What if I told you that everything you knew was wrong? Such a notion would blow your mind, right? Well, luckily, this isn”t that extreme, but it”s still pretty mind-blowing. Apparently, many of the photographs we use to remember history were altered similarly to the way we use Photoshop for magazine covers and movie posters. However, instead of taking out some cellulite, propaganda ministers were removed.
Yes, it”s pretty crazy, and some people were able to do this before Adobe Photoshop.
1. Joseph Goebbels was removed from this photograph of Adolf Hitler for unknown reasons.
2. Even family isn”t safe from North Korea”s Kim Jong-un. His uncle, Jang Song-thaek, was removed from this photograph after he was executed by his nephew”s order.
3. Winston Churchill”s cigar was removed after smoking was deemed unhealthy.
4. Leon Trotsky was removed from this photograph after being denounced by Vladmir Lenin for siding with the opposition.
5. A good portrait of Ulysses S. Grant was hard to come by, so this image was made up of three different Grant photographs.
6. Nikolai Yezhov was Joseph Stalin”s head of secret police. Much less secret is his removal from this photograph after proving disloyal to the leader of the Soviet Union.
7. Abraham Lincoln”s body in this photograph is actually that of John Calhoun.
8. Senior leader of the Chinese Communist Party Bo Gu was removed from this photograph after having a falling out with founding father of the People”s Republic of China, Mao Zedong.
9. Benito Mussolini”s horse handler was removed from this photograph to make the dictator appear to be a more striking, independent figure.
10. Grigoriy Nelyubov was chosen to be part of the “Sochi Six,” a group of Soviet cosmonauts who were to explore space. Nelyubov was removed from the photograph after he was removed from the program for alcohol-related misconduct.
(via Business Insider)
I knew history was written by the victors, but I had no idea they were so good at Photoshop, or whatever the equivalent was back then. If a picture says a thousand words, how many do these significantly altered ones say? At the very least, seven: you can”t always believe what you see.