Water from firefighters freezes on impact as they try to stop a building from burning down, New York City, 1920s.
Collapse of Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, caused by the
Good Friday Earthquake, March 27, 1964. It has been called the Good Friday Earthquake, the Great Alaskan Earthquake, and the Portage Earthquake. With a moment magnitude of 9.2, it remains the largest earthquake seen in North America and the second-largest quake ever recorded worldwide. The earthquake shaking lasted almost 4 minutes, triggering many landslides and avalanches in the area.
A Venice canal reflects the summer sky in this Autochrome picture from 1927. Photographer Hans Hildenbrand became famous for the color pictures he made around Europe during World War I.
War is over! A Merry Christmas message from John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Times Square, 1969. The music stars paid to have two signs put up on the South East corner of Seventh Avenue and 43rd Street on Times Square.
Two German soldiers and their mule wearing gas masks in WWI, 1916. Horses, mules, dogs and pigeons were vulnerable to poison gases so that special protection was necessary for them.Of the million British horses sent overseas to help with the war effort, only 62,000 returned home. This is the forgotten tragedy of the Great War.
A black Union soldier sits, posted in front of a slave auction house on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1864. The sign reads “Auction & Negro Sales”. When Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 election on a ticket of no new slave states, the South finally broke away to form the Confederacy. This marked the start of the Civil War. The war effectively ended slavery.
During the invasion of Sicily by Allied forces, an American cargo ship, loaded with ammunition, explodes after being hit by a bomb from a German plane off Gela, July 31, 1943. The Allied invasion of Sicily was codenamed Operation Husky. It was a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat. It was the launch of the Italian Campaign.
Smoky, smoggy view from under the Brooklyn Bridge with horse carts on a cobblestone street and a fire in an empty lot. 1918. Photo taken by Eugene de Salignac. Eugene de Salignac (1861–1943) was an American photographer who worked for the Department of Bridges/Plant and Structures in New York City. De Salignac had no formal training in photography.
Lisa Fonssagrives standing on the Eiffel Tower for Vogue, Paris 1938. Fonssagrives was a Swedish fashion model and is considered to be worlds first supermodel.
Sydney Harbour Bridge during construction in 1930. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design. It’s also called ”the Iron Lung”, as it kept many Depression-era workers employed. The construction of the now Sydney Harbour Bridge began in 1924, and took 1400 men eight years to build at the cost of AU£6.25 million, which was not paid off in full until 1988.
A crew member is rescued from the French fishing trawler Jeanne Gougy, November 3rd, 1962. The Jeanne Gougy ran aground at Lands End, Cornwall. Twelve men, including the Skipper, lost their lives.
Street scene of Lahore, 1890s. Lahore is the second largest city-district of Pakistan. A mythological legend, based on oral traditions, states that Lahore was named after Lava, son of the Hindu god Rama, who supposedly founded the city. The city of Lahore is situated on the Ravi River, where it meets the “Afghanistan to Bengal Road”.
Flooded streets of Paris during the Great Flood of Paris in 1910. The floods were caused the heavy winter rains carried by the Seine River. The water reached a maximum height at 6 meters above its normal level. The flooding lasted nearly a week and caused $1.5 billion in today’s money in damages.