Historical Photos That Made The World Take Notice


A picture, rather than words, can elicit a buried memory and recall a precise moment in time. But why is that?

We are in awe of our history and heritage as we look at these captured moments. For many years, neuroscientists have known that humans have a remarkable ability to encode images. Our history has taught us invaluable lessons and provided us with many do’s and don’ts. It always gives us a sense of hope, strength, and, on rare occasions, even comedy.


1936: Public Execution

A public execution is a capital punishment that can be attended by the general public voluntarily. These executions are often done by the authorities to ensure accountability in society. In the United States, public executions were common. However, it eventually ended; as you can see in this photo, thousands of people witnessed the country’s last public execution. This photograph was taken in 1936.

In the past, public executions were quite popular. It was a common practice in the United States. But, in the end, it had all worked out, and a photo shows that the final public execution in the United States was witnessed by thousands of people who gathered near the stage to see what would happen. Rainey Bethea, a 27-year-old man, was hanged, and this execution is considered the last one in the history of the USA. He confessed to the rape and then murdered a 70 years old woman. He was publicly hanged in Kentucky.


1925: Vintage-styled isolation helmet

No, this isn’t the first Iron Man helmet prototype. It’s simply a technique for reducing distractions and increasing concentration. This helmet shown in the picture is impenetrable to sound or even oxygen. It’ll be challenging to look at your phone screen with those tiny eye slits. The author at work was able to concentrate on his private study with the help of an Isolator. An Isolator was a helmet that helped the wearer focus by limiting their vision, making them deaf, and providing oxygen.

The worker in this 1925 photograph was able to focus on their work. The primary issue for most students back then, as it is today, was being distracted by various things. Gernsback, a young engineer, discovered that if we remove all external distractions and focus solely on the book or piece of paper that students are reading or writing on, they will not be distracted. Based on his research, he discovered that sound was the most critical factor in this distraction.


1928: “Brookie”, the giant horse

The world’s most giant horse, Brooklyn “Brookie” Supreme, stood 6.6 feet tall, weighed over 3,200 pounds, and had ten feet. Brookie is the heaviest horse the world has ever had, despite not being the tallest horse. Brookie was born in Minnesota in 1928. This magnificent stallion is thought to have lived for 20 years, passing away on September 6, 1948.

He is descended from a famous red roan Belgian stallion horse breed known for its extreme oversized bodies and has won numerous state fair awards. Today, Brookie remains the giant stallion ever recorded in history and still impresses enthusiasts to date.


The Magnificent One Wheeled Motorcycle:

A Monowheel is a single-track vehicle with one wheel, similar to a unicycle. Instead of sitting above the steering wheel, the rider sits within or next to it. The wheel is a ring usually propelled along its inner rim by smaller wheels. Hand-cranked and pedal-powered Monowheels were built in the late 1800s; however, most Monowheels built in the twentieth century were motorized.

Monowheels are generally built and used for fun and entertainment today, though they were proposed as serious transportation from the 1860s to the 1930s. Swiss engineer named Mr. Gerdes designed this motorcycle in 1923. This motorcycle was designed to lessen fatigue and ensure a comfortable ride.


1926: White supremacist terror group at a local fair

Ku Klux Klan is a white American supremacist terrorist and hate group that primarily targets African American Jews, Asian Americans, and other settled groups. This group has committed and been remembered for spreading terrorism, both physical and murder assault. Every year, the Ku Klux Klan gathered in Canon City, Colorado, a former mining town. Clarence Morley, the governor of Colorado, was a Klansman, and Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton was also a member of the KKK.

So it was perfectly normal for the KKK to congregate in Canon City and enjoy the state fair like any other fairgoer, not to mention that the local fair get-together was the group’s stronghold. The Ku Klux Klan hung out at the merry-go-round and rode the Ferris wheel in this photograph taken in April 1926.

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