The First Selfie Ever
It’s hard to imagine life today without people constantly taking selfies. But did you know that the first selfie was actually taken way back in the 1800s? Yes, you read that right! This photo, dating back to 1837, is believed to be the first-ever selfie taken by Robert Cornelius. And no, it wasn’t taken with a smartphone or shared on any social media platforms.
The bulletproof vest testing
The Protective Garment Corporation of New York demonstrated their confidence in both their bulletproof vest and the marksmanship of this man. In 1923, they organized a live demonstration of their cutting-edge lightweight police vest by shooting at a salesman wearing it. We’re not sure if they also made bulletproof pants, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the assistant needed a fresh pair after each demonstration.
The seal on Tutankhamen’s Tomb
The ancient Egyptian pharaohs’ tombs captivate scientists with their remarkable wonders. Considering their limited technology, the construction and mummification techniques used by ancient civilizations are astonishing. The renowned tomb of Tutankhamen, unsealed on February 17, 1923, had remained undisturbed for approximately 3,245 years until archaeologists unveiled the resting place of the legendary pharaoh.
A 106-year-old warrior
In times of war, we encounter the most unexpected sights. Even at the age of 106, this Armenian grandmother found herself clutching an assault rifle, fighting for her survival. It’s a long way from the activities usually associated with old age, like watching TV or cooking beloved dishes.
Albert Einstein, undeniably one of the most brilliant scientists, had a delightful sense of humor. In 1951, photographer Arthur Sasse had the privilege of capturing a legendary moment at Einstein’s birthday party. The iconic photo shows Einstein’s playful reaction when asked to smile for the camera. Perhaps he had indulged in a few beers, but who can blame him? It was his special day, after all.
Dream of flying
In 1903, the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, made history by achieving sustained flight with their wooden aircraft, the Wright Flyer. This groundbreaking accomplishment marked the first powered flight of a heavier-than-air machine. Their personal design and construction of the plane added to the awe-inspiring nature of their achievement, turning the dream of flight into reality.
In the era of prohibition, moonshiners employed various tactics to evade law enforcement while smuggling liquor. Among their most notorious tricks was the use of “cow shoes.” These unique contraptions featured metal strips with wooden blocks carved to resemble cow hooves, which were discreetly attached under their shoes to obscure their footprints. The resourcefulness of these moonshiners knew no bounds, showcasing the extent of human ingenuity.
The first subway ride
Shortly after the historic first flight in 1903, New York City welcomed its inaugural subway system in 1904. Mayor George McClellan inaugurated the subway, personally chauffeuring the initial passengers along a 9.1-mile track that encompassed 28 stations. Initially, people regarded it more as a spectacle rather than a practical mode of transportation. It’s remarkable how times have evolved since then.
Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid, also known as Henry McCarthy or William H. Bonney, remains a legendary and elusive figure. Few photographs exist of this notorious outlaw, who met his untimely end at just 21 years old in 1881. Surprisingly, amidst his criminal pursuits, Billy the Kid had a fondness for playing croquet—an intriguing and lesser-known aspect of his life.
James Dean and his Porsche
He was the iconic Rebel Without a Cause, a Hollywood heartthrob who left an indelible mark on popular culture. Despite starring in just three films, James Dean’s impact is immense. This photograph captures him before embarking on a fateful drive that tragically claimed his life at the young age of 24. His vibrant smile reflected his zest for life, particularly his passion for fast cars, including his cherished “Little Bastard,” a Porsche 550 Spyder.