20 Photos From The Past With Fascinating Backstories.
In a photo, what you see is what you get, right? Well, not necessarily. It may not always be apparent, but there are some photos that have some interesting backstories. They’re like a piece of history caught by photographers that are truly unbelievable. And what you’re about to see is a collection of unexpected photos that may seem ordinary, and yet they’re anything but. There’s a backstory behind each and every one of these images that will leave you absolutely flabbergasted. Once you see them, you’ll know that behind every seemingly normal photo, there are usually some bizarre facts or a hidden secret.
#1. Although most girls don’t start ovulating until their teen years, one girl achieved the impossible.
Lina Medina was only 5, but a condition called precocious puberty allowed her to conceive a child. And on May 14, 1939, she had a Caesarean section and gave birth to a little boy. Both mother and child were in good health, but the identity of the father was never revealed.
#2. Tadeusz Zytkiewicz is the first human in Poland to successfully undergo a heart transplant.
The photo snapped by American photographer James Stanfield shows Zytkiewicz holding a photo of himself on the operating table with Doctor Zbigniew Religa sitting beside him. It took 23 hours to complete the surgery, but Dr. Religa stayed up to monitor Zytkiewicz.
#3. This photo of two brothers kind of looks like a funny snap of two kids having a little fun. But what happened shortly after taking this pic will send shivers down your spine.
Brothers Michael and Sean McQuilken took this photo at Moro Rock in California's Sequoia National Park on August 20, 1975, right before getting struck by lightning. At first, they thought it was funny. They had taken a photo of their sister, so she reciprocated and took a picture of them. Michael recalls what happened next, "I raised my right hand into the air and the ring I had on began to buzz so loudly that everyone could hear it. I found myself on the ground with the others. Sean was collapsed and huddled on his knees. Smoke was pouring from his back." Everyone survived, but in 1989, Sean passed away after taking his own life.
#4. Employees of French company Joint Francais went on strike on April 6, 1972, but had to face riot police.
The photo was taken by Jacques Gourmelen, which shows Guy Burmieux, a worker, and Jean-Yvon Antignac, a cop, instantly recognizing each other as childhood friends. Burmieux grabbed the cop by the collar and cried with rage as he said, “Go ahead and hit me while you’re at it!” But the cop did nothing.
#5. In 1982, photographer Donna Ferrato snapped this photo of a wealthy swinger couple arguing.
Elisabeth and Bengt were having a tiff and then Bengt smacked Elisabeth. Ferrato couldn’t any to publish the photo until 1991, when she had the photo published in the domestic violence themed book “Living With the Enemy.” Her efforts led to Congress passing 1994’s Violence Against Women Act.
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