Mar 29, 2015

Seriously Dodgy Old-school Photos (34 pics)

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015

These vintage images are a bit bizarre and they will definitely creep you out.

The contestants at a beauty pageant that didn't want to judge them on their looks.
An Iron Lung ward used for treating children with polio. [c. 1930s]
A woman undergoes anti-freckle treatment. [c. 1930s]
Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. [1930]
Max Schreck sitting in between takes of the silent movie Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror [1922]
Two women wearing bird headdresses have a chat.
Patrons at Hell's Cafe in Paris, which shut down some time in the mid-20th century.
A terrifying vintage Halloween costume. [1910]
Two engineers fix a Disney animatronic.
A Mickey Mouse gas mask, which was used to make the devices more appealing to children. [1942]
An early family photo gone creepily-wrong.
Myrtle Corbin, who was born in 1868 with an extra pelvis. Myrtle spent her early years in a circus sideshow.
Two clowns and Santa visit a girl in hospital. [c. 1950s]
An early example of "horsemanning", the 1920's version of "planking."
Two parents posed with their dead daughter in the middle. When photography was expensive, you would have a photo taken at your birth, your wedding and your death. [c. Victorian Era]
A girl who grew up in a concentration camp draws a picture of “home” while living in a "residence for disturbed children." [1948]
American troops in Brewster body armor. [1917]
Mental patient Katharina Detzel, who built her own man out of the straw in her bed. [1910]
The isolater, a hood that shut out all sound. Oxygen was piped in through a tank and the eyes had slits so you could only see one line of text at a time. [1925]
Children on Halloween [c. 1900s]
Santa wasn't always cheerful.
Contestants at a "Miss Lovely Eyes" pageant in Florida. They wore masks so that judges only scored them on their eyes. [1930]
A nurse and a new born baby pose in their gas masks. [1940]

A shell shocked soldier gives a thousand yard stare. [c. 1916 - 1918]

An early R'lyehian steam train after a boiler explosion.
Neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne electrocuting a man's face in order to study facial muscles. France. [1862]
A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club. [c. 1930s]
The poor man's Halloween costume. [c. 1940s]
Two patrons at the Rothschild "Illuminati" party. [1972]
Ella Harper, who suffered from a disorder that weakens the ligaments in the knees, was known as Camel Girl. [c. 1870–1921]
A Navajo man dressed up as a Nayenezgani spirit.
Ventriloquist Jules Vernon with his horrifying family of puppets. [c. 1867 - 1937]
Boys returning from their initiation into the Poro, a secret society in parts of Africa. [1936]


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