Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than You Already Know

By Sophia Maddox | May 31, 2023

18th century carved door in Germany with incredible workmanship

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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Woodworking has long been an important part of daily life whether someone was a serf or royalty. After all, we all need doors. By the 18th century woodworking had developed long beyond simply creating a stop between the a person and the elements, and they artisans put long hours into crafting beautiful pieces of furniture that could serve as pieces of art as well as a guard from the outdoors. The German people have long had a love of woodworking, and similar designs can be seen in colonial American furniture thanks to the large amounts of German immigrants who crossed the pond in the early days of the United States. 

Bernhardt Otto Holtermann posed with a 630 pound gold nugget in Hill End, New South Wales in 1845

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Born in 1838, Bernhardt Otto Holtermann was a prospector who owned part of an Australian claim where rich veins of gold were discovered after years of dry digging. Born in Germany, Holtermann set sail for Sydney, Australia in order to avoid military service. Most of his years of digging were unsuccessful and one year he even blew himself up with a premature explosion of blasting powder. This famous photo of Holtermann next to a giant “nugget” was taken by an unknown photographer before he was elected as a member for St Leonards parliament in 1882.  He passed away at the age of 47.