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While some photographs capture our attention because of how the artist behind the picture has decided to compose the shot, others are fascinating simply because of the subjects that they depict. Below are some captivating photographs that tell stories about our past, depicting the people, places and events that have shaped the course of history. Some of these pictures tell us about history in a way that books and documents will never be able to.

#40. Woman With A Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938
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#39. Elvis in the Army, 1958

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#38. 106-year-old Armenian Woman guards home, 1990

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#37. Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937

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#36. Animals being used as part of medical therapy, 1956

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#35. Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

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#34. Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

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#33. Circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924

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