Building the Statue of Liberty, 1884
The project took a few years to build and was finally dedicated on October 28, 1886. In 1984, is was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, promoting the ideals of liberty, human rights, peace, democracy, abolition of slavery, and opportunity.
A modified, all-terrain Model T, 1918
The all-terrain Model T was a brief entry into the Ford line of vehicles. Rather than using a modern day 4-wheel drive system, this puppy relied on large military wheels and snow cables.
The Apollo 1 mission practices their water landings, 1966
Sitting closest to the capsule mockup is famous astronaut Gus Grissom. Other astronauts in the picture are Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
A Michelin Tires promotional gimmick
The French tire manufacturer pulled quite a reach with this promotional gimmick. Clearly this was long before the company hired a competent graphic designer to mock up a proper Michelin Man character.
A game of Auto Polo, 1910
Yes, it’s the horse sport. Only here they’re using automobiles. Your typical match is likely to have a few broken spleen and crushed skulls.
The ill-fated Hindenburg flies over New York, 1936
This was a year before the Hindenburg disaster over New Jersey, where 36 people died. The flight originated in Frankfurt, Germany before crashing near the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The Queen fires a rifle, 1993
Queen Elizabeth looks like a natural behind the helm of an L85 battle rifle. In 1993, she unloaded one in Surrey, England.
The Soviet Buran spacecraft, 1982
The Soviets began constructing this spacecraft in response to a 1972 announcement by President Nixon that NASA would try building its own new spacecraft. The shuttle’s first launch attempt came on October 29, 1988 but ended with a mechanical failure.
William Harley and Arthur Davidson, posing with their motorcycles in 1914
The original Harley Davidsons weren’t quite as menacing as the ones today. William Sylvester Harley was a mechanical engineer who longed for an awesome motorbike to take along to meetups across North America. Hence, the Harley was born.
A group of men stands in one of the Hoover Dam’s outlet pipes
Situated on the border between Nevada and Arizona, the Hoover Dam provides power for utilities across Nevada, California, and Arizona. Construction began in 1931 and concluded in 1936.
The Titanic’s propellers
We all know the story. The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England en route for New York City, but doesn’t quite make it. On April 14th, 1912, the ship collides with an iceberg and 1,503 people died.
Disney’s employee cafe circa 1961
I hear the food is pretty decent here. It only costs between $5-$10 for a meal and provides ample seating for everyone to unwind.
Johnny Cash performing for prisoners of Folsom Prison
The album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison turned into a massive hit. It was originally released in May 1968, but has since been re-released twice.
Porsche 911’s assembly line in Stuttgart, Germany in 1970
Stuttgart is also home to the Porsche Museum. A must-see for anyone visiting Deutschland.
Believed to be the final photo of the RMS Titanic before sinking in 1912
Since the tragedy, the remains of the ship have been discovered on the Atlantic Ocean floor. Due to the ice cold temperatures, much of it has remained preserved.