General Historical Photos Thread.

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John Lee Pettimore

Further south than you
May 18, 2021
A thread for interesting historical photos. Oddly enough. Post 'em up!

Elisabeth “Lilo” Gloeden stands before judges, on trial for being involved in the attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life, 1944
Gloeden was a German housewife beheaded with an axe on Nov. 30, 1944 for sheltering July 20th plotter Gen. Fritz Lindemann. Her husband and mother were likewise executed, and their fate publicized as a warning.

Hitler had some of the conspirators hanged slowly to death and then the footage was shown to the German Army which made many of the soldiers protest in disgust. Many of the conspirators’ family members were punished as well as a part of a revived policy from ancient Europe that the Reich instituted.

Hitler had ordered that they be hung like cattle. “I want to see them hanging like carcasses in a slaughterhouse!” he commanded. The entire event was filmed by the Reich Film Corporation. Witzleben was first. Despite his poor showing at the trial, Witzleben met his death with courage and with as much dignity as was possible under the circumstances. A thin wire noose was placed around his neck, and the other end was secured to a meat hook. The executioner and his assistant then picked up the sixty-four-year-old soldier and dropped him so that his entire weight fell on his neck. They then pulled off his trousers so that he hung naked and twisted in agony as he slowly strangled. It took him almost five minutes to die, but he never once cried out. The other seven condemned men were executed in the same manner within an hour. They were followed over the next eight months by hundreds of others.

Flight deck and controls of a B-29 Superfortress.

Queen Victoria, the “grandmother of Europe”, with Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II, and future King Edward VII in one large royal family snapshot, 1894
Fun fact: at some point, they asker Kaiser Wilhelm how the First World War would have played out if Queen Victoria was still alive, to which he responded:

“Oh, she wouldn’t have allowed it.”

First Lady of South Korea Yuk Young-soo slumps down after being shot by a North Korean sympathiser, during an assasination attempt on her husband President of South Korea Park Chung-hee, on Korean Independence Day ceremony at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul – 1974
President Park Chung-hee was eventually assassinated, five years later, by his close friend and director of national intelligence. Whether for personal grievances or to bring an end to Park’s 18 year dictatorship is still a matter of debate.

The President and First Lady’s daughter, Park Geun-hye, returned home to become the new First Lady in her mother’s stead. Eventually, Park Geun-hye would herself become President (South Korea’s first female president) before sentenced to imprisonment for 20+ years on corruption charges.

John F. Kennedy leaving on a gurney from hospital following spinal surgery, as his wife Jacqueline stands over him. December 1954

Noodle delivery guy in Tokyo, 1935.

Texas Rangers, 1851.

President Nixon dines with Chinese leaders in Beijing, 1972

This was the first time a US President visited China.

President George Bush, immediately after vomiting into the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister during a state dinner, but just prior to passing out and falling on the floor.

Chinese guerrilla fighter Cheng Benhua miling moment before execution by the Japanese, she was 24. (Late 1938)
She led a local resistance movement during the Nanjing Massacre, was then imprisoned and gang raped before being executed by bayonet.

High school teacher John T. Scopes is brought to trial in Dayton, Tennessee for teaching the theory of evolution, which was prohibited under state law. July 10, 1925

George N. Barnard’s 1864 photograph of a slave trader’s business on Whitehall Street, Atlanta, Georgia, shows a United States Colored Troop Infantryman [Corporal] just by the door

A Rural Soviet town snapped from a passing train, taken by American spy Martin Manhoff, c. 1952-54

Hatfield Clan 6 years later after the Hatfield-McCoy feud. (1897)

The Hatfield–McCoy feud (1882–1888) involved two families of the West Virginia–Kentucky back country along the Tug Fork, off the Big Sandy River. Over a dozen men from each family were murdered during the course of the feud.

Any history buffs, put up some interesting photos if you feel like it. 👍



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Jan 16, 2015
I don't even know how it works nowadays. No fucken way cowboys and samurais figured it out.