26 Photos From The Past That Show How Different Life Used To Be

Old photos give us a rare fascinating look of how different life used to be. And what’s even more fascinating is that the people who took these photos may have never known the significance of the images they captured and that people would be marvelling at them in the future.

Here, we collected a new set of photos from the past for you to enjoy. Take a look.

People pose next to the Statue of Liberty as it’s unpacked, 1886

statue of liberty

A “knocker-up” waking up clients – the early 20th century version of alarm clocks.

knocker up

A police officer on a Harley and an old fashioned mobile holding cell, 1921

police mobile

An early example of “horsemanning”, the 1920s version of “planking”.


Two winners of a 1922 Beauty Pageant

1922 beauty pageant

An beach official measures bathing suits to ensure they aren’t too short, 1920s

skirt police

A couple enjoying an old fashioned zipline on a weekend afternoon, 1923


This bizarre helmet supposedly helped focus by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny slit, 1925


A mildly terrifying full-faced swimming mask designed to protect women from the sun, 1920s

swimming mask

The LA Public Library’s bookmobile program for the sick, 1928


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