Five Baby Photographs of Famous Historical Figures

The cute side of history

Jacob Wilkins
Lessons from History


A photograph of Marilyn Monroe from Dell Publications, 1927 (Wikimedia Commons)

Examining the young lives of historical figures is intrinsically fascinating, for it’s a part of history that’s often neglected by popular culture.

In this article, you’ll find five baby photographs of well-known historical figures in addition to some information about their formative years.

Though you’ll be familiar with the following individuals, you probably haven’t seen these photographs before.

1. Adolf Hitler

A photograph of Adolf Hitler by Josef Franz Klinger, c. 1889–1890 (Wikimedia Commons)

Adolf Hitler was born in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn on the 20th of April 1889. His mother, Klara Hitler, had given birth before, but Adolf was the first to survive infancy.

His father, Alois Hitler, was a strict and irritable man who worked as a civil servant. Though respected by the local community, Alois had a fiery temper and wasn’t afraid to use violence as a form of discipline in the household.

Klara was a much more affectionate parent. Over two decades younger than her authoritarian husband, she was a kind and modest woman who cared for the children.