Here are the 30 astonishing Historical Photos that might give you the chills. There is an online page in Instagram called “years_in_photos” that is more than 95K followers. History is a fascinating subject and when we learn history through photos, it seems more relatable. You can check that Instagram page for more amazing photographs.
Scroll down and inspire yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.
#1 Actor/footballer Vinnie Jones with opposing player Paul Gascoigne during a match. 1988
#2 Painters on the Woolworth Building in New York City, circa 1926
#3 Grand Central Terminal, New York City, October 1941
#4 The exact moment when 5-year-old Harold Whittles, who was born deaf, heard sound for the first time after an earpiece was inserted, 1974
#5 Bride leaving her recently bombed home to get married, London, Nov 4, 1940
#6 Ukrainian immigrants in the United States offer free borscht to celebrate Stalin’s death, 1953
#7 Boy smoking a cigarette with his chicken 
#8 Prisoners liberated at Buchenwald concentration camp, 1945
#9 Café waitresses serving chips in Liberated Paris, 1940s
#10 Dorothy Counts – The First Black Girl To Attend An All White School In The United States – Being Teased And Taunted By Her White Male Peers At Charlotte’s Harry Harding High School, 1957
#11 Tired little boy after the circus Madison Square Garden 1947. [Photo by Ruth Orkin]
#12 An upset little patient after a visit to the dentist , 1920s
#13 Australian soldiers after being liberated from a Japanese concentration camp, 1945
#14 Startled Bystander At the Annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, 1994
#15 A man guards his family from the cannibals during the Madras famine of 1877, India
#16 Robert Wadlow, tallest human in recorded history with his parents and siblings, circa 1935, Wadlow’s height was 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) while his weight reached 439 lb (199 kg).
#17 Man experiences irony, 1966
#18 John Rockefeller gifting a 5 cent coin to a child on his 84th birthday, 1929
#19 Rocky the Penguin never misses a chance to show off in front of the visitors to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, England. He was reared and preferred the company of two year old Nicola McNally to the other Penguins. May 1980. photo by Arthur Sidey
#20 1962: Inventor Allyn Hazard testing his proposed moon suit in a lava crater in the Mojave Desert. The suit carried oxygen and food.
#21 Juliane Koepcke, age 17, was sucked out of an airplane in 1971 after it was struck by a bolt of lightning. She fell 2 miles to the ground strapped to her seat and survived-she had to endure a 10-day walk through the Amazon Jungle before being rescued by a logging team.
#22 Indian ex President (left) transporting parts for India’s first rocket on his bicycle during his early days as a scientist (1963)
#23 A teenage boy giving flowers to princess diana with the help of his friends, 1989
#24 Children reaping the harvest. Finland, 1930s., Their eyes are piercing into my soul.
#25 Hop pickers using stilts on a farm in Kent (1928)
#26 South Vietnamese parents and their five children, fleeing toward Saigon. June 19, 1972
#27 Henry Behrens, the smallest man in the world dances with his pet cat in the doorway of his Worthing home, 1956. Measuring only 30 inches high, Mr Behrens has made a living by travelling the world with Burton Lester’s midget troupe.
#28 On August 8, 1982, a line drive foul ball hit a 4 year old boy in the head at Fenway Park. Jim Rice, realizing in a flash that it would take EMTs too long to arrive and cut through the crowd, scooped up the boy and got him to the dugout where the Red Sox medical team gave him life-saving first aid.
#29 U.S. helicopters pour machine-gun fire into the tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese troops ca. 1965
#30 Boy with a portable lemonade stand Berlin, 1931