Rare Views of Iconic Events And Places In History
We have all seen the iconic pictures of the Statue of Liberty, the Moon Landing, Mount Rushmore, and the Egyptian Pyramids. However, there is an unseen side to every well-known place and event in history. Some of the photos are just taken from a different angle, and some are taken from an area that we would never otherwise see. An unusual view of things, places, and historical events is now emerging on the internet. It's always fun to see other places and events from other perspectives.
A Man Standing On The First Cables During The Construction Of the Golden Gate Bridge
When the Golden Gate Bridge was being built, the men had to spin the cables from the concrete anchorage at one shore, up and over both towers, and onto the other anchorage. It took several back-and-forth trips to place the 27,575 wires that were in each cable.
Construction for the suspension bridge began in 1933 and ended in 1937. The cables were constructed extremely high in the sky, and this photo shows a man standing on the first cables.
Mount St. Helen's Eruption Seen From Yale Lake
We are all aware that Mount St. Helens experienced a magnitude 4.2 earthquake on March 20, 1980. Then, one week later, steam venting started, and on May 18, there was a second earthquake, which triggered a collapse of the northern flank of the mountain.
It resulted in the largest known debris avalanche in recorded history, which flattened vegetation and buildings over two hundred and thirty square miles. The mountain released more than 1.5 million metric tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. This photo shows the eruption from a different angle; it's a view from Yale Lake.
The Back Of The Great Sphinx Of Giza
Everyone has seen photos of the Great Sphinx of Giza, but unless you have been to Egypt, you most likely have never seen the back of the Sphinx's head.
It is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt and one of the most recognizable statues in the whole world. The Sphinx is a creature with the head of a man and the body of a lion, and because it has the body of a lion, it has a tail.
Apollo 11's Launch
Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969, and it was the first spaceflight to ever land humans on the Moon. The launch was watched by millions of people all around the world.
Some were even lucky enough to watch the launch in person. This photo shows the personnel in the Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center watching the space shuttle launch.
The Gateway Arch Before The Middle Of The Catenary Arch Was Put In Place
The Gateway Arch is six hundred and thirty feet tall and is the tallest arch in the world and the tallest accessible building in Missouri. The arch was designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen and was erected to celebrate St. Louis' central role in the westward expansion of the United States.
Most have seen the photos of the arch, but few have seen the photos of the Gateway Arch before the middle of the catenary arch was put in place in 1965.
Another Picture Of The Afghan Girl
The popular iconic photo of the Afghan Girl is often referred to as "the First World's Third World Mona Lisa." It is a photographic portrait of Sharbat Gula that was taken by photojournalist Steve McCurry in 1984.
When the photo was taken, Gula was a child living in a refugee camp in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. This photo is just another view of the Afghan Girl.
The Backside Of The Price Is Right Wheel
Most of us love the longtime game show The Price is Right, which was initially hosted by Bill Cullen. The show began airing in 1956 and has remained successful ever since.
In addition, it has been ranked by T.V. Guide as one of the greatest game shows ever and is aired in several other countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. We have seen the famous wheel, but this photo shows the backside of the wheel, something most of us have never seen.
The First Flight
Orville and Wilbur Wright made history in 1903 with the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Their flight made them household names. Not many have seen this photo, which was snapped just seconds after takeoff, making history.
Wilbur stated, "It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill." The Wright brothers made themselves the first true pilots.
Niagra Falls Without Water
Niagara Falls is a stunning place to visit and offers breathtaking views. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a temporary dam in order to conduct a survey on Niagara Falls.
However, they didn't expect to attract one hundred thousand people that wanted to see what the waterfalls looked like without water. The last time the Falls were exposed was in March 1848, when an ice jam from Lake Erie stopped the Niagara Falls.
Manhattan Bridge Under Construction
This photo is from the roof of the Robert Gair Building in 1909. It is of the Manhattan Bridge while under construction. It is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, with a total length of just over two thousand miles
The first temporary wire between the bridge's two towers was actually strung in June 1908, and the Manhattan Bridge was opened to traffic on December 31, 1909.
Close-Up Of The Capitol Building's Rotunda
The Rotunda is a domed room that is located in the center of the U.S. Capitol. The Rotunda's ceiling was painted in 1865 by Italian-American painter Constantino Brumidi.
Liberty and Victory inspired his painting, and it is suspended one hundred and eighty feet above the floor and is called The Apotheosis of Washington. This photo is a rare, up-close look at the stunning Rotunda.
The Pyramid At The Musee Du Louvre From A Brand New Angle
The Louvre Pyramid is a landmark of Paris, and it was completed in 1988. It was designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei.
He also designed the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery of Art's East Wing in Washington, D.C. The pyramid is a large glass and metal structure, and this photo shows a different angle from the inside of the pyramid.
The Shadow Of Mr. Fuji
Mt. Fuji is more than twelve thousand feet high and is often obscured by low-hanging clouds or fog. The mountain is an inconvenient location for photographers.
However, on a clear day, a photographer managed to capture a beautiful picture of its shadow and the view from the top. They managed to capture the shot of the mountain's shadow at sunrise, which was a perfectly triangular shadow stretching out toward the horizon.
The Gates of Heaven In Bali, Often Seen Online With A Reflecting Pool Digitally Added To The Foreground
The Gates of Heaven is located on Mount Lempuyang in Bali and is a famous Hindu temple that everyone has seen in pictures. However, the photos we see of tourists posing by a beautiful mirror-like lake do not actually reflect reality.
In fact, the reflection we see in the pictures is a photography trick, but this photo shows what the area surrounding the structure actually looks like in real life.
Charles Ebbets Shooting His Famous Photograph, "Lunch Atop A Skyscraper," While Sitting On The 69th Floor Of The GE Building
Charles Ebbets is the famous photographer that took the iconic photo, "Lunch Atop A Skyscraper." We have all seen the photo that he took but what most of us haven't seen is Ebbets taking the photo. He took the photo while perched on the 69th floor of the GE building. The photo was taken in 1932 and is of eleven ironworkers sitting on a steel beam eight hundred and fifty feet above the ground.
Johnston said, "There's the incongruity between the action, lunch, and the place, 800 feet in the air, and that these guys are so casual about it. It's visceral: I've had people tell me they have trouble looking at it out of fear of heights. And these men, you feel you get a very strong sense of their characters through their expressions, clothes, and poses."
The Pyramids Of Giza Are Located Only 11 Miles Away From Cairo
The Pyramids of Giza always look like they are located in the middle of the desert and hundreds of miles away from civilization. However, the pyramids actually sit only eleven miles southwest of downtown Cairo and can be visited in just fifteen minutes.
The pyramids are surrounded by roads and neighborhoods. They look remote because they sit on a limestone plateau and are at a higher elevation, but the Great Sphinx is only a quarter-mile from Pizza Hut.
Mount Fuji Seen From The International Space Station
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and is a one-hundred-thousand-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have seen all different types of pictures of the mountain, but this photo shows what it looks like from the International Space Station.
The mountain has great cultural importance in Japan as a hallowed mountain in the Shinto religion, and Pilgrims have climbed the mountain as a devotional practice for centuries.
The Capture Of Saddam Hussein
Nine months after the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, on December 13, 2003, American forces captured Saddam Hussein. They captured him in a farmhouse near Tikrit.
There were many images of a rough-looking Hussein post-capture that made headlines around the world. However, the captured photo was rarely seen. This photo shows an American translator known as Samir holding Hussein to the ground just after U.S. forces discovered him.
The Film Crew Of Elf Used Forced Perspective To Make Will Ferrell Seem Larger Than The Other Elves
Will Farrell stars in the film Elf and in many scenes, he needs to look larger than the other elves. In order to accomplish this, the crew used a technique that manipulates our visual perception through the use of scaled objects.
The North Pole set was built on a two-thirds scale to ensure every object in the scenes with Buddy looked too small for him. For some scenes, Ferrell was placed on cleverly concealed platforms.
Mount Rushmore Before The Presidents Were Carved In, It Was Called Six Grandfathers At this Point
Mount Rushmore is a huge tourist attraction in South Dakota. Before it was known as Mount Rushmore, the granite formation in the Black Hills was called ‘The Six Grandfathers’ by the Lakota people.
Originally, the mountain was going to include figures relevant to the Dakotas, such as Shoshone explorer Sacagawea and Lakota leaders Red Cloud and Crazy Horse. It was supposed to include six figures, but it ended up including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Mechanical Shark Used On Spielberg's Jaws
The famous film Jaws is about a killer shark. In order to create the illusion of a real-life shark, a twenty-five-foot-long animatronic shark named 'Bruce' was used. They used mixed footage of the animatronic shark and real-life footage.
However, the shark isn’t seen a lot because it malfunctioned for the majority of the shoot. The mechanical shark was a menace, and it almost killed the production. When making 'Bruce,' Alves said, "I interviewed a number of effects people, and I got basically the same sort of reaction. This isn't going to work. A full-size, mechanical shark had never been created before."
A More Realistic View Of The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum, and it is located in Agra, India. It was commissioned as the final resting place for emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction on the site began in 1632 and was finished in 1648.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Typically, when we see photos of the site, we see the ivory-white marble mausoleum shot from a different angle. It’s not usually shot from this angle; viewed from the Northern bank of the Yamuna River.
Sunset From Space
Sunrises and sunsets are beautiful from Earth, with colors of pink, yellow, and orange hues. A view very few get to see is the sunset from space.
The astronauts on the ISS see sixteen sunrises and sunsets every day because of their high orbital velocity. A photo of a sunset from space looks like a line of billy clouds soaked in red and orange sunlight behind the dark shape of night.
The Models For American Gothic
American Gothic is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood, and it is one of the most familiar images of 20th-century American art. The painting depicts a farmer standing beside his daughter. Wood was inspired to paint a house in Eldon, Iowa, along with the people he imagined would live there.
The figures were modeled by Wood’s sister Nan Wood Graham and their dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby. When asked about his painting, Wood stated, "There is satire in it, but only as there is satire in any realistic statement. These are the types of people I have known all my life. I tried to Characterize them truthfully, to make them more like themselves than they were in actual life."
Crowds At The Woodstock Music Festival
Woodstock in 1969 was a music festival that is regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. The festival organizers predicted no more than fifty thousand people would attend the event; however, more than four hundred thousand people showed up.
Woodstock began as a ticketed festival but ended up as a free event for thousands of people. The festival was a massive mud pit, and there was a lack of food and clean drinking water. In fact, Sullivan County declared the festival a state of emergency. This photo shows just how many people were at Woodstock in 1969.
The Bomb, From The Ground
We have seen many photos of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, but few of us have seen the bombings from the ground. The aerial photos don't capture the blasts' terrifying scope of those on the ground at the time.
The photo of the atomic cloud rising over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, is so devastating as that blast would soon kill at least seventy-five thousand people. It's sometimes disturbing to see events from a different angle.
Wilbur Wright Flies Around The Statue Of Liberty
The Wright Brothers were invited by the US Navy to perform a flyby alongside their naval vessels as part of the 300th New York Hudson-Fulton Celebrations. In 1909, Wilbur Wright made a twenty-mile flight up the Hudson River in thirty-three minutes in front of more than a million New Yorkers.
He was contracted for fifteen thousand dollars to make a series of flights during the celebration. He made a seven-minute flight around the Statue of Liberty, and this rare photo shows the event.
The Inside Of King Tut's Tomb
King Tut's tomb was discovered in 1922 underneath the remains of workmen's huts built during the Ramesside Period. His tomb is located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Most of us have seen the pictures of his mask that were found inside his tomb, but this photo shows what the inside of his tomb looks like.
The tomb unveiled new archaeological mysteries even as it solved others. This photo shows Howard Carter examining the remains after the excavation.
Aurora Borealis Seen From The International Space Station
Seeing the Aurora Borealis is an amazingly beautiful site, but these colorful lights can also be seen from space. The photos showing the lights from space were taken by the crew onboard the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Bob Hines said, "Absolutely spectacular aurora today! Thankful for the recent solar activity resulting in these wonderful sights."
Aerial View Of Central Park, New York
Central Park in New York City is the fifth-largest park in the city and covers eight hundred and forty-three acres. It is the most visited park in the United States and has about forty-two million visitors every year.
Many people have seen and been to Central Park, which is located between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan. This rare photo shows what the park looks like from the sky.
Marilyn Monroe Filming The Iconic Subway Grate Scene In The Seven Year Itch
Everyone has seen the iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe in the white dress, standing over a subway grate. This photo shows the crew filming the famous scene, which produced one of the most iconic images of the 20th century.
However, behind the scenes, there was some drama. Monroe's husband (Joe DiMaggio) did not approve of the scene being so public. In fact, Monroe filed for divorce from DiMaggio after a violent fight at their hotel after the shoot.
What Mt. Rushmore Was Supposed To Look Like
Mt. Rushmore was actually supposed to look much different than what it looks like today. The original sculpture was planned to feature not only the presidents' heads but also their bodies.
However, there was insufficient funding, which meant the carving of the sculpture was forced to end in 1941 before they had completed it. So, Mt. Rushmore resulted in being just the presidents' heads.
The Backside Of The Hoover Dam Before Lake Mead Was Filled
Hoover Dam is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It was constructed during the Great Depression, and this photo shows the backside of the dam before Lake Mead was filled.
The four structures in front of it are water intake towers. Most of us have either been to the Hoover Dam or seen plenty of pictures of it, but very few have seen what the dam looks like without the water.
Neil Armstrong's Family Watching Him Launch To The Moon
We have all seen photos of Neil Armstrong on the Moon and his space shuttle taking off. Although, not many have seen the photos of Neil Armstrong's family watching him launch to the Moon. Armstrong became the first person to ever walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
He was part of the Apollo 11 mission, was the commander, and went up into space with Buzz Aldrin. The mission ended up lasting eight days, three hours, eighteen minutes, and thirty-five seconds.
The Back Of Cinderella's Castle
What child, or parent, doesn't want to go to Disney World and see the famous Cinderella castle? The back of Cinderella's castle is not flat like many think it is; in fact, it looks just as stunning as its front. The castle was completed in 1971, after taking eighteen months to build.
It is one hundred and eighty-nine feet tall and is the flagship attraction for Magic Kingdom. In addition, Cinderella's castle is the main symbol of The Walt Disney Company.
Barcelona As Seen From Above
Barcelona, Spain, is different from other cities because it was an intentional city constructed by central planners. The city is very tidy and symmetrical, with the beautiful La Sagrada Familia cathedral.
This photo shows what the city looks like from above, which is geometric images of the Spanish city's buildings. The city is beautiful from the ground, but it is amazing from the sky.
Inside The Hindenburg's Dining Room
The LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German commercial airship that flew for just over a year when it was destroyed by fire in a horrible accident. We have seen several photos of the Hindenburg, but few have seen what the inside of the ship looked like.
The upper deck of the airship contained small passenger quarters, a lounge, a control room, and a dining room. The lower deck consisted of washrooms, a smoking room, and a mess hall for the crew.
The Chicago Skyline Seen From Indiana
Chicago is comprised of tall buildings that make up a beautiful skyline. An interesting fact that most people don't know is that from Porter, Indiana, you can see the Chicago skyline.
With the right conditions, from Porter Beach to the Indiana Dunes National Park, you can see the Chicago skyline, which is fifty miles away. The best time to see it is when it's clear, and the setting sun illuminates the cityscape.
The Basement Beneath The Lincoln Memorial
The basement of the Lincoln Memorial is called The Undercroft, and it was originally created just as part of the supporting structure of the building. The National Park Service offered tours at one time but has since closed The Undercroft to the public.
Most have never seen the basement, which is a forty-three thousand eight hundred-square-foot basement with amazing architecture. Construction on the building started in 1914 on the Potomac Flats.
Traffic Jam Near The Brandenburg Gate As East Germans Move Into West Berlin After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall
Travel has always been open between East and West Berlin. However, in 1961, the Berlin Wall was built. When the Berlin Wall fell on November 11, 1989, thousands of East Germans drove to the other side of the city.
All of the traffic caused a heavy traffic jam by the Brandenburg Gate, which this photo shows. This rare photo shows just how much traffic there really was.
Neil Armstrong Just After The Moon Landing
On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history when he became the first man to walk on the moon. We have seen many photos of the moonwalk with Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface.
This photo is less known and shows Armstrong back in the module right after making history, with the whole story written right there across his face. Everyone knows the phrase, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Lincoln On The Battlefield
There are many pictures of Abraham Lincoln, but the majority of them are either painted portraits or a small group of studio shots by photographer Matthew Brady. That makes this photo quite rare because it shows Lincoln out in the real world and actually on the battlefield.
He is on the battlefield at Antietam, Maryland, with Allan Pinkerton and Major General John A. McClernand. He was there to visit with wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate, and quiz his generals.
D-Day, Through The Soldiers' Eyes
June 6, 1944, was known as D-Day or the Normandy invasion. During World War II, the camera was very common, but a lot of the photos show a distant survey of the battle scene. This photo brings the event to life because it offers the perspective of Allied soldiers about to storm the beaches and make history. Things look a little different when you see what the soldiers saw that day.
One soldier stated, "The noise of war does more than deafen you. It's worse than shock, more physical than something thumping against your chest. It pounds your bones, rumbling through your organs, counter-beating your heart. Your skull vibrates. You feel the noise as if it's inside you, a demonic parasite pushing at every inch of skin to get out."
Unboxing The Statue Of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was built by human hands, and it was shipped from France to the United States in two hundred and fourteen crates. The statue had an assembly cost of about ten million dollars after it arrived on June 17, 1885.
We have all seen the Statue of Liberty in photos, and some have seen her in person, but few have seen the pieces as they were unboxed. This photo shows the statue's face right after it was removed from its crate.
The San Francisco Earthquake Of 1906
In 1906, there was a massive earthquake in San Francisco, which caused more deaths than in Pearl Harbor. The earthquake remains the second deadliest disaster in U.S. history. The quake started on the morning of April 18, and when it ended, ninety percent of the city had been leveled.
The disaster left two hundred and twenty-five thousand people homeless and at least three thousand dead. This image is a lesser-known photo and shows some of the ten billion dollars in destruction.
Hitler Declares War On The U.S.
You would think that the photo from the moment Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States would be more widely known. He declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941.
However, the photo isn't well-known and it provides a portrait of Nazi pageantry and a scene of spectacle when Hitler addressed the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House in Berlin. The photo shows a huge moment in history.
Statue Of David Michelangelo Encased In Bricks To Prevent Damage From Bombs During WWII
Michelangelo's David was entombed in brick to protect it from bombs in 1943, during World War II. It is a seventeen-foot marble statue of the Biblical figure David, and it was encased for more than two years until it was safe again.
When they removed its protection, Deane Keller said, "The bright spot yesterday was seeing Michelangelo's David at length divested of its air-raid protection. It was dusty and dirty, but it was a great thrill."
John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln on April 15, 1865. Lincoln was shot to death just six days after the surrender at Appomattox, which ultimately ended the Civil War.
Then, four days later, on April 19, the nation mourned the beloved president as funeral marchers made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. This photo shows just how many people were there the day of Lincoln's funeral.
Eifel Tower Being Built
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower in Paris, France. The tower was constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the centerpiece of the 1889 World's Fair but has become a global cultural icon of France.
Photos of the Eiffel Tower are iconic, but this photo reveals a rare glimpse of the tower under construction. This photo is fifteen months into the process and still nine months away from completion.