Eerie Historical Photos From The Past

By Sophia Maddox | July 28, 2023

A member of the Queen's Guard Sentry getting charmed at the Tower of London in 1953.

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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Most people only know a couple of things about the Queen’s Guard: that they wear big furry hats and that they’re not allowed to smile on duty. While on duty the guards are meant to be unflinching in the face of whatever comes their way, be it inclement weather or fiesty locals that scream in their faces. But even the most steadfast guards can’t keep a straight face when they’re dealing with a character this cute. Who wouldn’t be charmed by a munchkin like this? Even if they’re trained to take it to guard the queen at all costs. 

The 79th floor of the Empire State Building, after a B-25 bomber crashed into it

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Unfortunately, New York City with its sky high buildings and proximity to multiple airports is somewhat of a target for low flying planes. One of the earliest memories of a plane smashing into a building comes from July 28, 1945, when residents were terrified after a B-25 bomber in the middle of a routine test mission crashed into the Empire State Building. 14 people were left dead following the incident which Therese Fortier Willig remembers as a living nightmare. She told NPR:

In the other side of the office, all I could see was flames. Mr. Fountain was walking through the office when the plane hit the building and he was on fire -- I mean, his clothes were on fire, his head was on fire. Six of us managed to get into this one office that seemed to be untouched by the fire and close the door before it engulfed us. There was no doubt that the other people must have been killed.