54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | January 7, 2024

A female Lockheed employee works on a P-38 Lightning, Burbank, CA, 1944 

When you look back at history there are moments that you can't help but feel like you've lived. Big, sweeping, epic moments that are etched in stone. But even more fascinating are the stories that exist between the bullet points. These jaw-dropping photos that tell the unknown stories are sure to amaze. Click ahead with fervor and plow through pictures and anecdotes about everything from World War II to Madonna, and even the early years of Walt Disney.

That's not all we have. There are eye-opening looks at Mother Nature, natural disasters, and indigenous people that you'd never see in your normal life. Keep some eye drops handy because there's a lot to learn and photos that will astound you. Onward! 

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Even before the attack on Pearl Harbor, companies like Lockheed were experimenting with allowing women into their factories in order to make up an increased need to support the Allied cause in Europe. Before the attack there were only a few thousand women in the industry and far less on the factory floors. However once the war began the aeronautics industry needed workers.

The increased need for wartime labor allowed women into the industry who never would have been there had there not been a horrific war. This jumpstarted concepts like daycare centers adjacent to factories and smaller manufacturing areas in towns where women weren’t used to traveling to the city. World War II was awful, but it’s that good ol’ American ingenuity that allows people to succeed in times of crisis. 

Barbara Walters, 1949.

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In the modern era Barbara Walters is considered one of the most foremost journalists of the 20th century. However in 1949 she was studying English at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York. She attended college until 1951 when she earned her B.A. and moved to New York City where she worked for an advertising agency until she was able to get a job at a local NBC affiliate.

By 1953 Walters was producing a children’s program called Ask the Camera. She continued to produce at NBC for a couple of years until moving to CBS in 1955 to write for The Morning Show. It would only take six more years for Walters to take a job at The Today Show.