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40 Unbelievable Photographs From the Past That Will Shock You

The past is an amazing place even when it’s gone. As these photographs show us, the world of yesterday is one that still continues to fascinate us today. Let these incredible photographs show you a world that still has the capacity to astonish us even today.

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1. The Statue of Liberty’s face right after it was unpacked.

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2. Getting a sun tan by machine in 1949.

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3. Swedes finally start driving on the right side of the road in 1967.

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4. An unnamed soldier in the Vietnam War in 1965 sending a message to world via his helmet.

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5. The bombing of London in 1940 is on display here as this little girl sits next to her burned out home.

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6. Walter Yeo had plastic surgery way back in 1917.  He was one of the first.

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7. In 1944 a soldier shares his delicious banana with a goat during the Battle of Saipan.

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8. The Berlin Wall goes up in 1961.

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9. A shocking advertisement during WW2 for an anti-Malarial drug.

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10. This London bookstore was bombed during WWII in 1940.

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11. Disneyland employees pose for pictures at the park’s cafeteria in 1961.

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12. Here’s the original Ronald McDonald in 1963.

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13. Taking measure of a woman’s bathing suit was a requirement in the 1920’s.

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14. A 106 year old Armenian woman poses with a gun.

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15. A white hotel owner pours acid in a swimming pool as a black family swam in it in 1964 during a protest.

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16. Believe it or not, these baby cages were a common accessory for apartments in the 1930’s.

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17. Heroic Martin Luther King Jr. removes a burnt cross from his front yard in the presence of his son in 1960.

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18. Demonstrating how bathing suits have changed over the years, Annette Kellerman was arrested for indecency for wearing this one in 1907.

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19. Spectators watch as the notorious Hindenburg crashes in a field in New Jersey.

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20. Annie Edison Taylor was the first person to survive heading over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.

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21. A hippo pulls a cart in an early circus act.

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22. A 1920’s lifeguard.

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23. A young Charlie Chaplin looks at the camera in this photograph taken in 1916.

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24. The original Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh from 1927.

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25. Princeton students after a snowball fight in 1893. It was the freshmen vs. the sophomores.

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26. Here we can see how bullet-proof vests were once tested as this very brave man demonstrates.

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27. Artificial legs in 1890.

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28. The final prisoners leaving Alcatraz in 1963.

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29. Christmas dining during the Depression.

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30. Watching nuclear tests in 1953 in Las Vegas.

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31. A happy boy and his new shoes during WW2 in Austria.

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32. The remnants of a fire at Madam Tussad’s museum in London in 1930.

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33. This young polio victim watches ducks playing right next to her bed. This was a form of therapy.

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34. An ashamed mother selling her children in 1948.

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35. Elvis Presley was drafted in the army as he stares into the camera.

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36. The chimp that went to space in 1961.

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37. In 1941 Nazi officers and cadets enjoy a Christmas feast.

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38. A woman after her suicide.

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39. In 1929 alcohol pours from the windows during Prohibition in Detroit.

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40. The horrors of war are on display with this gas resistant baby carriage.

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