Eerie Historical Photos From The Past

By | June 9, 2023

Only cool kids rode a Schwinn

You’ve heard that a photo is worth a thousand words, but photos like the collection here have stories with so much more to say. These pictures give an insight into what life was like in eras as disparate as the 18th century and the 1970s. You’ll see what life was like for a kid in America during the baby boom, and how the Native people of America lived long before the modern metropolis existed. These rare historical aren’t just informative, they’re a fun look at a time long gone, and maybe a time that you wish you could go back to. Prepare to be astonished and read on!

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In the ‘60s the coolest bikes were Schwinn Sting-Rays, the bikes that everyone wanted. Known as "the bike with the sports car look,” the Sting-Ray was the official bike of the summer, inspiring kids across America to take to the streets and tear through town with their friends causing trouble and having a heck of a good time. Sting-Rays don’t look like your standard mountain bike, their short frame, high rise handlebars and long, bucket shaped saddle has the feel of a vehicle that’s like no other. After they were introduced in 1963 more than 45,000 bikes were sold and over the course of the next few years Schwinn continued to dominate the market with their magnificent Sting-Rays.

A young Native-American woman and child at a train station, 1930.

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As the 20th century wore on and Native Americans were further displaced in their own country, families had no choice but to stay on the move or agree to live on reservations that were never as god as the homes they had before they were forcibly removed from their land. Native mothers and children like this were locked into a cycle of poverty and illness that continued to perpetuate a negative connotation for people when thinking about tribal societies. This era of “forced assimilation” was one of the worst periods for the rights of Native Americans. Many of the humiliations of this era have yet to be mended.