Extraordinary Photos that Reveal a Different Side of History

By Jack Ripley | December 13, 2023

Excavation site of the Sphinx, 1850.

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In 1850, an incredible discovery was made at the excavation site of the Sphinx in Egypt. French engineer Auguste Mariette unearthed a massive statue that had been hidden away for centuries - the Great Sphinx of Giza! This legendary figure has captivated the imaginations of historians and adventurers alike since ancient times. It's even said to have inspired the classic film "The Mummy" (1932), starring Boris Karloff as Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian priest who is resurrected from his tomb. The Sphinx is one of the world's oldest monuments, standing tall with its enigmatic face still intact after thousands of years. Its mystery will continue to fascinate us for generations to come.

Grenade shells from a World War 1 artillery barrage, 1917.

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The sky was alive with the sound of artillery fire as grenade shells from a World War 1 barrage rained down on the battlefield in 1917. It was an iconic moment that has been immortalized in films like All Quiet on the Western Front and Paths of Glory, both directed by Stanley Kubrick. The horrors of war were brought to life for audiences everywhere through these powerful depictions of the Great War.