Perspective-Altering Historical Photographs that You Probably Forgot About

By Sophia Maddox | March 3, 2024

Michael Rockefeller's Last Supper, Was the Wealthy Heir Eaten by Cannibals? 

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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Nelson Rockefeller's youngest son was a free spirit seeking adventure. (google)

Michael Rockefeller, the youngest son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller and great-grandson of the business tycoon and uber-wealthy John D. Rockefeller, didn’t have a passion for business like his famous family. Described as artistic and a free spirit, Michael Rockefeller was an adventurer. In the 1960s, he set off on worldwide quests to acquire primitive art. His travels led him to Papua New Guinea, which was then known as Dutch New Guinea so he could view the artwork of the indigenous Asmat people. He found the tribe to be very primitive with strange rituals and practices that were far different than those in the Western world. Intrigued, Rockefeller made a return trip in 1961, this time accompanied by a Dutch anthropologist. On approach to the island, the boat capsized, and Rockefeller tried to swim to shore. He was never seen again. Although his official cause of death was listed as drowning, rumors have circulated that he reached shore and was taken prisoner by the cannibalistic tribe who made Rockefeller their next meal. 

Noted biologist Alice Eastwood inspecting the fault fissure left behind near Olema, California, after the 1906 earthquake rattled the San Andreas Fault.

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The 1906 earthquake offered a chance for all kinds of scientists to study the seismic event. (Wikipedia)

The epicenter of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was actually north of the city near the sparsely populated, Olema, California. As this photograph from the time shows, the fault fissure was clearly visible. It ran for miles. This allowed scientists to study the fault line, even scientists from other disciplines. In this photo, Canadian-born botanist Alice Eastwood is observing the damage. Eastwood, a self-educated botanist, was the head of the botany department at the California Academy of Sciences at the time of the 1906 earthquake. She remained in this position until she retired in 1949. During her tenure, the department enjoyed tremendous growth.