50 Iconic and Rare Historical Photographs

We at HistoryColored have decided to curate 50 interesting, rare and iconic photos from history. There are many reasons why a photograph may be featured on this list. Some of the reasons include: it was the first time something was ever captured on camera, it shows a famous figure from history, the image depicts an important historical event, it is a “rare” photo that does not get shared as much as it should, or it is an “iconic” historical photo. It may not fall under any of these categories but can still be featured in this list for a different reason.

These photographs are in no particular order. They have been curated and added to the list over a long period of time, so no decision was taken on how they should be ordered. Be sure to take the time to check out every historical photograph featured on this list!

As well as this list, be sure to check out the other photos featured on HistoryColored!

1. The First Photograph Ever Taken, 1826 or 1827

The first photograph in history, the view from a window at Le Gras in 1826 or 1827.
The oldest surviving photograph to exist. It was taken by pioneer photographer, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The scene depicts a view from a window in Nicéphore Niépce’s estate known as Le Gras in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, Bourgogne, France in 1826 or 1827. Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

2. General William Tecumseh Sherman, circa 1865

Side profile photograph of General William Tecumseh Sherman in his Union Army military uniform in c. 1865
Side profile of Union Army Major General, and the Commanding General of the US Army, William Tecumseh Sherman, in his Union Army military uniform in circa 1865. Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

3. Dali Atomicus, 1948

Salvador Dali suspended in mid air along with other objects within the iconic photograph Dali Atomicus taken in 1948
The photographic artwork by Philippe Halsman called “Dali Atomicus” showing three cats water, an easel, a chair, and Salvador Dalí all frozen in mid-air, 1948. This was the 28th attempt at taking this photograph. Credit: Library of Congress // Public Domain

4. The Solvay Conference on Quantum Mechanics, 1927

Key attendees of the 1927 Solvay conference photographed sitting down and in suits. The names are Auguste Piccard, Émile Henriot, Paul Ehrenfest, Édouard Herzen, Théophile de Donder, Erwin Schrödinger, Jules-Émile Verschaffelt, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Ralph Howard Fowler, Léon Brillouin,
Peter Debye, Martin Knudsen, William Lawrence Bragg, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Paul Dirac, Arthur Compton, Louis de Broglie, Max Born, Niels Bohr,
Irving Langmuir, Max Planck, Marie Skłodowska Curie, Hendrik Lorentz, Albert Einstein, Paul Langevin, Charles Eugène Guye, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Owen Willans Richardson
The 1927 Solvay Conference on Quantum Mechanics at the Institut International de Physique Solvay in Brussels, Belgium. This image features many of the greatest scientists in modern history. Some of those that you may recognize are: Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, and Auguste Piccard. See the full list of names here. Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

5. King George V & Tsar Nicholas II Together, 1913

Nicholas II of Russia photographed alongside similar looking and cousin King George V of the United Kingdom, while wearing military uniform.
First cousins and royals Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (left) & King George V of the United Kingdom (right) photographed together wearing military uniforms in Berlin, Germany, 1913. Credit: Library of Congress // Public Domain

6. The Manhattan Bridge Under Construction, 1909

Photographs of the Manhattan Bridge under construction. You can see the layout of the bridge but there is still a lot to build. March 23 1909.
The construction of the Manhattan Bridge on the East River in New York City. This photograph was taken on March 23, 1909. The bridge finished construction in 1909 and first opened up on the 31st of December 1909. Credit: Library of Congress // Public Domain

7. Soviet Prisoner of War, 1940

An injured Prisoner of War from the Soviet Union with a bandage around his bloody head, with clothing wrapped around his body. He looks cold as he is near the Arctic Circle where temperatures can get to -43 degrees Celsius
An injured Soviet Prisoner of War (POW) dressed in new clothes near the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland, during the Winter War on the 6th of January 1940. Credit: Military Museum of Finland // CC BY 4.0

8. Dr. Wernher von Braun with 5 F-1 Engines

Aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun standing next to five F-1 rocket engines in 1969.
Dr. Wernher von Braun, an aerospace engineer that was a leading figure in Nazi German rocket technology, and then United States rocket technology, photographed standing in front of five F-1 rocket engines in circa 1969. Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domains

«Josh Hartnett Hasn’t Aged!» After a Long Hiatus From Hollywood Fans Are Amazed by His Timeless Appearance

Fans of Pearl Harbor actor, Josh Hartnett, are in awe as the star makes a comeback, appearing as though he hasn’t aged a day since his last Hollywood appearance. Following a prolonged hiatus from the limelight, social media is abuzz with admiration for his seemingly ageless charm and impeccable style.

He’s been absent from movies for some time.

Josh Hartnett soared to stardom with blockbuster hits like Pearl Harbor and 40 Days and 40 Nights, solidifying his status as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. At the peak of his fame, Hartnett shocked fans and industry insiders alike with his abrupt departure from the spotlight.

Despite being on the brink of a promising career as a leading man in major motion pictures, Hartnett made the bold decision to step away from Hollywood. This unexpected exit left many wondering about the reasons behind his departure and what the future held for the enigmatic actor.

He has spoken about his hiatus from Hollywood.

Josh Hartnett has opened up about his hiatus from Hollywood, revealing that he initially had reservations about signing on for blockbuster roles. Despite his rising fame and the allure of big-budget films, Hartnett grappled with doubts. He admitted, «Am I just afraid that by doing Pearl Harbor, I’m going to enter a new category of filmmaking that I might not be ready for?»

However, he ultimately chose to take on the challenge, recognizing that turning down such opportunities would be driven by fear. Reflecting on his decision, Hartnett acknowledged that it shaped his career trajectory but also emphasized the importance of facing one’s fears.

In recent years, Hartnett’s relationship with fame has been a subject of interest in the media, particularly since he turned down multiple superhero roles and retreated from Hollywood life in the mid-2000s. Instead, he prioritized family life, moving back to his home state of Minnesota and later to London, where he focused on artier, more intimate projects while raising his family. Hartnett’s journey serves as a testament to the complexities of navigating fame and personal fulfillment in the entertainment industry.

Now he has to prove himself to get the roles he wants.

Josh Hartnett finds himself navigating a new chapter in his career, where he’s eager to showcase his talent in roles that hold personal significance. «I’m happy to be done with that era and to be making films that are more personal to me,» he shares, emphasizing his satisfaction in moving away from past blockbuster roles.

Directors are now approaching him for characters rather than hero roles, a shift that excites him creatively. Reflecting on the industry’s changes, Hartnett notes, «When I see a role now, I’ve got to fight for it.»

Despite the increased competition, he sees the challenge as rewarding, stating, «It’s actually more rewarding. Depressing when something doesn’t go your way, but only for a minute.» Hartnett’s journey underscores his resilience and commitment to pursuing roles that fulfill his artistic aspirations, marking a compelling evolution in his Hollywood career.

Fans are shocked by his recent looks.

Recently, Josh Hartnett has garnered attention for his role in the Oscar-winning film Oppenheimer, where his performance has captivated audiences. His appearance at the movie’s premiere has sparked admiration, with fans expressing astonishment at his recent looks. «If I had known Josh Hartnett was in Oppenheimer, I would’ve watched it a lot sooner,» one fan remarked.

Another fan echoed the sentiment, proclaiming, «I’m here for the Josh Hartnett Renaissance,» indicating a resurgence of interest in the actor’s career. Comments like «Josh Hartnett hasn’t aged» and «Josh still be looking fine to me» further attest to the widespread admiration for Hartnett’s enduring appeal and timeless charm. As his performance continues to generate buzz and reignite fan enthusiasm, Hartnett’s presence in Oppenheimer signifies a notable milestone in his career resurgence.

In a candid revelation, Hollywood heavyweight Mark Wahlberg opens up about a pivotal decision that led to his temporary departure from the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown: his children. The acclaimed actor and devoted father shares the deeply personal reasons behind his hiatus, shedding light on the sacrifices and priorities that come with parenthood in the spotlight.

Preview photo credit Supplied by Capital Pictures / East News, Vianney Le Caer / Invision / East News

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