An incredibly important moment in history can be preserved through the magic of photography without the photographer even knowing it at the time. Here are 79 rare photographs dating back to WWI, WWII, the Spanish Civil War, Vietnam, and beyond. The images depict life during the Nazi occupation, a playful Stalin, life as a childhood chess master, the mourning dog of General George S. Patton, and an end of prohibition celebration, to name a few:
Which of these photos do you find most compelling?
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