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15 Vintage Photos Showing The Rise & Fall of American Mafia

  • The American Mafia started in the 1920s when the mob bosses ran the bootlegging industry during Prohibition.
  • From there, the Mafia became a national organization dealing with prostitution, gambling, and bribery.
  • The mob is most well known for its brutal murders and beatings.
  • Al Capone was one of the most famous mobsters who brutally murdered his rivals.

While many associate the Mafia with HBO’s hit show “The Sopranos,” the mob is a very real and ruthless organization with a bloody history.

Headquartered in New York, the American Mafia got its start in the ’20s and hit its peak during the ’40s and ’50s, eventually reaching a downfall in the ’80s. Throughout that time, the mobsters ran a brutal, bloody, and illegal operation, mostly under the radar.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the Mafia’s gruesome history in the US.

18 Historical Events That Still Need Explications

History is full of the unknown, and for some reason, we as humans tend to concentrate on the mysterious things more than the undeniable facts. So if you love a little mystery, you are in for a treat since this list looks at some historical events that scientists have failed to explain. From a 2,000-year-old body that still had hair and eyelashes on it, to a text that nobody in the world can understand, this list shows you the unexplained side of the history. Feel free to share your theories in the comments!

25 Historical Photos Far Stranger Than Fiction

True life is often far stranger than fiction. History, alternatively known as humanity’s trial-and-error period, is chock-full of scenarios bizarre enough to render your favorite movies, TV shows, and books obsolete.

Assembled below are historical photos of the astonishing things people have done throughout time, some of which aren’t more than 30 years old. Thought you’d seen it all? Wait ’til you see kids “swimming” on dry land.

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1865 – An Egyptian Street Vendor Sells Mummies

30 Common Photos with Shocking Backstories

Photography is a form of art that can freeze the emotions of the moment in time. The development of art has influenced the world in remarkable ways and it provided people with power to define the eras they lived in.

However, to really feel the influence and true impact of a photo, we should know the context behind it.

Here, we have compiled a list of thirty, seemingly mundane and not-that-spectacular-visually photographs with remarkable, unforgettable, strange and sad backstories!

These 25 Latest Photos from Area 51 Were Finally Revealed

A new book by Los Angeles Times journalist Annie Jacobsen, “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” (Little Brown), tells the story of the famous site that has spurred tales and rumors of intrigue and cover-ups.

Jacobsen dove through thousands of recently-declassified documents to reveal what happened in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s at the government-restricted area near Groom Lake, Nevada. She also interviewed a number of military veterans who worked there at the time. They were doing amazing things.

This article features several photos from her book. Jacobsen writes of the picture at left, “A rare perspective on Area 51 looking northeast in 1955. The triangular mountain peak (just right of center in the far distance) is Tikaboo Peak, the single remaining location from where the curious can catch a faraway glimpse of Area 51.”

The Death Card

Mafia boss Joe Masseria lays dead on a Brooklyn restaurant floor holding the ace of spades, 1931.

A Curious Case

An exotic dancer demonstrates that her underwear was too large to have exposed herself, after undercover police officers arrested her in Florida.

These 20 Absurd Inventions from The Past Will Shock You

The 20th century was full of inventions that shaped the modern world: television, computers, airplanes, to name just a few. However, for every revolutionary discovery there were countless bizarre ideas that for various reasons didn’t take root.

Today we present you twenty of the most weird, funny and downright crazy inventions from the past. Who knows, maybe it’s time to give some of them another chance?

These were called Blizzard Cones. Before waterproof mascara was invented, women were offered these special masks as a way to protect their make-up from the elements.

Would You Ever Thank Al Capone?

Do you know who we have to thank for the expiration dates on Milk bottles? Surprisingly enough, it was the Notorious American Gangster, Al Capone. After his niece had become extremely ill due to drinking bad milk, the powerful Chicago gangster lobbied aggressively for expiration dates to be put on milk for the safety of children and pregnant women.

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