The phrase “picture instead of a thousand words” invented American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane in 1911. It is a simple combination of words that is suitable to many aspects of our lives – but especially to historical photographs. Sometimes a simple picture can tell a lot more about the past than long articles and chronicles.
All the photos in this issue tell their stories about famous people or events of the past. Once these images do to capture the present, and now they are the messengers of the past. Many years later the picture become cult when the public understands their importance and historical context. Perhaps photos of wars, poverty, the struggle for freedom and the small wonders of the past will help us learn something in the future?
1. A woman with a baby carriage, equipped against gas attacks. England, 1938.
2. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885.
3. Elvis in the Army, 1958.
4. Animals are means baby care, 1956.
5. Testing new bullet proof vests, 1923.
6. Charlie Chaplin at age 27, in 1916.
7. The collapse of the airship “Hindenburg”, May 6, 1937.
8. Circus hippo, harnessed to a cart, 1924.
9. Annette Kellerman action for women to wear tight-fitting swimsuit piecework in 1907. Then she was arrested for obscenity.
10. Annie Edson Taylor – the first one who survived, breaking the Niagara Falls in a barrel, in 1901 (she was 63 years old!).
11. 106-year-old Armenian woman guards the house in 1990.
12. Children’s cells to a child living in an apartment, getting enough sunlight and fresh air, ca. 1937.
13. The first Ronald McDonald in 1963.
14. Cafeteria workers Disneyland in 1961.
15. Advertise atebrina – antimalarial drugs – in Papua – New Guinea during the Second World War. The inscription on the sign: “These guys do not take your atebrin.”
16. Soldier of banana split with a goat in the war on Saipan, ca. 1944.
17. Girl with a doll in the ruins of his home after the bombing of London in 1940.
18. Construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
19. The unknown soldier in Vietnam in 1965. “War is hell -“.
20. Bookshops in London, which was destroyed by bombardment in 1940.
21. Walter Io – one of the first who went plastic surgery and skin grafts, 1917.
22. Automatic Sun, 1949.
23. Measuring the length of a bathing suit – if it is too short a woman fined, 1920th.
24. Martin Luther King Jr. and his son removed the burnt cross from the lawn of his home in 1960.
25. The hotel owner pours acid into the pool, where swim blacks, ca. 1964.
26. Lifeguard on the beach, 1920s.
27. Prostheses, United Kingdom, ca. 1890.
28. Mother and son looking at the mushroom cloud after a nuclear test in Las Vegas in 1953.
29. The mother hides her face in shame. To be ashamed of, many things: she has just put up their children for sale.
30. Austrian boy just got new shoes as a gift. The picture was taken during the Second World War.
31. The officers and cadets from the army of Hitler celebrating Christmas, 1941.
32. Christmas dinner in the Great Depression: turnip and cabbage.
33. This Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927.
34. Last inmates leave Alcatraz, 1963.
35. Melted and damaged pieces after a fire at Madame Tussauds in London in 1930.
36. Chimpanzees after a successful flight into space in 1961.
37. Poured illegal alcohol during Prohibition in Detroit in 1929.
38. Students at Princeton University, after the battle of snowballs between freshmen and sophomores in 1893.
39. Suicide in style 23-year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landed on one of the limousine UN staff in 1947.
40. The first morning after Sweden changed from left-hand to right-hand traffic, 1967.