-Hulluch trench system in France. July 22, 1917.
British trenches are situated on the left of the photo, and German trenches on the right – in the middle of the two is no man’s land.
A man trying to sell his car after losing all in the Great Crash of 1929.
Wedding rings from WW II concentration camps.
Each pair of rings represents a family, a marriage, a couple. 1945
Leonard Siffleet, captured Australian commando who fought in WWII, moments prior to being beheaded by a member of the Imperial Japanese Navy. 1943
Iranian woman in the era before the Islamic revolution by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran , 1960.
A shot from atop Pittsburgh ’s Cathedral of Learning during game 7 of the 1960 World Series.
The Pirates defeated the Yankees with a walk off home run by Bill Mazeroski.
Photo was taken moments after the home run.
The Muffin man in 1910 London.
Animal Tamer Captain Jack Bonavita sitting down with some of his cats, circa 1870.
1865: Hanging hooded bodies of the four Lincoln assassination conspirators.
The morning after a long night awaiting a Viet Cong ambush that never came
40 miles East of Saigon, Vietnam, 1965.
A man having his nose measured during Aryan race determination tests, 1940.
Loggers in California with the felled giant ‘Mark Twain redwood’, 1892.
The last Jew in Vinnitsa, 1941.
US Government mockups of how Hitler could have disguised himself.
NASA before Powerpoint
The end of WWII is celebrated in Moscow’s Red Square. May 9, 1945.
What thoughts and feelings do the above photographs and descriptions evoke in you?