The Rarest Historical Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words. We read about history in books, but it's a totally different experience to see actual photos from the past.

That's no impostor. That is Adolf Hitler himself. Talk about one risky paparazzi shot.

Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi. This infamous dictator is the culprit behind World Ward II in Europe. He is known for his fascist policies and ruthless leadership that caused the lives of at least 11 million people.

Who could ever forget the Holocaust? The world's most brutal genocide in history wiped out 2/3 of the Jewish population in Europe. An estimate of 1.5 innocent children perished in the said mass murder. Killings were executed throughout what was then known as "German-occupied Europe" and likewise, in territories that were controlled by the allies of the Nazi.

After years of mass killings and havoc, Hitler's reign finally came to an end on April 30, 1945. With the fear of possibly falling into the hands of the enemies, Hitler killed himself -- just days before Germany's unconditional surrender,

This is what moving day looked like in the suburbs. Looks like it has been lifted from a movie, huh?

"Moving Day" was a tradition that originated in colonial times. The tradition was observed in the U.S. only until after World Ward II. In the 1950s particularly, people moved to the suburbs with high hopes of living in a safer place for their families.

A number of men who served the country during the war were granted mortgages all thanks to the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944. Popularly known as the G.I. Bill, a law enacted to help the World War II veterans. Thanks to the G.I. bill, low-interest mortgages were widely within their reach.

Though the photo isn't in full color, you could still see the excitement and happiness of these new homeowners. Well, if you were there during World War II, surely it would be such a relief to finally live peacefully with your family, and in a new home too. Right?

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Gas masks? Yes. But no, those aren't deadly stuff; they're just onions. Back in the days, soldiers used gas masks so that they won't cry when peeling onions.

This is a photo of two soldiers taken in Tobruk. The date of this photo? October 15, 1941 -- taken during the Siege of Tobruk. Tobruk is a city located in Eastern Libya. It was a military post during World War II.

A siege is kind a military operation where the enemy forces surround a structure or building, or a town. Then enemy forces cut off essential supplies so that those besieged in the premises would eventually surrender.

Some time in April to August of 1941, about 14,000 Australian soldiers were besieged in the military post by a German-Italian army. Torbuk endured repeated ground assaults and bombings. By August, half of the Australian garrison was relieved and the rest followed by September until October. The siege ended on December 10, 1941. The Casualties? 749 dead, 1,996 wounded, and 604 were taken as prisoners.

Because ever since, advertising concepts have always been out of the box. This was how they advertised Atabrine during the period where Malaria broke out as an epidemic in the United States.

An enemy common to everyone during World War II was Malaria. Malaria is a fatal disease caused by Plasmodium, a genus of parasitic microorganisms. Quinine was the drug of choice to treat Malaria. However, 90% of the world's supply is in Java, a territory that was lost to the Japanese during the war. As such, researchers ventured into new anti-malaria drugs.

Atabrine was available in little yellow pills that tasted very bitter. It wasn't as good as Quinine but it was the next best thing. Likewise, it had several side effects (but they were of course, not harmful). Typically, it causes the skin to appear yellowish in color. In some rare occassions, it causes nausea and vomitting.

Sadly, Atabrine did not destroy the malaria parasite in the liver, but only in the bloodstream. Like what we said, it wasn't as good as quinine but it was the next best thing.

This is Bill Gates. A very happy Bill Gates. He is obviously so happy to show off the CD-ROM.

Who doesn't know Bill Gates? Yup, the business magnate who happens to be the richest person in the world! Well to start not many people know that his full name is actually William Henry Gates III and "Bill" is just his nickname.

CD-ROM is an acronym that stands for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory. It's basically a CD that can be read by a computer through its optical drive. This particular photo was taken in 1994 -- a fruitful year for Microsoft.

In that very year, a number of products on CD-ROM were released for MAC and Windows. It includes the 1994 Edition of Encarta, Cinemania 1994, Bookshelf 1994, Windows Sound System 2.0, and Office 4.2 for Windows, among many more.

Oh no, he's not sick. He's not on drugs either. This is what you will actually look like if you've been exposed to tons of laughing gas.

Laughing gas technically isn't any laughing matter. It's got health hazards. Too much exposure to it can cause mental and manual impairment, oxygen deprivation, vitamin B12 deficiency, and infertility among many others. What we're trying to say is -- too much of it can actually kill ya!

Scientifically known as nitrous oxide, it is a chemical compound that's colorless. It's an odorless gas which is non-flammable. Nitrous oxide has a handful of medical uses. It has potent analgesic and anaesthetic effects.

Yes, we know it is something that must be taken seriously. But you might wonder, why do they call it laughing gas? Well, inhaling it gives you what they refer to as a "euphoric effect". It's that kind that dulls your awareness and gives you that calming effect to that point that something you end up with a giddy feeling that eventually leaves you laughing.