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St Paul's Cathedral in London. Stark against the fires raging in the city following a devastating German aerial attack in late December 1940. St Paul's remained a symbol of London's resilience throughout the Blitz. [810 x 456]

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  • Dentrecasteaux
    5 points Apr 16,2019, 4:39pm

    Is this Bombed-out Cathedral Day by any chance?

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  • Dentrecasteaux
    5 points Apr 16,2019, 4:39pm

    Is this Bombed-out Cathedral Day by any chance?

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Corner of West Houston Street and Varick Street, New York City, 1890 [4329 x 3128]

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  • sussoutthemoon
    9 points Apr 16,2019, 5:10am

    Photo by Robert Bracklow.

    what it looks like today

  • xavyre
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 10:02am

    Plan: Go back in time and open a shutter repair business. Be wealthy.

  • NYComrade
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 9:18am

    This is what NY authorities think congestion pricing will do for traffic.

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  • sussoutthemoon
    9 points Apr 16,2019, 5:10am

    Photo by Robert Bracklow.

    what it looks like today

  • xavyre
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 10:02am

    Plan: Go back in time and open a shutter repair business. Be wealthy.

  • NYComrade
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 9:18am

    This is what NY authorities think congestion pricing will do for traffic.

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The Cologne Cathedral stands amidst the ruins of the city after Allied bombings (1944). The cathedral suffered fourteen direct hits by aerial bombs during the war but did not collapse. [1290 x 996]

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    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:41pm

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  • SpiderSchwein
    262 points Apr 16,2019, 10:23am

    Bomber groups did try and spare the cathedral, both because of its cultural value but also because it was a good navigation point. When you take a look at it up close, you can see the damaged bits, as you can in so many German landmarks that have been restored, but it's such an impressive place. Cologne isn't the prettiest city anymore, but the way the Cathedral glows a pale yellow at night and how reflects along the Rhein along with some of the other nearby medieval church towers, it's stunningly beautiful.

  • gingorama
    79 points Apr 16,2019, 10:58am

    Fascinating photo!

    I have an unusual classroom poster of the Köln cathedral from the 1920s. I thought I would share because the details are so beautiful. (The tiny people and vehicles at the bottom are interesting, as well.)

    http://imgur.com/gallery/F4sCNj5

  • theonlyftg
    20 points Apr 16,2019, 11:14am

    ELI5: how did it survive hundred pound bombs? Wouldn’t the bombs fall through the roof and explode, or did they just explode on the roof surface and the blast extend upward?

  • redlloyd
    6 points Apr 16,2019, 10:58am

    I had the chance to visit in the 80’s. The steps in those spires were amazing!

  • brianburnsred
    5 points Apr 16,2019, 11:25am

    Man look at the city. It’s amazing that they rebuilt after that war. So much destruction. Humans are amazing.

  • Coddingtown
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 11:21am

    What a great photo.

    I spend a week in Cologne every year from work in a BNB that I can see ( where it now stands ) in this photo.

  • the-real-jimbo-slice
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 11:56am

    I went there in 2010 with some German friends and can say it's an impressive view.

    There's a museum next door that has a beautiful mosaic floor from an ancient Roman bath house. The Germans discovered it digging bomb shelters to protect them from allied bombing raids during WWII and fortunately saved the art for future generations to see!

  • LittleBigBadGoodJohn
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 12:10pm

    Isn't this also right next to the location of the famous tank duel?

  • Monkibizness
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 12:17pm

    Wasn’t pretty much the whole city of Dresden just not as lucky?

  • Rastellikk
    2 points Apr 16,2019, 11:55am

    Its awesome to walk next to the Cathredral and look at a little information board on the side. Many photos of how the cathedral and its direct environment looked like in ´45. Its unbelieable, cologne was just a pile of rubble at this point.

  • protestantwotplayer
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 10:59am

    Wow a wasteland

  • deleted
    2 points Apr 16,2019, 12:04pm

    [removed]

  • DBDude
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:08pm

    Funny, I just commented to someone that a landmark like Notre Dame can still retain cultural significance and draw tourists by using this very cathedral as an example.

  • vwjlis
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:22pm

    I've been here. It is a beautiful landmark. I also bought a post card with a photo of it damaged by bombing, similar to OPs

  • Prosopagnosia
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:32pm

    I went to Koln last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only is the Dom an incredible building to witness in person but the excavation work they are doing where they have discovered ancient Roman ruins underneath the city is equally fascinating.

  • MartyVanB
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:33pm

    Germany didnt finish rebuilding till the 1980s. That still amazes me

  • codyg47
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:40pm

    I went up to the top last month! Awesome cathedral, will definitely go again whenever I go to Cologne

  • minolisk
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:44pm

    This headline sounds like it was written by a very passive aggressive German

  • deleted
    -29 points Apr 16,2019, 9:50am

    [removed]

  • ImFineEitherWay
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:02pm

    "Like the hand of God falling from the sky."

    Source: https://youtu.be/4QkFbcI8vUY

  • theharv456
    0 points Apr 16,2019, 12:26pm

    That reminds me of another cathedral that didn’t collapse... oh wait sorry it DID collapse it’s notre dam

  • THUMB5UP
    -5 points Apr 16,2019, 11:18am

    It doesn’t look like it got hit once. And probably didn’t for good military strategy (landmark)

  • average_metalhead
    -21 points Apr 16,2019, 11:05am

    How was this photo taken?

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  • SpiderSchwein
    262 points Apr 16,2019, 10:23am

    Bomber groups did try and spare the cathedral, both because of its cultural value but also because it was a good navigation point. When you take a look at it up close, you can see the damaged bits, as you can in so many German landmarks that have been restored, but it's such an impressive place. Cologne isn't the prettiest city anymore, but the way the Cathedral glows a pale yellow at night and how reflects along the Rhein along with some of the other nearby medieval church towers, it's stunningly beautiful.

  • gingorama
    79 points Apr 16,2019, 10:58am

    Fascinating photo!

    I have an unusual classroom poster of the Köln cathedral from the 1920s. I thought I would share because the details are so beautiful. (The tiny people and vehicles at the bottom are interesting, as well.)

    http://imgur.com/gallery/F4sCNj5

  • brrrgitte
    60 points Apr 16,2019, 11:21am

    In light of the Notre Dame Fire, my first thought was, “weird flex, but okay.”

    In all seriousness though, it really is amazing.

  • theonlyftg
    20 points Apr 16,2019, 11:14am

    ELI5: how did it survive hundred pound bombs? Wouldn’t the bombs fall through the roof and explode, or did they just explode on the roof surface and the blast extend upward?

  • redlloyd
    6 points Apr 16,2019, 10:58am

    I had the chance to visit in the 80’s. The steps in those spires were amazing!

  • brianburnsred
    5 points Apr 16,2019, 11:25am

    Man look at the city. It’s amazing that they rebuilt after that war. So much destruction. Humans are amazing.

  • Coddingtown
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 11:21am

    What a great photo.

    I spend a week in Cologne every year from work in a BNB that I can see ( where it now stands ) in this photo.

  • the-real-jimbo-slice
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 11:56am

    I went there in 2010 with some German friends and can say it's an impressive view.

    There's a museum next door that has a beautiful mosaic floor from an ancient Roman bath house. The Germans discovered it digging bomb shelters to protect them from allied bombing raids during WWII and fortunately saved the art for future generations to see!

  • LittleBigBadGoodJohn
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 12:10pm

    Isn't this also right next to the location of the famous tank duel?

  • Monkibizness
    3 points Apr 16,2019, 12:17pm

    Wasn’t pretty much the whole city of Dresden just not as lucky?

  • Rastellikk
    2 points Apr 16,2019, 11:55am

    Its awesome to walk next to the Cathredral and look at a little information board on the side. Many photos of how the cathedral and its direct environment looked like in ´45. Its unbelieable, cologne was just a pile of rubble at this point.

  • protestantwotplayer
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 10:59am

    Wow a wasteland

  • deleted
    2 points Apr 16,2019, 12:04pm

    [removed]

  • DBDude
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:08pm

    Funny, I just commented to someone that a landmark like Notre Dame can still retain cultural significance and draw tourists by using this very cathedral as an example.

  • vwjlis
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:22pm

    I've been here. It is a beautiful landmark. I also bought a post card with a photo of it damaged by bombing, similar to OPs

  • Prosopagnosia
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:32pm

    I went to Koln last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only is the Dom an incredible building to witness in person but the excavation work they are doing where they have discovered ancient Roman ruins underneath the city is equally fascinating.

  • MartyVanB
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:33pm

    Germany didnt finish rebuilding till the 1980s. That still amazes me

  • codyg47
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:40pm

    I went up to the top last month! Awesome cathedral, will definitely go again whenever I go to Cologne

  • minolisk
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:44pm

    This headline sounds like it was written by a very passive aggressive German

  • deleted
    -29 points Apr 16,2019, 9:50am

    [removed]

  • ImFineEitherWay
    1 points Apr 16,2019, 12:02pm

    "Like the hand of God falling from the sky."

    Source: https://youtu.be/4QkFbcI8vUY

  • theharv456
    0 points Apr 16,2019, 12:26pm

    That reminds me of another cathedral that didn’t collapse... oh wait sorry it DID collapse it’s notre dam

  • THUMB5UP
    -5 points Apr 16,2019, 11:18am

    It doesn’t look like it got hit once. And probably didn’t for good military strategy (landmark)

  • average_metalhead
    -21 points Apr 16,2019, 11:05am

    How was this photo taken?

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Two inhabitants of Blankenese in the city-state of Hamburg, German Empire, 1911 by Anton Bruhn [3204 x 2164]

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  • flapsfisher
    1 points Apr 15,2019, 7:09pm

    They look like characters from a movie. Great photo

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  • flapsfisher
    1 points Apr 15,2019, 7:09pm

    They look like characters from a movie. Great photo

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Shell hole through German Tiger Barrel, 1940's [855x532]

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  • Mentalwards
    8 points Apr 13,2019, 6:48pm

    I wonder if it made funny noise when it happened.

  • ShySodium
    3 points Apr 13,2019, 7:10pm

    What would happen if someone fired off a shell from that tiger?

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  • Mentalwards
    8 points Apr 13,2019, 6:48pm

    I wonder if it made funny noise when it happened.

  • ShySodium
    3 points Apr 13,2019, 7:10pm

    What would happen if someone fired off a shell from that tiger?

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Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, the three young brothers that would go on to form The Bee Gees just four years after this photo was taken in 1956. [736 × 572]

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  • momster777
    20 points Apr 12,2019, 10:47am

    Recognize Barry’s teeth from a mile away.

  • commander_in_coif
    12 points Apr 12,2019, 12:00pm

    Think of the high notes they could’ve hit at that age

  • WhiskeyDabber67
    6 points Apr 12,2019, 12:10pm

    Dude In the middle got all the bad features of the other two.

  • Sinkankan
    -1 points Apr 12,2019, 1:03pm

    Impossible with that date, they were enrolled in Clontarf Beach Primary school Queensland Australia in the 70’s. They lived in Tainton Street Clontarf for about 9 months in a fibro 2 1/2 bedroom house with their divorced mother. One of them, not sure which one went out with my sister for a brief time before moving interstate where they followed their music careers.Theirs a memorial statue of the three brothers in the Main Street of Redcliffe that celebrates the Gibb brothers fame.

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  • momster777
    20 points Apr 12,2019, 10:47am

    Recognize Barry’s teeth from a mile away.

  • commander_in_coif
    12 points Apr 12,2019, 12:00pm

    Think of the high notes they could’ve hit at that age

  • WhiskeyDabber67
    6 points Apr 12,2019, 12:10pm

    Dude In the middle got all the bad features of the other two.

  • guantanamoslay
    1 points Apr 12,2019, 4:23pm

    Used to see Maurice Gibb all around North Miami/Miami Shores when I was a kid (during the 90s).

  • Sinkankan
    -1 points Apr 12,2019, 1:03pm

    Impossible with that date, they were enrolled in Clontarf Beach Primary school Queensland Australia in the 70’s. They lived in Tainton Street Clontarf for about 9 months in a fibro 2 1/2 bedroom house with their divorced mother. One of them, not sure which one went out with my sister for a brief time before moving interstate where they followed their music careers.Theirs a memorial statue of the three brothers in the Main Street of Redcliffe that celebrates the Gibb brothers fame.

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Adolf Hitler meets King of Thailand, 1934 [559×720]

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  • P5ych0pathV2
    413 points Apr 12,2019, 9:19am

    What was Nazi Germany's attitude toward Thailand?

  • kgunnar
    488 points Apr 12,2019, 6:52am

    Technically the King of Siam at the time.

  • puzzleenthusiast
    112 points Apr 12,2019, 12:02pm

    In Thailand (or at least in my school), They avoid teaching Thailand-Axis relation like plagues, The curriculum for Thai history doesn't mention WW2 as "Important event" in Thailand history, We only learned about the WW2 in World History which conveniently skips fascist Thailand, involvement with Japan and invasion from allies and only mention Seri Thai movement.

    But of course, This varies between school and this is only my observation of standard curriculum. Some school choose to cover those missing history.

  • deleted
    41 points Apr 12,2019, 10:33am

    [deleted]

  • sgalahad
    42 points Apr 12,2019, 9:21am

    Thailand/Siam was lead by a man who was essentially a fascist until the USA couped him in 1957.

  • falconx50
    16 points Apr 12,2019, 10:56am

    Oh great, he bowed to another leader. Now Hitler won't be taken seriously on the world stage! /s

  • epiphyte2
    3 points Apr 12,2019, 11:38am

    Look at that train of an aircraft back there.

  • roksteddy
    3 points Apr 12,2019, 11:43am

    That'd be such a great line for "Uh, we don't do that here..."

    Thai greeting is usually cusped hands brought close to the heart, IIRC also used by the royalty.

  • chasseur_
    35 points Apr 12,2019, 5:43am

    Finally, someone who Hitler can safely say he’s taller than

  • no-mad
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 5:18pm

    Never realized what a serious hair part Hitler had.

  • myname_checksout
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 6:38pm

    Daaaaaaamn Hitler had that hard AF part. Thing looks like the Grand Canyon!

  • your_mum_loves_me
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 8:08pm

    Hitler's Germany and the way he conducted his business and the salute and everything will always fascinate me. It blows my mind that this was ever able to happen and how long it happened for.

  • ParrotInTheSky
    3 points Apr 12,2019, 11:01am

    King of Thailand with the guy who killed Hitler. Such a hero!

  • hungry_hipaa
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 11:38am

    Didn't I read somewhere that people weren't allowed to touch royalty in Thailand or was that another place and/or time?

  • babyseal007
    1 points Apr 12,2019, 2:51pm

    Anybody know what plane that is?

  • rabidbidoof
    1 points Apr 12,2019, 1:02pm

    I think they put people to death for drugs in Thailand. Hitler would still be in good company if he visited today.

  • loki-things
    1 points Apr 12,2019, 2:07pm

    See being culturally sensitive makes you Hitler as well. Look at that powering for respect. We are all screwed lol

  • MrManayunk
    0 points Apr 12,2019, 9:17am

    Reminds me of when Obama bowed to the King of Japan and also the King of Saudi Arabia.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/PoliticalVideo/comments/9p5fio/obama_bows_to_saudi_king/

  • Reprimanded_Duck
    -5 points Apr 12,2019, 11:23am

    Such a gentleman. They don’t make leaders like they used to that’s for sure :(.

  • kuppb
    0 points Apr 12,2019, 7:15pm

    Such a respectful, beautiful soul. Rest in peace.

  • gillipoop81
    -3 points Apr 12,2019, 12:06pm

    Hell of a hard part, ashamed to say it but it does look fresh

  • djarumblacc
    -18 points Apr 12,2019, 11:54am

    What a legend"History is written by the victors"

  • Da_Infinite_Jest
    -6 points Apr 12,2019, 2:03pm

    I heard Hitler let the king of Thailand fuck Josef mengele. Big if tru.

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  • P5ych0pathV2
    413 points Apr 12,2019, 9:19am

    What was Nazi Germany's attitude toward Thailand?

  • kgunnar
    488 points Apr 12,2019, 6:52am

    Technically the King of Siam at the time.

  • puzzleenthusiast
    112 points Apr 12,2019, 12:02pm

    In Thailand (or at least in my school), They avoid teaching Thailand-Axis relation like plagues, The curriculum for Thai history doesn't mention WW2 as "Important event" in Thailand history, We only learned about the WW2 in World History which conveniently skips fascist Thailand, involvement with Japan and invasion from allies and only mention Seri Thai movement.

    But of course, This varies between school and this is only my observation of standard curriculum. Some school choose to cover those missing history.

  • harriswatchsbrnntc
    64 points Apr 12,2019, 8:55am

    What is pudgy Paul F Tompkins doing in the background!?

  • deleted
    41 points Apr 12,2019, 10:33am

    [deleted]

  • sgalahad
    42 points Apr 12,2019, 9:21am

    Thailand/Siam was lead by a man who was essentially a fascist until the USA couped him in 1957.

  • falconx50
    16 points Apr 12,2019, 10:56am

    Oh great, he bowed to another leader. Now Hitler won't be taken seriously on the world stage! /s

  • epiphyte2
    3 points Apr 12,2019, 11:38am

    Look at that train of an aircraft back there.

  • roksteddy
    3 points Apr 12,2019, 11:43am

    That'd be such a great line for "Uh, we don't do that here..."

    Thai greeting is usually cusped hands brought close to the heart, IIRC also used by the royalty.

  • chasseur_
    35 points Apr 12,2019, 5:43am

    Finally, someone who Hitler can safely say he’s taller than

  • no-mad
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 5:18pm

    Never realized what a serious hair part Hitler had.

  • myname_checksout
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 6:38pm

    Daaaaaaamn Hitler had that hard AF part. Thing looks like the Grand Canyon!

  • your_mum_loves_me
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 8:08pm

    Hitler's Germany and the way he conducted his business and the salute and everything will always fascinate me. It blows my mind that this was ever able to happen and how long it happened for.

  • ParrotInTheSky
    3 points Apr 12,2019, 11:01am

    King of Thailand with the guy who killed Hitler. Such a hero!

  • hungry_hipaa
    2 points Apr 12,2019, 11:38am

    Didn't I read somewhere that people weren't allowed to touch royalty in Thailand or was that another place and/or time?

  • babyseal007
    1 points Apr 12,2019, 2:51pm

    Anybody know what plane that is?

  • rabidbidoof
    1 points Apr 12,2019, 1:02pm

    I think they put people to death for drugs in Thailand. Hitler would still be in good company if he visited today.

  • loki-things
    1 points Apr 12,2019, 2:07pm

    See being culturally sensitive makes you Hitler as well. Look at that powering for respect. We are all screwed lol

  • MrManayunk
    0 points Apr 12,2019, 9:17am

    Reminds me of when Obama bowed to the King of Japan and also the King of Saudi Arabia.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/PoliticalVideo/comments/9p5fio/obama_bows_to_saudi_king/

  • Reprimanded_Duck
    -5 points Apr 12,2019, 11:23am

    Such a gentleman. They don’t make leaders like they used to that’s for sure :(.

  • kuppb
    0 points Apr 12,2019, 7:15pm

    Such a respectful, beautiful soul. Rest in peace.

  • gillipoop81
    -3 points Apr 12,2019, 12:06pm

    Hell of a hard part, ashamed to say it but it does look fresh

  • djarumblacc
    -18 points Apr 12,2019, 11:54am

    What a legend"History is written by the victors"

  • Da_Infinite_Jest
    -6 points Apr 12,2019, 2:03pm

    I heard Hitler let the king of Thailand fuck Josef mengele. Big if tru.

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Lyndon Johnson with a dead rattlesnake -- Fredericksburg, Texas (April 10, 1966) [1200x792]

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  • GatoNanashi
    3 points Apr 11,2019, 6:08am

    "You boys wanna see a bigger snake?"

  • nowhathappenedwas
    1 points Apr 10,2019, 3:45pm
  • IrishB_Cubed
    1 points Apr 11,2019, 11:52am

    Like how everyone is gathered around like this was some semi-formal, upper-class safari picture.

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  • GatoNanashi
    3 points Apr 11,2019, 6:08am

    "You boys wanna see a bigger snake?"

  • nowhathappenedwas
    1 points Apr 10,2019, 3:45pm
  • IrishB_Cubed
    1 points Apr 11,2019, 11:52am

    Like how everyone is gathered around like this was some semi-formal, upper-class safari picture.

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Firehouse, Engine Company 31, NYC, 1897 [4363 x 3091]

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Old World Trade Center during the Christmas Season, 1995 [746 × 1024]

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