Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

 That's dedication! When a football game was canceled due to dense fog in 1937, no one told goalkeeper Sam Bartram. He remained on the field for 15 minutes after the game ended.

Things aren't always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

Football goalkeeper Sam Bartham, who played professionally for Charlton Athletic, was playing in a match against rivals Chelsea in 1937 when a thick layer of fog covered the pitch. Bartham later recalled that fog had covered the field, obscuring the opposition goal and all players from view. At first, he saw shadow figures moving in front of him. He kept his eyes open for the incoming soccer ball. After a while, he recalled, he noticed that there was silence on the pitch. Nevertheless he remained in his post. A lot of time passed and then Bartham saw a figure coming towards him. To his surprise, it was not his teammate or a member of the opposing team. This was a police officer. The officer said, “What are you doing here? The game was stopped a quarter of an hour ago!”

This photo, taken in 1943, shows Suzanne Peters, nine years before her death from chronic kidney infection and pneumonia. At the time of this picture, Peters was appearing in films such as Andy Hardy's Double Life and Assignment in Brittany, but while on a hunting trip with her husband, she grabbed a gun and it hit her in the stomach.

The bullet entered her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair and continued to act in projects that allowed him to work with his paralysis.

The epicenter of the Great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was actually near sparsely populated Olema, California, just north of the city. As this photo from that time shows, the fault crack was clearly visible. It went on for miles. This allowed scientists to study the fault line, even scientists from other disciplines. In this photo, Canadian-born botanist Alice Eastwood is observing the damage. Eastwood, a self-taught botanist, was head of the Botany Department at the California Academy of Sciences at the time of the 1906 earthquake. She held this position until her retirement in 1949. During his tenure, the department experienced tremendous growth.

Historians call World War I the "war of the trenches". Machine guns and heavy artillery on the front line forced both sides to dig in for safety. As the battle progressed, each side tried to breach the other's trenches. When this happened, the loss of life was terrible. This changed the fighting from tanks and guns to hand-to-hand combat. The trenches ran red with the blood of fallen soldiers. In this photo the German soldier is armed and ready to defend himself, his trench and his fellow soldiers from the attacking enemy. Many trenches left over from World War I still dot the landscape of Germany, France and Belgium.

In the days following the surprise attack by Japanese bombers on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States Department of War feared that the Japanese might have infiltrated the country. Officials were concerned that Japanese Americans, sympathetic to the cause, would spy on the United States or plan further attacks on American soil. The solution was to capture Japanese Americans and place them in internment camps. Most Japanese Americans lived on the West Coast, so camps were established in California, Washington, Oregon, and other locations. With just a few days to gather and settle their affairs, thousands of Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps to wait out the war.

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