History Uncovered: 54 Stories Behind the Images

By Sophia Maddox | April 4, 2024

Barbara Walters, 1949.

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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In the modern era Barbara Walters is considered one of the most foremost journalists of the 20th century. However in 1949 she was studying English at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York. She attended college until 1951 when she earned her B.A. and moved to New York City where she worked for an advertising agency until she was able to get a job at a local NBC affiliate.

By 1953 Walters was producing a children’s program called Ask the Camera. She continued to produce at NBC for a couple of years until moving to CBS in 1955 to write for The Morning Show. It would only take six more years for Walters to take a job at The Today Show. 

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.