Check out these 65 must-see historic photos that take viewers behind the scenes of history, showing everything from the Brooklyn Bridge and New York subways under construction to Elvis Presley chilling in a tank, pro-beer marches during prohibition and Louis Armstrong playing for the Great Sphinx of Giza.
>> In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
Dressed in baseball uniforms, two actors in the chimpanzee show at the St. Louis Zoo argue heatedly in practice session of their act, Aug. 11, 1960.
Claude Grahame-White, famed British aeronaut landed his Farman biplane on West Executive Ave., Washington, D.C. on Oct. 14, 1910. The White House West Wing is on the right of the picture. After calling on the U.S. Signal Corps, Grahame-White backed the plane against fence end of Avenue and took off down the narrow street between the State, Army & Navy Buildings.
This is a view of the wreckage caused by the explosion of the molasses storage tank owned by the United States Industrial Alcohol Company in Boston, Ma., Jan. 15, 1919. About 2.2 million gallons of molasses poured out of the steel tank in 8- to 15-foot waves, destroying the steel support of the elevated train bridge and knocking over a fire station. The disaster killed 21 people.
Harold Lloyd, screen comedian, holds the hands of this clock while one of his fans takes a snapshot on March 23, 1923. Lloyd is recreating the famous scene from 1923 film, "Safety Last."
Harry Houdini, handcuffed, and with his feet bound in chains, dives into pool at Los Angeles, May 7, 1923.
MGM was formed as a merger of Metro, Samuel Goldwyn and Louis B. Mayer film companies. On the stand at the Hollywood studio dedication April 24, 1924, are Louis B. Mayer, head of the new company, flanked by Harry Rapf (left) and Irving Thalberg, who shared production responsibilities.
Women turn out in large numbers, some carrying placards reading, "We want beer," for the anti prohibition parade and demonstration in Newark, N.J., Oct. 28, 1932. More than 20,000 people took part in the mass demand for the repeal of the 18th Amendment.
Shirley Temple, 5-year-old screen actress, is shown with her father, George F. Temple, as they enjoy a day at the beach at the Santa Monica Athletic Club in Santa Monica on June 5, 1934.
America's Jesse Owens, center, salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump on August 11, 1936, after defeating Nazi Germany's Lutz Long, right, during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naoto Tajima of Japan, left, placed third. Owens triumphed in the track and field competition by winning four gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, long jump and 400-meter relay. He was the first athlete to win four gold medals at a single Olympic Games.
Child actress Shirley Temple, holding a rifle, guards camera equipment while the photographers join motion picture stars at a dinner and dance party in Hollywood, Ca., Sept. 19, 1936.
Robert Wadlow, 18, of Alton, Ill., waits at a pedestrian traffic light as he is surrounded by a crowd in New York City, April 7, 1937. Robert is standing with his father and manager, Harold Wadlow, left, with whom he is on a nationwide tour of schools, theaters and lecture halls. Robert was 8 feet and 4 inches tall.
Britain's Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, third from right, and her sister Princess Margaret Rose, second from right, visit the penguins in London Zoo, June 30, 1938. At right, holding the penguins fin, is Shaun Plunket.
Interest centers on an elephant act, as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus gives a 12-act performance outdoors for patients at Bellevue Hospital in New York, April 25, 1941. More than 5,000 persons were in attendance.
Construction of Tennessee Valley Authority's Cherokee Dam continues as workers install the housing for the first of its turbines thirteen months into the project in Jefferson City, east Tenn., Sept. 1, 1941. The workers enclose the speedring column, which will hold the turbine, in the steel scroll case through which the water will be conducted.
Animator Walt Disney, second from left, hands over his sketch of a Mickey Mouse gas mask to Maj. Gen. William Porter, right, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 8, 1942. Civilian defense and chemical warfare officers plan to produce the design intended to encourage children to use their mask readily for protection during World War II.
From neighboring structure, workman on job of clearing blitz ruins from area surveys St. Paul's Cathedral in London, April 5, 1942, surrounded by rubble touched by unfamiliar sunshine, early in April.
An interior view of the fuselage section of a B-26 bomber gives the impression of looking through a telescope in Detroit on Dec. 26, 1943. Miles and miles of wire are installed in each bomber. Skilled workers are placing them so the fuselage will be complete in every detail when it leaves the Hudson plant.
Dust drifts along the south side of Lake Byron, South Dakota, June 21, 1946. The largest dust drifts were about 10 feet high. Scott McMichael walks on the dust bank to show its relative size.
Actors Jimmy Stewart, left, and Frank Morgan take a break to have a bite to eat during the filming of "The Stratton Story," Dec. 4, 1948.
With his wife Rachel and his son looking on at right, Brooklyn Dodgers' first baseman Jackie Robinson signs autographs for his young fans, in Anaheim, Calif., on February 20, 1950.
A brilliant flash of lightning, spreading over the sky above Paris, lights up the Arc De Triomphe as one of the worst thunderstorms in years breaks over the French capital on June 18, 1951.
The owner of the St. Louis Browns, Bill Veeck, sent in Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot, 7-inch stuntman, to pinch-hit in a game against Detroit at Sportsman's Park, in St. Louis, on August 19, 1951. Gaedel walked on four pitches. (AP Photo)
One reason you don’t see any movie technicians, actors, directors or others in this Hollywood scene is because there’s a loose lion running about on Nov. 23, 1951. He’s Pasha, and instead of being down on the set where he belongs, he’s galloping around the scaffolding. It took his trainers an hour to coax him down and return to acting in “Androcles and the Lion.” Meanwhile, production was at a standstill.
Actor Ronald Reagan, right, gets some firsthand instruction from pitcher Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians at Burbank, California, December 10, 1951. Reagan has the role of Pete Alexander, the great Grover Cleveland Alexander of pitching fame, and Lemon is trying to add realism to Reagan's task. The actor, incidentally, once played baseball at Eureka College in Illinois.
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn stars of “Roman Holiday,” now being filmed in Rome, Italy, Sept. 15, 1952, relax on the set playing cards during a break in the shooting.
Two passengers on the Parachute Jump ride see throngs of people on the boardwalk and beach at the Coney Island Amusement Park in Brooklyn, New York, July 1, 1957. The Atlantic Ocean is also visible as they ride to the top of the tower.
Ted Williams, Red Sox slugging left fielder, seems to be enjoying himself sitting in a miniature car, tooting its horn to the amusement of Fenway Park fans, August 22, 1958. The small car was one of several used by the Shriners in a pregame ceremony.
Elvis Presley received his draft notice into the U.S. Army in December 1957, got one deferment to finish working on a movie, and was sworn in as a private in March 1958. He served for 18 months in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps in Germany.
How not to drive is illustrated in this stunt, driving down the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, June 6, 1959. Jean Sunny from an auto rodeo is at the wheel and his friend hanging out the passenger side window is Moustache, a stunt man. The scene was filmed at 6 a.m. for film on safety.
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, atop camel, enchants the ancient sphinx and pyramids at Giza, near Cairo, Egypt January 28, 1961. His wife Lucille, lower left, records the scene on film as the camel perks its ears in appreciation of the unusual concert. The Armstrongs are on a U.S. State Department sponsored Goodwill Tour of Africa and the Middle East.
Actress Julie Andrews dances with the chimney sweeps in the chimney-sweep dance number during filming of "Mary Poppins" on a movie set representing London rooftops at the Disney Studios in Hollywood, Ca., Aug. 16, 1963.
As the sun goes down behind Staten Island, its glow of light silhouettes the unfinished Verrazano-Narrows steel suspension bridge over New York Harbor on Jan. 6, 1964. This view is from Long Island City, Brooklyn, the other terminal point of the bridge.
U.S. paratroopers jump over trench to take their positions around Phouo Vinh airfield June 13, 1965 to protect the airstrip against a possible Viet Cong attack.
Workers set the capstone on top of the Washington Monument, Dec. 6, 1884. Engineer Gen. Thomas L. Casey, in derby hat, oversees the work.
Muppeteers ended the memorial service for Jim Henson by singing a medley of children's songs and waving two dozen muppets at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City on May, 21, 1990.
This photo released by Daniel Watson shows a portrait of Lassie taken in 1977 by Watson's uncle, photographer Delmar Watson.
Orville Wright is at the controls of the "Wright Flyer" as his brother Wilbur Wright looks on during the plane's first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Dec. 17, 1903. Made of wood, wire and cloth by two bicycle mechanics, the plane remained aloft for 12 seconds and traveled a distance of 120 feet.
Hitler's Nazi party convention is underway in Nuremberg, Germany, Sept. 10, 1935.
This group of financiers and city officials get a tour of New York City's first subway in January 1904 while the city's policemen stood by on the platform at City Hall Station. Seated toward the front of the ceremonial flat car are Alexander Orr, August Belmont, John B. McDonald, and Mayor George B. McClellen.
A cow wears false eyelashes, pearl earrings and a John Frederics hat on the set of “The Kid from Brooklyn,” the Danny Kaye star in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 27, 1945. The scene was a musical number depicting Hollywood’s idea of a super-elegant dairy farm: shiny floors, sheer curtains and polished woodwork.
Walt Disney crosses the drawbridge that serves as the entrance to the castle in what will be the heart of Disneyland, in California on April 16, 1955. It’s located at the end of Main Street and will house part of Fantasyland. This is the castle where you can see the dining hall awaiting the returning King Arthur’s Knights, Sleeping Beauty slumbering, Peter Pan ride, Alice in Wonderland’s story and many others.
Rosa Parks, whose refusal to move to the back of a bus touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of the civil rights movement, is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 1956. She was among some 100 people charged with violating segregation laws.
While Lassie holds the leash, Pokey the Basset hound stops to gaze in a New York pet shop window, Sept. 25, 1957. “Come now, Pokey,” says Lassie, “there are more sights to see in the city.”
This was the scene around the unfinished Capitol in Washington, D.C., as Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated.
The witching hour for Karen Dolin arrives as makeup man Charles Gemora puts finishing touches on the rubber gauntlets she wears for her movie debut in Hollywood, Feb. 7, 1961. Gemora designed the witch’s horror mask which hides Karen’s beauty, along with the others used in the film.
"I can't tell you how thrilled I was until I arrived on the set," Dolin told the Associated Press in 1961. "My first picture, and no one knows it's me."
This image provided by NASA shows Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard, center, as he prepares to swing at a golf ball on the lunar surface during a televised moon walk in February 1971. Shepard was using a six iron attached to a handle used for scientific experiments. At left is fellow astronaut and pilot Edgar Mitchell with the lunar module and the S-band antenna in the foreground.
American speed skating champion Terry McDermott, top centre,a barber by trade, prepares to take a swipe at the famed locks of Beatle Paul McCartney, seated , to the mock horror of the other Beatles and TV host Ed Sullivan, during rehearsals at the TV Studio, New York, Feb. 9, 1964. From left, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, McDermott, Ed Sullivan and John Lennon.
The body of an American paratrooper killed in action in the jungle near the Cambodian border is raised up to an evacuation helicopter in War Zone C, Vietnam, 1966.
A medic of the 101st Airborne Division attempts to save the life of a fellow medic seriously wounded during an assault against the North Vietnamese at Ap Bia Mountain, also known as Hamburger Hill, on the western edge of the A Shau Valley in Vietnam on May 19, 1969. The medic later died.
Kelly the acting chimp, whose real nose is too flat for his role in "Escape From the Planet of the Apes," looks in a mirror at a human-style plastic nose made for him by a film studio technician in Hollywood, Jan. 20, 1971.
Youngsters hold out their arms in the familiar request for a hitch at the entrance to the New Jersey Turnpike near New Brunswick, June 24, 1971.
Stunt pilot Frank Tallman crashes a World War I-vintage biplane into a ranch house in this movie scene filmed near Hollywood, Sept. 26, 1971. Tallman was flying in place of actor Cliff Robertson, who portrays an ex-Army flier turned airplane barnstormer. The scene, which required an entire day of preparation and filming, has the airplane hit the building as it comes down following engine failure. Tallman, heavily padded, was unhurt.
This is an 1876 photo showing the construction on the east tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, under construction as viewed from the Brooklyn side of the East River. On their completion they became the tallest structures in the nation for their time.
American golf champion Arnold Palmer made shots from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on Oct. 14, 1976. The balls land in the Champs de Mars Square seen in background.
Pulling the tongue of the Big Bad Wolf, a happy Disneyland visitor doesn’t seem to be scared of one of the many fairytale characters which are big attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., May 27, 1977.
Harrison Ford, as Han Solo of “Star Wars” fame chats with Carrie Fisher Nov. 13, 1978 during a break in the filming of the CBS-TV special “The Star Wars Holiday.”
George H.W. Bush, right, receives manuscript of “The Babe Ruth Story” from Ruth during ceremony on Yale’s baseball field in West Haven, Ct., in 1948.
A dachshund looks through a telescope in this 1960 photo.
The earth rises over the horizon of the moon in this Dec. 24, 1968 file photo made by the astronauts on Apollo 8. During the mission, James Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders became the first humans to orbit the moon. This picture — the famous "Earthrise" photo — was taken during the mission.
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Nuns hold onto their habits as their car heads down the hill of a roller coaster.
The little boy on a donkey is Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his dog "Budgy" in 1884.
U.S. Navy personnel aboard the USS Blue Ridge push a helicopter into the sea off the coast of Vietnam in order to make room for more evacuation flights from Saigon, Tuesday, April 29, 1975. The helicopter had carried Vietnamese fleeing Saigon as North Vietnamese forces closed in on the capital.
An unidentified U.S. Army personnel wears a hand lettered "War Is Hell" slogan on his helmet, June 18, 1965, during the Vietnam War. He was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion on defense duty at Phouc Vinh airstrip in South Vietnam.
A U.S. Marine shows a message written on the back of his flack vest at the Khe Sanh combat base in Vietnam on Feb. 21, 1968 during the Vietnam War. The quote reads, "Caution: Being a Marine in Khe Sanh may be hazardous to your health." Khe Sanh has been subject to increased rocket and artillery attacks from the North Vietnamese troops in the area.
In this photo released by Agence Papyrus, the Statue of Liberty, designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, is being built at a Paris studio around 1876.