40 Must-See Photos From the Past

You might have seen one, two, even nine of these before—but have you seen the blurry headshot of Charlie Chaplin at age 27? Or a viciously unhappy hippo dragging a 1920s circus cart? Or Sweden’s disastrous first morning after switching drivers from the left to the right side of the road? Check out the full album here:

The photos range from the late 1880s to the late 1960s, and chronicle the progression of human society in a bizarre and frank way. They show the origins of characters like Ronald McDonald and Winnie the Pooh, share a glimpse of the tragedies of America’s civil rights movement, and document the social effects of wars across the world. What’s more, they’re all genuine, whether you believe them or not.┬áNo Photoshop necessary.

Like This Article?

Don't Miss The Next One!

Join over 100,000 photographers of all experience levels who receive our free photography tips and articles to stay current:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

New! Want more photography tips? We now offer a free newsletter for photographers:

No, my photos are the best, close this forever