There are some photos that just share the impact of our history without needing any worlds to describe them. They are powerful, breath-taking, and everyone understands them entirely differently. It is encouraging to see how important these photos are to everyone, still, even years later. I guess in these examples, we can see how a photo is still worth a thousand words, and then some. Here are some of the must-sees to see how much history has affected us in good and bad ways.
1. Repainting the face of Boston’s Custom House for the 1976 bicentennial celebrations.
2. Bill Murray looking coy at Elvis’ funeral in 1977.
3. A newsboy selling papers in Wilmington, Delaware in 1910.
4. A girl being carried away by police at the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium in 1965. The emotion was just too much for her to handle.
5. At the American Painting Factory, artists were hired to create portraits of war heroes for LIFE Magazine. This was in 1942.
6. Audrey Hepburn taking a smoke break, sometime in the fifties.
7. The Ingenues, an all-girl band and vaudeville act, serenade the cows at the University of Wisconsin. The performance was part of a 1930 experiment to see whether music boosted the cows’ milk production.
8. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a press conference in Birmingham, Alabama.
9. Sparrowhawk hangs from the USS Macon, the Navy’s last flying aircraft carrier.
10. Eleanor Roosevelt meeting the Democratic party mascot.
11. San Francisco during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.