54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | December 17, 2023

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." The legendary abolitionist and visionary Harriet Tubman in her later years, 1911.

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’s impossible to distill the life and work of Harriet Tubman into a few paragraphs. Born into slavery in 1820, Tubman escaped to freedom from Maryland in 1849 and began risking her life to help hundreds of people break away from slavery and the plantation system through a series of safehouses across the North. 

When she wasn’t helping slaves escape she was working as a cook and nurse for the Union Army. She even spied for the North during the war. After the war Tubman lived outside of Auburn, New York on a plot of land once owned by abolitionist Senator William H. Seward. This is where Tubman spent her final days with her friends and family. 

A man browsing for books in Cincinnati's old main library. The library was demolished in 1955.

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From 1875 to 1955 one of the most beautiful structures ever created stood in Cincinnati, the old Public library. It had cast iron book alcoves, spiral staircases, checker marble floors, and an honest to goodness skylight - it’s exactly the kind of place a bookworm would want to cozy up and read until closing time. You could probably even find a place to hide so you could stay overnight. 

Unfortunately, the funeral bells of time came for the old main. In 1955 Cincinnati constructed a newer building (boo!) a few blocks away and unceremoniously demolished this classic building, completely undoing a beautiful piece of literary history.