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On an ancient waterwheel in West Virginia in 1918,the Four Vagabonds pose for a cameraman. Left to right are Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, John Burroughs and Thomas A. Edison.

On November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shoots and mortally wounds Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy.

The Real Face of George Washington: Front View. Life mask made in 1785 by French sculptor, Jean Antoine Houdon when Washington was 53 years old. Life Mask shows Washington as he really appeared in life without the personal or subjective interpretations of the many artists, painters and sculptors whom through the years recorded Our First President's likeness.

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100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time

Thomas Edison : This photo of a young Edison was taken with the phonograph that he invented. He was most famous for inventing a long-lasting, practical lightbulb. Date: 1877-1878. Photographer: Levin C. Handy.


What Mount Rushmore was supposed to look like, before they ran out of funding

Gutzon Borglum's model of Mt. Rushmore memorial-- Original design of Mount Rushmore / The presidents were to be depicted from head to waist, but the sculpture was scaled back due to insufficient funding.

Helen Keller teaching Charlie Chaplin the manual alphabet, 1919

Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915; Hale's Ford, VA) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the US. Between 1890 & 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. He was born a slave in VA. After emancipation, his family resettled in WV. He worked his way through Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) & attended college at Wayland Seminary (now Virginia Union…