62 Rare Historical Photos

By | December 14, 2021

Often our knowledge and perceptions of the past are challenged, especially as rare photos finally reach the surface. We discover new things about political figures, icons of popular culture, and even gain insights into old practices and important historical events… 

Pictured here is Walt Disney when he unveiled his plans for Disneyland on national television, October 27, 1954. He showed this early rendering of the park during the premiere of "Disneyland" the television show. Opening day was less than a year later, July 17, 1955. 

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Colorized picture of Walt Disney proudly showing a map of his first theme park called "Disneyland" [1955].

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Disneyland was the first of two theme parks that were built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and it’s the only theme park that was both designed and built under Walt Disney’s direct supervision. 

After visiting a string of amusement parks with his daughters back in the 1930s and 1940s, Walt decided he wanted to create his own. His initial vision was to build his attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank. But he figured, go big or go home, and went with purchasing 160-acres and began construction in 1954. 

Charles Bronson and wife Jill Ireland (1971)

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Pictured here is actor Charles Bronson and his wife, actress Jill Ireland. The photo was taken back in 1971 in Santa Monica, California. In addition to starring in their own successful pictures, the glamorous couple co-starred in fifteen films together. She once joked, "I'm in so many Charles Bronson films because no other actress will work with him."

Ireland was Bronson’s second wife, his first was Harriet Tendler, they had two children together before divorcing in 1965. He married Ireland in October of 1968 and they stayed together until her death in 1990. Ireland died of breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California. Bronson had her cremated and put her ashes in one of his canes– which he was later buried with.