54 Images with Untold Stories Through The Years

By Sophia Maddox | April 7, 2024

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

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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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. 

A boy reading in a destroyed bookshop in London, after a night of heavy bombing. October 1940

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At the onset of World War II the United Kingdom bore the brunt of the German army, enduring thousands of bombing runs throughout the summer and autumn of 1940. The Nazis attacked military targets just as harshly as they hit normal pillars of regular life. They went after civilian areas and between July and December 1940 about 23,000 British civilians lost their lives.

The people of England did their best to maintain a normal life, but for many people that meant going underground to bomb shelters for days at a time only to return to their favorite places completely blown out. Bombing raids continued throughout the war, making a scene like this unfortunately common place.