Rare Historical Pics Of Amazing People In History

If you think you know your history, get ready to be humbled. The rare photographs below show a different perspective of historical events, and you probably wouldn’t find them in any school textbook.

Date 1945. Maurice Tillet

Maurice Tillet, a Russian-born Frenchman, rose to prominence as a wrestling star in the 1930s and ’40s. At the age of 17, however, doctors diagnosed Tillet with acromegaly, a hormonal disorder causes increased bone growth including in the hands, feet and face. Despite the uncanny resemblance between Tillet and Shrek, DreamWorks, the studio which released the film, has never officially confirmed the rumor that Tillet’s appearance served as the basis for the animated character.

Date 1964. Goldie Hawn

The throwback image of the 19-year-old Hawn shows her donning a light-colored, sleeveless ruffle dress and a makeup-free face. Goldie gazes innocently into the camera with those trademark prominent eyes as she prepares to bite into her hamburger.

Date 1978. Gary Busey


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The iconic American actor Gary Busey, star of The Buddy Holly Story and more looks very young here back in 1978. Unfortunately, in 1988, Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in which is wasn't wearing a helmet. His Skull was fractures, and doctors feared he would suffer from permanent brain damage. This accident didn't stop his acting career, though. Busey has appeared in over 150 films to this day.

Date 1970s. Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter became the world’s highest-paid TV actress during her five years playing Wonder Woman in the 1970s, after becoming a beauty queen, and for being stereotyped as a TV comic-book heroine. She landed the role just as the money saved for acting school was running out. Her face is still used today on Wonder Woman slot machines, digital comic books, dolls and figures.

Date 1970s. The art of hitchhiking.

Today, images like this, of carefree 20 somethings waiting for the generosity of a stranger on the side of the road are rare. But back in the 1970’s, for thrill seeking hippies, this was often the preferred method of transport. Nowadays, violent attackers and lessons of not getting in a car with strangers has driven this once lovely tradition off the road.


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Date 1976. Debbie Harry

Of all the faces that define the late 70’s and early 80’s, Debbie Harry’s might be the one we remember the most. Best known as the front women for punk band Blondie, where she had several worldwide chart topping number 1’s. We also saw her appear in dozens of movies and television shows. Basically she’s an icon and is a legend we’ll never forget.

Date 1944. Sorority sisters at the University of Texas.

Seventy years ago, at the height of the Second World War, women ruled the school. The men had been called away to war and due to dwindling class sizes in colleges around America, admissions departments were recruiting the girls. With all these young ladies, the sorority houses were alive and partying like it was 1999!

Date 1955. Grace Kelly on vacation in Jamaica.

Grace Kelly starting her acting career very young at 20 years old, but was quick to retire at the age of just 26 when she married the Prince of Monaco to fulfill her duties as the Princess of Monaco. Growing up, Kelly was brought up in an affluent house hold. He father. John B. Kelly Sr., won three Olympic gold medals for rowing.


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Date 1989. Axl Rose & Ice Cube.

While these two music legends may sit on separate sides of the spectrum when it comes to their music genres, it makes sense for them to be seen together in 1989. Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses was hitting his peak fame, while Ice Cube of the rap group N.W.A. was just becoming famous at that time.

Date 1964. Clint Eastwood skateboarding in Rome.

Skateboarding has dipped in and out of mainstream consciousness for decades since it first came onto the scene back in the early 1950’s. People say it’s the most exhilarating and dangerous joyriding device this side of the hot rod. A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels. We always knew that skateboarding was for cool people, and seeing Clint Eastwood at it back in the 1960’s, totally confirms it.

Date 1983. Sigourney Weaver eating a hot dog.

Sigourney Weaver is one of our best-loved movie stars. She is seen here a few short years before filming the beginning of the first of the Aliens trilogy. Her award-winning acting career has spanned many decades and has earned her the nickname of “The Sci-Fi Queen” for her numerous contributions to the science-fiction film industry.


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Circa 1875. Portrait of a Mestiza de Sangley woman.

Sangley is an archaic term used in the Philippines to describe and classify a person of pure Chinese ancestry. Male Chinese traders and workers came during the colonial period, and many intermarried with native women. The Spanish government classified the Chinese immigrants as Sangley if they were pure-blooded Chinese.

Date 1976. Jodie Foster on the set of the movie "Taxi Driver."

Jodie Foster is a household name now, but in 1976 she was just getting her start on the silver screen as her role as a teenage prostitute in the film Taxi Driver. This film launched Foster into international fame, and it seems she has never left the spotlight since. Foster has been featured in successful movies such as Panic Room, Inside Man and The Silence of the Lambs.

Date 1987. Peter Dinklage in high school.

Since Dinklage was a young kid, he always loved to act. Even when he was in elementary school, Dinklage found himself in small productions. Although he has been seen in quite a few films since he didn't reach international until he scored the role of Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game Of Thrones.


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Date 1932. Jean Bugatti with the Bugatti Royale ‘Esders’ Roadster.

The eldest son of Ettore Bugatti, Jean was a French automotive designer and test engineer. Due to his involvement with the family business, Jean was always drawn to automobiles. Unfortunately, Jean was killed in 1939 in an automobile accident while testing the Type 57 tank-bodied racer.

Date late 1960s. Bruce Lee skipping on the shave.

No Shave November is a month long journey where male participants don’t shave their facial hair for a whole month in order to raise money and awareness for cancer patients. Its a way of embracing our hair which unfortunately some patients may lose. Here’s Bruce Lee supporting the great cause.

Date Circa 1976. Bob Marley on the beach with Miss World Cindy Breakspeare.

Cindy Breakspeare and Bob Marley's relationship was infamous, to say the least. However, they did share some great memories together, even giving birth to their son Damian Marley, who is a Grammy-winning musician today. The birth, at first, came as a controversy because at the time of  Breakspeare pregnancy, Bob Marley was already married to Rita Marley.


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Date 1930s-40s. Dona Drake was a singer, dancer, and actress.

She was an American singer, dancer and film actress in the 1930s and 1940s, who due to her exotic dark looks landed latino type roles in her movies. Although she was born Eunice Westmoreland it took her three different stage names before settling on Donna Drake.

Date 1938. Marilyn Monroe at age 12.

Although Marilyn Monroe would be one of the most famous heartthrobs of this century, she would have no idea at this time in her life as she poses innocently as a 12-year-old at the beach. She shows some pretty good balance by sitting on her toes, too.

Date 1946. Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster. Beach acro-yoga.


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Acro-yoga is a mix between yoga and acrobatics and has been made popular only in the last 10 years or so. Rewind to 70 years ago and watch these classic actors practicing on the beach. Born into the wrong era or just simple trendsetters? Either way, we always knew they were super cool but now we can really confirm it!

Date 1952. Man picking up a girl he liked at the beach.

Although these two are unnamed in the photo, I think they would be proud to know they made a list like this one. Their playful innocence is a great reminder to us all to never lose our sense of fun.

Date 1893. Mohandas Gandhi, Attorney at law.

While this looks almost nothing like the Gandhi that most of us know, it's true that he was an attorney before he became one of the most famous activists of all time. Gandhi went to London to study law to the worry of his parents that the western influences might compromise his religion.


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Date 1960s. Audrey Hepburn sitting on a large frog.

Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood's Golden Era.  Here she's seen posing on a large fake frog, taking a break from her busy acting career in her prime. She was ranked third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute.

Date 1953. Jack Nicholson and Nancy Smith at their senior prom.

Though only a junior, Jack Nicholson accompanied Nancy Smith to her senior prom in 1953. Nicholas, of course, went on to become one of Hollywood's most beloved actors and still remains relevant to this day. Nicholson can be spotted on the silver screen or court-side at Los Angeles Lakers games, where he has season tickets and hardly ever misses a single game.

Date 1977. Lynda Carter at the Emmy Awards.

Here, Lynda Carter is seen at the 1977 Emmy Awards where she presented the award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series. Carter became the world’s highest-paid TV actress during her five years playing Wonder Woman in the 1970s, after becoming a beauty queen, and for being stereotyped as a TV comic-book heroine. She landed the role just as the money saved for acting school was running out. Her face is still used today on Wonder Woman slot machines, digital comic books, dolls and figures.


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Date 1911. Chester E. Macduffee next to his 250 kilo diving suit.

Here, Chester E. Macduffee is seen posing with his newly invented diving suit. It was reported that the new armored diving suit went down to a depth of 212 ft. in Long Island Sound, establishing a new American record for deep-sea diving.

Date 1916. Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph.

Here we can see ethnographer and anthropologist Frances Densmore recording the music of a blackfoot chief onto a phonograph. I'm sure we'd all like to hear what was playing on the phonograph.

Date Circa 1972. Jimmy Page performing of Led Zeppelin.

Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page needs no introduction, but this rare photo of him rocking out on a double-neck guitar is quite the sight to see. Jimmy Page is widely regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time, even ranking number three on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Date 1979. Bruce Lee fighting Jackie Chan in the movie "Enter The Dragon."

While these two actors would be some of the most famous actors in action films, seeing them together in the same shot is extremely rare. Jackie Chan continues to act today, but unfortunately Bruce Lee died in 1973 at just the age of 32. Bruce Lee had a son named Brandon Lee who also died at a young age while on the sit of the film he was starring in called The Crow.


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Circa 1930s. Women posing with alligators at an alligator farm.

Alligator farms are popular in the southern United States, but posing with alligators is something that would seldom happens in modern times. These women look like their completely comfortable in a swampy alligator home. This particular photo came an alligator farm located next door to the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, Los Angeles, CA. It was both a major tourist attraction and an alligator farm.

Date 1970s. Phil Collins drumming for Genesis.

Before Phil Collins became an internationally recognized singer-songwirter, he was a drummer for the band Genesis. However, Collins didn't only play drums for the band, he sang too, of course. Collins went on to play in other music groups throughout the years, but tours as a solo artist today.

Date Circa 1950s. Showgirls.

when you think of the 1950s, many of us think of Leave-It-To-Beaver style living. However, it's a stark contrast to see showgirls in the 1950s, too. However, this Las Vegas entertainment room was one of many in sin city. Thanks to Las Vegas, the showgirls of the 1950s will always be an interesting part of history.

Date 1966. Julie Newmar as the first catwoman.

Catwoman has become a very popular role which included actresses such as Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway, but Julie Newmar was the first actress to put on the cat suit. Newmar was ubiquitous in Hollywood in the 1960s, as she worked on films, music and television. Although she has appeared in countless films, Newmar will always be know as her role as the first Catwoman.


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Date 1930. Mae West at 37.

Not only was Mae West an actress, singer, playwright and screenwriter, but she was also one of Hollywood's biggest sex symbols at the time! West encountered many challenges with her openness to sexuality, including censorship in her films. But like the woman she was, West continually mocked the industry and publicly made fun of the prudish rule censorship rules.

Date 1966. Bobbi Gibb.

Bobbi Gibb is the first female to have run the entire Boston Marathon. This may not sound like such a large accomplishment, but Gibb completed it knowing women weren't supposed to be running in the event. She dressed as a man in order to blend herself in with the crowd, but was spotted eventually. A man attempted to physically pull her out of the race, but she eventually made it through to complete the race, being the first women to ever finish the Boston Marathon.

1958 Opening of the Grand Canyon Diorama at Disneyland Park

Walt Disney is synonymous with happiness, but it's rare to see him in a moment like this at the opening of the Grand Canyon Diorama at Disneyland. Walt Disney opened up Disneyland in 1955, and it was the only Disney park built and designed under Walt Disney himself. Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, wouldn't open up until 1971, where it is now the most visited vacation resort in the world.

Elvis at his first RCA Victor recording session in 1956 in Nashville.


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Elvis was a teenage heartthrob for countless teenage girls in the 1950s. But here we see a young Elvis at his first major recording session. Presley was known as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "The King." Elvis played for sold out crowds until his death in 1977 at just the age of 42.

1921. Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis.

Sigmund Freud's name is still relevant today due to his fascinating research on the mind. He even wrote a book called The Interpretation of Dreams, which can still is found in bookstores, libraries, and college campuses all throughout the world.

Malcolm X at London Airport, July 9, 1964.

Malcolm X is one of the most famous human rights activists in U.S. history. Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and emphasized black self-defense. Malcolm X would later be assassinated in 1965 by three members of the Nation of Islam.


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Helen Keller meets Grace Coolidge on January 11, 1926.

Helen Keller meeting then First Lady of the United States Grace Coolidge is a rare look into the life of Hellen Keller. The photograph freezes the moment in time, which shows the happiness on Keller's face.

January 1927. Babe Ruth "duck hunting" with Linn Platner on Sweetwater Lake.

Babe Ruth is one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and here he can be seen pretending to swing his gun like a baseball bat while duck hunting. We this it's safe to say that he was a better baseball player than he was a hunter.

Jackson Pollock, 'Yellow Islands' 1952.

Jackson Pollock is probably the most famous abstract expressionist painter of all time. In this photo, we can see him in his workspace looking as messy as usual. If you think his work isn't art, think again because Pollock's paintings are sold for tens of millions of dollars today.


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Billy Graham in September 1949 during the Los Angeles Revival.

Billy Graham is one of the most famous (or infamous) evangelical Christian ministers of all time. In this photo, we can see the intensity on his face as he speaks to a crowd in Los Angeles. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and is still alive today at the age of 98.

Frank Sinatra is shown in a 1957 publicity portrait.

Frank Sinatra and Jazz music are synonymous. He hit his peak in the 1950s and 60s, even reaching gold status on his record Nice 'N' Easy in 1962. Here, we see a candid portrait of Sinatra doing what he loves most.