Hands up if you have a smart phone! The chances is that many of you will have your hands in the air. Nowadays, smart phones are commonly available and owned which makes taking photos on-the-fly the most convenient thing.
However, as we are snapping hundreds of photos with glee, there are some photographs taken back from history which are rare and tell a story of gold.
Whether it’s capturing the beginning of something new or archiving a rare moment in human history, there are some images that make us appreciate the technology we have to capture them.
This one is especially for you history buffs out there. These are some of the rarest photographs ever captured.
Some of these are so awesome that even if you’re not a fan of history, we’ll be surprised if your mind isn’t blown even a tiny bit.
1. Golden Gate Bridge Under Construction (1937)
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, 3 mile (5 km) long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County, bridging both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world”. It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m).
2. Eiffel Tower Construction (1888)
The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world.