15 Rare Photos That Have Just Been Declassified

The world of photographs helps us see the world in new ways. Here are some of the photographs that have helped change the way we all view the world.

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1. An Arial View of Flowers After Princess Di’s Death
When Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash, thousands of admirers choose to leave flowers outside the walls of Buckingham Palace.

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2. Soldiers Coming Home After WWII
The enormous numbers of American soldiers who answered the call to defend Europe can be seen here as they return home by boat.

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3. A Parisian Model Poses in 1920
The changing styles of women’s clothing are on display here as a model shows off her shorter skirts and painted lips in the heart of the fashion world.

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4. Teens Cram Into a Photo Booth
One crazy fad that swept the nation in the 1950’s. Today, phone booths are just as rare as these photographs.

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5. A Cameraman On Top a Racing Car
The term close-up takes on new meaning as this cameraman demonstrates this while atop this racing car.

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6. Surf’s Up In This Photograph
One teacher demonstrates the new art of surfing to his class as he teaches them the physics behind the waves.

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7. Dorothy Hamill Wins Gold
Skater Dorothy Hamill on the podium after she wins the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. These Olympics were one of the first to be fully televised in color, allowing people all over the United States to follow the action each day via satellite for the time.

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8. Women at the Beach Smile For the Camera
This photograph, taken in 1928, demonstrates just much bathing suits have changed since then. This photograph shows women wearing bathing suits that would have been scandalous back then as they reveal their ankles, knees and their entire arms for the camera and other people to see.

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9. Little German Kids Build a Wall
The Cold War was at its height in 1961 when this picture was taken. During that time, the Soviets built a wall that divided Berlin in two. Residents of one area were unable to cross over into the other side of the city. These two children build a wall of their own. The wall would not be torn down for nearly another thirty years when the Soviets finally agreed to public pressure and allowed it to fall.

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10. An Amazing Library From the Past
As this rare photograph, taken in 1874, shows, storage of books has always been an issue. The solution back then was to stack the books in great heights and build a system of staircases so people could reach them. Today, many such works are stored digitally, allowing libraries to become more compact.

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11. A Little Girl and Her Pet Alligator
In a demonstration of how times really have changed when it comes to many child rearing practices, this young girl has harnessed her pet alligator to her cart. Very few parents today would allow her to go near an alligator at all.

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12. An 1890 Stockholm Phone Tower
One can see how much telephone technology has advanced in this photograph. Wires stream from all parts of the tower just to enable the residents of Stockholm to communicate with each other back then.

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13. The Golden Gate Bridge Being Created
Here we can see how the iconic Golden Gate was created in the 1930’s before it opened for traffic.

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14. Soviet Union Statue Circa 1924
A statue of workers is shown here during the height of the Russian Revolution. Such statues would later be torn down when the U.S.S.R. fell.

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15. Woodstock Crowds
The world’s most famous music festival took place in 1969. Here, the enormous crowds that gathered during the festival can be seen. The three day event helped shape music history and the history of the United States as well.