These days, cameras come loaded on all affordable smartphones. We have the ability to capture whatever we want, whenever we want. Good or bad, important or insignificant, the ability to preserve a passing moment has become so commonplace that we cannot even believe how hard it was once upon a time.
Earlier, photography was expensive and was away from the reach of common people. Capturing a moment was rare. The feeling to relive a moment in life was only reserved for the most important occasions. Notwithstanding the past, every photo tells a tale. There are portals, which offer an opportunity to travel back in time and see what had happened then.
Here are 12 of the most important historical photos that show humanity at its worst and at its best.
This is an innocent, lonely boy clinging to his stuffed toy as others witness the destruction brought about by the Germans in London back in 1940.
In 1962, a brutal yet amazing event occurred. A dying, wounded soldier sought help of a sacred man, a priest. Such is the horror of war, and sometimes we all need divine solace.
This sad, heartbreaking image shows a little girl holding a doll as she sees her destroyed home in London in 1940.
Michael Collins, the astronaut who took this photo, is the only human, alive or dead that isn't in the frame of this picture taken in 1969.
This infamous picture shows a police officer from Saigon shooting a Viet Cong, which means that the man was from the National Liberation Front that was active during the Vietnam War.
This fabulous man is a lifeguard simply doing his job back in 1920's. Check out that lean body and attractive mustache of Mr Lifesaver!
This photo will make some people think of Studio Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies because the photo is of a brave, sad Japanese boy carrying his dead brother for cremation.
This striking pile of human ashes being observed by soldiers of the Soviet Union in 1944. The ashes were of people who were burned as they were at the Majdanek concentration camp.
Malaria is still a problem of the world today, but thanks to advancements in technology, it may soon be a thing of the past. This old advertisement for an anti-malaria drug was found in Papua New Guinea during World War II.
This naked gunman was found at the town in Papua New Guinea jumping down to rescue a marine pilot who was gunned down while attacking a fortress held by the Japanese. This photo was taken in 1944.
Meet the brave Annie Edison Taylor who, way back in 1901, survived a fall from the great Niagara Falls by being inside a barrel.
While other countries still have public executions, the United States officially had its last public killing in 1936. He was Rainey Bethea, a murderer and rapist, who was publicly executed and was watched by over 70,000 people.