40 Must-See Photos From The Past. #28 Is Insane

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40 Must-See Photos From The Past. #5 Is Insane.
40 Must-See Photos From The Past. #5 Is Insane.

Came across this selection of astonishing photos from the past, thanks to Reddit user epicnesshunter. Some of these are absolutely mind-boggling, but what makes most of them so powerful is that they were taken in the past century, just one or two generations away from us. Source

#1. Woman With A Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938

#2. Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885

#3. Elvis in the Army, 1958

#4. Animals being used as part of medical therapy, 1956

#5. Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

#6. Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916

#7. Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

#8. Circus hippo pulling a cart, 1924

#9. Annette Kellerman promotes women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907. She was arrested for indecency

#10. Annie Edison Taylor, the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901

#11. 106-year-old Armenian Woman guards home, 1990

#12. Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937

#13. The original Ronald McDonald, 1963

#14. Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961

#15. Advertisement for Atabrine, anti-malaria drug, in Papua, New Guinea during WWII

#16. Soldier shares a banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan, ca. 1944

#17. Little girl with her doll sitting in the ruins of her bombed home, London, 1940

#18. Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

#19. Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

#20. Bookstore in London ruined by an air raid, 1940

#21. Walter Yeo, one of the first to undergo an advanced plastic surgery and a skin transplant, 1917

#22. Measuring bathing suits – if they were too short, women would be fined, 1920′s

#23. Martin Luther King with his son removing a burnt cross from their front yard, 1960

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

#25. Lifeguard on the coast, 1920′s

#26. Artificial legs, UK, ca. 1890

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

#28. Mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948

#29. Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII

#30. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941

#31. Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

#32. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

#33. Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, 1963

#34. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930

#35. A space chimp posing to camera after a successful mission to space, 1961

#36. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, 1929

#37. Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight, 1893

#38. 23 year-old Evelyn McHale’s suicide – she jumped from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landed on a United Nations limousine, 1947

#39. Suntan vending machine, 1949

#40. First morning after Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right, 1967

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  1. I’m looking too. But thought you might be able to provide some valuable input for my report. It doesn’t hurt to look for extraordinary information to make my report stand out !

  2. I am doing a project for National History Day and I really can’t find any real issues 20 years ago or later. Fashion is my life and would really like it if my topic included it. If you have any ideas please help me out. Thanks so much!!

  3. I heard of this woman awhile ago that went topless in a movie and it was so taboo at the time everyone thought she was just a dumb whore but was really a genius and invented the a messaging system for the World War. Does anyone know her name?

  4. I have some old photographs about 60 years old, I’m planning on scanning them with my new scanner, saving them to a CD, and bringing the CD to the local drug store to print out. But my question is, will my scanner do any damage to the originals at all? I’m very scared that the scanner will some how ruin them. And also, how do I get the best quality? I heard scanning at 300 dpi and saving them as a TIFF file will be the best quality. (I would just let them scan and print them but I really don’t trust them).

  5. I am doing a project for National History Day and I really can’t find any real issues 20 years ago or later. Fashion is my life and would really like it if my topic included it. If you have any ideas please help me out. Thanks so much!!

  6. I was out and saw a classic-style film on TV. It maybe was from the 50s-60s. There was a woman swimming the River Thames with people watching her on the bridges over the river.

    Any help on what film this was?

  7. I’m looking too. But thought you might be able to provide some valuable input for my report. It doesn’t hurt to look for extraordinary information to make my report stand out !

  8. Any good ones or even bad ones out there? Just not Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
    Thanks in advance!

  9. What were they, and what made them so controversial? Please name any that come to mind, especially ones directly related to sex, drugs or violence!

  10. i am going there in a few days and i was just wondering what are some really cool things to photograph there?…i have a nice slr camera and im pretty decent at it…so what are some things at disneyland such as certain objects or places that would make a really cool photo? i mean like low aperture photos so that it looks like real photography? haha i know that sounds vague but thanks for any answers! 🙂
    to the person who said a canon powershot isnt a dslr…im not using that one im using a Nikon D3100. im using the powershot for the light show because its small and doesnt look like a giant professional camera 😛

  11. what are some tips for taking great photographs??? I mean Photos, not just snapshots…I’ll be in the Grand Canyon and what are a few sites to capture unique and stunning views? Hoq would you compose a great photo??

  12. I have some old photographs about 60 years old, I’m planning on scanning them with my new scanner, saving them to a CD, and bringing the CD to the local drug store to print out. But my question is, will my scanner do any damage to the originals at all? I’m very scared that the scanner will some how ruin them. And also, how do I get the best quality? I heard scanning at 300 dpi and saving them as a TIFF file will be the best quality. (I would just let them scan and print them but I really don’t trust them).

  13. I have blue eyes but in nearly every photograph of me my eyes are different. One eye is red or normal and the other looks black, it is always the same eye that looks black. Just wondering if this happened to anyone else, it doesn’t happen to anyone else in the photographs.

  14. Any good ones or even bad ones out there? Just not Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
    Thanks in advance!

  15. in this day of digital photography and easier editing, millions of people are trying their hand
    but what makes a GREAT photograph now, to you?

  16. I’m looking too. But thought you might be able to provide some valuable input for my report. It doesn’t hurt to look for extraordinary information to make my report stand out !

  17. In the old days was the negative the original photograph or the first positive off the negative? How does that compare with todays digital photographs where each print could be defined as an original!

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