Weird photos that show a very different side of history
We like to think that textbooks, documentaries, and TV shows give us a good idea of history. But we rarely pay attention to small details that can change our view of the past. And what better way is there to get a clear picture of all the details than with some photographs of everyday life.
Pics may be a dime a dozen these days (a dime a million would be more like it), but back in the day, they were rare and valuable records of life...
Take a look at these. You'll get a different perspective on what life was like before the age of the internet, smartphones, and (what now seems like an endless stream) of selfies...
There was a time when disturbing the peace was a serious offense. In this photo taken in Florida, a stripper who was arrested for indecency shows the judge that her underwear is large enough to cover her "lady parts" and declared herself innocent. The case was dismissed.
In the 50's they took the glamour very seriously. The ladies' rooms even had perfume dispensers... with Chanel!
— Anton Rumata (@RumataAnton) 20. Juli 2016
No, it's not the parking lot of a department store on a Black Friday. These cars were abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.
This photo was taken in 1916. In it, archaeologists reconstruct the leg of a dinosaur.
Dancers on pointes on the roof of a skyscraper (New York, 1925).
Have you ever wondered what Audrey Hepburn looked like as a child? Well, here's her passport.
Julia Roberts has always been one of the most beautiful actresses. Already in 1990 she dazzled everyone with her smile and naturalness.
Cyclists prepare for the Giro d'Italia in 1973.
Here we can see one of the best guitarists in the history of music, Jimi Hendrix, with his first electric guitar (Seattle, 1957).
The youngest soldier to fight in World War II, Sergey Aleshkov. He was only 6 years old.
A police officer guards the pharmacy in the middle of a flooded street (Ontario, California, 1974). He really looks like nothing special is going on. Impressive.
In the 1930s, true gentlemen bought many coats (Copenhagen, Denmark).
Young girls dressed for the prom in 1895.
Friedrich Nietzsche, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, in the asylum in 1899. (Not as intimidating here as in some of his writings...)
Lumberjacks in Portland, Oregon, 1915.
This woman with a much admired body is Sherry Britton, a burlesque dancer from the 30s and 40s.
In the Great Depression or "Crisis of 29," during the 1930s, many poor women dressed their children with flour bags. That's why the flour companies decided to make their fabrics more colorful and use different prints.
The musician Moby, already on the top of the world in 1987.
And finally, a koala using a spoon (Australia, 1900). It has more manners than many humans nowadays.