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40 Striking Images From Years Gone By

Here is a truly amazing collection of iconic images, although taken only within the last 130 years some make it hard to comprehend how much life has changed since. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” certainly rings true here. This vast collection spans from as early as 1885 with the unpacking of the statue of liberty, right up to 1990’s and capture quite a variety of social contexts, from war, civil rights, everyday life, etc.

#1 Woman In Fear of Gas Attacks uses A Gas-Resistant Pram to Protect her Baby (England, 1938)

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#2 Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty (1885)

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#3 Elvis in the Army (1958)

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#4 Animals being used to aid in medical therapy (1956)

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#5 On Brave Individual Showing off His New Bulletproof Vest (1923)

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#6 Charlie Chaplin the stunner, aged just 27 (1916)

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#7 Hindenburg Disaster (May 6 1937)

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#8 Circus hippo pulling a cart (1924)

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#9 Annette Kellerman sets about promoting women’s rights, wearing a fitted one-piece bathing suit (1907)

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Needless to say she was arrested shortly after for indecency.

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

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Looking a the photo itself you wouldn’t exactly say she was a young lady at the time, so hats off to her for such a daring feat.

#11 106-year-old Armenian Woman guards home (1990)

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

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I imagine the use of one of these “baby cages” would be somewhat frowned upon today.

#13 The original Ronald McDonald (1963)

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No thanks…

#14 Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in (1961)

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

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

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

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#18 Construction of the Berlin wall, (1961)

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#19 Unknown soldier in Vietnam, (1965)

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

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

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#22. Suntan vending machine, (1949)

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#23 Measuring bathing suits: if they were too short, women would be fined, (1920′s)

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#24 Martin Luther King with his son removing a burnt cross from their front yard, (1960)

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

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This one is certainly very disturbing, how any human could do this to another human is beyond me. Sick.

#26 Lifeguard on the coast, (1920′s)

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#27. Artificial legs, UK, ca. (1890)

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To be honest they seem s lot better than what I was expecting for the time.

#28 Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test, (Las Vegas, 1953)

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

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

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The picture being in color really makes the whole event seem all that much realer, sometimes I guess it can be hard to think of the past in color when most of what we have to go on in is black and white.

#31 Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII

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#32 Christmas dinner during Great Depression: turnips and cabbage

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#33 The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. (1927)

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#34 Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, (1963)

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#35 Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, (1930)

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#36 A space chimp posing to camera after a successful mission to space, (1961)

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#37 Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit, (1929)

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#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)

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#39 Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight, (1893)

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That must have been some snowball fight.

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

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