The world before cameras. This is when being halfway decent at descriptive imagery would have come in handy.
You see, when we can’t exactly articulate into words what lies before our eyes, we end up with crazy looking elephant illustrations like these.
In the Middle Ages (5th to the 15th century), elephants were probably something mystical to see.
The imagery below reveals what elephants looked like in the Middle Ages based on traveler descriptions given to artists who turned them into illustrations.
If you thought that was cool, check out what people thought the year 2,000 would look like 100 years ago.
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