Rarely Seen Photos Of Real Americans

Rare Collection | May 14, 2020

Written by Jacob Shelton

Who would you consider to be the REAL Americans? Beware, when we get into this kind of discussion there are many mix views. But there's one thing we can all agree on, the collection of photographs in this gallery are rarely seen and truly for mature audiences only.

Some of the stories and photos are hard to look at and some are terrifying...try not to gasp.  Have no fear, it's time to journey into the mysterious past, and lose ourselves in the imagination of what life was really like back when these images were captured. 

Warning, some people may be triggered by the idea of who the REAL Americans really are...so pay attention to the stories each photograph tells and when you get to the end of the gallery you can make up your own mind. Onward!

Chief Wolf Robe, 1899. He is wearing a Benjamin Harrison peace medal. (Photograph by Frank A. Rinehart)🏅

source: reddit

As a leader of the southern Cheyenne Indian tribe, Wolf Robe earned the Benjamin Harrison Peace Medal in 1890 for his assistance in the Cherokee Commission, a three-person bi-partisan committee that worked to legally acquire land occupied by the Cherokee Nation and other tribes in the Oklahoma Territory in order for use with non-indigenous people.

Wolf Robe is one of the most well respected members of the Cheyenne Nation not only for his grace under pressure but for the way he insured that his people would forgo their useless slaughter at the hands of the U.S. government.

A favorite of photographers like F.A. Rinehart and Nancy DeGill, it’s believed that his likeness was used for the profile on the “Indian Head Nickel.”

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.