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Amazing photos from history


A friendly kiss between members of a womens British and French football (soccer) clubs in Preston, England in 1920. Men’s football was already growing rapidly, and had a huge international draw, but England and France embraced women’s football from basically the beginning as well. However it had trouble marketing it, and sadly, this kind of image was a way to promote future matches. Regardless, both England and France had clubs throughout the sports history, and other European countries did so as well or would follow soon after. Eventually, like the Men, it caught on international and is still growing to this day.
 
2 Terrified women are taken in for questioning South of Manila at the beginning of the Philippine-American War in 1899. After the US bought the Philippines from Spain for $20 million after defeating Spain in the Spanish-American War as part of their post war treaty, the local Filipinos immediately revolted, refusing yet another colonial rule. The US with now a firm territory in the Pacific never considered allowing the local population independence. The 3 year war was horrific. The US soldiers considered Filipinos nothing higher than a dog, and during operations, would routinely slaughter them. Men, women, children, it did not matter. During the war alone, around 20,000 Filipino soldiers died in the fighting, but the soldiers killed around 34,000 unarmed civilians as well. Another 200,000 civilians died due to an outbreak of Cholera, which the US did virtually nothing to contain or treat outside their own soldiers. The US lost around 6,000 killed as well. The atrocities were so bad that at least 6 known soldiers in 1900 alone defected to the Filipinos side. Those soldiers were Privates John Wagner, Edward Walpole, Harry Dennis and John Allance, a Private Meeks and Private William Hyer whom all became vital in organizing civilian resistance. Sadly, the war may have ended in 1902, but the killing continued through Guerilla warfare in the Moro Rebellion that lasted until 1913. Figures of Filipino dead from that conflict were also extremely high, but I could not find a good source with exact figures.
 
Children pose for a picture on Gebed Zonder End in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1892. Every single child in this picture has a job, and the photographer wanted to capture that. Child labor is nothing new, and was common across the globe as a cheap and easy way to fill out factories. This is well before the child labor laws that exist now in most countries and well before unions which helped to fix the horrible working conditions of the factories.
 
Students at Devonport Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand move to air raid shelters during a drill in 1941. As the Japanese advanced rapidly in the Pacific, they took over a huge area, and there were fears they would bomb and invade NZ. The Japanese did bomb Darwin in Australia, and were building an airfield on Guadalcanal to potential bomb both countries. The Kiwis were never bombed or invaded, as the Allies won the Battle of Guadalcanal and together put a halt to the Japanese advance. The Kiwis saw tons of action all over the world in support of Britain in particular. They were in Africa and Europe as well as the South Pacific. Of the 1.6 million people in NZ at the time, around 160,000 served, with 100,000 seeing involvement around the world, and 30,000 casualties. Their Air Force in particular was heavily involved in some major battles.
 
3 Gang members walk the streets of New York City, US in 1972. Gangs were a part of NYC since pretty much the beginning, as groups would fight for control of streets and certain trades. The 1970s brought gangs into colorful ensembles that were easy to spot, making their presence felt. The film The Warriors is a great example of this as they used real gangs for security and costume design for the ones features in the film.
 
Jewish men dig their own graves in occupied territory in Belarus in 1941. You can see the other Jews sitting waiting for the hole to be finished and for them all to be executed. Rather than deport them or use them for work camps, and with only around a few hundred to manage as well as how eager to kill as many as they could, the SS organized details to round up Jews in newly occupied towns and cities, have the Jews themselves dig graves, and then execute them. In bigger areas with more Jews, they did round them up and put them in camps. But for smaller numbers and early in the War, this proved quick and easy, but had long lasting effects which I touch on in the next picture.

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