These everlasting and fascinating photos show how much we have evolved as humans and how awe-inspiring it can be to look back at how things used to be.
Back then, these photographers had no idea how significant the images would be today and how much time hasn’t and has affected the things we do, only how we do them.
So, sit back and ponder at these old-fashioned works of art.
1. The oldest known selfie. (1839)
2. People posing next to the Statue of Liberty as it’s unpacked. (1886)
3. This funny portrait of a woman was taken while she was mid-sneeze. (1900)
4. A “knocker-up” waking up clients – the early 20th century version of alarm clocks.
5. Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).
6. Before automatic pinsetters were invented, “pin boys” worked to manually line them up. (1914).
7. Sarcastic photo taken by anti-prohibitionists to mock their opponents in 1919.
8. A police officer on a Harley and an old fashioned mobile holding cell. (1921)
9. An early example of “horsemanning”, the 1920’s version of “planking”.
10. Two winners of a 1922 Beauty Pageant, when beauty standards were much different.
11. An beach official measures bathing suits to ensure they aren’t too short (1920s)
12. A couple enjoys an old fashioned zipline on a weekend afternoon. (1923)
13. This bizarre helmet supposedly helped focus by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny slit. (1925)
14. A mildly terrifying 1920s full faced swimming mask designed to protect women from the sun.
15. Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).
16. The LA Public Library’s bookmobile program for the sick. (1928)
17. A zookeeper gives penguins a delightful shower from a watering can. (1930)
18. The One Wheel Motorcycle, capable of reaching a top speed of 93 mph. (1931)
19. A cat poses for a cigarette card, found in Army Club Cigarettes. (1932)
20. How makers of the famous London Double-Decker buses proved they weren’t a tipping hazard. (1933)
21. Baby cages for 1930s apartment families who wanted their children to get enough sunlight.
22. The iconic photo of a concerned pea-picker and mother of seven children during the Dust Bowl (1936)
23. These glasses were specifically made for reading in bed
24. The 1930’s version of a GPS: This auto scrolling map was supposed to help people with directions in real time.
25. Model T “Elevator Garage” in Chicago. (1936)
26. Salvador Dalí and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke . (1938)
27. “Face Cones”: a fashionable way to protect oneself during snowstorms (1939).
28. A bicycle that fits a family of four, including a sewing machine. (1939).
29. Babies wearing the gas mask hood system during a 1940 London bomb drill.
30. WWII soldiers get their last kiss before deployment.
31. A tiny puppy sleeping comfortably between Russian soldiers. (1945)
32. An Austrian boy couldn’t be more excited about his first pair of new shoes in years. (1946)
33. A baby bear drinks a bowl of honey in a cafe. (1950)
34. A man dresses up his dog in a suit, then puts a cat in his lap. (1950s)
35. An ice-cold dispenser, sometimes found in offices. (1950s)
36. The winner of the 1950 “Miss A-Bomb” pageant.
37. Afghan women at a public library during the 1950s.
38. [Colorized] Young women hosting a 1950s house party.
39. Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial. (1959)
40. Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber. (1961)
41. The Cat-Mew Machine. (1963)
42. A young woman takes her pet lobster out for a walk.
43. Young boy attending Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 28th Aug 1963.
44. The “TV Glasses” that never quite caught on. (1963)
45. “The Kiss of Life”. This iconic photo shows a utility worker after being shocked by power lines . He survived. (1967).
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