Attention history teachers everywhere: If you want to wake those sleeping kids, show them these 15 rare photos from the past. Yes, they could get a thousand words from the textbook, but wouldn’t you rather engage them with these historical photos?
1.) Einstein at Nassau Point, Long Island, New York in the summer of 1939.
2.) The unbroken seal On Tutankhamen’s Tomb, 1922 (3,245 years untouched).
3.) A utility worker giving mouth-to-mouth to a co-worker after he contacted a high voltage wire in 1967.
4.) He stood alone, refusing to join the Nazi salute in 1936.
5.) Sweden switched to driving on the right side of the road in 1967. This was the result on the first morning.
6.) This Austrian boy got a new pair of shoes in World War II.
7.) A random but poignant soldier in Vietnam, 1965.
8.) 106-year-old Armenian woman guards her home in 1990.
9.) Animals used to be involved in medical therapy as early as 1956.
10.) Women were not allowed to run the Boston Marathon in 1967. Kathrine Switzer dodged that rule, and became the first woman to finish despite organizers trying to stop her.
11.) The last known photo of the Titanic.
12.) Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory with his “Magnifying Transmitter.”
13.) A Catholic woman and her protestant husband laid to rest in Holland, 1888.
14.) Painting the Eiffel Tower, 1932.
15.) A grotto in an iceberg seen during the British Antarctic Expedition, January 5, 1911.
These shots humanize history for everyone. They also shockingly remind us that they only took place a short time ago. So teach your kids about these moments, and make sure they’re not forgotten. Younger generations will thank you later.