54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | October 22, 2023

The Duke of York (later to be King George VI) looks thrilled to be on a slide at the Wembley Exhibition in 1925.

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. Onward! 

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The Duke of York had it pretty tough for a member of the monarchy, not only did he have a terrible stammer, but he really didn’t fair well with going down slides. Just look at this face of dissatisfaction. His stern demeanor likely stems from the fact that the speech he gave at the Wembley Exhibition took him hours to get through because of his speech impediment.

Even though many of his speeches from the war survive, his pre-reign speeches have either been destroyed or hidden. They’re legendarily bad, but the guy couldn’t help it. Once he hired speech therapist Lionel Logue he made it through his impediment and began giving grand speeches to all who’d listen. 

A group of young shoe shiners gather around a Civil War veteran to hear his tales in Pennsylvania, 1935.

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Gone are the days of the shoe shine. When you could walk down the street and find any young man with a box and a rag who could make your shoes look as good as new. In the 1930s, boot blacks were in most urban areas, and at that time there was also a confluence of the old world meeting with the new world. Holdovers from the 19th century were still hanging out and telling stories about the last half of the 1800s.

It must have been an amazing time for a young boy to be earning a wage as a boot black. Not only were stories of the old world afoot, but the world was changing at a major rate.