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Venus Barnett and son Lincoln in room of their farmhouse, Oklahoma, Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

London street life in 1876

photographer John Thompson show the reality of existence in the when photography was in its infancy. In 1876 he set out with writer Adolphe Smith and together the pair spoke to people and the shots were later published in magazine, Street Life in London.

Artist's rendering of Ching Shih (or Zheng Yi Sao) "A brilliant Cantonese pirate, she commanded 1800 ships and more than 80,000 pirates — men, women, and even children. She challenged the world superpower empires at the time such as the British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty. Undefeated, she would become one of China and Asia's strongest female pirates...She was also one of the few pirate captains to retire from piracy."

Ching Shih

Ching Shih was a female pirate who lived in the the death of her pirate husband Shih took command of several hundred ships, extorting money throughout the South China Sea. Her Red Flag Fleet was feared from the Chinese coast to Malaysia.

April 1936. "Interior of rehabilitation client's house. Jackson, Ohio." 35mm negative by Theodor Jung for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

Tuck this away and ponder it next time you want to complain about your crappy apartment or drafty house. (April "Interior of rehabilitation client's house." negative by Theodor Jung for the Farm Security Administration.

A mother hides her face in shame, c.1948, Chicago.  Forced with eviction and penniless, the parents have literally put their children up for sale. This was not a joke…What’s interesting is that the accompanying article did not pass judgement and there are no calls for whisking the children away to protective services. I'm wondering what ended up happening to these children?

An ashamed mother puts her four children up for sale in Chicago. Many people were forced into rather bizarre circumstances, such as Mr. Chalifoux, as they faced eviction and struggled to put food on the table. case for humanity & the lack thereof

Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment.  During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery. Shaving women's heads as a mark of retribution and humiliation was reintroduced in the 20th century and was widespread post WW2.

Such retaliation only perpetuates evil. Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment.

Walt Disney with his little sister, Ruth.

Walt Disney and his sister Ruth, circa He was the creator of Mickey Mouse and other cartoon characters. He and his brother Roy opened Disneyland in Anaheim, CA on July

See the two little figures looking out the second-floor window facing south in the building on the corner? Supposedly it's a young Teddy Roosevelt and his brother Elliot (future father of Eleanor);...

Who is watching Lincoln’s funeral procession?

Abe Lincoln’s funeral procession in New York City, April The house on the left, on the corner of St. & Broadway, is that of Cornelius Roosevelt. The 2 young boys looking out of the window are Teddy Roosevelt and his brother Elliott,

Loving biracial family back in the day. Robert and Mildred Loving , who helped change America for the better.

The Loving family. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent. The case changed history.

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