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Are there photos/footage of the Titanic sinking?

Short answer: No. The only film footage of the RMS Titanic shows her being towed into the outfitting wharf at Belfast in February 1912, and moored at Belfast. A clip of Lusitania leaving port has ...
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Is the photograph "England’s Revenge in India" real, staged, or fake?

It seems to be the painting Suppression of the Indian Revolt by the English, a painting by the Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin c. 1884 According to the annotation on Wikipedia: It ...
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Did the Finns have aluminum screw caps in 1939?

Or is this photo from a modern re-enactment of some sort? The archive this is from is supposed to be photos from that war. Are there other things in this photo (button? carabiner?) that mark it as ...
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Is this a photo of a historical reinactment of an 1868 treaty signing?

No, the pictures cannot be taken in 1868. In the second one you can see a person wearing a leather jacket with a zipper. The earliest zippers were available and practicable for clothing (beside shoes) ...
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When was this photo of Mission Dolores *actually* taken?

Congratulations on your first question, justCal! The cropped version of the Mission Dolores photograph was published in George Robinson Fardon's famous 1856 album. I have the cheap Dover edition. As ...
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Is this a photo of a historical reinactment of an 1868 treaty signing?

Beneath both photographs is a description: This item was produced or created on January 24, 1955. The creator compiled or maintained the parent series, Photographs of Navajo Life in the Southwestern ...
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Which was the first war in which photography was employed?

There is an article on this very subject. (http://militaryhistorynow.com/2012/06/12/how-early-photographers-captured-historys-first-images-of-war/). But we don't need to believe there were no other ...
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Which was the first war in which photography was employed?

Cameras saw limited use in the Mexican War and in Britain's Crimean War, but their first significant use came during the American Civil War. Matthew Brady and his skilled assistants, among them ...
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Any information about the photo with Army Uniforms

These are Polish Army Uniforms, starting around 1919. Unfortunately the main wiki pages show no Uniforms of the times. To my knowledge, these types of zig-zag collars (Polish only, but translates ...
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Is the photograph "England’s Revenge in India" real, staged, or fake?

Radio Yerevan reports that: "In principle, yes, the photo is absolutely real. Except, that it isn't a real photo, its name isn't 'England's Revenge in India', and the propaganda book never ...
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Did the Finns have aluminum screw caps in 1939?

It seems that wine screwcaps didn't take off until after the war per Wikipedia, but they were more common on other bottle types from the 1920s onwards, per this article: The higher levels of ...
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Is that armistice wagon photograph authentic?

French Wikipedia may be in error here. The English version shows the same photo but no specific time or date for it is mentioned. Given the timing involved, the 05:30 time may of course well be ...
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What is the origin of the lake tank image that has become a meme?

It's a Panzer IVD of the 31st Panzer Regiment assigned to the 5th Panzer Div. commanded by Lt. Heinz Zobel lost on May 13th, 1940. The "lake" is the Meuse River. The man is a German pioneer. ...
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Is that armistice wagon photograph authentic?

The photo is authentic. It is in numerous reliable archives. The exact time given in one wikipedia is just overly precise. That is: wrong. No other Wikipedia page gives that time. French Wikipedia: ...
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What is the approximate date of this photo?

I think we can narrow down your date-range to 1891-1903. According to the Directory of London Photographers, 1841-1908, by Michael Pritchard, Hermann Ernst's studio was only in St. Johns Wood between ...
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Are there photos/footage of the Titanic sinking?

Not of the ship sinking but there is one of the suspected iceberg it hit. The photo was taken from a ship sailing in the area some time later. As it passed by an iceberg someone noticed there were ...
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What was the first major historical event to be photographed?

SHORT ANSWER For an international event, this may well be the Mexcian - American War (1846-48). In particular, there is an April 1847 picture showing what is probably first amputation photographed. ...
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When was this picture taken?

I think that the magazine on the right of the lower level of the table (right at the very bottom of the photo) is the May 1934 issue of Flying Aces -- see lumist.org for an image of the pulp. Since ...
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Did the Finns have aluminum screw caps in 1939?

The factory museum Rajamäen Ryyppi would be the place for first hand information about the adoption of metal screw caps. Their video about Molotov cocktails has photos of the production line and ...
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What was the first major historical event to be photographed?

Funeral of prince Ferdinand Philippe d'Orléans, Paris, 3rd of August 1842 The 31 years old son and heir of France's last king, Louis-Philippe the first, died in a horse-car accident in 1842. This ...
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What is the origin of the lake tank image that has become a meme?

Tank gun itself is short barrelled 7.5cm KwK 37, as mentioned in nvoigt comment. This means that the tank is either early PzKpfw IV (D to F1 versions employed in USSR) , or less likely PzKpfw III Ausf....
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Can anyone help identify this passenger steamship with double funnels and two masts?

Looks very similar to S. S. Harvard pictured here in 1907:
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What happened to all the historical photos taken by Malcolm X?

After the death of his wife Betty Shabazz, the New York Public Library acquired Malcolm X's library. This included "22 archival boxes and binders of photographs, slides and negatives", now called The ...
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Bears on Bicycles - What are early examples of photographs or paintings showing bicycles used with animals in circus acts?

This is somewhat difficult to pinpoint to a single date. But from the basics to narrow the search: wild animals have been used for entertainment from pre-history, bears or tame-bears being among the ...
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When was this picture of Ostend taken?

Some more breadcrumbs to aid in searches. Unclean results. Don't have more time now, but didn't want this all go to waste. Either help clean it up to make into a proper Community Wiki, or feel free to ...
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Millions of pictures and countless hours of video were taken during World War II. Why is it so hard to find archives online?

Ok, we're an "internet based society" now, but we weren't then. How does all that physical media from before the Internet get onto the Internet? Somebody has to scan them, and catalog them, and store ...
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What is the story of this image?

It is based on the standard Apple logo: and was modified to incorporate the silhouette of Steve Jobs to commemorate his death in 2011 by Hong Kong based Graphic Designer, Jonathan Mak Long.
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Did Man Ray photograph Nimet Eloui Bey in the all together?

Your question was helpful for my own research on Lee Miller. Nimet Eloui born Khairy was alive in 1935. After divorcing Aziz Eloui (who married Lee Miller) she eventually married a Russian prince, ...
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