Rare Photos Will Make You Question Everything You Think You Know About History

By Jack Ripley | October 16, 2023

Delivering ice during World War I from an ice wagon, 1918

The older we get the more we realize that the version of history that we think we know is all wrong. Look closer at this rare photographs from history and you'll see a different side to some of history's most well known stories, and you'll even discover facts about history that you won't find in a textbook.

This gallery of stunning photos that you've never seen captures some of the most important moments from history that you never knew about, and it turns a few well known stories completely on their heads.

Not all of the following stories have a happy ending, and some of them will shock you to the core. But they're all important pieces of history that beg you to look closer and show you a different side to history than you already know.

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Ice was big business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the time no one had freezers that could cube it, crush it, or even form it out of frozen water. People who wanted ice had to order a brick and wait for it to be delivered.

The most prominent ice manufacturer of the 19th century was Frederic Tudor, who harvested ice from frozen ponds in New England and shipped it around the world. The ice industry eventually evolved into a 90,000 person strong business, but during World War I all of the men who worked this vaulted job were off at war. Women took over in their stead and delivered ice across the country.

Of course, following World War I the ice industry completely melted once refrigeration and cooling systems became a thing, and by the 1930s there was no need for ice deliveries.

A Lego letter to parents from 1974.⁣

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This is the last thing that you'd expect to see coming from a company in the 1970s. Imagine, you open a box full of Lego and as the tiny plastic bricks drop out of the box they're followed by a letter telling you to relax and let your kids be creative without being produced.

During this era, parents were worried about whether their children were keeping to societal norms, not just because they wanted boys to be boys and girls to be girls, but because they were worried about how they would be perceived if they did anything out of the ordinary.

It's unreal to see that a company was totally fine with ticking off parents with this message that they should just relax if their kids wanted to do something "weird," and honestly it makes us like LEGO even more than we already did.