Back before photos, the world could only see other parts of the world through drawings or paintings. The majority of people lived their entire lives without ever having had their appearance, or their day-to-day world, recorded.
Since the first photograph was taken in the late 1820s, history has been captured far more accurately than ever before. Now we can actually see history as it happened and connect with the past in ways that were impossible for most of human existence.
Not only are these historical photos notable for being incredibly rare and fascinating, they will also change the way you look at famous moments of the past. Take a look!
1. American soldiers on their way home from World War II, 1945. One could only imagine the excitement that was held on board that ship, with thousands of men eager to return to their loved ones.