Mar 19, 2015

40 Rare Historical Photos That Prove We've Always Been Weird


By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

Female bodybuilder Patricia O'Keefe, who weighed only 64 pounds, gives a 200 pound man a piggyback ride. [1940]
A man testing a prototype football helmet. [1912]

Winners of Miss Perfect Posture contest at chiropractors convention. [1956]

Each girl stood on a pair of scales,one foot to each, and the winning trio each registered half her weight on each scale, confirming correct standing posture.

Soldiers use gas masks to stop them crying while peeling onions. [1941]
Moody Jacobs shows a giant bruise on the side his patient, Ann Hodges, after she became the only person in history to have been struck by a meteorite.  [1954]

Russian soldiers feed polar bears from their tank. [1950]

The day Sweden switched which side of the road they drive on. [1967]

A police officer judges an ankle competition in London. [1930]

New South Wales police in Australia turn their motorcycles into chariots. [1936]

Woodsmen in Montana put out an advertisement. [1901]

Macy’s department store detectives pose for a photograph with their backs turned so as not to reveal their identity. [1948]

Boy Scouts examine their boots after an 8,000 mile hike to attend the first Boy Scout Jamboree. They walked 25 miles a day for two years. [1937]

A boy stands next to his riding boar. [c. 1930s]

A US Marine, somewhere in the Pacific Islands, poses for the camera. [c. 1941 - 1945]

Teachers have a spot to drink on Spring Break. [1910]

A dog poses with a pipe. [1875]

Children without access to water learn to swim in a schoolyard. [c. 1920s]

The Telefontornet, which connected 5,000 phone lines in Stockholm. [1890]

Sean Connery signs a coconut for a little Jamaican fan on the set of Dr. No. [1962]

The US Capitol Building is painted with a layer of red anti-rust paint, before being painted white again. [1959]

An ancient statue of Ramses the Great is dismantled and relocated during construction of the Aswan Dam. [1967]

An elephant is used to load supplies onto an American plane. [1945]

The Ku Klux Klan at a carnival in Canon City. [1925]

President Lyndon B. Johnson driving his amphibious car. As a prank, he would drive the car straight towards the lake when anyone visited his ranch. [1965]

British Soldiers with captured German Goliath tank busters, which would drive under tanks and explode. [c. 1939-1945]

Laika, the first dog in space, has her capsule built around her. No provisions were made for her return, and she died in orbit. [1957]

Niagara Falls is temporarily dammed so that repairs can be carried out. [1969]

A dog being posed by a German soldier. [1940]

12,500 officers, nurses and soldiers from Camp Gordon form a human eagle. [1918]

They were quickly outdone by 30,000 men from Camp Custer.

Helen Hulick, a kindergarten teacher and witness to a burglary, was given a five-day sentence and sent to jail for contempt for wearing pants to give her courtroom testimony. [1938]

Four horsemen ride through the streets of Amsterdam on a 'motor-less day', when cars were prohibited due to the oil crisis. [1973]

A foot guard passes out as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during a parade. [1970]

When they realized that poverty-stricken women were using sacks to make clothes for their children, some flour mills started using flowered fabric for their sacks. [1939]

A Ringling Brothers Circus elephant exits a train car. [1963]

A bulldog guards a British home barricaded during the Blitz. [c. 1939-1945]

The World's Record black sea bass caught by Edward Llewellen. It weight 425 lbs. He bought it in alone. [1903]

A woman rides an early electric scooter. [1916]


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