30 pictures that have etched themselves into human history

There are moments, people or things that are enduring, memorable or simply weird. Here are 30 pictures from the past that all have the same thing in common: they really are unique. No matter whether they are creepy, quirky, meaningful or depressing.

1. From 1923, these letters stood in the deserted land of what was then Hollywood. The "Land" was only removed in 1949. 

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2. 1932: A lesbian couple in "Le Monocle," the first public club for gay people.

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3. In 1985, people believed that Michael Jackson would look like this in the year 2000.

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4. 1860: A rich Brazilian woman with her slaves.

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5. 1940: An opium den in Singapore.

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6. 1950: The circus elephant Tuffi falls more than 32 feet from Wuppertal Suspended Railway into the depths of the Wupper River below.

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7. 1963: Fidel Castro und Nikita Khrushchev indulge in a horn in Georgia.

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8. 1918: An infirmary for influenza patients.

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9. 1945: Marlene Dietrich kisses American soldiers returning home.

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10. The young Joseph Stalin, 1902.

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11. 1928: Ruth Snyder dies in the electric chair, after murdering her husband.

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12. 1955: Morgan Freeman as a member of the US Airforce.

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13. Collected wedding rings from innumerable victims of the Holocaust.

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14. 1923: Bulletproof vests were tested over the heart and kidneys.

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15. 1963: The 19-year-old Bill Clinton meets John F. Kennedy.

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16. Cough syrup in the year 1888. The ingredients: alcohol, cannabis, chloroform and morphine.

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17. An inflatable tank, designed to deceive the German Army in World War 2.

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18. 1975: The evacuation of more than 3,000 orphans from Vietnam.

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19. 1970: Jimi Hendrix's last performance at a festival in Fehmarn, Germany

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20. 1946: An underwater atom bomb test.

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21. 1926: Members of the Ku Klux Klan posing on a ferris wheel in Colorado.

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22. This photo... there are no words.

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23. 1932: Gold on a New York skyscraper.

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24. 1961: A travelling salesman stops to refuel his motorized rollerskates.

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25. 1962: With this dummy head, John Anglin managed to escape from the high security prison, Alcatraz.

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26. 1986: 1.5 million helium balloons are released at the same time in Cleveland.

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27. 1925: With this device, approaching enemy aircraft should be detected early.

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28. 1942: Because there were hardly any nylon tights available, the women imitated the look with a pen.

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29. 1980: 10 Megabytes of computer memory cost half a fortune!

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30. 1990: The first branch of McDonald's in Moscow opened.

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Through photos like this, you can get a real sense of the past as if you were there. And you learn a lot too.

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