These Photos From The Past Are Shocking, Crazy, Or Both. I Still Can’t Believe Some Of Them.
Throughout history, things have changed, but people stay the same. And by that, I mean they”re weird. There are so many unbelievable moments that have happened over the decades, and luckily one Reddit user found a gallery of the best odd photos from history. If you thought life was weird today, you”re about to get a big surprise: strange things have always happened.
1.) A woman taking her baby for a stroll in a gas-resistant baby carriage.
2.) People posing next to the Statue of Liberty”s face as it was being un-packed.
3.) A photo of Elvis Presley in the army.
4.) Fuzzy ducklings being used as therapy animals for children.
5.) A brave man testing out a new bulletproof vest.
6.) A picture of the young Charlie Chaplin at age 27 in 1916.
7.) This picture of the Hindenburg as it crashed.
8.) This circus hippo pulling a cart.
9.) Annette Kellerman promoting a womans right to wear a fitted, one-piece bathing suit in 1907. She was later arrested for indecency.
10.) Annie Edison Taylor, who was the first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel in 1901.
11.) In 1990, a 106 year-old Armenian woman guards her house with an automatic weapon.
12.) These baby cages were used in apartments in the 1930s to make sure the child got enough fresh air and sunlight. And danger.
13.) A picture of the original Ronald McDonald from 1963.
14.) The Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.
15.) A morbid advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug, during WWII.
16.) A soldier shares his banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan ca 1944.
17.) Einstein on the beach.
18.) The Berlin wall being constructed in 1961.
19.) An unknown soldier in Vietnam from 1965.
20.) An off the cuff picture of Stalin.
21.) Stalin”s son Yakov Dzhugashvili captured by the Germans in 1941. He was later killed in a prison camp.
22.) This sun tan vending machine in 1949.
23.) Beach patrols measuring the length of women”s bathing suits in the 1920s.
24.) Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his yard with his son in 1960.
25.) A Frenchman cries during the Nazi occupation in 1940.
26.) What lifeguards used to look like in the 1920s.
27.) A girl with artificial legs in 1890.
28.) A mother and her son look at the mushroom cloud following a nuclear test in Las Vegas in 1953.
29.) A mother shamefully hides her face after listing her children for sale in 1948.
30.) A joyful Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII.
31.) Using a flamethrower to light a cigarette. The German army employed flamethrowers on the Eastern Front during the war.
32.) Christmas dinner during the Depression.
33.) The original Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin from 1927.
34.) The last of the prisoners leaving Alcatraz in 1963.
35.) Melted remnants of a fire at Madam Tussauds Wax Museum in London, 1930.
36.) This chimp poses for a picture after his successful mission to space in 1961.
37.) Alcohol being poured out on the streets during Prohibition Detroit in 1929.
38.) Princeton students after a freshman VS sophomore snowball fight in 1893.
39.) Simone Segouin with a German MP 40.
40.) What happened when Sweden began driving on the right side of the road in 1967.
41.) The oldest known selfie (1839).
42.) A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).
43.) A “knocker-up” waking up clients (20th century).
44.) Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).
45.) “Pin boys” set up bowling pins while people play games (1914).
46.) A prohibition and anti-saloon league sign, speaking out against liquor.
47.) A police officer on a Harley-Davidson transports a prisoner in a holding cell (1921).
48.) Two girls take a “horseman” picture together (1920).
49.) Two winners of a beauty pageant, back when the standards of beauty were much different (1922).
50.) Fidel Castro smoking a cigar and wearing two Rolex watches during a meeting at the Kremlin, 1963.
51.) A couple enjoys an old-fashioned zipline at a fair (1923).
52.) The Isolator was a helmet worn to help the wearer focus, rendering a person deaf. They even had a supply of oxygen (1925).
53.) A full-faced swimming mask that was to help protect women”s skin from the sun (1920s).
54.) Mass of melted nuclear fuel in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
55.) The LA Public Library”s bookmobile program for the sick (1928).
56.) A zookeeper gives penguins a cooling shower from a watering can (1930).
57.) The One Wheel Motorcycle, which could reach a top speed of 93 mph (1931).
58.) A cat posed for a cigarette card, found in Army Club Cigarettes (1932).
59.) Makers of the London double decker bus prove that they weren”t a tipping hazard (1933).
60.) A mother is consumed by her worries and watches over her children during the Dust Bowl (1936). This photo of Florence Owens Thompson is actually one of the photos on this list that became quite famous in its own right.
61.) This is possibly the first GPS, an auto-scrolling map that would help people navigate in real time (1930).
62.) A Model T elevator garage in Chicago (1936).
63.) Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke break (1938).
64.) This bicycle fit a family of four and it included a sewing machine (1939).
65.) Infants wear gas mask hoods during a London bombing drill (1940).
66.) WWII soldiers get their last kiss before being deployed (1940s).
67.) A small puppy sleeps in between Russian soldiers (1945).
68.) Female IRA fighter showing off her assault rifle in the 1970″s.
69.) A bear cub laps up a bowl of honey in a cafe (1950).
70.) A man dresses his dog up in a suit and puts his cat in the dog”s lap for a picture (1950s).
71.) There used to be ice-cold whisky dispensers, sometimes found in offices (1950s).
72.) The winner of the Miss Atomic Bomb pageant is crowned (1950).
73.) Afghan women, casually dressed, use a public library before the Taliban rule (1950s).
74.) Paul McCartney takes a mirror selfie (1959).
75.) Young women attend a house party in this colorized photo (1950s).
76.) Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial (1959).
77.) Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber (1961).
78.) The Cat Mew machine, designed by the Japanese to keep away mice (1963).
79.) A young woman takes her pet lobster out for a walk (1950s).
80.) A young boy attends Martin Luther King Jr.”s “I Have A Dream” speech (1963).
81.) “TV Glasses,” a product that never caught on (1963).
82.) Young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden, in the green shirt on the right (1970s).
83.) Bill & Hillary Clinton play volleyball before getting married (1971).
84.) Elliott Erwitt photographed public water fountains in North Carolina, demonstrating the issue of segregation in the American South.
85.) NASA scientists in 1961.
86.) Thich Quang Duc setting himself on fire to protest the Diem government in South Vietnam shocked the world in 1963.
87.) Margret Thatcher with British troops after the surrender of Argentina in the Falklands War.
88.) This photo of a rescued baby became a symbol of hope in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.
89.) The Tiananmen Square protests took place in China in 1989. The protesters were fighting for democracy, and in the photo below, one man stood and faced the Chinese government”s oppressive forces.
90.) When this little girl was told to draw “home” on a chalkboard, this is what she came up with…
91.) In 1993, this photo of a young Sudanese girl being watched by a vulture brought the world”s attention to hunger in Africa.
92.) Robert Capa”s world-famous photograph of a soldier struck down during the Spanish Civil War.
93.) This haunting photo, taken in Chechnya in 1994, is of a Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano.
94.) The graves of a husband and wife, one Protestant and the other Catholic, connected above a wall that divides a religiously segregated graveyard.
95.) Pele and Bobby Moore greet each other at the end of the World Cup in 1970.
96.) German children play with stacks of money during the hyperinflation period of the Weimar Republic, 1922.
97.) Robert Capa”s image of a soldier crawling ashore on D-Day captures the chaos and courage of that day.
98.) A member of Apollo 11 snapped this shot of mankind”s first successful mission to the Moon.
99.) When schools became racially integrated in Charlotte, North Carolina, African American students had to deal with harassment from white students and citizens on the way to school.
100.) On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg caught fire in one of the most infamous disasters in history.
101.) Haiti was hit hard by Tropical Storm Hanna in 2008. This photo captures a young boy salvaging a stroller in the aftermath of the storm.
102.) American POWs heading home from Vietnam as their plane finally lifts off.
103.) In 1972, as part of the Apollo 16 mission to the moon, astronaut Charles Duke left a photo of himself, his wife, and his two sons which was enclosed in plastic on the moon”s surface.
104.) This is another photo of The Statue of Liberty under construction in Paris in 1884.
105.) Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his son stand in front of The White House in the early 1980s.
106.) Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood in 1919.
107.) This is a completely different view of the Tank Man of Tiananmen Square.
108.) A Russian spy is laughing through his execution in Finland in 1939 during the Winter War.
109.) These are survivors from the Titanic boarding the Carpathia in 1912.
110.) Tsar Nicholas II allows his daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to smoke.
111.) Da Vinci”s Mona Lisa is returned to the Louvre after WWII.
112.) Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Lewis Payne was being held in federal custody prior to his execution in 1865. As Lincoln was being killed at the Ford Theater, Payne, an Alabama native and Confederate veteran, entered the bedroom of Secretary of State William H. Seward and began to attack him with a large knife.
113.) John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and staffers tour Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, Sept 1962.
114.) Allied forces mock Hitler from atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery at the end of WWII.
115.) This is a manninquin from an atomic bomb test site in Nevada during the mid-50s.
116.) An American evacuee punches a South Vietnamese man for a place on the last chopper out of the US embassy during the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.
117.) The Beatles walking in the opposite direction during the Abbey Road album cover photoshoot.
118.) This is Queen Elizabeth during her WWII service.
119.) Here are cameramen shooting and recording the lion roar for the MGM logo.
120.) View of the Statue of Liberty from Jersey City in 1973.
121.) Taking pictures on the beach in Atlantic City, 1912.
122.) U.S. troops begin their day in a daze after a third night of fierce fighting against North Vietnamese forces.
123.) Vietnam veterans protesting the war, 1970.
124.) Louis Boutan taking one of the world”s first underwater photographs in 1893.
125.) Helen of Many Glacier Hotel, a Native American Phone Operator in 1925.
126.) Reunion of veterans from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913.
127.) A newspaper vendor at a Union camp in Virginia during the Civil War in 1863.
128.) A behind the scenes look at the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate.
129.) An unemployed lumber worker and his wife following the bean harvest during the Great Depression. His social security number is tattooed on his arm.
130.) The first McDonald”s in 1948.
131.) Troops at the battle of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968. This was one of the longest, most violent battles of the war, lasting 77 days.
132.) A rush on the banks to withdraw gold before the arrival of the communists in Shanghai, China, 1949.
133.) Eduard Bloch was Hitler”s Jewish physician. Bloch was protected by the German secret police and fled the country to the United States before the war began.
134.) An army intelligence officer attends to Hideki Tojo, the prime minister of Japan during WWII. Tojo attempted to shoot himself in the heart as U.S. troops approached his residence to arrest him. The bullet missed his heart and instead went through his stomach. Tojo made a full recovery before being tried, found guilty of war crimes, and executed.
135.) A couple in West Berlin peers over the Berlin Wall as the woman speaks to her mother on the other side.
136.) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1940.
137.) The 1891 Bowdoin College Tug of War Team.
These surreal photos from the past aren”t just must-see strange photos. They prove that things around us will always change. 50 years from now, life as we know it today may be completely unrecognizable. Source: Reddit Share them with others by clicking below!