15 Photographs from the past that will make a chill run down your spine

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and they cannot be more right. History is filled with images and drawing and pictures taken of moments that speak of a time when things were very different than today.

Technology of that time was thought to be the pinnacle of science at the time. There are also some things that probably will give you Goosebumps because of the atrocities and violence the world has seen in the past 200 years or so.

Here are 15 such photographs that give an amusing, nostalgic and haunting reminder of our past.

1 The Jumping elephant

In Germany in 1950s, a circus director Franz Althoff had taken a ride on the German Monorail named Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, with a 4-year-old elephant named Tuffi, as a marketing gig. The animal panicked midway during the commute and broke a window and jumped some 12 meters down in the Wupper River underneath the monorail.
The elephant survived and was then sold to another circus after gaining celebrity status and died peacefully in 1989.

The Jumping elephant

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2 Origins of sideburns

The photo is of the inventor or originator of the popular male hair fashion of side burns. The gentleman is Ambrose Everett Burnside, governor of Rhode Island in 1880s and soldier in the American civil war. His distinct hairstyle and facial hair led to the term ‘sideburns’, being coined, taken from his last name.

Ambrose Everett Burnside, governor of Rhode Island

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3 Titanic – the last known photo

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner ship that sank on April 15th, 1912. It was brought into public limelight thanks to the James Cameron movie Titanic made in 1997. Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg on its maiden journey from Liverpool, UK to the United States, taking more than 1500 lives with it. The ship was touted as unsinkable and was the largest ship afloat of its time.

Titanic – the last known photo

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4 Piles of bodies, Dresden

The photo shows the pile of bodies collected on roads and streets of German city Dresden, after the Allied Air Force bombed the city during the Second World War. The planes from the Royal Air Force and US air force dropped more than 3,900 tons of explosives on the city between the dates of 13-15th February 1945. This caused deaths of over 40,000 civilians in the city.

Piles of bodies, Dresden

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>5 Natives to be displayed as animals-1899

In 1889, with permission of Chilean government, 11 Selknam natives were taken to Europe to be displayed in zoos. Between 1878 and 1900, three different groups of natives, mostly belonging to indigenous groups of Tehuelche, Selknam and Kawésqar were shipped to Europe to be exposed in Human Zoos.

Selknam natives

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6 Before Hollywood

Before it was the now iconic ‘HOLLYWOOD’ sign, the sign used to spell ‘Hollywoodland’ when it was erected in 1923. The purpose was to advertise a new housing development in Hollywood district of Los Angeles. It was put up by H.J. Whitley to advertise his firm Whitley Heights.


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7 Hiroshima

The Hiroshima city of Japan was shocked to its core on August 5, 1945, when the United Stated Air Force dropped the very first atom bomb known as the ‘Little Boy’ on it. The bomb was carried by B-29 fortress bomber named Enola Gay, flew by Colonel Paul Tibbs.

The bomb caused deaths of 135,000 people in the city and the whole city was flattened in seconds.

B-29 fortress bomber Enola Gay

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8 Olympic Games Berlin 1936

The 1936 Olympic Summer Games were held in the German city of Berlin with Adolf Hitler at the peak of his powers. These were the first games to be televised, broadcasted over radio in over 40 countries. The games were the vehicle for Hitler to promote his idea of racial supremacy. The games are known for black US athlete Jesse Owens winning 4 gold medals in track and field in front of Hitler himself.

Olympic Games Berlin 1936

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9 Goodbye Nixon

This image shows five former US Presidents at the funeral of another former US president Richard Nixon. Nixon who was the 37th US President, died on April 22, 1994 after suffering a stroke. His funeral was attended by then President Bill Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, and President Ronald Reagen, President Jimmy Carter and President Gerald Ford and their respective wives.

Goodbye Nixon

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10 Polio precautions

This image shows children who had contracted polio, being treated in the iron lung machine that helped patients of polio to breathe, when normal muscle control was lost due to the disease. The idea for the machine was thought by John Mayow in 1670 and first machine was designed in 1828 specifically for polio. This machine was used until the vaccine for polio was invented by Jonas Salk in 1955.

Polio precautions

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11 Khmer Rouge, Cambodia

Khmer Rouge was the name given to followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia and was formed in 1968 and was led by Pol Pot. They are more remembered by the history for orchestrating the Cambodian genocide. The party ruled the country for four years and was responsible for deaths of 1.5 million Cambodians out of a total population of 7-8 million people. Most of people died due to starvation, execution and disease.

Khmer Rouge, Cambodia

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12 Assassin of Martin Luther King

American Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, after he was shot fatally by James Earl Ray. Ray pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in Tennessee State Penitentiary, where he died at the age of 70 in April 1998.

Assassin of Martin Luther King

13 Execution of Lincoln conspirators

The photograph shows the execution of conspirators, who conspired in the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The four Lincoln conspirators: David Herold, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were hanged on July 7, 1865. Mary Surratt became the first woman to be hanged by the United States federal government.

Execution of Lincoln conspirators

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14 Photo that changed the face of AIDS- 1989

The picture shows a man named David Kirby, who was affected by AIDS surrounded by his family. The image was published in LIFE magazine in 1990 and was taken by Therese Frare on his deathbed. The picture brought international attention on the epidemic of AIDs and HIV and is widely regarded as the “picture that changed the face of AIDS”.

Photo that changed the face of AIDS- 1989

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15 Hitler declares war on USA

The photo is of German Chancellor and Leader of Nazi Party Adolf Hitler declaring war on United States, days after Japan air force attacked the US naval base Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This attack on its land by Japan, provoked the United States, who had remained neutral in the Second World War, declare war against the empire of Japan, Germany, Italy and the whole of Axis. The USA joined the Allied forces of Britain and France and changed the face of the World War, as it dropped atom bombs on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, forcing Japan to surrender, weakening the once strong Axis.

Hitler declares war on USA

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