Timeless Elegance: Captivating Photographs from History

By Sophia Maddox | March 6, 2024

The Culture With Elongated Heads - The Mangbetu people

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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The Mangbetu people, a Central Sudanic culture now living in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have the strange and bewildering tradition of head binding, also called Lipombo. The Mangbetu people so desire the human head to have an elongated appearance that they bind infants’ skulls with tightly wrapped cloth, beginning when the child is about one month old and continuing until the age of three or so. At that young age, the bones of the child’s skull are not yet fused together so they are malleable. The Mangbetu people believe that the elongated skulls are a symbol of power and intelligence. 

Walt Disney takes a final stroll through Disneyland before the gates open in 1955.

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On Sunday July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California, Disneyland opened its gates at 2:30 PM, with an array of sights for families across the country to behold. With five themed lands and 18 attractions, the park was, and still is, a must experience place. At the opening ceremony Walt Disney christened his 160-acre park with these words:

To all who come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.