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Vintage Photos

The Crazy Disco Era of the 1970s

February 27, 2018

Disco reached its peak during the mid 1970s to the early 1980s. Many viewed it as a way to ‘rock out’ against mainstream rock music of the time. Here are some photos showing how different ...

Photos of African Women and Their Stretched Lips

February 25, 2018

The tribes of Mursi, Chai and Tirma are the last groups in Africa the traditional wearing of wooden lip discs or plates is still the norm for women. One theory suggests tha...

Rarely-Seen Found Photos of Princess Margaret's Wedding...

January 7, 2018

Born Margaret Rose in 1930 at Glamis Castle in Scotland, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The...

Gustave Eiffel’s Preferred Place of Rest When He Wasn’t...

November 24, 2017

Villa Claire in Vevey, Switzerland, was Gustave Eiffel’s preferred place of rest when he wasn’t building giant iron towers or attempting to engineer the Panam...

Vintage Photos of the Child Laborers of New York City

November 23, 2017

In 1908, Lewis Hine became an investigator and photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC).The organization is dedicated to "promoting the rights, aware...

People Celebrating Thanksgiving Day in the Past

November 22, 2017

Here is a collection of interesting snapshots that shows people posing with their grilled turkeys in Thanksgiving Day in the past.

Everyday Life of People from Around the World Over 100 ...

October 30, 2017

These amazing real photo postcards provide us a peek of how the world was like 100 years ago. Aeron Express, open Sea View, Aberaeron, Wales, 1911 Boating on th...

Vintage Photos Reveal the 19th Century’s Fascination wi...

October 29, 2017

In the 19th Century, posing with and taking photographs of dead loved ones was commonplace, allowing people to have a keepsake of their departed family members....

24 Rare Photos of Stores in the Victorian Era

October 29, 2017

Shopping is one of the earliest concepts in the world, as old as civilization itself when people traded for what they needed. Now, let's take a vintage look at the stores and ...

The Building of a City: Old Seattle in Photos

October 29, 2017

Established in 1851, Seattle started out as a lumber town, but it quickly became popular in coal production and fishing, and as a shipping hub for the West Coast. Soon, the ci...

41 Beautiful Portraits of Edwardian Women From Between ...

October 10, 2017

Color photography was attempted as early as the 1840s, but it became popular only after the Lumière brothers introduced and patented the Autochrome Lumière techni...

Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos?

October 10, 2017

Most believe it is due to the limited technology at the time to capture a smile - exposure times were long and so it was easier to hold a serious expression over a long ...

The Cedar River Logging Trestle, 203ft High and 843ft L...

October 4, 2017

Completed shortly before this black and white photograph was taken by Darius Kinsey, the Cedar River trestle, built by Pacific States Lumber Company, was exceptio...

The World’s First Car Accidents Ever

October 3, 2017

The first steamed engine accident happened in 1869 when Irish scientist Mary Ward fell off the seat of the experimental steam car she was driving as she rounded a curve on the road. ...

A Look at the Streets of Paris From the 1860s

October 3, 2017

Beginning in the mid-1850s, at the orders of Napoleon III, Paris experienced a grand transformation - old, narrow streets made way for wider boulevards and thousands of gas la...

Charles C. Ebbets and His Famous 'Lunchtime Atop a Skys...

October 2, 2017

Below is one of the most iconic images of all time, “Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper.” It was taken by Charles C. Ebbets in 1932 – although he wasn’t officially recog...

100-Year-Old Colour Portraits Of New York Immigrants Re...

September 28, 2017

Between 1892 and 1954, about 12 million immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, often dressed in their finest clothes. The portraits below, taken between 1906 and 19...

Gorgeous Black and White Photos Show the Rustic Rural L...

September 27, 2017

These photos below of rural life in Victorian England were taken by William Morris Grundy. After his death in 1859, the photo series was by the London Stereoscopi...

How a Small New York Town Moved to Escape Total Destruc...

September 27, 2017

New York City needed to expand its water system, it needed a new dam - the Croton Dam - and with it, a new reservoir. Unfortunately for the town of Katonah, it st...

The Lost Victorian Houses of Downtown LA

September 27, 2017

Downtown LA have a history buried under gleaming high-rise office blocks and strip malls… Despite its once fashionable apartment buildings attracting high-income residents, Bunker ...

This Was New York City Before the Great Clean Up, 1970s

September 26, 2017

New York, a global power city, is the most populous city in America, and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. However, before the great clean-...

Amazing Color Photos That Show U.S. Army Uniforms in Wo...

September 21, 2017

The United States Army in WW2 used a variety of standard and non-standard battle uniforms, which often changed depending upon the theater of war, climatic environ...

The US Post-World War II: A Look on American Life Durin...

September 21, 2017

These amazing colored photos show everyday life in the US during the 1950s. San Francisco cable cars, San Francisco, California St. Francis Westin Hotel, San Fran...

These Old Photos Capture Daily Life of a Family in Gull...

September 21, 2017

This series of photos from Maryellen McFadden captures the daily life of the Brenna family from between the 1900s and 1910s.

Virginia Oldoini, The Star of Early Photography

August 18, 2017

Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, was a very significant figure in the early history of photography. She is remembered amo...

More Vintage Ads that Would Definitely Be Banned Today

August 17, 2017

Violence, gender inequality, blatant lies, promotion of bad health were just some of the themes used by advertisers in the past to get people to buy their products. W...

Shirley Temple Singing 'Animal Crackers In My Soup,' 19...

August 15, 2017

Animal Crackers became an instant hit with children when they were first introduced in 1902. The drawings on the box alone were enough to to sell the cookies. In ...

Friends & Brothers Captured Together During the America...

August 2, 2017

This collection of 19th-century photos were taken during the American Civil War. They are photos of unknown soldiers who had chosen to be captured together with a...

The First Smile Ever Photographed: 'Willy' Smiling, 185...

July 31, 2017

According to experts at the National Library of Wales, the photograph below is the first ever recorded photo of person smiling. The photograph is simply labeled “...

The Earliest Known Photos of 12 Major U.S Cities

July 29, 2017

Check out these early photos from 12 big cities from more than 100 years ago! It's remarkable how much things have changed. 1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A view of 8th and ...

Before Computer: Photos of People from the Past Working...

July 28, 2017

Before there were actual computers, there was a job simply called, "computer". The job involved converting figures and crunching numbers and often involved some b...

Photos of Dog Carts and Milk Women from the Late 19th a...

July 4, 2017

You are on the outskirts of the town, you met country women on their way home to a farm several miles out. When they left home early morning those big, shiny copp...

Princess Angeline: When the Settlers Arrived, She Refus...

June 12, 2017

In 1895, American photographer Edward S Curtis took his first portrait of a Native American subject - a wrinkled elderly woman with a red handkerchief; he paid he...

These Vintage Photos of San Francisco Hippies Reveal th...

June 3, 2017

Known for its tolerance and multiculturalism, outcasts and the socially marginalized flocked to San Franciso on the cusp of the 1970s. An eclectic community was f...

40 Eerie Portraits of Children Taken by Lewis Carroll i...

June 3, 2017

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Besides wr...

This 1950s Pink Car Especially Made For Women Comes wit...

May 27, 2017

After World War II, women became a vital part of the American workforce. They were no longer confined to the roles of housewives or secretaries, they also started...

Men in Short Shorts Show A Forgotten 1970s Fashion Tren...

May 25, 2017

From dodgy denim numbers and terribly tight tear-offs to suspiciously short sports shorts and lady-killing khaki cut-offs, 1970s men's shorts took short to a whol...

Can You Spot The Hidden Man In This 1880s Optical Illus...

May 22, 2017

Recently, an image of a bear dating from the 1880s took the internet by storm. At first, it just looked like an image of a bear’s head, but there's something hidd...

Magnificent Libraries Around the World

May 22, 2017

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil George Peabody Library, Baltimore...

Four Penny Coffin Was One of The First Homeless Shelter...

May 22, 2017

Homeless shelters are nowadays widespread social features, and many organizations worldwide try to make life easier for the poor and the needy. Homelessness has b...

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Houses

May 18, 2017

The Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings were two groups that colonised Britain during the Middle Ages. A collection of Germanic tribes, the Anglo-Saxons first conquered Britain during the 5th centur...

Recovered: Vietnam-era Lighters Carried by Soldiers Dur...

May 17, 2017

Recently, Cowan’s Auctions featured over 280 Vietnam-era lighters carried by soldiers during the war. As seen in the small sampling below, these small objects ref...

Some of History's Firsts

May 17, 2017

First McDonald’s (San Bernardino, 1948) First successful heart transplant (Luis Vashkanski by dr. Christiaan Barnard, 1967) First webpage – info.cern.ch (1990) First public display of a bikini ...

These Photos Were Taken RIGHT AFTER Some of the Most Ic...

May 15, 2017

Two days ago, we've posted the article "". To complete the series, here are some of photos taken right after those historic events happened. The Assassination Of...

31 Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made

May 13, 2017

Tank Man At Tiananmen Square History’s most iconic depiction of resistance was when an unidentified man known as “Tank Man” single-handedly stood down four Chinese tanks among...

Babies Were Used to Be Placed in Cages, Suspended 10 or...

May 6, 2017

In 1884, Luther Emmett Holt wrote of the importance of “airing” out babies in his book titled "The Care and Feeding of Children". This claim spun what is perhaps ...

The Interesting Life of Erik Weisz, Famously Known as t...

May 5, 2017

Erik Weisz, famoulsy known as The Great Harry Houdini is one the most famous illusionists and stunt performers that ever lived. He is celebrated for his sensation...

Then and Now: New York in 1873 vs 2014

May 2, 2017

The video below shows before and after photos of New York City taken between 1872 and 1887 compared to 2013 - 2014 photos shot in the same location. Credit: Jordan Liles | For more...

Inside Look: The General Stores Of Yesteryear

May 2, 2017

General stores were an integral part of local society back in the old days and people treated them as such. Pioneers and farmers depended on general stores and trading posts  ...

The Tragic Story Behind The Invention Of Coca-Cola

April 28, 2017

Wendy Clark, Coca-Cola marketing executive, once wrote of the man who invented the famous beverage: Today's Coca-Cola brand message is indeed to “make the world happier,”...

The Story Behind The Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph

April 28, 2017

In 1936, Florence Owens, a very tired 32-year-old mother of seven, sat down with some of her children in a temporary shelter near the migrants’ camp in Nipomo, C...

A Japanese Boy Standing at Attention After Bringing His...

April 25, 2017

Joe O’Donnell, the man who took the iconic photo below at Nagasaki, was sent by the U.S. military to chronicle the damage inflicted on Japanese soil by air raids ...

At the Age of 67, Emma Rowena Gatewood Became the First...

April 24, 2017

In 1955, at the age of 67, Emma Rowena Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire 2,168 mile (3,489 km) Appalachian Trail -- wearing sneakers and carrying...

32 Photos Show the Early Days of Dentistry Where They P...

April 21, 2017

If you think going to the dentist today is scary, just imagine a guy with a bloody apron, a pair of forceps, a pen knife, and no anesthesia preparing to extract y...

Old West Saloons: Where Cowboys Cowboys Go to Negotiate...

April 21, 2017

In the American Old West, a saloon was equivalent to a café or hotel. The first one was established in 1822 at Brown's Hole, Wyoming, between Colorado and Utah, t...

The Story Behind the Iconic 'Kiss of Life' Photo

April 17, 2017

Taken in 1967 by Rocco Morabito, the photo below called “The Kiss of Life” shows utility worker J.D. Thompson giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker Randall G. Champion after t...

The 8 Worst Jobs Kids Used to Do

April 11, 2017

Most of us today have a story about a horrible job we held as a kid, but as bad as we thought it might have been odd are it wasn't nearly as awful or lethal as what children were expected ...

Vintage Photos Of Milkmen Throughout History

April 6, 2017

Milkman. This is a job that people have held way back into the early 1800s. Do you remember the days when the milkman would still make the rounds in your neighborhood? The foll...

This Locked Crypt Holds Civilization's Artifacts and Wo...

April 2, 2017

Locked and sealed airtightly in Georgia's Oglethorpe University is a time capsule crypt containing some of the 1940s iconic treasures. It won’t be opened until 81...

Portraits of American Indians Before and After Entering...

April 2, 2017

The Cumberland County Historical Society in Carlisle, Pennsylvania has boxes upon boxes of photos and archives from the Carlisle Indian School - including the con...

Myth Debunked: Theodore Roosevelt Never Rode a Moose

March 29, 2017

During his lifetime, Theodore Roosevelt embarked on many adventures that seem like something out of a tall tale - he was able to survive an assassination attack; almost...

This is What Historical Figures Really Looked Like

March 27, 2017

When making historical movies, the smallest detail is crucial as this can change the image, the importance, and the role of a particular historical figure. One of the m...

Then and Now: NASA Images Compare Earth Then and Now

March 27, 2017

With a time difference between 5 - 100 years, these past and present photos taken from NASA's website depict the changing face of our planet.

The Ice-Skating Cocktail Waiters of at the Grand Hotel ...

March 22, 2017

In the 1920s and 30s at the Grand Hotel les Bains in St. Moritz, Switzerland, they had the right idea: serve drinks on its ice terrace by skating waiters. It took...

The Story of the Lonely Tree of Tenere

March 22, 2017

It’s difficult to be certain which individual tree is the most remote, but for several decades that distinction belonged to the Tree of Ténéré, a lone acacia tree standing in the vas...

Abandoned Ship Has Been Roaming the Arctic Waters for 3...

March 20, 2017

The SS Baychimo, a 1,322-ton, 230-foot long cargo ship launched in 1914 was was built at the Lindholmens shipyard in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was originally called ...

Photos of Old Kitchens from 1860 to 1970

March 19, 2017

The notion of a 'kitchen' as we know it today came about due to a book by the Beecher sisters, Catherine and her sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe. In 1869, the two sisters published a...

Photos of Old Kitchens from 1860 - 1970

March 19, 2017

The notion of a 'kitchen' as we know it today came about due to a book by the Beecher sisters, Catherine and her sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe. In 1869, the two sisters published a ...

A Tour INSIDE The Titanic in Black and White Photos

March 18, 2017

The Titanic was one of the most ambitious ship projects in history at the time. It attracted and intrigued passengers from all walks of life. These photos take you on a...

Man Took Photos of the Same Place for Over 40 Years and...

March 18, 2017

Camilo José Vergara is a Chilean-born photographer who captured buildings in his neighborhood and witnessed as they change through the years. He documented these ...

19 Rare Lantern Slides Show the Postmen from 1914 - 191...

March 13, 2017

Here is a gallery of lantern slides from depicting postal operations for different nationalities at the time of World War One. Nearly all of these pictures were ...

Then and Now: How Much Famous Fastfood Chains Have Chan...

March 13, 2017

Currently revitalizing their menus, fast-food chains all over America are also re-designing their looks in order to be more competitive. Take a look at how some ...

Stump Houses from the Past

March 12, 2017

The Pacific Northwest had seen some of the most important number of settlers seeking for a new life throughout the nineteenth century. However, the journey to a peaceful life in the placid woodl...

10 Most Iconic Photos of the 1940s and The Story Behind...

March 11, 2017

Captured at the height of Second World War and after Adolf Hitler had seized Paris, this photo illustrates Hitler surveying his conquest along with his various cr...

The Orphan Train Movement, 1854 - 1929

March 10, 2017

The Orphan Train Movement was a satisfactory welfare program that moved many orphaned and homeless children from the populous Eastern cities to foster homes widely located in rural a...

Did Author Really ‘Predict’ the Titanic Sinking 14 Year...

March 10, 2017

The novella , written by Morgan Robertson in 1898, shows a couple of eerie similarities to the well-known story of the sinking Titanic. How many similarities ...

The Construction of the Hoover Dam (25 Photos)

March 8, 2017

Comparable to a 60-story building with a base is as thick as two football fields are long, the Hoover Dam was regarded as the highest dam in the world when it was completely ...

Women in History: The Unstoppable Isabella Beecher Hook...

March 8, 2017

A remarkable woman who doesn't take “no” for an answer, Isabella Beecher Hooker drafted a bill that gave married women property rights after taking some time weig...

The Peculiar History of the Cliff House in San Francisc...

March 7, 2017

The Cliff House was originally built by Senator John Buckley and C. C. Butler in 1863. In the beginning, getting there was very costly as it was located on the ro...

Auto Polo: The Death-Defying Sport of the Early 1900s

March 7, 2017

A Ford dealer from Topeka, Kansas named Ralph “Pappy” Hankinson, was finding out a way to sell more cars and he came up with a berserk idea to play polo while driving ...