50 Rare Historical Photos That Will Leave You Speechless, You Do NOT Want To Miss These!

One of the most famous subjects for a historical photo, Times Square has been called the Crossroads of the World. That name might be more accurate because Times Square isn’t even a square. It’s more of an intersection, encompassing the area where Broadway crosses over Seventh Avenue, from 42nd to 45th St. This historical photo, looking northward from 45th St., shows the classic bright lights of Times Square, an ongoing illumination of the city since the first electrified advertisement in 1904. 

Times Square was originally called Longacre Square but gets its name from the old New York Times building, a tower at 1475 Broadway which served as the headquarters of the Times from 1904-1912. It has always been a gathering place since before it hosted the first New Year’s Eve ball drop in 1907. Uncover the secrets of the famous “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” photo taken in 1932.

Russia suffered through two wars between 1914 and 1920—World War I and then the Russian Civil Wars which followed the Russian Revolution. The resulting economic chaos was exacerbated by a drought in early 1921 and a severe famine fell upon the country, particularly in the areas surrounding the Volga and Ural rivers, the regions pictured in this historical photo. Some five million people are thought to have died, but many were saved by the efforts of the American Relief Administration, which Herbert Hoover had set up to help the many starving peoples of Europe after the devastation caused by WWI.

Stone Mountain, in northern Georgia, is many things: a beautiful geological formation, the largest memorial to the Confederacy in the United States, a park and tourist attraction, and the site where the second iteration of the Ku Klux Klan held their inaugural meeting in 1915. 

Klan membership grew throughout the 1920s, declining in the latter half of the decade after the leader of the Indiana KKK, D.C. Stephenson, was convicted of the horrific murder of a local White woman, Madge Oberholtzer. Martin Luther King Jr. invoked Stone Mountain as a symbol of these White supremacist movements in his famous speech “I Have a Dream,” which features the line “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.” There is an ongoing debate in Georgia as to whether the park should remove the memorial, which many see as glorifying racism and hate.

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