Epic Unearthed Historical Photos That Defy Belief

By Sarah Norman | February 17, 2024

Frida Kahlo and her fawn, 1939.

These photographs of pop culture and historic events of the past will give you a wave of nostalgia and a look into our history. Our present is built on a foundation of the past, therefore understanding what life was like a decade or a millennium ago is vital to learning what was considered important to people of the past. Knowing our past and how it has impacted our present provides us with a way to anticipate the future. 

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Famed Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, was inspired by nature and the culture of her native Mexico, although many of her pieces had a strong autobiographical quality to them. One piece, titled “The Wounded Deer” was painted in 1946 and depicts a folk-art deer, not a real one like this one. Kahlo painted her own face as the deer’s face. The deer is running through the woods but has been fatally wounded by a bunch of arrows. The deer is desperately trying to flee the menacing forest, but knows it will not make it. Kahlo painted this piece to represent her frustration after having spine surgery in New York in an attempt to alleviate some of her chronic pain from injuries she received in a car accident.

Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King Jr. in background, 1955.

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Mild-mannered and kind, Rosa Parks hardly seemed like the activist type when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger on December 1, 1955, and indeed, Parks was an unlikely social reformer. Yet we know her today as “the first lady of the civil rights movement”. She was willing to fight for injustice and inspire others to follow her lead. Her act of defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped to galvanize the Civil Rights Era. Together with Martin Luther King, Parks served as an icon of equality. She is shown here with Dr. King in 1955.