Rare Historical Photos – Special for #EarthDay

I received these in my email from my husband.  They are being shared here as a reminder of how times have changed, the things we’ve gained, and more importantly what we have lost.  This is special for Earth Day because several of these pictures show very clearly how humans have a deep impact on the future of the ecology on this planet.


. . . And descriptions as we wonder what it was like to be there and surprises us with something we have never seen.  Some well over 100 years. 

boxingmatchA boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 1897.

shellshockedreindeerA shell shocked reindeer looks on as World War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941.

tasmaniantigerThe last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed in 1933 – the species is now extinct.

LondonSkyAirfightThe London sky following a bombing and dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.

atomicbombNagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945.

transcontinentalA Native American overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in 1868.

greatSFfireThe Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906.

HitlerInParisHitler in Paris.

9-11-2001groundedplanesGrounded aircraft on September 11, 2001, await orders.

CastroAtLincolnMemorialFidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial.

RedwoodsBeingCut CutRedwoods
California lumberjacks work on Redwoods.  Thousands of tree rings in these ancient trees – each over 1000+ years old or even much older…such a shame…irreplaceable giants.

National park treasures all gone but a few – what kind of men would do such a thing for over 100 years – destroy something they cannot ever fix or replace for 2000 years?  It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200–1800 years or more.  An estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut.  In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres…down to 8,100 acres by 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged. How sad. . .

Aren't they so cute?

Aren’t they so cute?

The Beatles in 1957.

OMG, That guy in the foreground is going to fall backwards off the back wal!

OMG, That guy in the foreground is going to fall backwards off the back wal!

The 1912 World Series Red Sox vs NY Giants.

BillNHillaryClintonBill and Hillary Clinton playing volleyball in 1975 – a future US President.


He look so lonely.

He look so lonely.

Elvis in the Army.

MachuPichuThe first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912.

ChildLaborersChild laborers in 1880.

1911TimeSquareNYCNew York’s Times Square in 1911.

MississippiSteamBoatsSteamboats on the Mississippi River in 1907.

LeoTolstoyLeo Tolstoy tells a story to his grandchildren in 1909.

OsamaBinLaden14Fourteen-year-old Osama bin Laden – he’s second from the right.
Bell bottom pants – pink car – expensive shops, nice threads, about 24 people out smiling – looking hip for the day.  And not one woman has her face or head covered.


Construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884.

 Which photo did you find most surprising?

10 comments for “Rare Historical Photos – Special for #EarthDay

  1. April 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

    These pictures are amazing. I didn’t even know the tasmanian tiger existed.
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    • April 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

      I hadn’t heard of it until a few years ago. It’s sad really to know how many species of plants and animals we have lost over the past few hundred years because of human’s lack of responsibility.

  2. April 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Love the photos, take me back to the past
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  3. April 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    The photos of the trees are amazing, as well as the Tasmanian tiger!

  4. April 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Wow! great photos.
    The war photos are depressing, so much destruction.
    I loved the “Construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884”. surreal 🙂
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  5. Misty Battle
    April 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Awesome photos. I am a huge history buff so I am loving this post. I love the old days and seeing how they lived. Thank you for sharing!

  6. April 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    These are amazing pictures! Beautiful!
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  7. April 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Wow! Some of those photos just take my breath away! So neat!
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  8. April 25, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Amazing photos, such moments of history. It’s so fabulous that we can have these moments in pictures. That is part of why I love so much taking photos.
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  9. April 25, 2014 at 2:01 am

    WOW! Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us. I have always loved looking at some old historical photos and often wondered what it was really like back then. It is so nice to be able to see just a little glimpse of the past through some old photos. And my heavens, that Tasmanian Tiger is something. And it is sad that it no longer exist. And those trees being cut down, it is a shame and how sad. 🙁 Thank you so much~

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