Our perception of history is shaped by many of the iconic photos that were taken at the time. History has produced many stunning, horrific, fascinating, entertaining and powerful photos, but unfortunately many of these amazing images are not as well known as “Tank Man”, “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” and “Guerrillero Heroico.” Today we will be taking a look at rare historical photos which you may not have seen before. They are fascinating and give you a different perspective on many key moments throughout history. In these cases, a photo is worth more than a thousand words.
The “Hollywood” sign is iconic and symbolizes cinema, fame and glamour. This was not always the case, however. It was originally created in 1923 and was used as an advertisement for local real estate development, and in this time it was longer and read “Hollywoodland.” It was supposed to be temporary, but after the rise of American cinema during the Golden Age of Hollywood, it became a cultural sign and an internationally recognized symbol. Due to the fact it was supposed to be temporary, it soon began to deteriorate and the creator, Albert Kothe, destroyed the letter “H” with his car in the early ’40s. It was repaired and rebuilt, with “land” being removed to reflect the district. It was again restored with new letters in 1978. This rare photo, from 1923, shows the sign when it was used for its original purpose, before it became an American cultural landmark.