17 Photographs of Historical Figures When They Were Children

There are many famous faces that we have seen over the past couple of centuries that photography has existed. We all know what the most iconic faces of the 20th century look like: Vladimir Lenin, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin among others. However, we often forget that these people were also photographed as children before anyone knew the impact they would make on the world. In this article, you will be able to see what 17 of the most iconic historical figures looked like when they were children.

1. Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin as a child at the age of 3 standing next to a chair with another person sat in the chair.
The first leader of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin (left), at the age of 3.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

2. Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin as a 7 year old boy within a school photo alongside other children.
Legendary actor, Charlie Chaplin (highlighted), photographed as a child at the age of 7 in 1897 at the Central London District School in Hanwell, England.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt at the age of 16 months sitting on his fathers shoulder.
32nd President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt at the age of 16 months with his father James Roosevelt in 1883.
Credit: FDR Library // Public Domain

4. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe as a baby in 1927 having a professional photo of her taken.
American actress, model, and singer, Marilyn Monroe, photographed as an infant in circa 1927.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

5. Adolf Hitler

Baby Adolf Hitler sitting on a chair posing for a professional photograph in c. 1890
Leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, photographed as a baby under the age of 1-year-old in c. 1890.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

6. Amelia Earhart

Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart photographed as a child around the age of 4 in circa 1901.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

7. Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein photographed during his child hood wearing formal clothing and leaning on a chair at the age of 3.
Three-year-old child Albert Einstein in 1882. Einstein went on to become one of the most well-known scientists of the 20th century.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

8. Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II

Future Queen Elizabeth II photographed as a child in 1937 at the age of 11.
Princess Elizabeth of York (highlighted), future Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, photographed at the age of 11 on the 27th April 1937.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

9. Frank Sinatra

Frank sinatra as a child around the age of 3 in a suit and top hat with his hand on a chair
Legendary singer, Frank Sinatra, photographed as a child aged about 3 in circa 1919.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

10. Oscar Wilde

Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (better known as Oscar Wilde) photographed in circa 1858 around the age of 4.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

11. Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison as a young teenager wearing a hat and jacket and sitting down in 1861.
Photograph of a 14-year-old Thomas Alva Edison in 1861. Edison is known for key contributions in many industries including the world of light bulbs, motion pictures, and sound recording.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

12. Tsesarevich Nicholas, future Tsar Nicholas II

Maria Fyodorovna and her son Niki
Maria Feodorovna photographed with her son, future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, in 1870 at the age of 2.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

13. Agatha Christie

Iconic author, Agatha Christie, pictured in the 1890s.
English writer, Agatha Christie, pictured as a child in the 1890s.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

14. James Stewart

James Stewart as a child in 1918
A 10-year-old James Stewart photographed with his family in 1918. Stewart went on to be one of the most iconic actors of the 20th century, featuring in 80 films over 50 years.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

15. Winston Churchill

Jennie Churchill with her sons John & Winston in 1889
15-year-old Winston Churchill (right) in 1889 with his mother Jennie, and his brother Jack. Winston Churchill went on to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (from 1940-1945) and post-war (1951-1955)
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

16. Ernest Hemingway

Photograph of Ernest Hemingway as a baby.
Portrait of the famous author, Ernest Hemingway, in 1900 when Hemingway was under the age of 1.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

17. Helen Keller

Photograph of Helen Keller at age 8 with her tutor Anne Sullivan on vacation in Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
An 8-year-old Helen Keller (left) photographed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her tutor Anne Sullivan, July 1888. Keller was an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist, and lecturer that lost her sight and hearing when she was a child.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

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