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The first telephone pay station in Los Angeles, 1899. A call to San Francisco cost about $14/minute in today’s dollars [679x817]

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Bonnie and Clyde 1932[540 X 671]

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  • fordnut
    2 points Sep 11,2019, 3:32pm

    Almost makes you forget they killed 13 people.

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  • fordnut
    2 points Sep 11,2019, 3:32pm

    Almost makes you forget they killed 13 people.

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Job hunting in the 1930's [880 x 1288]

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  • ShouldHaveSeven24
    3 points Sep 04,2019, 12:06pm

    Thanks for posting..first time I've seen it

  • caboo5e4
    4 points Sep 04,2019, 11:20am

    I've seen this picture more than I've seen my children

  • Bruchibre
    2 points Sep 04,2019, 1:26pm

    My father would advise me to look for job like that and still think it's a good idea :)

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  • ShouldHaveSeven24
    3 points Sep 04,2019, 12:06pm

    Thanks for posting..first time I've seen it

  • caboo5e4
    4 points Sep 04,2019, 11:20am

    I've seen this picture more than I've seen my children

  • Bruchibre
    2 points Sep 04,2019, 1:26pm

    My father would advise me to look for job like that and still think it's a good idea :)

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The Brennan Gyroscopic Monorail, demonstrated to the press at Gillingham. Kent, 10th November, 1909 [962 × 642]

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  • SassyCoburgGoth
    1 points Sep 03,2019, 8:05pm

    Love it! ... all railways ought to be that kind.

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  • SassyCoburgGoth
    1 points Sep 03,2019, 8:05pm

    Love it! ... all railways ought to be that kind.

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On this day in 1963, 200,000 people attended the March on Washington [Colorized] [1620x1080]

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  • photojacker
    1 points Aug 28,2019, 2:28pm

    THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON. August 28th, 1963, Washington DC, USA,

    Colorized from a black and white 35mm negative by Warren K. Leffler (Library of Congress). I've had to upload the original onto Imgur as the Library of Congress is down for me at the moment.

    Original caption reads, "[View of the huge crowd from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, during the March on Washington]"

  • ciabattabing16
    1 points Aug 29,2019, 6:42pm

    Brave not just for the time and topic, but because of the season, which is known as false fall, where here in DC it can be 68, or, as it will be Saturday, 90++++. I see tons of suit jackets. Ugh

  • Major-Oopseedayzee
    1 points Aug 29,2019, 1:13pm

    Now this a moment that deserves a little color. Enough with the Third Reich BS (although the abundance of red does look really nice in contrast to the more subdued colors of the Nazi photos)

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  • photojacker
    1 points Aug 28,2019, 2:28pm

    THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON. August 28th, 1963, Washington DC, USA,

    Colorized from a black and white 35mm negative by Warren K. Leffler (Library of Congress). I've had to upload the original onto Imgur as the Library of Congress is down for me at the moment.

    Original caption reads, "[View of the huge crowd from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, during the March on Washington]"

  • ciabattabing16
    1 points Aug 29,2019, 6:42pm

    Brave not just for the time and topic, but because of the season, which is known as false fall, where here in DC it can be 68, or, as it will be Saturday, 90++++. I see tons of suit jackets. Ugh

  • Major-Oopseedayzee
    1 points Aug 29,2019, 1:13pm

    Now this a moment that deserves a little color. Enough with the Third Reich BS (although the abundance of red does look really nice in contrast to the more subdued colors of the Nazi photos)

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (in top hat) overseeing construction of SS Great Eastern, a ship that would be the largest in the world for over 40 years, in 1857 or 58. [1280x971]

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  • dbouchie
    2 points Aug 27,2019, 8:31am

    I have to wonder, how much of this haziness is the picture quality, and how much is the smog they would have had back then?

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  • dbouchie
    2 points Aug 27,2019, 8:31am

    I have to wonder, how much of this haziness is the picture quality, and how much is the smog they would have had back then?

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A group photo men who were subjects of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments, c. 1970. [600 × 393].

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Inuit dog carrying a pack, 1944 [600x872]

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  • mushy_mehoo
    1 points Aug 18,2019, 11:01am

    Photo by Jean Philippe, Library and Archives Canada. Taken near what is now Arviat, Nunavut.

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  • mushy_mehoo
    1 points Aug 18,2019, 11:01am

    Photo by Jean Philippe, Library and Archives Canada. Taken near what is now Arviat, Nunavut.

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Rocky Marciano's right hook knocks out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round of their heavyweight title fight, September 23rd, 1952. [1600x1243]

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  • pigletpooh
    17 points Aug 19,2019, 5:05am

    Jesus they beat the absolute shit out of each other

  • IanthegeekV2
    4 points Aug 19,2019, 6:53am

    Seems like a really impressive shutter speed for 1952, that’s a great photo

  • tirompixtras
    3 points Aug 19,2019, 9:04am

    Didnt know about this photo! Now that is a professional photographer!

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  • pigletpooh
    17 points Aug 19,2019, 5:05am

    Jesus they beat the absolute shit out of each other

  • IanthegeekV2
    4 points Aug 19,2019, 6:53am

    Seems like a really impressive shutter speed for 1952, that’s a great photo

  • tirompixtras
    3 points Aug 19,2019, 9:04am

    Didnt know about this photo! Now that is a professional photographer!

  • Triassic_Bark
    1 points Aug 19,2019, 1:48pm

    Heavyweights!? Nether looks to be more than 185lbs!

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An IDF soldier drinks water from a river during the Six-Day War in July, 1967. On his left arm is a tattoo from Auschwitz. [1880 x 1640]

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  • AutoModerator
    1 points Aug 15,2019, 8:56pm

    Hi!
    As we hope you can appreciate, the Holocaust can be a fraught subject to deal with. While don't want to curtail discussion, we also remain very conscious that threads of this nature can attract the very wrong kind of responses, and it is an unfortunate truth that on reddit, outright Holocaust denial can often rear its ugly head. As such, the /r/History mods have created this brief overview. It is not intended to stifle further discussion, but simply lay out the basic, incontrovertible truths to get them out of the way.

    What Was the Holocaust?

    The Holocaust refers the genocidal deaths of 5-6 million European Jews carried out systematically by Nazi Germany as part of targeted policies of persecution and extermination during World War II. Some historians will also include the deaths of the Roma, Communists, Mentally Disabled, and other groups targeted by Nazi policies, which brings the total number of deaths to ~11 million. Debates about whether or not the Holocaust includes these deaths or not is a matter of definitions, but in no way a reflection on dispute that they occurred.

    But This Guy Says Otherwise!

    Unfortunately, there is a small, but vocal, minority of persons who fall into the category of Holocaust Denial, attempting to minimize the deaths by orders of magnitude, impugn well proven facts, or even claim that the Holocaust is entirely a fabrication and never happened. Although they often self-style themselves as "Revisionists", they are not correctly described by the title. While revisionism is not inherently a dirty word, actual revision, to quote Michael Shermer, "entails refinement of detailed knowledge about events, rarely complete denial of the events themselves, and certainly not denial of the cumulation of events known as the Holocaust."

    It is absolutely true that were you to read a book written in 1950 or so, you would find information which any decent scholar today might reject, and that is the result of good revisionism. But these changes, which even can be quite large, such as the reassessment of deaths at Auschwitz from ~4 million to ~1 million, are done within the bounds of respected, academic study, and reflect decades of work that builds upon the work of previous scholars, and certainly does not willfully disregard documented evidence and recollections. There are still plenty of questions within Holocaust Studies that are debated by scholars, and there may still be more out there for us to discover, and revise, but when it comes to the basic facts, there is simply no valid argument against them.

    So What Are the Basics?

    Beginning with their rise to power in the 1930s, the Nazi Party, headed by Adolf Hitler, implemented a series of anti-Jewish policies within Germany, marginalizing Jews within society more and more, stripping them of their wealth, livelihoods, and their dignity. With the invasion of Poland in 1939, the number of Jews under Nazi control reached into the millions, and this number would again increase with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Shortly after the invasion of Poland, the Germans started to confine the Jewish population into squalid ghettos. After several plans on how to rid Europe of the Jews that all proved unfeasible, by the time of the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, ideological (Antisemitism) and pragmatic (Resources) considerations lead to mass-killings becoming the only viable option in the minds of the Nazi leadership.First only practiced in the USSR, it was influential groups such as the SS and the administration of the General Government that pushed to expand the killing operations to all of Europe and sometime at the end of 1941 met with Hitler’s approval.

    The early killings were carried out foremost by the Einsatzgruppen, paramilitary groups organized under the aegis of the SS and tasked with carrying out the mass killings of Jews, Communists, and other 'undesirable elements' in the wake of the German military's advance. In what is often termed the 'Holocaust by Bullet', the Einsatzgruppen, with the assistance of the Wehrmacht, the SD, the Security Police, as well as local collaborators, would kill roughly two million persons, over half of them Jews. Most killings were carried out with mass shootings, but other methods such as gas vans - intended to spare the killers the trauma of shooting so many persons day after day - were utilized too.

    By early 1942, the "Final Solution" to the so-called "Jewish Question" was essentially finalized at the Wannsee Conference under the direction of Reinhard Heydrich, where the plan to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe using a series of extermination camps set up in occupied Poland was presented and met with approval.

    Construction of extermination camps had already begun the previous fall, and mass extermination, mostly as part of 'Operation Reinhard', had began operation by spring of 1942. Roughly 2 million persons, nearly all Jewish men, women, and children, were immediately gassed upon arrival at Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka over the next two years, when these "Reinhard" camps were closed and razed. More victims would meet their fate in additional extermination camps such as Chełmno, but most infamously at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where slightly over 1 million persons, mostly Jews, died. Under the plan set forth at Wannsee, exterminations were hardly limited to the Jews of Poland, but rather Jews from all over Europe were rounded up and sent east by rail like cattle to the slaughter. Although the victims of the Reinhard Camps were originally buried, they would later be exhumed and cremated, and cremation of the victims was normal procedure at later camps such as Auschwitz.

    The Camps

    There were two main types of camps run by Nazi Germany, which is sometimes a source of confusion. Concentration Camps were well known means of extrajudicial control implemented by the Nazis shortly after taking power, beginning with the construction of Dachau in 1933. Political opponents of all type, not just Jews, could find themselves imprisoned in these camps during the pre-war years, and while conditions were often brutal and squalid, and numerous deaths did occur from mistreatment, they were not usually a death sentence and the population fluctuated greatly. Although Concentration Camps were later made part of the 'Final Solution', their purpose was not as immediate extermination centers. Some were 'way stations', and others were work camps, where Germany intended to eke out every last bit of productivity from them through what was known as "extermination through labor". Jews and other undesirable elements, if deemed healthy enough to work, could find themselves spared for a time and "allowed" to toil away like slaves until their usefulness was at an end.

    Although some Concentration Camps, such as Mauthausen, did include small gas chambers, mass gassing was not the primary purpose of the camp. Many camps, becoming extremely overcrowded, nevertheless resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of inhabitants due to the outbreak of diseases such as typhus, or starvation, all of which the camp administrations did little to prevent. Bergen-Belsen, which was not a work camp but rather served as something of a way station for prisoners of the camp systems being moved about, is perhaps one of the most infamous of camps on this count, saw some 50,000 deaths caused by the conditions. Often located in the Reich, camps liberated by the Western forces were exclusively Concentration Camps, and many survivor testimonies come from these camps.

    The Concentration Camps are contrasted with the Extermination Camps, which were purpose built for mass killing, with large gas chambers and later on, crematoria, but little or no facilities for inmates. Often they were disguised with false facades to lull the new arrivals into a false sense of security, even though rumors were of course rife for the fate that awaited the deportees. Almost all arrivals were killed upon arrival at these camps, and in many cases the number of survivors numbered in the single digits, such as at Bełżec, where only seven Jews, forced to assist in operation of the camp, were alive after the war.

    Several camps, however, were 'Hybrids' of both types, the most famous being Auschwitz, which was vast a complex of subcamps. The infamous 'selection' of prisoners, conducted by SS doctors upon arrival, meant life or death, with those deemed unsuited for labor immediately gassed and the more healthy and robust given at least temporary reprieve. The death count at Auschwitz numbered around 1 million, but it is also the source of many survivor testimonies.

    How Do We Know?

    Running through the evidence piece by piece would take more space than we have here, but suffice to say, there is a lot of evidence, and not just the (mountains of) survivor testimony. We have testimonies and writings from many who participated, as well German documentation of the programs. This site catalogs some of the evidence we have for mass extermination as it relates to Auschwitz. Below you'll find a short list of excellent works that should help to introduce you to various aspects of Holocaust study.

COMMENTS

  • AutoModerator
    1 points Aug 15,2019, 8:56pm

    Hi!
    As we hope you can appreciate, the Holocaust can be a fraught subject to deal with. While don't want to curtail discussion, we also remain very conscious that threads of this nature can attract the very wrong kind of responses, and it is an unfortunate truth that on reddit, outright Holocaust denial can often rear its ugly head. As such, the /r/History mods have created this brief overview. It is not intended to stifle further discussion, but simply lay out the basic, incontrovertible truths to get them out of the way.

    What Was the Holocaust?

    The Holocaust refers the genocidal deaths of 5-6 million European Jews carried out systematically by Nazi Germany as part of targeted policies of persecution and extermination during World War II. Some historians will also include the deaths of the Roma, Communists, Mentally Disabled, and other groups targeted by Nazi policies, which brings the total number of deaths to ~11 million. Debates about whether or not the Holocaust includes these deaths or not is a matter of definitions, but in no way a reflection on dispute that they occurred.

    But This Guy Says Otherwise!

    Unfortunately, there is a small, but vocal, minority of persons who fall into the category of Holocaust Denial, attempting to minimize the deaths by orders of magnitude, impugn well proven facts, or even claim that the Holocaust is entirely a fabrication and never happened. Although they often self-style themselves as "Revisionists", they are not correctly described by the title. While revisionism is not inherently a dirty word, actual revision, to quote Michael Shermer, "entails refinement of detailed knowledge about events, rarely complete denial of the events themselves, and certainly not denial of the cumulation of events known as the Holocaust."

    It is absolutely true that were you to read a book written in 1950 or so, you would find information which any decent scholar today might reject, and that is the result of good revisionism. But these changes, which even can be quite large, such as the reassessment of deaths at Auschwitz from ~4 million to ~1 million, are done within the bounds of respected, academic study, and reflect decades of work that builds upon the work of previous scholars, and certainly does not willfully disregard documented evidence and recollections. There are still plenty of questions within Holocaust Studies that are debated by scholars, and there may still be more out there for us to discover, and revise, but when it comes to the basic facts, there is simply no valid argument against them.

    So What Are the Basics?

    Beginning with their rise to power in the 1930s, the Nazi Party, headed by Adolf Hitler, implemented a series of anti-Jewish policies within Germany, marginalizing Jews within society more and more, stripping them of their wealth, livelihoods, and their dignity. With the invasion of Poland in 1939, the number of Jews under Nazi control reached into the millions, and this number would again increase with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Shortly after the invasion of Poland, the Germans started to confine the Jewish population into squalid ghettos. After several plans on how to rid Europe of the Jews that all proved unfeasible, by the time of the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, ideological (Antisemitism) and pragmatic (Resources) considerations lead to mass-killings becoming the only viable option in the minds of the Nazi leadership.First only practiced in the USSR, it was influential groups such as the SS and the administration of the General Government that pushed to expand the killing operations to all of Europe and sometime at the end of 1941 met with Hitler’s approval.

    The early killings were carried out foremost by the Einsatzgruppen, paramilitary groups organized under the aegis of the SS and tasked with carrying out the mass killings of Jews, Communists, and other 'undesirable elements' in the wake of the German military's advance. In what is often termed the 'Holocaust by Bullet', the Einsatzgruppen, with the assistance of the Wehrmacht, the SD, the Security Police, as well as local collaborators, would kill roughly two million persons, over half of them Jews. Most killings were carried out with mass shootings, but other methods such as gas vans - intended to spare the killers the trauma of shooting so many persons day after day - were utilized too.

    By early 1942, the "Final Solution" to the so-called "Jewish Question" was essentially finalized at the Wannsee Conference under the direction of Reinhard Heydrich, where the plan to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe using a series of extermination camps set up in occupied Poland was presented and met with approval.

    Construction of extermination camps had already begun the previous fall, and mass extermination, mostly as part of 'Operation Reinhard', had began operation by spring of 1942. Roughly 2 million persons, nearly all Jewish men, women, and children, were immediately gassed upon arrival at Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka over the next two years, when these "Reinhard" camps were closed and razed. More victims would meet their fate in additional extermination camps such as Chełmno, but most infamously at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where slightly over 1 million persons, mostly Jews, died. Under the plan set forth at Wannsee, exterminations were hardly limited to the Jews of Poland, but rather Jews from all over Europe were rounded up and sent east by rail like cattle to the slaughter. Although the victims of the Reinhard Camps were originally buried, they would later be exhumed and cremated, and cremation of the victims was normal procedure at later camps such as Auschwitz.

    The Camps

    There were two main types of camps run by Nazi Germany, which is sometimes a source of confusion. Concentration Camps were well known means of extrajudicial control implemented by the Nazis shortly after taking power, beginning with the construction of Dachau in 1933. Political opponents of all type, not just Jews, could find themselves imprisoned in these camps during the pre-war years, and while conditions were often brutal and squalid, and numerous deaths did occur from mistreatment, they were not usually a death sentence and the population fluctuated greatly. Although Concentration Camps were later made part of the 'Final Solution', their purpose was not as immediate extermination centers. Some were 'way stations', and others were work camps, where Germany intended to eke out every last bit of productivity from them through what was known as "extermination through labor". Jews and other undesirable elements, if deemed healthy enough to work, could find themselves spared for a time and "allowed" to toil away like slaves until their usefulness was at an end.

    Although some Concentration Camps, such as Mauthausen, did include small gas chambers, mass gassing was not the primary purpose of the camp. Many camps, becoming extremely overcrowded, nevertheless resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of inhabitants due to the outbreak of diseases such as typhus, or starvation, all of which the camp administrations did little to prevent. Bergen-Belsen, which was not a work camp but rather served as something of a way station for prisoners of the camp systems being moved about, is perhaps one of the most infamous of camps on this count, saw some 50,000 deaths caused by the conditions. Often located in the Reich, camps liberated by the Western forces were exclusively Concentration Camps, and many survivor testimonies come from these camps.

    The Concentration Camps are contrasted with the Extermination Camps, which were purpose built for mass killing, with large gas chambers and later on, crematoria, but little or no facilities for inmates. Often they were disguised with false facades to lull the new arrivals into a false sense of security, even though rumors were of course rife for the fate that awaited the deportees. Almost all arrivals were killed upon arrival at these camps, and in many cases the number of survivors numbered in the single digits, such as at Bełżec, where only seven Jews, forced to assist in operation of the camp, were alive after the war.

    Several camps, however, were 'Hybrids' of both types, the most famous being Auschwitz, which was vast a complex of subcamps. The infamous 'selection' of prisoners, conducted by SS doctors upon arrival, meant life or death, with those deemed unsuited for labor immediately gassed and the more healthy and robust given at least temporary reprieve. The death count at Auschwitz numbered around 1 million, but it is also the source of many survivor testimonies.

    How Do We Know?

    Running through the evidence piece by piece would take more space than we have here, but suffice to say, there is a lot of evidence, and not just the (mountains of) survivor testimony. We have testimonies and writings from many who participated, as well German documentation of the programs. This site catalogs some of the evidence we have for mass extermination as it relates to Auschwitz. Below you'll find a short list of excellent works that should help to introduce you to various aspects of Holocaust study.