Perspective-Altering Historical Photographs that You Probably Forgot About

By Sophia Maddox | May 5, 2024

Bob Dylan, singer, New York, February 10, 1965.

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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1965 was a watermark in the life of Bob Dylan. Not only did he go electric, but he released the cue card laden video for Subterranean Homesick Blues. That year Dylan headlined the Newport Folk Festival with his first live electric set where he only played three songs. Supposedly the audience, who was prepped for a more folkie Dylan, booed the mere existence of an electric guitar.

’65 was a year when Dylan was writing and performing and the peak of his artistry, and he spent much of his time writing and recording an overwhelming amount of music. By the end of ’65 Dylan was exhausted with the media attention he received for being the nation’s poet and after a mysterious motorcycle incident he disappeared from the public eye and didn’t tour again for eight years. 

Colorized photo of an 11-year-old coal miner in 1908. 

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With the coal industry booming in the late 19th century, corporations were looking for as much cheap labor as possible. At the time there were no laws against hiring children, so if they could hold a pickaxe or shovel then they were put to work digging in the mines. By 1910 there were near 2 million children working in the coal mines, but as the NCLC sent photographers around to capture young tipple boys like this the photos began circulating and people were outraged.

It took a few years before labor laws were enacted, but but 1916 the Child Labor Act was put in place and minimum age requirements were enacted and maximum shift lengths were put in place for young workers.