35 Bizarre Vintage Photos From The Past

Vintage can offer a bit of nostalgia. It gives us a tiny glimpse of what things used to be like. –for better or for worse.

From melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, to a woman undergoing an anti-freckle treatment.

These particular vintage photos show just how bizarre the past really was.

Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London (1930)
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Patrons at Hell’s Cafe in Paris, which shut down some time in the mid-20th century
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The contestants at a beauty pageant that didn’t want to judge them on their looks
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A terrifying vintage Halloween costume (1910)
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Two engineers fix a Disney animatronic
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A woman undergoes anti-freckle treatment (1930s)

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A Mickey Mouse gas mask, which was used to make the devices more appealing to children (1942)7
Myrtle Corbin, who was born in 1868 with an extra pelvis. Myrtle spent her early years in a circus sideshow8
An early example of “horsemanning”, the 1920’s version of “planking”
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Two parents posed with their dead daughter in the middle. When photography was expensive, you would have a photo taken at your birth, your wedding and your death (Victorian Era)

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Two women wearing bird headdresses have a chat
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An early family photo gone freakishly-wrong
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A girl who grew up in a concentration camp draws a picture of “home” while living in a “residence for disturbed children” (1948)

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American troops in Brewster body armor (1917)

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Mental patient Katharina Detzel, who built her own man out of the straw in her bed (1910)

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Two clowns and Santa visit a girl in hospital (1950s)
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The isolater, a hood that shut out all sound. Oxygen was piped in through a tank and the eyes had slits so you could only see one line of text at a time (1925)
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Children on Halloween (1900)
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Santa wasn’t always cheerful
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Contestants at a “Miss Lovely Eyes” pageant in Florida. They wore masks so that judges only scored them on their eyes (1930)
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A nurse and a new born baby pose in their gas masks (1940)
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A shell shocked soldier gives a thousand yard stare (1916 – 1918)
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An early R’lyehian steam train after a boiler explosion
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Neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne electrocuting a man’s face in order to study facial muscles. France (1862)
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A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club (1930s)

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The poor man’s Halloween costume (1940s)
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Two patrons at the Rothschild “Illuminati” party (1972)
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Ella Harper, who suffered from a disorder that weakens the ligaments in the knees, was known as Camel Girl (1870–1921)29
A Navajo man dressed up as a Nayenezgani spirit
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Ventriloquist Jules Vernon with his horrifying family of puppets (1867 – 1937)
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An Iron Lung ward used for treating children with polio (1930s)
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Boys returning from their initiation into the Poro, a secret society in parts of Africa (1936)
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Max Schreck sitting in between takes of the silent movie Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)

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