Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By Sophia Maddox | September 8, 2023

Things aren’t always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

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The train conductor was behind schedule so he had increased the train's speed before the crash. (

Someone forgot to hit the brakes. Literally. When the Granville-Paris Express came roaring into the Gare Montparnasse station, the conductor had the train going too fast and he failed to apply the brakes. The train crashed through the station and plowed through the back wall to dangle above the street. Miraculously, none of the passengers or crew on the train were severely injured but, sadly, one innocent person the street below was killed by falling bricks. The train hung from the building for a few days, giving plenty of time for folks to flock to the scene with their cameras for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opp. 

A dark moment in U.S. history, Japanese-Americans, like these college students in 1942, were held in internment camps during World War II. 

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It didn't matter if they were college students, like these boys, business owners, or families, Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps. (twitter)

In the days following the 1941 surprise attack by Japanese bombers on Pearl Harbor, the United States War Department feared that the Japanese may have infiltrated the country. Officials were concerned that Japanese Americans, sympathetic to the cause, they spy on the U.S. or plan further attacks on U.S. soil. The solution was to round up Japanese Americans and hold them in internment camps. The majority of Japanese Americans lived on the west coast, therefore camps were established in California, Washington, Oregon, and other locations. With just a few days to pack and settle their affairs, thousands of Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps to wait out the war.