Hello all. And welcome to some incredible photography from yesterday and today. Some of it is graphic, some of it is bizarre and some are just the coolest.
And first up:
A hero? Maybe. Here is a 1936 photo of Nazi Germany and Nazis performing a typical Zieg Heil of the day – except for a lone army of one.
Meet August Landmesser (born May 24, 1910; missing and presumed dead Oct 17, 1944; declared dead in 1949). He was a worker at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and is best known for his appearance in a photograph refusing to perform the Nazi salute at the launch of the naval training vessel Horst Wessel on 13 June 1936.
This seemingly impossible shot of a train exploding out of the second floor of a train station is the great derailment of the Granville-Paris Express at Gare Montparnasse on Oct. 22, 1895.
Despite the fact that the train carried more than a hundred passengers and plowed through a train station, only one person was killed: a woman outside. The image went on to play a direct role in surrealist artwork, inspire countless imitators and ultimately serve as a reminder to humanity just how much the world looks like a freaking toy if you zoom back far enough.
A train goes out and a plane goes in.
September 11, 2001? No, it’s July 28, 1945. And it’s not the towers, it’s the Empire State Building and a plane that hit.
In 1999, Mr. Eminem started a fad of flippin’ everyone off in all of his photos. But just like the music he performs, he’s certainly not the first of his kind.
Meet Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn. Charles was as defiant as any Eminem record. Here is an opening Day 1886 team photo of Boston Beaneaters and New York Giants. Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn (standing, far left) is pictured giving the finger to the cameraman.
Speaking of Eminem. Before he flipped you off, told you to go fuck yourself and wanted to kill his wife, he owned an ALF shirt. Go Marshall!
He was the president of the United States – and soon she will be, too. And he didn’t inhale in college.
Stephen Hawking is the smartest man in the world. Period!
Here is Hawking, then 23 years old, with his bride, Jane Wilde in 1965. And yes, he was smart back then, too.
Harry Potter fans, do you know who this guy is?
Alice Cooper was once reported to have bitten a chicken’s head off in a concert.
He now denies it ever happened these days, but didn’t either confirm or deny the story back in the day, saying; “Any press is good press.” (Actually, the truth is that a fan threw a chicken on stage and Alice simply threw it back)
What you’re seeing is the aftermath of a recent earthquake in New Zealand.
How about this one? Photoshopped?
This is the result of a brush fire in Russia.
Real or Photoshopped?
This real two-faced cat is called a Janus cat, after the Roman god who looked both forward and back.
Nudity! Nudity! Nudity! Who would we be without a little skin?
This is the famous Lucille Ball, long before I Love Lucy made her a superstar in her mid-30’s.
Here is a seemingly innocent and happy family, holding a happy baby all having a happy laugh.