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A Fascinating Look at the Past

I see a lot of these types of posts on facebook, but I usually only read through them after I see the same one appear several times. I’m glad I looked at this one. It’s a fascinating look at history, outside of the mainstream.

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Bulletproof vest testing, 1923: Who would sign up for that?


Animals in medical therapy, 1956


Statue of Liberty unpacking, 1885: She doesn’t look happy.


Elvis in the Army, 1958: Sounds like a movie title!

Woman With A Baby in Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938: I imagine the walk couldn’t be a long one.

Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937: This disturbs my heights-terrified self.

Charlie Chaplin, age 27, 1916: He had four wives and a whole passel of kids.


Circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924: I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!


Annette Kellerman arrested for indecency trying to promote women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907: Wish that was still the style.


Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

 The first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel was

Annie Edison Taylor, 1901: Who was the first person to think that was a good idea?


106-year-old Armenian Woman guards home, 1990: I wouldn’t mess with her.

The original Ronald McDonald, 1963: He’s even creepier than the current one.


Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961: I would love to eat lunch here. Just once.


Advertisement for anti-malaria drug,

 Atabrine, in Papua, New Guinea during WWII: Powerful stuff.


Goat and soldier share a banana during the battle of Saipan, ca. 1944


Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965: He said it.

Little girl sitting in the ruins of her bombed home

with her doll, London, 1940


Berlin wall construction, 1961


London bookstore ruined by an air raid, 1940: Free books!


Suntan vending machine, 1949: I bet the tan lines were interesting.

Martin Luther King removing a burnt cross from his front yard

with his son, 1960


Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it, ca. 1964


Mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948: I found the follow-up story on these kids HERE.

Lifeguard on the coast, 1920′s: A little different than Baywatch.


Artificial legs, UK, ca. 1890: This is impressive for the times!


Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test, Las Vegas, 1953


Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII: Pure joy.


Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941


Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930: Absolutely terrifying.

Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage


The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927: They aren’t sharing  a pot of Hunny….


Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, 1963


A space chimp posing after successful mission to space, 1961: He’s so excited!


Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, 1929: What a waste.


Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight, 1893: Those Princeton boys are violent.


A beautiful suicide – 23 year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landed on a United Nations limousine, 1947: I was unfamiliar with this; read more HERE. It’s haunting.


First day after Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right, 1967: They needed some practice.


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