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25+ Chilling Photos of Famous Legends

Strange things are often discovered from history, and even if you think you know a thing or two about it, you will still be humbled by the following images.

These 25 chilling photos of famous legends will show a different perspective of historical events, which you definitely wouldn’t have seen in any high school text book.

The faces might seem familiar, but the photos certainly won’t be. You might recognise the events, but the photos will show you a completely different perspective.

Smoke signals

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This is the genius Albert Einstein visiting with a group of Hopi Indians in 1922.

Fine line fugitive
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Take about a fine line – this photo, circa 1920, shows a fugitive being dragged by border patrol so that he doesn’t escape the USA and enter Mexico.

Californian lumberjacks cutting down giant Redwoods
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It’s sad to see such huge, majestic trees being cut down, especially as some of them were over 1,000 years old.

The man who refused to give the Nazi salute, 1936
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August Landmesser, a member of the Nazi Party until 1935, was caught refusing to give the Nazi salute – maybe marrying a Jewish woman had something to do with it.

The ultimate patriot

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Here’s Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrating the day that he received his American citizenship. Who knew he’d end up becoming the ‘Governator’ one day?

Keller, meet Chaplin
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Starstruck Helen Keller is photographed meeting Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood in 1919.

George Lucas with R2-D2

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Legendary director, George Lucas, is photographed here with an early version of R2-D2. An actor named Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in the three original Star Wars trilogy, and R2-D2 and fellow robot C-3PO are the only two characters to appear in all seven movies.

Titanic afloat
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This is the last photo ever taken of the Titanic above water before it’s doomed 1912 voyage.

Photos are forever
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On an Apollo 16 mission in 1972, astronaut Charles Duke was exploring the moon’s surface in a lunar roving vehicle when he decided to leave a protected photograph of himself, his wide and his two sons. The photo still remains on the moon’s surface today.

‘Monowheel’ transportation
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The Dynasphere – also known as a “monowheel” – was built in 1932 and could travel up to 25 miles per hour.

The scalped survivor

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Photographed above is Robert McGee – the man who was scalped by the Sioux as a 13-year-old boy. He survived, however his family was killed.

Gargantuan

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A trained hippo pulling a cart was photographed in 1924. Despite their huge size, they can travel up to 19 miles an hour.

Hitler’s naughtiest recruits
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Here you can see the Allied forces mocking Hitler from atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery at the end of WWII – they’re lucky this photo was only recently revealed!

Regal logo

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Remember the lion that you see at the beginning of all MGM movies?
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Here you can see the photoshoot and sound recording of the MGM lion’s roar.

The Mona Lisa returns

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During World War I, Da Vinci’s famous painting titled Mona Lisa was hidden for safekeeping. When the war was over, it was then returned back to the Louvre where it is now on display.

Flower power!

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This powerful photograph shows the true extreme of staying brave in the face of danger – antiwar protestors are shown placing flowers in the end of soldiers’ guns during a peaceful protest in Virginia, 1967.

Wright Brothers taking flight

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Photographed above is the first ever powered flight by Orville Wright in 1903, which took place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

King Tut’s secret tomb

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This is the unbroken seal on King Tutankhamen’s fifth shrine that was discovered in 1922 – many were too scared to open it due to the “Curse of the Pharaohs”.

Wooden bathing suits
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It might be hard to believe now, but in 1929 these wooden bathing suits were made to make the wearer more buoyant. We think the fact that wooden suits were discontinued shortly after says a lot about how well they actually worked.

UFO or smudged ink?

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The photo from Project Blue Book case 24-185-19-7X was released by the Air Force in 2015 – it shows an object over Phoenix in June 1947.

Rosa Parks’ mug shot

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Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her brave actions of nonviolent resistance started the Montgomery bus boycott – a successful eleven month long struggle to desegregate the city’s buses.

Norwegians receive their first ever shipment of bananas, 1905
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It’s hard to remember a time where bananas weren’t as readily available as they are today.

The Tube opens for business
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Long before the London underground was a popular mode of transport, it started with this photograph. This is the first ever underground train journey in 1862.

Storyteller Tolstoy
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“War and Peace” author, Leo Tolstoy, is seen here telling his grandchildren a story back in 1909.

Foxy boxing

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Some women were photographed boxing on a roof in the 1930s – it’s unclear as to why, but their dancing shoes imply they’re probably performers for a variety show.

The guy that couldn’t take the pressure

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During Queen Elizabeth II’s 1970 parade, one of the guards fainted from the heat just when the Queen was passing behind him – oops!

What lovely eyes you have, my dear

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These masked women were participants of the 1930 Miss Lovely Eyes competition in Florida.

Bad landing

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This photo shows an airman being captured by Vietnamese in Truc Bach Lake, Hanoi in 1967. The airman turned out to be John McCain!

Extinction

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The last known Tasmanian Tiger was photographed in 1933, before becoming extinct.

Smokebot

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The Westinghouse Electric Corporation actually made a smoking robot in the 1930s (not pictured above). His name was Elektro — this photo shows retro tech at its finest.

Dangerous romance

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This is the arsenal found in the trunk of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s car.

Lady sweepers keeping the streets clean

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The original photo was taken in 1916 of female road sweepers who cleaned the streets of Liverpool whilst the men were away fighting in the war.

The World Trade Centre

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The World Trade Centre was photographed being built in New York City in 1970. The original WTC was a large complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, NYC but it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Motorized roller skates

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This photo was taken in 1961 as the guy readies himself for a motorized trip around town.

Monet waterlilies

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French artist Claude Monet, the founder of French Impressionist painting, poses with his iconic waterlilies around the year 1923. He spent more than 20 years of his life painting the flowers.

Faces of war

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In 1938 England, a woman was photographed using a gas-resistant stroller.

Having a ball

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Famed television comedy couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are pictured here at the legendary NYC hotspot Copacabana.

Hawking romance

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Stephen Hawking is one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever seen, yet many recognise him due to his paralysis from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Hawking is photographed above during his wedding day with previous wife Jane Wilde in 1965.

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