It’s true that pictures say a thousand words. We might never be aware of what happened in the past if it is not for the photos. The history books might tell us when did the Civil War begin, but they would never tell us how did a man wake up a client in the 20th century. And these 44 old photos will tell us something in the past. Some of them seem stupid and funny judged by our eyes. But not to laugh too loud, you’ll never know what the people in 500 years will see of us. ( via: viralnova )
1. The oldest known selfie (1839).
2. A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).
3. A “knocker-up” waking up clients (20th century).
4. Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).
7. A police officer on a Harley-Davidson transports a prisoner in a holding cell (1921).
8. Two girls take a “horseman” picture together (1920).
10. A beach official measures bathing suits to make sure they aren’t too short (1920).
12. The Isolator was a helmet worn to help the wearer focus, rendering a person deaf. They even had a supply of oxygen (1925).
14. Adolf Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).
16. A zookeeper gives penguins a cooling shower from a watering can (1930).
19. Makers of the London double decker bus prove that they weren’t a tipping hazard (1933).
21. This is possibly the first GPS, an auto-scrolling map that would help people navigate in real time (1930).
23. Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke break (1938).
24. This bicycle fit a family of four and it included a sewing machine (1939).
25. Infants wear gas mask hoods during a London bombing drill (1940).
26. WWII soldiers get their last kiss before being deployed (1940s).
29. A bear cub laps up a bowl of honey in a cafe (1950).
31. There used to be ice-cold whisky dispensers, sometimes found in offices (1950s).
32. The winner of the Miss Atomic Bomb pageant is crowned (1950).
33. Afghan women, casually dressed, use a public library before the Taliban rule (1950s).
37. Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber (1961).
38. The Cat Mew machine, designed by the Japanese to keep away mice (1963).
40. A young boy attends Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech (1963).
41. “TV Glasses,” a product that never caught on (1963).
42. A dramatic photo of a utility worker receiving CPR after being electrocuted, “The Kiss Of Life” (1967).
43. Young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden, in the green shirt on the right (1970s).