It’s almost impossible to believe that the things depicted in these photos occurred since, well, the advent of photography. It’s almost unfathomable that life was so different a mere 50, 75 or 100 years ago. These photos serve as an excellent reminder that the things we know and are familiar with change rapidly. Imagine how our photos will look to a future generation in, say, 100 years from now.
1.) A woman taking her baby for a stroll in a gas-resistant baby carriage.
2.) People posing next to the Statue of Liberty’s face as it was being un-packed.
4.) Fuzzy ducklings being used as therapy animals for children.
5.) A brave man testing out a new bulletproof vest.
6.) A picture of the young Charlie Chaplin at age 27 in 1916.
7.) This picture of the Hindenburg as it crashed.
8.) This circus hippo pulling a cart.
9.) Annette Kellerman promoting a woman’s right to wear a fitted, one-piece bathing suit in 1907. She was later arrested for indecency.
10.) Annie Edison Taylor, who was the first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel in 1901.
12.) These baby cages were used in apartments in the 1930s to make sure the child got enough fresh air and sunlight. And danger.
14.) The Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.
16.) A soldier shares his banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan ca 1944.
19.) An unknown soldier in Vietnam from 1965.
21.) Walter Yeo, one of the first people to undergo a skin transplant and advanced plastic surgery in 1917.
22.) This sun tan vending machine in 1949.
26.) What lifeguards used to look like in the 1920s.
27.) A girl with artificial legs in 1890.
28.) A mother and her son look at the mushroom cloud following a nuclear test in Las Vegas in 1953.
31.) Nazi officers and cadets celebrate Christmas with a feast in 1941.
32.) Christmas dinner during the Depression.