Rarely Seen Photos Show A Darker Side To History

By Sophia Maddox | May 2, 2023

Bob Ross in the early 1970s before the paint and before the afro

History may be full of wonderful and exciting moments, but the following photos show just how dark the past can be. Even the most beautiful of these rare photos from the past contains something eerie if you look close enough.

You won't find these dark images or their stories in history books. As chilling as these photos are if you fully take them in you'll see a silver lining in their darkness. These recently uncovered photos will not only shock you, they'll provide insight into some of our darkest times. You'll see what life was really like in some of the lowest times in history which can really put today in perspective...

Each one of these eerie photos from the past shows a dark side to history, but they also show just how much better off we are today.

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Even though he passed away in 1995, Bob Ross remains one of the most relaxing figures in the world of television. His series, The Joy of Painting, was one of the most watched programs on PBS that helped him launch an empire. However, after he was diagnosed with lymphoma he was confronted by his partners in Bob Ross, Inc., they wanted him to sign away the rights of his likeness and name for one percent of the profits.

Referred to as "Grand Theft Bob," Bob Ross, Inc. went into overdrive with the licensing of Ross' likeness following his death on July 4, 1995. Regardless of the fact that Ross made multiple changes to his will concerning his fortune in the months before his death, his estate was essentially locked out of any decisions about products featuring his name thanks to a lawsuit. In the 2010s an agreement was finally reached between Steve Ross and the family operating Bob Ross, Inc., that allowed Ross' name and likeness to be used as long as Steve could work in public under his own name without fear of being slapped with a hefty lawsuit. It's sad to think that such a messy situation came out of a guy who just wanted to show his viewers how to paint a few beautiful trees.

Cliff House in San Francisco, 1907

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This beautiful home precariously perched on the cliffs north of Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California has a chilling history full of destruction. In spite of its beauty, the house has been through fires and awful moments when ships have run aground into the cliffs on which it sits. The first version of the house survived multiple catastrophes but it was a defective flue that turned the home to rubble.

On Christmas night 1894, the house was burned down after 31 years in existence all because the flue system wasn't working correctly. As the house burned manager J. M. Wilkens tried to rescue the guest register, a book that included the signatures of dignitaries from across the world, but he was unsuccessful and those names are lost to time. The house was rebuilt from the ground up in 1896.