Sure, we've all seen about a billion and a half pictures of the Statue of Liberty, but have you ever seen one like this? This picture is of the statue before it was fully constructed, back in the early 1880s. Next to those trees, you see how massive Lady Liberty really is.
Throughout this article, we'll be looking a photos like this one. Pictures of famous places and landmarks, but in a way that you've never seen them.
The Hollywood Sign was originally constructed almost a hundred years ago, in 1923! Throughout the decades, it has seen its ups and downs, with the "land" of "Hollywoodland" coming down in the late '40s.
By the late '70s, the sign was in horrible shape, as you can see here. One "O" looks like a "U," and another has completely fallen. Fortunately, in 1978 it was refurbished, and has stayed glorious ever since.
Cheerio, good chap! This is a picture of Big Ben, from the inside! And no, that is not a teeny tiny man; Big Ben is really that... err.. BIG! It is almost 23 feet in diameter, with a bell that weighs 13 tons!
This is also Niagara Falls! In July of 1969, a team of engineers redirected the water in order to perform maintenance on the iconic falls. They did this by constructing a dam made of 27,800 tons of rock! They kept it barren for months, eventually taking down the dam on November 25th of that year.
Probably the most iconic album cover of all time is The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Here is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of it. John appears comfortable and in charge, while Ringo looks like he is a little creeped out by all the cardboard cut-outs.
Nothing says "Christmas" like the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. As you can see, it looked much different the first time they did it, in 1931. I mean, where's the skating rink?!?!?!
This, believe it or not, was Manhattan in 1982. Didn't you know that there used to be huge wheat fields in the heart of NYC?
Well, actually it was only there as a part of an art instillation by the artist Agnes Denes. Denes wanted to create "an intrusion of the country into the metropolis." I think she succeeded pretty well!
This is not a picture from some far-off war zone. It is actually San Francisco! This picture was taken after the great 1906 earthquake. That quake was so massive that it was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles. It is estimated that between 2,100 and 2,800 people died during the tragic quake.
Before there was Guy Fieri*, there was Julia Child. Julia was the original cooking show host, and she was beloved by her audiences. What those audiences didn't realize, however, was how much work it took to make her show.
*Just kidding. Guy Fieri has always existed. He is an immortal deity sent down from the gods to lead us all to the paradise that is Flavortown. Long Live Donkey Sauce!