23 Photos From The Past That Require A Second Look…

Below are photos from the turbulent 1860s, a period marked by revolution and the fight against slavery, through the 1980s, a decade in which technology and globalization started to take off like never before. It’s incredible to see how much has changed — and just as often, how much has stayed the same — over the years.

1. 1860s: Locomotive of the U.S. Military Railroad used by the Union on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in Virginia.

2. Mid-1863: Union soldiers at Morris Island, Charleston, South Carolina, with a 300-pounder Parrott that later exploded due to heavy combat utilization.

3. 1908: A kindergarten in Helsinki, Finland.

4. 1912: The first photograph of Machu Picchu in Peru, an Inca site dating back to the 15th century.

5. 1913: Stéphane Passet’s portrait of Gonchigjalzangiin Badamdorj, who served as Prime Minister of Mongolia in the early 20th century.

6. 1917: The Romanov Sisters (L to R – Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria) with the measles during exile. The entire Romanov family was executed the following year.

7. 1930s: Children fascinated by a circus billboard. This was around the time that circus films started to gain popularity.

8. 1930: Grand Central Terminal was opened in 1871 and rebuilt twice in 1913 and 1994-2000.

9. 1932: A speedway rider prepares his road bike in Sydney, NSW.

10. 1937: An incredible aerial view over Central Park in Manhattan at night.

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