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These Photos From The Past Are Shocking, Crazy, Or Both. I Still Can't Believe Some Of Them.

MARCH 3, 2014  —  By Sara Heddleston  
Sara Heddleston

Sara Heddleston

Sara has been working and writing online for so many years, she's unsure if she is still in corporeal form. She considers herself a jack of all trades, but would prefer it if you would stop calling her "Jack."

Throughout history, things have changed, but people stay the same. And by that, I mean they're weird. There are so many unbelievable moments that have happened over the decades, and luckily one Reddit user found a gallery of the best odd photos from history. If you thought life was weird today, you're about to get a big surprise: strange things have always happened.

1.) A woman taking her baby for a stroll in a gas-resistant baby carriage.

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.

2.) People posing next to the Statue of Liberty's face as it was being un-packed.

3.) A photo of Elvis Presley in the army.

3.) A photo of Elvis Presley in the army.

4.) Fuzzy ducklings being used as therapy animals for children.

4.) Fuzzy ducklings being used as therapy animals for children.

5.) A brave man testing out a new bulletproof vest.

5.) A brave man testing out a new bulletproof vest.

6.) A picture of the young Charlie Chaplin at age 27 in 1916.

6.) A picture of the young Charlie Chaplin at age 27 in 1916.

7.) This picture of the Hindenburg as it crashed.

7.) This picture of the Hindenburg as it crashed.

8.) This circus hippo pulling a cart.

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.

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.

10.) Annie Edison Taylor, who was the first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel in 1901.

11.) In 1990, a 106 year-old Armenian woman guards her house with an automatic weapon.

11.) In 1990, a 106 year-old Armenian woman guards her house with an automatic weapon.

12.) These baby cages were used in apartments in the 1930s to make sure the child got enough fresh air and sunlight. And danger.

12.) These baby cages were used in apartments in the 1930s to make sure the child got enough fresh air and sunlight. And danger.

13.) A picture of the original Ronald McDonald from 1963.

13.) A picture of the original Ronald McDonald from 1963.

14.) The Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.

14.) The Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.

15.) A morbid advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug, during WWII.

15.) A morbid advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug, during WWII.

16.) A soldier shares his banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan ca 1944.

16.) A soldier shares his banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan ca 1944.

17.) This little girl sits with her doll in the ruins of her London home that was bombed in 1940.

17.) This little girl sits with her doll in the ruins of her London home that was bombed in 1940.

18.) The Berlin wall being constructed in 1961.

18.) The Berlin wall being constructed in 1961.

19.) An unknown soldier in Vietnam from 1965.

19.) An unknown soldier in Vietnam from 1965.

20.) A ruined London bookstore that was damaged in an air raid in 1940.

20.) A ruined London bookstore that was damaged in an air raid in 1940.

21.) Walter Yeo, one of the first people to undergo a skin transplant and advanced plastic surgery in 1917.

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.

22.) This sun tan vending machine in 1949.

23.) Beach patrols measuring the length of women's bathing suits in the 1920s.

23.) Beach patrols measuring the length of women's bathing suits in the 1920s.

24.) Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his yard with his son in 1960.

24.) Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his yard with his son in 1960.

25.) A hotel owner pouring acid in a pool while a black family swam in it in 1964.

25.) A hotel owner pouring acid in a pool while a black family swam in it in 1964.

26.) What lifeguards used to look like in the 1920s.

26.) What lifeguards used to look like in the 1920s.

27.) A girl with artificial legs in 1890.

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.

28.) A mother and her son look at the mushroom cloud following a nuclear test in Las Vegas in 1953.

29.) A mother shamefully hides her face after listing her children for sale in 1948.

29.) A mother shamefully hides her face after listing her children for sale in 1948.

30.) A joyful Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII.

30.) A joyful Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII.

31.) Nazi officers and cadets celebrate Christmas with a feast in 1941.

31.) Nazi officers and cadets celebrate Christmas with a feast in 1941.

32.) Christmas dinner during the Depression.

32.) Christmas dinner during the Depression.

33.) The original Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin from 1927.

33.) The original Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin from 1927.

34.) The last of the prisoners leaving Alcatraz in 1963.

34.) The last of the prisoners leaving Alcatraz in 1963.

35.) Melted remnants of a fire at Madam Tussauds Wax Museum in London, 1930.

35.) Melted remnants of a fire at Madam Tussauds Wax Museum in London, 1930.

36.) This chimp poses for a picture after his successful mission to space in 1961.

36.) This chimp poses for a picture after his successful mission to space in 1961.

37.) Alcohol being poured out on the streets during Prohibition Detroit in 1929.

37.) Alcohol being poured out on the streets during Prohibition Detroit in 1929.

38.) Princeton students after a freshman VS sophomore snowball fight in 1893.

38.) Princeton students after a freshman VS sophomore snowball fight in 1893.

39.) A woman beautifully arranged after committing suicide.

39.) A woman beautifully arranged after committing suicide.

40.) What happened when Sweden began driving on the right side of the road in 1967.

40.) What happened when Sweden began driving on the right side of the road in 1967.

41.) The oldest known selfie (1839).

41.) The oldest known selfie (1839).

42.) A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).

42.) A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).

43.) A "knocker-up" waking up clients (20th century).

43.) A "knocker-up" waking up clients (20th century).

44.) Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).

44.) Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).

45.) "Pin boys" set up bowling pins while people play games (1914).

45.) "Pin boys" set up bowling pins while people play games (1914).

46.) A prohibition and anti-saloon league sign, speaking out against liquor.

46.) A prohibition and anti-saloon league sign, speaking out against liquor.

47.) A police officer on a Harley-Davidson transports a prisoner in a holding cell (1921).

47.) A police officer on a Harley-Davidson transports a prisoner in a holding cell (1921).

48.) Two girls take a "horseman" picture together (1920).

48.) Two girls take a "horseman" picture together (1920).

49.) Two winners of a beauty pageant, back when the standards of beauty were much different (1922).

49.) Two winners of a beauty pageant, back when the standards of beauty were much different (1922).

50.) A beach official measures bathing suits to make sure they aren't too short (1920).

50.) A beach official measures bathing suits to make sure they aren't too short (1920).

51.) A couple enjoys an old-fashioned zipline at a fair (1923).

51.) A couple enjoys an old-fashioned zipline at a fair (1923).

52.) The Isolator was a helmet worn to help the wearer focus, rendering a person deaf. They even had a supply of oxygen (1925).

52.) The Isolator was a helmet worn to help the wearer focus, rendering a person deaf. They even had a supply of oxygen (1925).

53.) A full-faced swimming mask that was to help protect women's skin from the sun (1920s).

53.) A full-faced swimming mask that was to help protect women's skin from the sun (1920s).

54.) Adolf Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).

54.) Adolf Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).

55.) The LA Public Library's bookmobile program for the sick (1928).

55.) The LA Public Library's bookmobile program for the sick (1928).

56.) A zookeeper gives penguins a cooling shower from a watering can (1930).

56.) A zookeeper gives penguins a cooling shower from a watering can (1930).

57.) The One Wheel Motorcycle, which could reach a top speed of 93 mph (1931).

57.) The One Wheel Motorcycle, which could reach a top speed of 93 mph (1931).

58.) A cat posed for a cigarette card, found in Army Club Cigarettes (1932).

58.) A cat posed for a cigarette card, found in Army Club Cigarettes (1932).

59.) Makers of the London double decker bus prove that they weren't a tipping hazard (1933).

59.) Makers of the London double decker bus prove that they weren't a tipping hazard (1933).

60.) A mother is consumed by her worries and watches over her children during the Dust Bowl (1936). This photo of Florence Owens Thompson is actually one of the photos on this list that became quite famous in its own right.

60.) A mother is consumed by her worries and watches over her children during the Dust Bowl (1936). This photo of Florence Owens Thompson is actually one of the photos on this list that became quite famous in its own right.

61.) This is possibly the first GPS, an auto-scrolling map that would help people navigate in real time (1930).

61.) This is possibly the first GPS, an auto-scrolling map that would help people navigate in real time (1930).

62.) A Model T elevator garage in Chicago (1936).

62.) A Model T elevator garage in Chicago (1936).

63.) Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke break (1938).

63.) Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke break (1938).

64.) This bicycle fit a family of four and it included a sewing machine (1939).

64.) This bicycle fit a family of four and it included a sewing machine (1939).

65.) Infants wear gas mask hoods during a London bombing drill (1940).

65.) Infants wear gas mask hoods during a London bombing drill (1940).

66.) WWII soldiers get their last kiss before being deployed (1940s).

66.) WWII soldiers get their last kiss before being deployed (1940s).

67.) A small puppy sleeps in between Russian soldiers (1945).

67.) A small puppy sleeps in between Russian soldiers (1945).

68.) An Austrian boy is excited about his first pair of new shoes in years (1946).

68.) An Austrian boy is excited about his first pair of new shoes in years (1946).

69.) A bear cub laps up a bowl of honey in a cafe (1950).

69.) A bear cub laps up a bowl of honey in a cafe (1950).

70.) A man dresses his dog up in a suit and puts his cat in the dog's lap for a picture (1950s).

70.) A man dresses his dog up in a suit and puts his cat in the dog's lap for a picture (1950s).

71.) There used to be ice-cold whisky dispensers, sometimes found in offices (1950s).

71.) There used to be ice-cold whisky dispensers, sometimes found in offices (1950s).

72.) The winner of the Miss Atomic Bomb pageant is crowned (1950).

72.) The winner of the Miss Atomic Bomb pageant is crowned (1950).

73.) Afghan women, casually dressed, use a public library before the Taliban rule (1950s).

73.) Afghan women, casually dressed, use a public library before the Taliban rule (1950s).

34.) Paul McCartney takes a mirror selfie (1959).

34.) Paul McCartney takes a mirror selfie (1959).

75.) Young women attend a house party in this colorized photo (1950s).

75.) Young women attend a house party in this colorized photo (1950s).

76.) Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial (1959).

76.) Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial (1959).

77.) Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber (1961).

77.) Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber (1961).

78.) The Cat Mew machine, designed by the Japanese to keep away mice (1963).

78.) The Cat Mew machine, designed by the Japanese to keep away mice (1963).

79.) A young woman takes her pet lobster out for a walk (1950s).

79.) A young woman takes her pet lobster out for a walk (1950s).

80.) A young boy attends Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech (1963).

80.) A young boy attends Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech (1963).

 

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