36 Historical Photos That Will Take You Back in Time

The most important events in history should be preserved forever. And one of the ways to do that is through keeping the photos alive. This article is all about some of the most important historical photos that helped shape history. Some of these photos you may have never seen before, and because these moments were captured during different eras, it’s like going on a journey.

Here is a collection of 35 historical photos that will take you back in time. Because some moments in history deserve to see the light of day.


When these Irish Children jeer at British troops in Derry, Northern Ireland (1972):

This photo of Helen, an American Indian Telephone and switchboard operator (Montana, 1925).

And this photo of French soldiers eating at a police station after days in the heavy rain (Neuvilly, Northern France, 1915).

When Muhammad Ali beat Cleveland Williams by technical knockout during the third round (1966):

When a Nazi Rally was held in the Cathedral of Light (1937):

And this Photo of Kurt Cobain smoking with Ronald McDonald (Singapore, 1992).

Northern American B-25s flying past Mount Vesuvius while an erupting volcano spews lava and ash (Italy,1944).

An official British Photographer took this Trench Warfare (World War I, 1917).

And this colorized photo of Lt. Cluster with the Union troops (1862).

When Ebony Magazine ran a feature called, “What They May Look Like In The Year 2000”, they included a future portrait of Michael Jackson (1985).

And this photo of Young Pioneers Defence (Leningrad, 1937).

John F. Kennedy’s Funeral (Capitol, 1963).

And here’s a photo of Mississipi’s first interracial couple (1970).

The Greensboro sit-ins (North Carolina, 1960).

Roza Georgiyevna, one of the best Soviet snipers (1943).

Here’s a colorized photo of thanksgiving on the frontline (World War II).

When the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong lit a cigar (1969):

A rally against Nazism in Madison Square Garden (New York, 1937).

This is a colorized photo of Ruth Lee who is a hostess at a Chinese restaurant. So she won’t be mistaken for a Japanese, she flies a Chinese flag while sunbathing during her days off. (Miami, 1945)

And this photo of men celebrating the end of prohibition (1933):

A stranded German U-boat on the south coast of England after surrender (World War I, 1918).

A side by side photo of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.

A colorized photo of Jewish Market (Upper Eastside, New York, 1895).

When the crowd celebrates the surrender of Germany (New York, 1945):

Also this colorized photo of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin on the set of City Lights (1929).

Muslim woman protects her Jewish neighbor by covering the yellow star using her veil (Sarajevo, 1941).

When a mother hides her face from cameras after she put a “4 children for Sale” in her front yard:

A photo of this girl trying to cut a sunbeam (1886).

A view of Boston, the oldest surviving aerial photograph ever (1860).

Portrait of bride and groom in Krakow, Poland.

Otto, Anne Frank’s father revisits the attic where they hid from the Nazis (1960).

Motel manager pours acid when black people swam in his pool (California, 1964).

When this boy received a new pair of shoes at an orphanage (Austria, 1946).

The Reich’s veterans day (1939).

Flags of the defeated Third Reich being displayed during the victory parade (Red Square, Moscow, 1945).