We live in a world where almost everything is possible. The viewing of almost every corner on Earth’s gigantic surface is just a click away. You can now see nearly every house and street anywhere in the world. There are some famous landmarks around the globe that are seen only in a certain way: we know them either by seeing them in movies, TV shows, or documentaries. Some of them, on the other hand, we have had the opportunity to visit and experience with our own eyes.
However, they haven’t always existed as we know them now, of course. For instance, if you search for a picture of The Statue of Liberty, a great deal of beautiful arty pictures are going to pop up. But, did you ever wonder how some of the most prominent locations around the globe looked like before? Of course, we do know that everything has a history, but most of these pictures you are going to see for the first time.
Scroll down to see this collection of noteworthy places photographed from a very different perspective, courtesy of Diply.
1. The head of the Statue of Liberty
The living symbol of freedom to millions around the world was built in France. Frédéric Bartholdi together with the French engineer Gustave Eiffel designed the famous statue which was called “Liberty Enlightening the World”. This is a rarely seen picture of the head, at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair.
Wikipedia | Albert Fernique
2. Berlin right after reunification
The Berlin Wall represented the climax of the separation of Berlin. It symbolized the Cold War and the division between the communist and capitalist blocs, between East and West. This is a picture of the chaos in the days after the Berlin Wall fell, on the night of 9 November 1989.
3. The Hollywood Sign, the 1970s
Did you know that this iconic LA landmark actually said “Hollywoodland”? Take a look at this picture of the sign before it was restored. In the 1970s, the first O had broken and resembling the letter ‘u’, while the third O had fallen down completely, leaving the sign reading “HuLLYWO.D.”
Wikipedia | Bobbeecher
4. Woodstock Music Festival
The famous festival which took place in upstate New York in 1969 attracted an audience of over 400.000 people. This incredible aerial shot shows how enormous the event really was.
5. U.S. Supreme Court in session
Did you know that there are only a couple of images in existence that show the US Supreme Court in session? The Supreme Court forbids photographing inside the courtroom. This photo was also the first and only time all 9 justices of the court were captured on photograph while in session.
Reddit | ILoveLamp9
6. Golden Gate Bridge, circa 1935
It is one of the most famous three-mile-long bridges that connects the Marin Headlands to the city of San Francisco.
You have at least once, observed an amazing picture of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. There is a countless number of them on the Internet. But, you probably haven’t seen this one, showing the beginnings of the construction of the bridge.
Reddit | One_good_eye
7. The first photo of outer space
The first photo capturing the darkness of space was taken on 24th October 1946, from an altitude of 65 miles above the surface of New Mexico. The camera that took this photo was attached to a German V-2 missile.
Reddit | Tacontento
8. CN Tower under construction, the 1970s
A rarely seen picture of the 553.3 meters-high concrete communications and observation tower in Toronto, Ontario.
Take a look at how much Toronto’s skyline changed over 40 years.
Reddit | blogTO
9. Big Ben, 1920s
The clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster was completed in 1859. This is a rare viewing of one of the most famous London’s landmarks, The Big Ben.
Reddit | marinamaral
10. Manhattan, 1982
Don’t be confused. It really is a photo of the heart of busy Manhattan. But I bet you probably aren’t used to seeing pictures of a wheat field, instead of the high buildings of the metropolis.
Reddit | KathrynDeberry
11. Dry Niagara Falls, 1969
You wouldn’t believe that this is an actual photo of the breathtaking Niagara Falls. It was taken after engineers shut them down to study erosion and attempt to blast away boulders and it might happen again sometime in the next few years.
Reddit | maelmare
12. Vegas, 1953
This can’t be true, can it? Is this the city of lights as we know it? Not even close.
However, back in the 50s, although there were already a lot of casinos in Vegas, visitors may have flocked there for a different purpose: viewing of the nuclear tests taking place out in the desert.
Reddit | plong42
13. Boston, 1860
This image of Boston is actually one the world’s oldest surviving aerial photos. It is worth emphasizing the fact that it was taken more than four decades before the Wright Brothers learned how to fly.
Reddit | dasbeck
14. Hoover Dam, 1930s
This picture of workers posing in a huge section of pipe just makes you feel even more impressed with how massive the dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River is.