Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By Sophia Maddox | May 12, 2023

Outlaw lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow knew how to work the media to become household names and romantic figures even as they killed nine police officers and four civilians and robbed numerous banks. 

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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When stardom eluded Bonnie and Clyde, the couple turned to crime. (Pinterest)

Bonnie and Clyde longed to be famous. Bonnie hoped to be a singer, actress, and dancer. Clyde, who played the saxophone, wanted to be a famous musician. The quest for fame followed them into their criminal lives. The newspapers and crime magazines of the day spread their names across the country with often exaggerated accounts of their outlaw antics. Like an Instagrammer or YouTuber today, Bonnie and Clyde kept their fame growing by producing more content. In their case, it was a series of photographs of them posing with machine guns or pics like this one that emphasis their romantic relationship. 

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In its heyday, the Cliff House was the meeting place for San Francisco's rich and famous. (Wikipedia)

When gold was discovered in California in 1849, the frontier town of San Francisco bloomed into a prosperous city. The wealthy elite all tried to outdo each other with outward shows of opulence which is why San Francisco remains a mecca for old home lovers. One home in particular, the aptly named Cliff House, combines the rugged beauty of the California coast with the stately elegance of the Victorian Era. Designed to be a getaway from the upper crust of San Francisco society, the Cliff House is perched atop a rocky protrusion known as Land’s End. For decades, this resort played host to millionaire business owners, members of high society, celebrities, and presidents.