Historical Photographs & Their Stories

Here are some of the most famous photographs and a short description.  If you want to know more about who took the photo, who’s in the photo, when the photo was taken, or what happened before and after, click on the links or click on the photographs to learn more.

If there’s a specific photograph you want to learn about, please let me know!


On Albert Einstein’s 72nd birthday in 1951, photographer Arthur Sasse tried to get him to smile for the camera.  Tired of smiling for pictures, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist stuck out his tongue instead.  It went on to become one of the most recognizable images of Einstein, who reportedly liked the photograph so much he asked for nine copies.

Importance of Einstein (before I find a better article on Einstein’s life)


The Hindenburg disaster killed 36 people and ended the era of passenger-carrying airships, which were once hailed as the future of flight.  After almost 80 years of research, it seems clear that the Hindenburg disaster was caused by an electrostatic discharge that ignited leaking hydrogen gas.

Weird things about Hindenburg




Listverse with longer descriptions

Boredpanda with title only

CNN with captions


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