Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By | February 23, 2023

Things aren’t always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

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Does that ladder look safe to you? (pinterest)

Working as a tree trimmer in the 1800s was not for the faint of heart. With no ladder trucks or advanced safety gear, the task of removing dead limbs had to be done by hand. Shimmying up the tree and scooting out onto the branches, the workers had to maneuver into place with their saws and gear on their persons and, if they were lucky, a safety rope. Should we mention that workmen’s compensation wasn’t a thing until 1912? All we can say is these tree trimmers better hold on tight. 

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The train conductor was behind schedule so he had increased the train's speed before the crash. (

Someone forgot to hit the brakes. Literally. When the Granville-Paris Express came roaring into the Gare Montparnasse station, the conductor had the train going too fast and he failed to apply the brakes. The train crashed through the station and plowed through the back wall to dangle above the street. Miraculously, none of the passengers or crew on the train were severely injured but, sadly, one innocent person the street below was killed by falling bricks. The train hung from the building for a few days, giving plenty of time for folks to flock to the scene with their cameras for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opp.