As mentioned in a previous post, Twitter feeds like @ClassicPics do indeed post “classic” pictures. Recently, I’ve seen shots of the Sex Pistols from 1977, of August Landmesser, a German who was engaged to a Jewish woman refusing to do the Nazi salute, and from Kaaba, Mecca, in 1889.
Not exactly “classic.”
That’s not the case with @HistoricalPics, which regularly posts photos that are actually, well, historical. Case in point is the above photograph – it provides great insight into the lengths that vendors and customers would go in an attempt to obtain liquor and circumvent Prohibition.
The 3,300-year-old dagger and sheath of Tutenkhamun? Historical. A child playing on the Berlin Wall in 1963? Also historical. A 1957 photo of a llama riding in a car through Times Square? OK, maybe not historical. But if that llama were driving the car? There’s your history.
Some of the photos in @HistoricPics’s Twitter feed I’ve seen before, but many I’ve never seen before. Besides, you never know when you’ll come across a 1972 photo of former President Bill Clinton and his then-girlfriend Hillary Rodham when they were students.
UPDATE: Oct. 24, 4:25 p.m.
I stand corrected. This IS classic: