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25 Interesting Historical Photos – Part 1

After having a great response to the Game of Thrones article series, we are finally wrapping it up. We are now going to do a series of Interesting Historical Photos. So stay tuned and enjoy. We are really sorry to announce that due to the sheer number of photos, we are going to spread each article in this series over 2 or 3 pages. So do check them out.


Elvis in the Army, 1958

Elvis in the Army. (1958)


Suntan vending machine, 1949

Suntan vending machine. (1949)


Measuring bathing suits

Measuring bathing suits. If they were too short, women would be fined. (1920′s)


Martin Luther King with his son

Martin Luther King with his son removing a burnt cross from their front yard. (1960)


Hotel owner pouring acid

Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it. (1964)


Lifeguard on the coast

Lifeguard on the coast. (1920′s)


Artificial legs

Artificial legs, UK. (1890)


Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud

Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test in Las Vegas. (1953)


Mother Sells Children

Mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale in Chicago. (1948)


Austrian boy receives new shoes

Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII.


Hitler’s officers

Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas. (1941)


Christmas dinner during Great Depression

Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage.



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  • I only really know the context/background of the guy pouring acid in the pool.

    On June 11, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr was arrested for trespassing at the Monson Motor Lodge after being asked to leave from its segregated restaurant. This (and other things) helped spurn on a group of protesters, black and white, to jump into the pool as a strategically planned event to end segregation at motel pools. The pool at this motel was designated “white only.” Whites who paid for motel rooms invited blacks to join them in the motel pool as their guests. This swim-in was planned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and two associates. The motel manager, Jimmy Brock, in an effort to break up the party, poured a bottle of muriatic acid into the pool, hoping the swimmers would become scared and leave.

    Now here’s the thing. Brock knew full well that the acid he poured in the pool would be harmless. Hell, even one of the guys swimming in the pool at the time knew this. To that end, the gentleman in the pool actually drank some of the water to prove it was harmless. Muriatic acid is undiluted hydrochloric acid and is used in the cleaning of masonry surfaces such as pools. But what people heard was the word “acid.” It did not scare the swimmers, though it seems like it was effective in making the protesters at least nervous — the amount of acid to the amount of water being so small it was mostly safe—and so a cop jumped in to arrest people.


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