Eerie Photos From The Past That Will Keep You Staring

By | March 10, 2023

Portrait of Robert Earl Hughes (1926 - 1958), who was the world's heaviest man, as he pets the family dog, in Fishhook, IL, 1949. 

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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(Photo by Robert Natkin/Getty Images)

Robert Earl Hughes, who was the heaviest person in the world during his lifetime, supported himself financially by selling photographs of himself, like this one seen here. He also made guest appearances at carnivals, circuses, and fairs throughout the United States. The Missouri-born Hughes was a fairly average infant until he contracted whooping cough at the age of five months old. It is believed that the whooping cough caused his thyroid gland to rupture, which in turn, led to his tremendous weight gain. At his max, he tipped the scales at 1,071 pounds. Although he died in 1958, he remains the heaviest human on record who was about to walk and not completely bedridden.

The San Andreas Fault shortly after the 1906 quake that ripped San Francisco apart

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Source: Photograph by G.K. Gilbert

The great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was one of the most destructive quakes to ever hit the west coast. When it occurred at 5:12 in the morning, no one was ready for the chaos that would ensue. The quake ruptured from the northernmost section of the San Andreas fault to the to the triple junction at Cape Mendocino. Violent punctuations of rumbling shocked the San Francisco area as a constant secure occurred for nearly a minute straight. The quake was so intense that it left fissures in the ground, sign posts for the destructive nature of quakes to come.