Extraordinary Historical Photos Tell Untold Stories

By Sarah Norman | June 5, 2024

Try it before you buy it! Teens listening to singles at the record store, 1957.

These photographs of pop culture and historic events of the past will give you a wave of nostalgia and a look into our history. Our present is built on a foundation of the past, therefore understanding what life was like a decade or a millennium ago is vital to learning what was considered important to people of the past. Knowing our past and how it has impacted our present provides us with a way to anticipate the future. 

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Teenagers love their music! Long before Pandora and Spotify, teens had to purchase the music they wanted in the form of vinyl records. Mindful of the limited disposable income of the 1950s teenager, many record companies started to produce singles, small records with a popular hit song recorded on one side, the A side, and a lesser known song by the same artist on the B side. Most 1950s record stores offered an area of turntables to allow their customers to listen to a single before they purchased it. These teens are taking advantage of that service, with the help of the elderly record store clerk, shown on the left. 

After the celebration, 1934. Man in top hat and tails clinging to a lamp post in the early morning mist, London.

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The November 29, 1934, marriage of Prince George, Duke of Kent, to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, was cause for celebration among the citizens of England. This royal wedding was the first one to be broadcast live on the radio and people all across London gathered to listen to the momentous event. Perhaps the dapper gentleman in this photo joined in the celebration of the Prince and Princess’s wedding by enjoying a few pints at a local tavern before staggering home in the early morning mist. Good thing London has plenty of light post to help him stay upright until he reached his bed.