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

We 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.

#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

We know you enjoyed these. That’s why we think you should check out our new story: 30 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken – these pics will hit a lot closer to home.


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