Top 10 Rare Historical Photographs You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

This is a selection of some of the most important or famous historical photographs. Of all the photographs of historical moments taken around the world, there are some that will forever remain etched in our memories. I love history, historical moments, historical place and events. If you love or don’t, you should take a look at these fascinating and rarely seen photos from the past that take a look at days gone by from a different angle.

Here’s our collection of 10 rare historical photographs.

1. Niagara Falls During The Freeze of 1911.

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Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911. Does Niagara Falls ever really freeze over like this?” Yes, during an extended winter cold snap a hardened crust of ice can accumulate over parts of the falls — American Falls in particular — creating an amazing, naturally-formed ice sculpture, thickness of 50 feet. Neither the river nor the falls ever freezes solid. The water continues to flow beneath the ice at all times, albeit reduced to a mere trickle on rare occasions when ice jams block the river above the falls. Historically, when this blanket of ice has spanned the entire Niagara River, the phenomenon has been known as the “ice bridge.” You can see in the photo, people used to stroll and frolic on and around the frozen falls and even walk across the ice bridge.

2. RMS Titanic Before it Sunk.

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This photo is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sunk in April 1912.

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3. Hitler’s Bunker in 1945.


One of the first photos that was taken inside of Hitler’s bunker (Führerbunker) in 1945 by Allied soldiers.

4. Eiffel Tower Construction 1888.

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Construction of the Eiffel tower in July, 1888.

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5. Nagasaki After Atomic Bombing.

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Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945.

6. Statue of Liberty Construction, 1884.

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Historical photographs of construction of the most famous cultural monument Statue of Liberty in 1884.

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7. Albert Einstein’s Office.

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Albert Einstein‘s office, photographed on the day of his death.

8. Discovery of Machu Picchu.

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The first photo following the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1912.

See also; 10 Most Iconic Places to Photograph in the World.

9. The Oldest Running Car.

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1884 De Dion, Bouton et Trepardou Dos-à-Dos is the oldest running car on the planet.

10. San Francisco 1906.

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City Hall and The Majestic Theater, San Francisco after the massive earthquake of 1906.

See also; 10 Strongest Earthquakes in History.