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15 Of The Rarest Photographs In History

One wonders what this gentleman is thinking as he gazes down upon the newly constructed Transcontinental Railroad in Nevada in 1868.

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first computer ever made. The 1946 machine was hailed as a “Giant Brain” with a speed of one thousand times that of electro-mechanical machines. ENIAC used common octal-base radio tubes and it her early use would burn a few of these out every day causing the machine to be inoperable much of the time. After a memory upgrade in 1947 ENIAC was moved to Maryland where it was in continuous operation until 1955. Philadelphia City proclaimed February fifteenth 2011 as, “ENIAC Day” to celebrate this famous machine’s sixty-fifth anniversary.

After the German defeat in Berlin, this was one of the first photographs taken of the dictator’s hidey hole, Führerbunker. It is reported that in the months that Hitler lived underground he was almost pathologically afraid to go outside. The man became thin and emaciated and some of the final military decisions made by him were catastrophic disasters for Germany. His proclamations and orders were contradictory and confusing for his commanders in the field. Hitler had the bunker constructed to withstand the wholesale bombing of Berlin by the allies. It had thirteen feet of concrete in the roof alone.

This 1899 photograph shows the last Russian Tsar horsing around with a friend. In 1917 he and his entire family were butchered by the Bolsheviks. His full inherited title was, Emperor of Russia, Grand Duke of Finland, and titular King of Poland. Shortened it was officially, Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias. During his reign Russia experienced many defeats, most notably against Japan, and much civil turmoil causing economic and military collapse. The alleged incompetent handling of Russia’s involvement in the Great War by the Tsar, which cost the lives of more than three million Imperial Soldiers, is believed to be one of the main causes of the fall of the Romanov dynasty.

This rare picture depicts New York’s Times Square in 1911.

Quoted as being, “The only surviving authenticated portrait of Billy the Kid. This tintype portrait sold at auction in June 2011 for USD $2,300,000.

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