Here’re 44 Old Photos That Tell You What Happened In the Past. The Things You’ll Never Learn from Your History Book

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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).

1. The oldest known selfie (1839).

2. A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).

2. A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).

3. A “knocker-up” waking up clients (20th century).

3. A "knocker-up" waking up clients (20th century).

4. Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).

6. A prohibition and anti-saloon league sign, speaking out against liquor.

7. A police officer on a Harley-Davidson transports a prisoner in a holding cell (1921).

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).

9. Two winners of a beauty pageant, back when the standards of beauty were much different (1922).

10. A beach official measures bathing suits to make sure they aren’t too short (1920).

11. A couple enjoys an old-fashioned zipline at a fair (1923).

12. The Isolator was a helmet worn to help the wearer focus, rendering a person deaf. They even had a supply of oxygen (1925).

13. A full-faced swimming mask that was to help protect women's skin from the sun (1920s).

14. Adolf Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).

15. The LA Public Library's bookmobile program for the sick (1928).

16. A zookeeper gives penguins a cooling shower from a watering can (1930).

18. A cat posed for a cigarette card, found in Army Club Cigarettes (1932).

19. Makers of the London double decker bus prove that they weren’t a tipping hazard (1933).

20. A mother is consumed by her worries and watches over her children during the Dust Bowl (1936). This photo of Florence Owens Thompson is actually one of the photos on this list that became quite famous in its own right.

21. This is possibly the first GPS, an auto-scrolling map that would help people navigate in real time (1930).

22. A Model T elevator garage in Chicago (1936).

23. Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke break (1938).

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).

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).

25. Infants wear gas mask hoods during a London bombing drill (1940).

26. WWII soldiers get their last kiss before being deployed (1940s).

26. WWII soldiers get their last kiss before being deployed (1940s).

27. A small puppy sleeps in between Russian soldiers (1945).

28. An Austrian boy is excited about his first pair of new shoes in years (1946).

29. A bear cub laps up a bowl of honey in a cafe (1950).

30. A man dresses his dog up in a suit and puts his cat in the dog's lap for a picture (1950s).

31. There used to be ice-cold whisky dispensers, sometimes found in offices (1950s).

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).

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).

36. Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial (1959).

37. Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber (1961).

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).

39. A young woman takes her pet lobster out for a walk (1950s).

40. A young boy attends Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech (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).

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).

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).

44. Bill & Hillary Clinton play volleyball before getting married (1971).

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