Catch Sight of Our Breathtaking Past With These Historic Photos

The world has come a very long way since its creation. The things that we are currently familiar with weren’t the same in the past and most certainly wouldn’t remain the way they are in the nearest future. Judging by the dramatic change seen in just a few years ago from now, it does tell us that the future generation might wonder what we the present generation were thinking when they go through the images of what we consider as first-class and normal at the moment. We bring you historical, shocking and unexpected photos dating back to some centuries ago and they certainly bring up emotions of wonderment when we go through them. Glance below to see some rare old images that will change the way see the past.

Check out the “Punt Gun” used for duck hunting. It was capable of killing 50 birds in one fell swoop. In the late 1860’s it was banned.


Fun Cycling


Tandem adult tricycles used to be a popular trend in the 1880s because they are more stable than tandem bicycles. The Columbia Tricycle Company claimed that they ensured “absolute freedom from danger of accident.”

This photo captured a girl in the early 1900s at a gravesite. It wasn’t until years later that the abnormality was noticed.


Cars in 1900


Annie Edison Taylor is the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901


Annie Edison 63-year-old widow was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1903 World Record huge black sea bass caught by Edward Llewellen. It weighed 425 lbs. Allegedly, he brought it in alone.


Annette Kellerman arrested for indecency

Annette Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress, writer, and business owner popular for promoting women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907. This was when women were expected to wear cumbersome dress and pantaloon combinations when swimming. She was arrested for indecency on Revere Beach, Massachusetts for wearing a fitted one-piece bathing suit.

A man testing a prototype football helmet [1912]


Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing them bread during the Armenian Genocide of 1915


The Armenian Genocide also called the Armenian Holocaust or traditionally among Armenians, as the Great Crime was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland in the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. It happened during and after World War I and was implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and forced labor, and the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches to the Syrian Desert.

First Plastic Surgery Ever


Walter Yeo, a sailor wounded at the Battle of Jutland, is supposed as the first person to receive plastic surgery in 1917. Yeo’s surgery not only repaired his face, but gave him new functioning eyelids too.

Bathing Suit Length


Back in the 1920’s, beach patrols measured the length of women’s swimsuits to make sure that they aren’t too revealing.

Flood Of Alcohol


This is no flood — it’s illegal alcohol being poured out a Detroit window during Prohibition (1920-1933). Detroit was the central place for smuggling liquor from Canada into the United States. When Michigan state police raided a Detroit restaurant suspected of serving liquor, they wound up arresting the Mayor, a Congressman and a local sheriff before flooding the illegal alcohol out of the window.

Trying out new bulletproof vests, 1923


Baby Cage


Here is a portable outdoor baby cage, designed in 1923 so that babies in the city could get fresh air and sun while their mothers did housework.

Hippo Drawn Cart -1924


This Hippo was trained to pull a two-wheel cart in 1924.

The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin in 1927


Kalinin K-7


Kalinin K-7 was a giant experimental aircraft invented and tested in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. It was of uncommon configuration with twin booms and wide underwing pods housing fixed landing gears and machine gun turrets.

Shooting practice for German soldiers in 1935.


The last ever public execution in the United States, 1936


Rainey Bethea (1909 – August 14, 1936) was the last person to be executed publicly in the United States. He was a black man who confessed to raping and murdering a 70-year-old white woman named Lischia Edwards. After being convicted of her rape, he was publicly hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky.

A man refusing to do the Nazi salute, 1936


One brave man refrains from lifting his arm in the Nazi salute in Hitler’s presence at a 1936 rally.

Babe Ruth knocking it out of the park in 1938.


The inside of the Cathedral of Amiens during World War II.




This gas-proof was sold in England on the eve of WWII. During the First World War, German forces used poison gas on Allied troops, Britons were afraid that Hitler might release them on civilian populations. Britons were well prepared in case of a chemical attack.

Morbid Advertisement for Atabrine anti-malaria drug during WWII


Atabrine was the first synthetic form of quinine used to battle malaria. The US military used the anti-malaria greatly in the South Pacific during WWII. This sign is close to a military hospital in New Guinea, where two-thirds of the troops were severally down with the disease.

Queen Elizabeth during Her WWII Service


The less-seen side of World War II


A German soldier buries an unknown English soldier that was killed in aerial combat in the Egyptian desert.

Soviet soldiers stand surprised at a large pile of human ashes found at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1944.

The Naked Gunner Rescue at Rabaul, 1944


This man is a young crewman of a US Navy “Dumbo” PBY who was on a rescue mission. He had just jumped into the water of Rabaul Harbor to rescue a severely burned Marine pilot who was shot down while bombing the Japanese-held fortress of Rabaul. To boost his ability to swim, he stripped naked since clothes and boots would obstruct his ability to swim. While Japanese coastal defense guns were firing at the plane right in the water during take-off, this brave young man, after saving the pilot, manned his position as machine gunner without considering putting on his clothes. A hero photographed right after he’d completed his heroic act. Naked.

A Japanese boy standing at attention after having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, 1945


This boy is a Japanese boy standing erect, having played his role by bringing his dead brother to a cremation ground. The photo was taken by a  man sent by U.S. military to document the damage inflicted on the Japanese homeland caused by air raids of fire bombs and atomic bombs. The boy standing at attention has a clear military influence. A closer look at the boy shows him trying to keep a stiff upper lip, and trying so hard to maitain a bold heart…isn’t that heart-breaking?

One of the greatest surfers of all time, Surfer Buzzy Trent with a Hawaiian “gun” surfboard ready to surf 40 foot waves – 1955


Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961


The priest helping a dying soldier – 1962


Father Luis Padillo in cassock was walking about paying last rites to all dying soldiers during the fight for an insurrection promoted by Venezuelan Fuerzas Amadas de Liberación  Nacional. Despite the danger, the  priest insisted on giving a last sacrament to dying soldiers. The photographer, Hector Rondón Lovera who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture.

The Debris of the astronaut Vladimir Komarov – the man who fell from space, 1967


Saigon execution: Murder of a Vietcong by Saigon Police Chief – 1968


While covering the Vietnam War for the Associated Press Eddie Adams took his best-known photograph – the picture of police chief General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Van Lém, on a Saigon street, on February 1, 1968, during the opening stages of the Tet Offensive.

The Racial Segregation in the US South


Children for sale:

The four small children in this photo sit huddled on steps outside a home in Chicago, behind a sign that reads “4 Children For Sale Inquire Within.” Their mother who was pregnant at the time turns her head covering her face from the camera.

The three younger children in this heartbreaking picture were finally reunited in 2013. They all had stories of horrible abuse, both before and after they were sold. One claimed that their mother sold them because she needed bingo money, and because her new boyfriend didn’t like children.

A mother and her child in Las Vegas watching the nuclear testing just 75km away


Amira Daniel
Amira is a personal finance and entertainment writer by trade with several years of experience covering businesses, CEOs, and celebrity profiles, her favourite subjects include business and personal finance, entertainment, celebrities, and travel. When she's not writing, you can find her reading or catching up on any of her favourite series


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