20 Historical Photos That Will Leave You Speechless

3. New Shoes, 1946

This photo was published in LIFE Magazine in December 1946, it depicts a 6 year old orphaned Austrian boy named Werfel hugging a new pair of shoes. The photo was taken during period of war in Europe, and getting new shoes was a rarity at that time.

The shoes that Werfel is holding were a donated gift from the Junior Red Cross of America. When the picture was published, people associated the photograph with pure happiness and a sign that the hard times in Europe were coming to an end. It showed that even a simple Christmas gift can bring back hope. Regardless of the unfitting size of the shoes or the fact that they were worn-out the next day. Beware, the next photograph might be a little scary…