41 Shocking Photos of Past Generations Show How Different Life Is Today

By | March 25, 2020

This is how babies used to fly on airplanes.

Some economists claim that it’s the best time to be alive. People have access to everything they want and happiness comes at the push of a button, or more accurately the tap of a touch screen. The economy has been on a 30 year upswing and yet we have the highest rates of child depression and suicide. What’s happening with young people that’s making them so unhappy? And why were people so much happier in the early 20th century?

Let’s take a look back to the old days and see how children actually lived. They endured through hard times and impossible jobs to make ends meet or take care of their families. They lived in tenements, got sick from working in coal mines, and yet they survived. They were happy without having that joy delivered by an app. Keep reading to find out what made them different. Let’s go! 

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Flying with a child today takes all of the courage that a passenger can muster. Spending on the size and age of the child parents have to either pay for an adult seat or spend the entirety of the trip carrying their child on their lap, it’s not the best way to travel, not for the parent and not for their fellow passengers.

In the 1950s children rode in overhead cradles that freed up room for adults while giving them space to sleep. Even though the overhead cradle looks like the front of a bulldozer that’s ready to dump the child into the aisle, it’s actually a great idea that allowed children to get a break from their parents while the kids were rocked to sleep by the motion of the plane. 

This photograph from the Vietnam War shows an American soldier risking his life to save two Vietnamese children during a gun battle.

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More so than any other modern war, the fight in Vietnam exploded around women and children who were stuck in the middle, unable to escape their terrible fate. U.S. soldiers did what they could to save the Vietnamese children, but it wasn’t easy to keep them out of the fray. Things were so horrific for the children that President Gerald Ford put a plan in place to evacuate 2,000 orphans called “Operation Babylift.” The first flight of the operation crashed outside of Saigon, killing 144 people. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy, who was one of the orphans on the flight said:

I remember that flight, the one that crashed. I was about 6, and I'd been playing in the trash near the orphanage. I remember holding the nun's hand and crying when we heard. It was like we were all born under a dark star.