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11. Liverpool school children wearing gas masks during the war

In 1941, the bombings of London created a scary environment for families and children.

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All citizens of the UK were issued a gas mask during the War. There was a pervasive fear that the Axis powers would launch a gas attack on Britain.

The masks themselves were oppressively uncomfortable. Thankfully the feared gas attack never occurred.

Children were made to participate in gas attack drills at school. The air of gravity was punctured when the kids discovered they could make fart noises by exhaling sharply through the mask.


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12. Reichserntedankfest rally

The Reichserntedankfest rally (Thanksgiving Celebration of the Reich) took place in Buckeberg in 1934.

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The rally attracted about 700,000 participants. It was an unprecedentedly large gathering, many people had never been present at such an event.

The effect was powerful and certainly bolstered public morale and Nazi loyalty among German citizens. Photos of the Thanksgiving Celebration are sometimes mistaken for rallies at Nurnberg.


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13. British sailor removing the leg irons from a slave

During the 19th Century, leg irons were used to restrain the enslaved.

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Captives were chained with leg irons aboard ships and were “freed” once the ships docked before they were sold.

British traders transported an estimated 3.4 million Africans to North America as slaves during the 245 years the transatlantic slave trade was active.


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14. Target practice

German soldiers practice their marksmanship at the Karshorter Racecourse, Berlin, in 1935.

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Cavalry soldiers of the era would condition their horses to the stimulus of gunshots by shooting from their backs in this way, during calm conditions, so that they won’t panic during combat. Standing with both feet on the saddle was not common – they usually kept one foot in a stirrup.
Horses were obviously phased out with the introduction of mechanized warfare, following WWI. During WWII, however, the Nazis and the Soviets used over six million horses in military operations.


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15. Barrels of booze

A massive stack of liquor barrels, collected by the authorities in 1924 and ready to be set ablaze.

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This was during Prohibition, when liquor was outlawed. Prohibition was instated in 1920 and lasted until 1933. Prohibition was supported by a coalition of rural Protestants and urban progressives. It was codified in the 18th Amendement, which was repealed with the passage of the 23rd Amendment on December 5th, 1933.
Prohibition is still considered to have been an unsuccessful project in the long view, but it did succeed in reducing alcohol consumption by half during the 20s. Its major failure was an unintended entrenchment of organized crime in American life.


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16. A televised assassination

Inejiro Asanuma was a Japanese politician known for his controversial advocacy for Socialism in post-war Japan, and his support of the Chinese Communist Party.

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During a televised debate on October 12, 1960, Asanuma was attacked and killed with a sword by a seventeen-year-old. The assassin, Otoya Yamaguchi, committed suicide a few weeks later.
The killing sparked mass demonstrations and caused the disintegration of the Japan Socialist Party, which was later resurrected as the Social Democratic Party in 1996.


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17. A nuclear family

A Nevada mother and son watch a nuclear test explosion from the window of their home in 1953.

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This was before the effects of nuclear radiation from such explosions were publicly understood. There is some evidence that public knowledge of the side-effects were actually suppressed in order to avoid controversy.
It’s certainly more interesting viewing than Gilligan’s Island, but it’s not exactly healthy. Thankfully, people are now more generally aware of the dangers of nuclear power.


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