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Little House on the Prairie The real Laura and Almanzo Wilder circa 1940 - laura-ingalls-wilder photo

Little House on the Prairie The real Laura and Almanzo Wilder circa 1940 - laura-ingalls-wilder photo

Some of Poland's thousands of war orphans at the Catholic Orphanage in Lublin, on September 11, 1946, where they are being cared for by the Polish Red Cross. Most of the clothing, as well as vitamins and medicines, are provided by the American Red Cross.

After the devastating World War II, 1945-1947 - Rare Historical Photos

At the end of the war, millions of people were dead and millions homeless, the European economy had collapsed, and much of the European industrial infrastructure had been destroyed. The…

In June of 1963, Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk Thích Quang Duc burned himself to death at a busy intersection in Saigon.

The burning monk, 1963 - Rare Historical Photos

In June of 1963, Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk Thích Quang Duc burned himself to death at a busy intersection in Saigon. He was attempting to show that to fight all…

Simone is pictured taking cover during the liberation of Paris in August 1944.

Simone Segouin, the 18 year old French Resistance fighter, 1944 - Rare Historical Photos

Members of the Resistance are photographed in the midst of battle against Germans. Her name was Simone Segouin, also known by her war name Nicole Minet.

August Landmesser, the man who folded his arms.

A lone man refusing to do the Nazi salute, 1936 - Rare Historical Photos

The photo was taken at the launch of a German army vessel in 1936, during a ceremony that was attended by Adolf Hitler himself. Within the picture a lone man…

This 1946 photograph shows ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), the first general purpose electronic computer - a 30-ton machine housed at the University of Pennsylvania. Developed in secret starting in 1943, ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory. The completed machine was announced to the public on February 14, 1946. The inventors of ENIAC promoted the spread of the new technologies through a…

After the devastating World War II, 1945-1947 - Rare Historical Photos

At the end of the war, millions of people were dead and millions homeless, the European economy had collapsed, and much of the European industrial infrastructure had been destroyed. The…

The baby on a stretcher, receiving first aid.

Bloody Saturday - a crying Chinese baby amid the bombed-out ruins of Shanghai's South Railway Station, 1937 - Rare Historical Photos

"Bloody Saturday" - depicting a Chinese baby crying within the bombed-out ruins of Shanghai South Railway Station, the photograph became a symbol of the War.

Bloody Saturday - a crying Chinese baby amid the bombed-out ruins of Shanghai's South Railway Station, 1937

Bloody Saturday - a crying Chinese baby amid the bombed-out ruins of Shanghai's South Railway Station, 1937 - Rare Historical Photos

"Bloody Saturday" - depicting a Chinese baby crying within the bombed-out ruins of Shanghai South Railway Station, the photograph became a symbol of the War.

Chinese New Year, Mott St., 1984.

New York City snapshots of Chinatown in the early 1980s - Rare Historical Photos

From 1981 to 1984, the photographer Bud Glick worked for the New York Chinatown History Project (NYCHP) — today the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) — capturing the lives…

Bachelor Apartment, Bayard St., 1982.

New York City snapshots of Chinatown in the early 1980s - Rare Historical Photos

From 1981 to 1984, the photographer Bud Glick worked for the New York Chinatown History Project (NYCHP) — today the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) — capturing the lives…

Jewish survivors of the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp, some still in their camp clothing, stand on the deck of the refugee immigration ship Mataroa, on July 15, 1945 at Haifa port, during the British Mandate of Palestine, in what would later become the State of Israel. During World War II, millions of Jews were fleeing Germany and its occupied territories, many attempting to enter the British Mandate of Palestine, despite tight restrictions on Jewish immigration established by the…

After the devastating World War II, 1945-1947 - Rare Historical Photos

At the end of the war, millions of people were dead and millions homeless, the European economy had collapsed, and much of the European industrial infrastructure had been destroyed. The…

The new cemetery at Belsen, Germany on March 28, 1946, where 13,000 people who died after Belsen Concentration Camp was liberated are buried.

After the devastating World War II, 1945-1947 - Rare Historical Photos

At the end of the war, millions of people were dead and millions homeless, the European economy had collapsed, and much of the European industrial infrastructure had been destroyed. The…

U.S. military authorities prepare to hang Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling, 74, at Landsberg, Germany, on May 28, 1946. In a Dachau war crimes trial he was convicted of using 1,200 concentration camp prisoners for malaria experimentation. Thirty died directly from the inoculations and 300 to 400 died later from complications of the disease. His experiments, all with unwilling subjects, began in 1942.

After the devastating World War II, 1945-1947 - Rare Historical Photos

At the end of the war, millions of people were dead and millions homeless, the European economy had collapsed, and much of the European industrial infrastructure had been destroyed. The…

A P-47 Thunderbolt of the U.S. Army 12th Air Force flies low over the crumbled ruins of what once was Hitler's retreat at Berchtesgaden, Germany, on May 26, 1945. Small and large bomb craters dot the grounds around the wreckage.

After the devastating World War II, 1945-1947 - Rare Historical Photos

At the end of the war, millions of people were dead and millions homeless, the European economy had collapsed, and much of the European industrial infrastructure had been destroyed. The…

Bachelor Apartment, Mr. Ng, Bayard St., 1982.

New York City snapshots of Chinatown in the early 1980s - Rare Historical Photos

From 1981 to 1984, the photographer Bud Glick worked for the New York Chinatown History Project (NYCHP) — today the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) — capturing the lives…