Not all history is in books.
Some of it you can see for yourself in a photograph.
What can you see here?
What you are looking at is a little boy who had just come home to find his house in rubble and his mother, father and brother dead inside.
It happened during the “Little Blitz” when Nazi Germany employed V-1 and V-2 rockets to bomb England.
It was taken in 1944 by the legendary photographer Toni Frissell.
The little boy survived the war and actually recognized the picture many years later when it was used to advertise an exhibition.
‘Leo the Lion’ having his famous roar recorded in 1928 so that it could be heard throughout history at the start of every MGM movie.
The lion’s name was actually Jackie, though I suspect he didn’t come when he was called either way.
The legendary World War One spy Mata Hari.
In this instance, she’s the one being spied on.
The only known picture of Billy the Kid.
It was taken some time between 1873 and 1881.
And one of Bill’s contemporaries, the legendary Geronimo.
He is seen here on the right with fellow Apache warriors, Yanozha (his brother-in-law), Chappo (the son of his second wife) and the inappropriately named Fun (his half brother).
The photograph was taken somewhere in Arizona in 1886.
A mother in East Berlin passes her young son across the border to his father while the East German police are momentarily looking the other way.
The photograph was taken in August 1961.
‘Pin boys’ working in a bowling alley in South Street Brooklyn, in 1910.
It was taken at one in the morning. Three much smaller boys were not allowed to be photographed by the manager of the hall.
The first ever photograph of Machu Picchu, taken by Hiram Bingham III himself in 1912.
The beautiful peak of Huayna Picchu overshadows the city. On its summit were found a few rough caves from where Inca guards could once give warning of approaching danger.
What they couldn’t see coming was tourism, and hordes of western backpackers taking naked Selfies of themselves on the sacred sun dial stone.
Albert Einstein’s school report when he was seventeen.
Pupils were graded from 1 to 6.
As you can see, he performed quite well in maths, but in other areas there was Room For Improvement.
Satsuma samurai during the Boshin war period in the 1860’s.
You can tell it’s an old photograph because they’re not using Google maps.
Joseph Merrick, on whom the film Elephant Man was based.
The photograph was taken in 1886.
Abraham Lincoln, before he became Abraham Lincoln, holding the anti-slavery newspaper ‘Staat Zeitung’ in 1854.