5 Famous Vintage American Photos

5 Famous Vintage American Photos

Since the invention of the camera, American achievement, courage, challenges, and celebration have been captured on film by photographers documenting both our present and our past. Some of these images are so representative of their era that they have become iconic. These famous photographs capture our attention and imagination as we see a piece of history at the moment in which it happened. Presented here are five such famous photos, each depicting a uniquely American moment.

Migrant Mother

Migrant Mother by Dorothy Lange, 1936

Florence Thompson and her three children living in a tent in a pea-pickers camp in Nipomo Valley, California.
Photographer: Dorothea Lange
Photo from Library of Congress

First Powered Flight

Wright Brothers First Powered Flight

The Wright Flyer airborne during the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville Wright is the pilot while Wilbur Wright runs alongside.
Photo from Library of Congress

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima

Photograph of soldiers raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima.
Photographer: Joe Rosenthal for Associated Press
February 23, 1945
Photo from U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Times Square Victory Celebration

Times Square Victory Celebration

New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square.
August 14, 1945
Photo from U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

Lunch atop a skyscraper, published in the New York Herald-Tribune.
Photographer: Charles Clyde Ebbets, Tom Kelley, or William Leftwich
September 20, 1932
Photo from New York Public Library

As long as there is life, adversity, victory, progress, achievement on display, there will be photographers immortalizing the moment on film. What pictures from today do you think will be tomorrow’s iconic images?

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