Untouched Treasures: Extraordinary Historic Photos That Redefine the Past

By Sarah Norman | September 7, 2023

Sonora Webster Carver, One of the World's First Horse Divers, Continued to Dive Even After An Accident Left Her Blind

It is the people of the past…the famous and the common person…that make our history so fascinating and memorable. People are what has shaped the events of our past and lead us to where we are today. The human traits of curiosity, determination, innovation, compassion, humor, strength, and bravery in the face of obstacles are what is showcased in this collection of images from days gone by. 

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In the early part of the twentieth century, horse diving was a popular tourist attraction along Atlantic City’s pier. In 1924, Sonora Webster Carver, one of the first female horse divers, achieved fame when she and her horse dove 40 feet from a platform into a tank of water. Crowds loved Carver and marveled at her bravery. In 1931, Carver hit the water at an odd angle and suffered a retinal detachment in her eyes. She soon became blind, but continued to dive horses for another 11 years, despite her disability. 

Sad Day For Doggie and Owner in London, 1939.

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The bond between human and dog is an ancient and inseparable one. People spend approximately $63 billion per year just on dogs…and that amount increases every year. We really love our dogs, and when our dog is sad, we are sad, too. This poor pooch won’t be getting a doggie biscuit today. His local bakery is all out of the puppy treats, much to the disappointment of his owner. Both dog and human look equally sad in this old pic from 1939, proof that humans and canines share a deep emotional bond.