Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By Sophia Maddox | May 31, 2023

Photographer Roland Reed’s 1910 image, titled “The Eagle”, showed the majestic beauty of the Blackfoot people in their ancestral home in what is now Glacier National Park ⛰️

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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The photographer was less interested in accurately depicting the Blackfoot people than he was with the artistic arrangement of the photograph. (Pinterest)

Roland Reed was a prominent American photographer of the early 20th century who was known for his photographic series featuring Native Americans. Reed, however, was a pictorialist. This artistic movement of the day put an emphasis on artistic arrangement rather than authenticity. The majority of Reed’s photographs of the Blackfoot people, like this one seen here, were staged. Reed sacrificed historical and ethnological accuracy for the sake of a great photograph. Since a collection of his photographs remain, historians are challenged with unraveling the portions of the images that are true to the Blackfoot legacy and which aspects were stages by Reed.

Elaborate and enormous hats were the hallmark of the Edwardian style as this trio of fashionable ladies from 1900 are demonstrating.

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Fashion-forward Edwardian Era women flaunt their form-fitted skirts and enormous hats. (Pinterest)

Women’s fashion underwent some drastic changes from the Victorian Era to the Edwardian Era. The full skirts of the Victorian Era gave way to more fitted and tailors dresses and skirts that accentuated the wearer’s figure. Even as the skirts became smaller, the headwear became larger. A hallmark of the Edwardian Era fashion was large, oversized, and elaborate women’s hats, worn atop equally large and elaborate hairstyles. Women piled their braided hair high on their heads … even added false hairpieces to give their updo more height. When the hats were added, there was even more volume. The hats were wide-brimmed and wound with silk or sheer veils or scarved and adorned with beads, feathers, and flowers.