54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | December 3, 2023

14-year-old Princess Elizabeth in 1940.

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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It seems as if Queen Elizabeth has been leading Great Britain forever, but there was a time when she was just a teenage girl, living as the heir presumptive to the throne. As a girl Elizabeth regularly staged pantomimes at Christmas in order to raise money for the Queen’s Wool Fund, a serve that paid for the yarn that formed military garments.

In 1940 Elizabeth gave her first radio broadcast during the BBC's Children's Hour. During the show she spoke directly to the children who were evacuated from London because of the blitzkrieg. In this address she said:

We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well.

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.