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George IV as Prince of Wales, 1781

George IV as Prince of Wales - Thomas Gainsborough -

Queen Elizabeth II, 2002

James Polk - The first acting U.S. president photographed in office (1845)

James K. Polk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), New Hampshire, 14th President of the Unites States

In a 200 year-old custom, the Chin ethnic minority group in Myanmar would give their daughters elaborate facial tattoos to ward off attacks from neighboring princes who would often try to kidnap girls to be concubines. The women in picture was one of the last to receive the groups markings, which has now died out. Uncredited photo.

The Nurse in the Photo: Edith Shain, holding the iconic photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Originally published in LIFE Magazine, the photo depicts a sailor kissing Edith Shain in her nurse’s uniform, in Times Square on August 14, 1945

The Last Good War (10 photos)

Nurses showing the eleven babies that were born on New Year’s Day 1933 in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.

Civil War Soldier with His Banjo.

Albert Einstein and his sister

vintage everyday: Old photos of Albert Einstein

Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle. Born 1820 in what is now Rainier Beach. After the 1855 treaty that kicked all Native Americans out of Seattle, Angeline remained in a small waterfront cabin on Western Avenue, near what is now the Pike Place Market, selling handwoven baskets at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.

Grand Duke Louis, IV of Hesse and by Rhine with daughters, Alix and Ella, 1881

Shows Congolese under King Leopold II of Belgium with their hands chopped off for not meeting rubber quotas. c. late 1800s

Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin (1863-1952), Chippewa lawyer; she was the first Native American student and first woman of color to graduate from the Washington College of Law, in 1914. She worked in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and was an officer in the Society of American Indians. Because she was a fluent French speaker, she offered her skills as a translator to the War Department during WWI.

George Lippard, 1850–54 His writings are said to have awakened Abraham Lincoln to the plight of slaves. A religious and philosophical child prodigy from Philadelphia, George Lippard (1822–1854) was a prolific author and a steadfast defender of the oppressed. In 1847, he founded the Brotherhood of America, an organization that continues to champion the underprivileged today, Lippard, whose best known essays recorded “Legends” of old Philadelphia, was also a close friend of Edgar Allan Poe.

The Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi), 1850

One of the most feared of all London's street gangs in the late 1880's was a group of female toughs known as the Clockwork Oranges. They would later inspire Anthony Burgess' most notorious novel.

Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, travelling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman.

Victorian female prison officer, 1898 - positively frightening ...

In 1820, Martin Fugate and his wife Elizabeth Smith moved onto the banks of Troublesome Creek, a beautiful area in Appalachian Kentucky. There is no official recording as to whether Martin was actually blue, but he and his wife both carried a recessive gene that would turn their son Zachariah Fugate a startling blue color. Martin and Elizabeth had seven children: four of them were blue. Since the gene causing the blue coloration is recessive, the family had a 25% chance of having a blue child...

Pueblo Maiden, 1890 by Legends of America, via Flickr