Young Joseph Stalin

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Most, if not all, who have studied history, know of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, but there are some that may have not seen a young portrait of him. This particular photo was taken in 1902, when Stalin was just 24-years-old. His mustached face was pock-marked from smallpox during childhood. After a carriage accident in his youth, his left arm was shortened and stiffened at the elbow, while his right hand was thinner than his left and frequently hidden. Continue reading to see more rare historical photos of world leaders in their youth. Click here for a few bonus images of young world leaders.

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8. Young Barack Obama

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6. Young Nelson Mandela – 1961

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5. Young Bill Clinton Shakes Hands With President JFK – July 24, 1963

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4. Angela Merkel Prepares a Meal While Camping With Friends in Himmelpfort, German Democratic Republic – 1973

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3. George W. Bush Playing Baseball at Yale University – 1964-68

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2. 18-Year-Old Princess Elizabeth Of England as a Driver in WWII – 1945

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1. 10-Year-Old John F. Kennedy – 1927

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