From a photo of Muhammad Ali posing with The Beatles to a picture of a man testing a bulletproof vest we take a peep at 10 rare photos from history.
Bulletproof Vest Demonstration
This unbelievable photo taken in 1923 shows 2 men demonstrating a bulletproof vest for the Washington DC police department. The display went off with a bang as the revolver was fired from only 10 feet away. Luckily the vest did it’s job and the man was able to walk away.
Ali Meets The Beatles
This photo of a young Cassius Clay punching The Beatles was taken in Miami Beach’s 5th Street Gym on February 18th, 1964. The Beatles were in the US to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show and took time out for this photo op with Clay who was prepping for his fight against Sonny Liston.
The Punt Gun
This photo shows 2 men carrying a gigantic shotgun known as a Punt Gun. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the Punt Gun was used to kill large numbers of water fowl with each pull of the trigger able to take down as many as 90 birds! This comes as no surprise seeing that this colossal gun fired more than 1 pound of shot at a time. By the mid 20th century the use of Punt Guns was outlawed due to the devastating effect they had on wildlife numbers.
Bin Laden’s Judo Class
This eerie photo shows a young Osama bin Laden posing in his Judo uniform. His instructor Jimmy Wu who was the Saudi national coach from 1981 to 1991 claimed that the 6′ 4″ bin Laden was too tall to be any good at the sport. Wu said that bin Laden attended lessons 2 to 3 times per week but he never saw him again after 1984.
This photo taken on the British Western Front in France shows hundreds of spent 105 mm shells after just one day of fighting. Artillery rounds were used to pepper the German lines, making way for advancing infantry. It has been estimated that over 1.2 billion artillery shells were fired during World War I conflict.
Making The MGM Intro
This photo is of 2 sound engineers recording Jackie the lion’s roar for the famous MGM intro. Jackie was the second lion used by the studio and the first to be heard roaring during MGM’s first ever sound production, White Shadow in the South Seas. Jackie the lion appeared from 1928 to 1956 on all opening credits including The Wizard of Oz released in 1939.
The Nazi’s Bear Arms
This photo of German soldiers posing with a man in a polar bear costume is very odd to say the least. This was apparently part of a strange craze in Germany at the time with many photos taken between 1920 and 1960 showing Germans standing alongside a pretend polar bear. Here’s one of a couple posing with a bear while on a beachside holiday by the Baltic Sea.
John McCain Captured
This photo taken in 1967 shows senior United States Senator and Republican presidential nominee, John McCain being captured by North Vietnamese civilians after having his plane shot down during a bombing run. McCain was subsequently held as a prisoner of war for 5 and a half years, receiving several severe beatings which left him unable to lift his arms above his shoulders.
Massive Manta Ray
This image of a photo postcard shows a giant oceanic manta ray captured by Captain A.L. Kahn on August 26th, 1933. While some claim this to be a model, the ray was reported by a newspaper to be more than 20 feet in width and weigh a staggering 5000 lbs! This monster of the deep was said to have become entangled in the anchor line of the captain’s ship and had to be shot by the coast guard 22 times before it could be hauled ashore.
Perfectly Timed Plane Crash
This heart-stopping image was taken on the 19th September, 1962 by professional photographer Jim Meads who was on hand to witness a test flight of an English Electric Lightning F1 aircraft. As the plane was coming in to land the pilot lost control barely managing to eject in time. The pilot survived the crash, falling through the roof of a greenhouse, breaking both legs as he fell unconscious to the ground.
These were 10 rare photos in history captured at just the right moment. Let us know of any other photos you have seen that could have made this top 10 list.