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30 Unique and Must-See Photos From our Past

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30 Unique And Must-See Photos From Our Past

Alex Wain May 30, 2013 49

Photographs have long been used to record special and unique moments – birthdays, weddings and the occasional selfie are all commonplace. But these next 30 photographs go beyond the norm – they encapsulate the mood, tone and values of yesteryear, a compelling account of the evolution of our values if you will.

From landmarks in history, strange feats of physical endurance through to peculiar devices & oddball characters we hope this series of images will astound, confound and enthrall you.

1. Unpacking the Head of the Statue of Liberty delivered June 17, 1885

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2. The hippo belonged to a circus and apparently enjoyed pulling the cart as a trick 1924

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

3. Charlie Chaplin in 1916 at the age of 27

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

4. Annie Edison Taylor (1838-1921), the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

5. Sharing bananas with a goat during the Battle of Saipan, ca. 1944

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

6. Advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug. Papua, New Guinea during WWII

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

7. Artificial legs, United Kingdom, ca. 1890

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

8. 1920′s lifeguard

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

9. Bookstore ruined by an air raid, London 1940

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

10. Testing new bulletproof vests, 1923

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

11. Suntan vending machine, 1949

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

12. A space chimp poses for the camera after a successful mission to space in 1961
30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

13. Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

14. Little girl comforting her doll in the ruins of her bomb damaged home, London, 1940

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

15. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit 1929

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

16. Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

17. Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

18. Animals being used as a part of medical therapy in 1956

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

19. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

20. Children eating their Christmas dinner during the Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

21. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

22. Abraham Lincoln’s hearse, 1865

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

23. A most beautiful suicide – 23 year old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from an observation deck (83rd floor) of the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947. She landed on a United Nations limousine…

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

24. A mom and her son watch the mushroom cloud after an atomic test 75 miles away, Las Vegas, 1953

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

25. A penniless mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

26. Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907… She was arrested for indecency.

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

27. Martin Luther King Jr. with his son by his side removing a burnt cross from his front yard, 1960

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

28. Walter Yeo, one of the first people to undergo advanced plastic surgery & a skin transplant.

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

29. Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight in 1893

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

30. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930

30 Unique And Compelling Photos From Our Past

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Photographer Captures Detailed Photos of the Sun From His Backyard

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Photographer Captures Detailed Photos of the Sun From His Backyard

  • Michael Zhang · Feb 13, 2013

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Alan Friedman of Buffalo, New York is an amateur astrophotography enthusiast who captures amazing photographs of the Sun through a telescope in his backyard. His highly detailed photographs show the sun in ways you never see with your naked eye. Using special filters that allow the photos to be captured without destroying his camera or his eyes, Friedman creates images of our life-giving star that look more like something you might see under a microscope.

In his artist statement for the work, Friedman writes,

My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of a moment in the life of our local star. Most are captured from my backyard in Buffalo, NY. Using a small telescope and narrow band filters I can capture details in high resolution and record movements in the solar atmosphere that change over hours and sometimes minutes.

The raw material for my work is black and white and often blurry. As I prepare the pictures, color is applied and tonality is adjusted to better render the features. It is photojournalism of a sort. The portraits are real, not painted. Aesthetic decisions are made with respect for accuracy as well as for the power of the image.

Friedman says that the filter (called a Hydrogen Alpha filter) he uses blocks everything but a very narrow slice of the deep red end of the visible spectrum. After attaching the filter to the front of his 3 1/2-inch telescope (the equivalent of a 450mm f/5 telephoto lens), he uses an industrial webcam to capture the photos. The camera can capture images at 15fps to 120fps.

Our atmosphere is a formidable obstacle to capturing sharp photos of a distant object. Streaming many frames in a short period of time allows me to temper the blurring effects of air turbulence. Each photo is made from many thousands of frames. Most frames are unusable, distorted by the heat currents rising from rooftops and asphalt driveways. But a few will be sharp. I review the video frame by frame for these moments of “good seeing.” The high quality frames are selected and then averaged to form the raw material for my photographs.

Without further ado, here’s a small gallery of some of Friedman’s finest work:

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Zooming in a little closer, we get to see the details of the ejections:

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Here’s the telescope Friedman for the images. He calls it Little Big Man:

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If you’re at all interested in this work, be sure to watch this TED Talk Friedman gave last year regarding it: