Extraordinary Historical Photos Tell Untold Stories

By Sarah Norman | October 5, 2023

First woman jury, Los Angeles circa 1911, LOC.

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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The first all-female jury to hear a court case was in 1911, a full eight years before women were granted the right to vote. But this court case was unique. The defendant was a newspaper editor named A.A. King and he was being charged with obscenity because he printed an insulting quote from a city councilman in his newspaper, The Watts News. The councilman had apparently said some disparaging remarks to King in person, then King chose to print them. The judge decided that a jury of women would be particularly sensitive to the obscenities charges. It took only 20 minutes for the women to come back with a not guilty verdict.

Try it before you buy it! Teens listening to singles at the record store, 1957.

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Teenagers love their music! Long before Pandora and Spotify, teens had to purchase the music they wanted in the form of vinyl records. Mindful of the limited disposable income of the 1950s teenager, many record companies started to produce singles, small records with a popular hit song recorded on one side, the A side, and a lesser known song by the same artist on the B side. Most 1950s record stores offered an area of turntables to allow their customers to listen to a single before they purchased it. These teens are taking advantage of that service, with the help of the elderly record store clerk, shown on the left.