Photography is the closest thing we have to a time machine. Our ability to visually document the past became an opportunity for people to experience a time they never lived. And just like modern people with cameras, past photographers capture scenes from a bad holiday, a heartbreaking tragedy, silly portraits, triumphant achievements, and mundane daily scenes.
Find out what made these people click on their cameras, and see the history that happened before their eyes but before your time. Here are 65 old photos showing a glimpse of the past.
1) In The Moment
A rare photo of the very beautiful Audrey Hepburn just being herself.
2) Croquet Anyone?
Estimated that this goes back to the later 1900th century of a girls’ croquet team.
3) The Fake City
During World WarII a fake city was built on the roof of the Boeing Factory in Seattle. This was to fool the Nazis.
4) Gently Scholars
Oxford Studies dating back to 1906 and 1907. They look so clean and proper.
5) A Fitting Tribute
The animals were important during WW1 and many of them lost their lives. A group of soldiers got together and made a tribute to all of those animals who have given their lives in duty.
6) Pilot From The Past
Helene Dutrieu was born in 1877 and lived to 1961 and she was a famous female pilot pre-war along with being into car racing and motor cycling. Quite the feats for the era she lived in.
7) The Oldest Ever Photographed
This photo dates back to 1840 and is taken of a woman named Hannah Stilley. DOB 1744. Nobody has ever been captured in a photograph that was born earlier than she was.
8) Frozen In Time
Soldiers didn’t just have to worry about the human enemy, they had to worry about the elements too. This Soviet soldier was frozen then staged like this to give a warning to enemies.
9) Rebel From The Past
This young fellow had just stolen his dad’s car. Crashed it and was taking his final puff on his cigarette prior to dealing with what was about to come.
10) The USS Shaw Explodes
Just one segment of the devastation that took place when Japan surprised Pearl Harbor. Photo dated Dec. 7 1941.
11) Ernest Hemingway Having Some Fun
Just having a little fun with his friends doing some old fashion sparring.
12) Simpson Creators
Meeting of the brains as the creators of the Simpsons gather around in 1992.
13) The Great Preparation
Japanese soldiers were being prepared for their attack on Pearl Harbor. This was taken from an old newsreel.
14) Something Weird
Back in the day of the family photos most would dress to the hilt looking forward to the family affair. In this pic it’s obvious who was holding the child did not want their face seen? Or were they concerned about the evils that the camera could bring?
15) Little Romance
This looks like it could be one of those childhood sweetheart stories. In any event it is darn cute. Better than watching them squabble.
16) School Days
If the kids think they have it tough going to school today then they just need to glance at this group making their way to school in 1959 in Italy.
17) Time For A Slither
There is nothing wrong with exotic pets and these two seem to be quite comfortable with each other. Not everybody’s cup of tea though.
18) Photo Mask
The picture is named Portrait of a dancer. The mask has been designed to be part of the photo. It is creepy but at the same intriguing.
19) Being Blunt
Some men were of few words back in the old days. No time to beat around the bush. So when they needed a wife they just would put up a sign. Obviously there was a shortage as the sign is in the plural.
20) Caged Rest
During wartime, nobody felt safe at any time. Many would sleep in cages in case of a bombing they would at least have some shelter from falling debris.
21) The Real One?
There are several pics around regarding John. F.Kennedy’s assassination. But there are some that believe that this one is the real one. Look at it closely.
22) The Perfect Pair
Aside from the cigarette hanging out of his mouth, he looks older than his years and not impressed and neither his sidekick. This kid is a natural-born actor.
23) Captured In Time
Seeing the Statute of Liberty in all her glory is a common sight. But to see her in actual construction is a treat.
24) Do It Yourself
Now, this takes guts. This doctor is operating on himself. Hope he doesn’t pass out because if he does he is going to bleed to death. Is it a matter of trust or a shortage of help?
25) Strange Puppetry
Puppet acts with ventriloquists were a big form of entertainment but sometimes the dummies were so downright ugly you couldn’t take your eyes off of them. But for them that was the point, while you were watching the dummy you wouldn’t see the actor’s lips move.
26) Tender Love
You may not see too many photos like this where the man will literally pick his lover up in arms to give her a big smooth. It is romantic though.
27) Hat Fashion
Is this hat fashion or some form of hasmat protection? In reality, this is the garb that women would use when driving. It sort of fits in with the concept that back in 1906 if a woman wasn’t wearing a hat she would be stoned.
23) Easy Transportation
Goats come in handy for a lot of things but to use them for a little goat drawn carriage is really a nifty idea.This took place in 1953 Salvador Dali.
29) Dressed Up
Wearing costumes dates back ages and the ones that were meant to look eerie really did. This is a Koskimo person dressed in a full fur garment.
30) Whose On The Stairs?
Some strange photos were found in a house yesterday. This one sends a chill down the spine with the way the lighting is hitting the youngster on the stairs.
31) Say Cheese
It would not have been manly to crack a smile. But the eyes are used to create the expression and they work well.
32) Now That’s Chess
Chess is enjoyed in so many different ways. But in Russia, they really knew how to play the game. This is the actual game of human chess that was popular in Russia in 1924.
33) Follow The Leader
Maybe this is where the term for calling little ones little monkeys came from. Look at how well-behaved all these little guys are as they follow their little leader.
34) The Levitator
Obviously an act but it looks like the levitator was able to get a member in the audience to lift right out of his seat. Yet it looks like he is being hoisted by guidewires. It is worth studying this one to see if you can decipher it.
35) Whatever Works
No matter what war it is whatever works to preserve a soldier has to be utilized. All too often it was the brave horses that served them that became the brunt of the danger.
36) The Dive
Diving costumes were not made for fashion, but every time somebody would put one on it made them look like a creature from the sea. It is enough to scare the fish. Maybe that was the point. This suit only dates back to 1911.
37) The Titanic
There are plenty of real pics of the Titanic but every one of them is worth looking at because they each hold a memory of the tragic loss.
38) Breathe Easy
Riding a horse into action on a plain field kicks up a lot of dust.A soldier doesn’t want to be coughing while in battle. The solution is to wear a mask so he can at least breathe without a mouthful of sand.
39) A Classic
Charlie Chaplin was a classic and so was Helen Keller. This is a beautiful photo of their first meeting in 1919.