15 Fascinating Historical Photos For You To Ponder.
A Rare Discovery
They say images are worth a thousand words, well then these photographs are the equivalent to a thousand history books.
What you're seeing is the very first picture taken of the Machu Picchu ruins, when explorer Hiram Bingham discovered them in 1911. Even though it was uncovered over 100 years ago, we still don't know much about the settlement. That's mostly because the Incas didn't have a formal writing system, so its mystery will remain hidden forever. If you're a Law & Order fan, you'll enjoy this next defense strategy.
An Unusual Day In Court
Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times
In 1983, three exotic dancers from Florida were put on trial for supposedly violating the county's anti-nudity ordinance. In their defense, the dancers claimed their outfits did indeed cover enough skin, and actually didn't violate the ordinance. One dancer in particular even bent over in front of the judge to prove her point. Both World Wars claimed many lives, but what about the non-human lives?
To Protect And Serve
During World War I, poison gas attacks claimed the lives of more than 90,000 soldiers! But what most people don't realize is that humans weren't the only ones to suffer. Horses, donkeys, and dogs were used by armies to supply transportation, along with other jobs. These animals had to be protected from the deadly gasses, as well! Speaking of non-human, we bet you've never seen a tree like this before!
AW Ericson/Humboldt State University Library
During the time of the Gold Rush, California was growing at a rapid rate and huge amounts of timber were needed for the development. The industry then began using the redwood forests, which were filled with the tallest, most massive tree species on Earth. This picture was taken in 1915, in Humboldt County, California. Since we're talking about California, check out the beginnings of the entertainment industry.
Wasn't Always The Happiest Place
On July 16, 1954, the construction of Disneyland began. To keep an eye on the progress, Walt Disney made a visit to the site several times a week. A television series was aired on ABC, which featured programs from the different Disneyland realms, was used to fund the park. On July 17, 1955, the park finally opened! You might be a bit surprised by the next picture.
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