History Uncovered: 54 Stories Behind the Images

May 21, 2024

A female Lockheed employee works on a P-38 Lightning, Burbank, CA, 1944 

When you look back at history there are moments that you can't help but feel like you've lived. Big, sweeping, epic moments that are etched in stone. But even more fascinating are the stories that exist between the bullet points. These jaw-dropping photos that tell the unknown stories are sure to amaze. Click ahead with fervor and plow through pictures and anecdotes about everything from World War II to Madonna, and even the early years of Walt Disney.

That's not all we have. There are eye-opening looks at Mother Nature, natural disasters, and indigenous people that you'd never see in your normal life. Keep some eye drops handy because there's a lot to learn and photos that will astound you. Onward! 

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Even before the attack on Pearl Harbor, companies like Lockheed were experimenting with allowing women into their factories in order to make up an increased need to support the Allied cause in Europe. Before the attack there were only a few thousand women in the industry and far less on the factory floors. However once the war began the aeronautics industry needed workers.

The increased need for wartime labor allowed women into the industry who never would have been there had there not been a horrific war. This jumpstarted concepts like daycare centers adjacent to factories and smaller manufacturing areas in towns where women weren’t used to traveling to the city. World War II was awful, but it’s that good ol’ American ingenuity that allows people to succeed in times of crisis. 

A boy reading in a destroyed bookshop in London, after a night of heavy bombing. October 1940

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At the onset of World War II the United Kingdom bore the brunt of the German army, enduring thousands of bombing runs throughout the summer and autumn of 1940. The Nazis attacked military targets just as harshly as they hit normal pillars of regular life. They went after civilian areas and between July and December 1940 about 23,000 British civilians lost their lives.

The people of England did their best to maintain a normal life, but for many people that meant going underground to bomb shelters for days at a time only to return to their favorite places completely blown out. Bombing raids continued throughout the war, making a scene like this unfortunately common place.