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Fascinating Images from the Past You Wont Find in Any History Textbook

Among the multitude of photographs we have inherited from the past, there are those that have entire life stories behind them. They are silent witnesses to the events and the atmosphere of another era now lost forever.

We at Creative Ideas put together a selection of photographs of this kind. We can’t build a time machine, but with fascinating and revealing images like these, there’s really no need.

’Marilyn Monroe’, date unknown.

Yuri Gagarin and Gina Lollobrigida. Moscow, 1961.

Colonel Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, hand-to-hand combat expert in the US Marine Corps, 1943. He’s known for ordering trainee Marines to attempt to kill him with bayonets, and disarming them all.

A domesticated koala drinks from a spoon. Australia, about 1900. Photo by F. Davey.

A couple of rich kids, date unknown.

The first match of Real vs Barcelona, 1929.

The smallest shop in history: it was only 1.2 m² in area. London, around 1900.

A portrait of a native American, 1926.

Mermaids on the set of ’Peter Pan’, 1924.

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger on a train, 1967.

The legendary Harry Houdini before performing his famous escape act, 1899.

Frida Kahlo wearing a man’s suit, 1926.

The morning when Sweden introduced a new law to drive on the right instead of the left, 1967.

Back care with a bear massage. Romania, 1940.

A typical day in Santa Claus school, 1961.

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