Cool Moments In Histroy
Although it is widely thought that this is the photo of a football helmet testing, it is in fact a safety demonstration by a British inventor W.T. Warren of a Protective Flight Helmet he invented. At the time, head injuries were the leading cause of pilot deaths in flight accidents, so he patented a leather-covered, spring-equipped pilot safety helmet, padded well with horsehair to spread the shock over a large area. If only he had a different testing method…
Fidel Castro and the kids
He might have been considered a dictator by some, but in this photo El Comandante shows off his soft side. All the kids are wearing fake beards to resemble him and he seems to be enjoying it. And it all would’ve not been strange if those kids were Cuban, but they were not, they were actually American. Hard to imagine today, but it happened in 1959 during his visit to New York, just after he took charge of Cuba and before the US sanctions. Times they are a changing…
This photo from the early 1900s shows lumberjacks cutting down humongous redwoods in the costal area of northern California. Considering they used only saws and axes, it was impressive how they managed to bring down those giant trees. Furthermore, it is even more impressive how they managed to transport them using just horses and oxen, as well as further process them. But, it was the peak time for logging and nothing could stop the progress in the expanding America.
Alfred Eisenstaedt took this photo of Joseph Goebbels, the Third Reich’s propaganda minister, during the League of Nations conference in 1933. The look and posture of the high-ranking Nazi is due to realization that the photographer was Jewish. The hatred in his stare is pulpable. Because Nazis were on the rise in Germany, as well as antisemitism that they proclaimed, Eisenstaedt emigrated to US, where he spent the rest of his life as a successful photographer for Life magazine.
Left or right?
On 3. September 1967, Sweden changed from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right-hand side. Needless to say, it did not go smoothly, as can be seen in this photo. It even became known as the right-hand traffic diversion day, since quite a few people were late to work that day. It might seem simple enough, but habits are hard to change. Wonder how long did it take them?
The first McDonald’s store
You wish the price of the burger was ¢15 as it was when the first McDonald’s store opened in San Bernardino, California. Most of the successful companies started small, so did the McDonald’s. They’ve come a long way since then, with many restaurants world-wide, drive-throughs and birthday parties with the clown. Their first restaurant serves as McDonald’s #1 Store Museum now.
Salvador Dali’s pet
Another eccentric Spanish artist doing his eccentric thing – walking his pet which is, wait for it – an anteater. Always elegant Dali, all dressed up with a cane in one hand and an anteater in another was a sight to be seen in Paris in 1969. Not sure was it a Spanish thing or an eccentric artist thing, but he could surely cause a stir and drew as much attention with his lifestyle as with his surrealistic artwork.