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A Berlin banker counts stacks of bundled marks. 1923.

Using banknotes as wallpaper during hyperinflation, Germany, 1923

Germany, 1923: banknotes had lost so much value that they were used as wallpaper.

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Opium Den, Singapore, 1941.

Despite being targeted by law enforcement across the globe at the start of the 20th century, opium and opium dens were prevalent fixtures in east Asia, the United States, and Europe up until the mid-1950′s. In this photograph, opium smokers in Singapore relax in a sparsely furnished opium den, suggesting that the clientele were mostly working class. It was a place where you do opium and hang out, then do more opium. The social impact was huge and damaging, with addicts prone to sell all their possessions to feed their habit. Many men ended up homeless doing nothing but smoking opium.

An opium den was an establishment where opium was sold and smoked. In the Western world, opium dens were frequented by and associated with the Chinese, because the establishments were usually run by Chinese who supplied the opium as well as prepared it for visiting non-Chinese smokers. Most opium dens kept a supply of opium paraphernalia such as the specialized pipes and lamps that were necessary to smoke the drug. Opium users would recline in order to hold the long opium pipes over oil lamps that would heat the drug until it vaporized, allowing the smoker to inhale the vapors.

Yamaguchi assassinates Asanuma 1960

On 12 October 1960, the 17-year-old extreme right-wing student Otoya Yamaguchi kills the socialist politician Inejiro Asanuma with a sword during a speech in Tokyo.

Photo Credit: Yasushi Nagao / 1961 Pulitzer Prize Winner / World Press Photo of the Year 1960

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“Three dead Americans lie on the beach at Buna”. Due to the number of dead bodies on the beach, the Allies nicknamed it “Maggot Beach”.

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“Three dead Americans lie on the beach at Buna”. Due to the number of dead bodies on the beach, the Allies nicknamed it “Maggot Beach”.

At a time when censors used a heavy hand to keep the American public from knowing and seeing the carnage in the Pacific dur” class=”oldPhoto”>

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A couple of warriors holding hands, Vietnam, 1971

A couple of warriors holding hands, Vietnam, 1971.

Erwin Rommel and his staff 1942

Erwin Rommel and his staff, Western Desert, 1942.

The 2800 years old kiss

The 2800 years old kiss as if to signify that love is eternal.

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A lady with two slaves, in Bahia, Brazil, 1860.

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These photos aided Hitler’s self-analysis and improved his hold over an audience.