There are the famous photos from history that we have all seen before, the stuff from history books. But what about the lesser known photos of bygone times? The oddest photos are sometimes the most compelling and offer the most insightful window into our past.
1. This woman taking her baby out for a casual stroll with a gas mask.
2. These women taking Lady Liberty selfies.
3. Elvis in the army.
4. Duckling therapy animals in a children's hospital
5. 27-year-old movie star Charlie Chaplin in 1916.
6. The Hindenburg crashing.
7. Just taking a circus hippo out for a stroll.
8. Annette Kellerman wearing the bathing suit that would get her arrested for indecency.
9. These window units were popular in apartments in the 1930s to make sure that babies got enough fresh air and sunshine and a lifelong fear of heights.
10. The original Ronald McDonald in 1963 giving children free nightmares with their Happy Meals.
11. The Magic Kingdom employee cafeteria in 1961.
12. An anti-malaria drug advertisement during World War II.
13. A soldier and his goat sharing a banana during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.
14. A little girl and her doll sit among the ruins of her London home, bombed in the war in 1940.
15. Construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
16. An American soldier in Vietnam in 1965.
17. A London bookstore damaged by a 1940 air raid.
18. Walter Yeo is the first successful face transplant in 1917.
19. The original spray tan machine in 1949.
20. A beach patroller monitors women's modesty by measuring the length of their bathing suits in the 1920s.
21. A 1920's lifeguard.
22. A girl wearing artificial legs in 1890.
23. A Las Vegas nuclear test creates a mushroom cloud in 1953.
24. A mother hiding her face in shame after putting her children up for sale.
25. An Austrian boy is overjoyed to get a new pair of shoes during World War II.
26. A Christmas celebration of Nazi officers and cadets in 1941.
27. Christmas dinner during the Depression of the 1930s.
28. The real Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh in 1927.
29. The last prisoners filing out of Alcatraz in 1963.
30. A chimp celebrating his successful space mission in 1961.
31. Alcohol being dumped during Prohibition in 1929 Detroit.
32. The aftermath of a Freshman vs. Sophomore snowball fight at Princeton in 1893.
33. Pandemonium when Sweden switched from driving on the left side to driving on the right in 1967.
It’s crazy to look back and think how things have changed. I’m sure it’ll be just as crazy to look at photos of today 50-100 years from now. I suppose that’s the one constant in life: that all things will change.