Ah, photography. The art of capturing a moment in time, preserving it forever in a single frame. From the first photograph taken of a person in 1838, to the most expensive photograph ever sold in 2011, the history of photography is a fascinating one. This list celebrates twelve of the most ordinary-looking but surprisingly important photographs of all time, each with its own unique story to tell. 

From a picture of "Tank Man" at Tiananmen Square to a photo of the "Ideal Aryan Baby" chosen by Nazis, this list provides a glimpse into some of the most important moments in history. It also includes a photograph of the first veterans of the United States, a rare Colombian weasel caught in a bathroom, and a revolutionary aerial view of Boston.

So grab your camera, take a deep breath, and get ready to explore the world of photography. It’s time to take a look some of the most important photographs of all time.

Rare weasel caught in bathroom.

Historical Photos COLOMBIAN WEASEL In 2011, Juan M. de Roux took this, the first-ever picture of a Colombian weasel, the rarest carnivore in South America, showing the critter on a toilet in his parents' bathroom in the countryside. CRACKED

Juan M. de Roux


“Patron Saint of JPEGs” — Lena Forsen.

Historical Photos LENA FORSÉN Forsén, a Swedish model who was featured in Playboy, has become known as the Patron Saint of JPEGs. This is because engineers at the University of Southern California used this image of her to create the JPEG digital image format. CRACKED



Emir of Bukhara, 1911: History in the making.

Historical Photos ALIM KHAN, THE EMIR OF BUKHARA This isn't a random guy in an old-timey costume - it's the last ruler of Bukhara, a city-state in Central Asia that was independent at the time, in a photo from 1911. Yes, they had color photos back then, they were just time-consuming and expensive. CRACKED

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Fate’s a funny thing.

Historical Photos THIS ORDINARY- LOOKING FAMILY PHOTO Alex and Donna Voutsinas discovered that they had unknowingly been in the same place at the same time 30 years before getting married, when they found this family photo of Donna at Disney World that had Alex in the background in a stroller. CRACKED

Alex and Donna Voutsinas

The Toronto Star

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