Recovered Photos Show A Different Side To History

By | February 16, 2023

Chief Dust Maker, from the Ponca tribe in northern Nebraska, 1898. (Photograph by Frank Rinehart)

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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Taken in 1898 by Frank Rinehart, this photo shows just one of his Native subjects in the glory and splendor that audiences have come to think of when we think portraits of American indigenous people. Rinehart started photographing Native Americans at the end of the 19th century in Omaha, Nebraska. By the turn of the century he was tapped by the U.S. government to photograph the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha.

At this event nearly 500 Native Americans were photographed against simple backdrops and in staged conditions. Some of the indigenous people, like Dust Maker, are clad in ceremonial outfits while others wear very little. Rinehart's photos provide a rare insight into the native people of this era.

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.