Children in old photos show us the similarities and differences between their time and ours.


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The differences will make you reflect on what their lives must have been like; we might notice that children were dressed just like adults, and if maybe more was expected of them. But the similarities will bring a smile to your face: a smile that is mirrored on the faces of children at play, often with friends, a favorite toy, or a pet.

Vote on the most interesting photos below, write what you think, or if you have a striking vintage child photo of your own to share, post it here!

#1 Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WwII

Austrian Boy Receives New Shoes During WwII

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KatPeters 1 year ago

The joy in his face makes me misty eyed. Something so simple and necessary can make all the difference to someone.

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#2 Happy French Girl And Her Cat, 1959

Happy French Girl And Her Cat, 1959

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MarshaBlizard 1 year ago

She reminds me of my own daughter :)

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#3 Best Friends

Best Friends

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JeanUnderwood 1 year ago

Looks like a Norman Rockwell!

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#4 Girl Playing For Her Dog

Girl Playing For Her Dog

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#5 Girl Kissing A Puppy, 1950

Girl Kissing A Puppy, 1950

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AshleyBlake 1 year ago

I believe that puppy is smiley just as much as that little girl is :)

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#6 Girl Enjoying Water, 1949

Girl Enjoying Water, 1949

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SarahofBorg 1 year ago

Back when people didn't manicure their lawns to look like royal estates.

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#7 Boy And His Best Friend

Boy And His Best Friend

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MarciaDonlin 1 year ago

Aw how sweet!

#8 Animals Being Used As Part Of Medical Therapy, 1956

Animals Being Used As Part Of Medical Therapy, 1956

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AshleyBlake 1 year ago

I guess this is where they got the idea for hospital dogs.

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#9 Girl Dancing In Front Of Her Teddy Bear. Paris, 1961

Girl Dancing In Front Of Her Teddy Bear. Paris, 1961

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ErinUna 1 year ago

Beautiful. The love kids have for their toys is my inspiration!

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#10 Girl In New York, 1947

Girl In New York, 1947

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JessicaZervosHolbrook 1 year ago

I love her homemade car with license plate snd everything.

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#11 Girl In Japan, 1958

Girl In Japan, 1958

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GunjanDua 1 year ago

super cute

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#12 Young Musician, 1920s

Young Musician, 1920s

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JuliaChenier 1 year ago

Adorable, then heart wrenching when you realize he's playing to get money for food for his family.

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#13 A Girl “reading” Ebony Magazine. Chicago, 1947

A Girl “reading” Ebony Magazine. Chicago, 1947

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CammyJoseph 1 year ago

BEST!!

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#14 Abandoned Boy Holding A Stuffed Toy Animal, London, 1945

Abandoned Boy Holding A Stuffed Toy Animal, London, 1945

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ŽeljkaČempuh 1 year ago

this is so sad.. children always suffr the most

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#15 The Little Marilyn, Paris 1975

The Little Marilyn, Paris 1975

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AshleyBlake 1 year ago

Perhaps this little girl just wanted to watch her dress blow around in the wind. I don't know a single girl that hasn't tried to turn the bottom part of their dress in to a mushroom or at least make it look like they are going down the rabbit hole in Alice in wonderland

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#16 “wait For Me Daddy,” By Claude P. Dettloff In New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

“wait For Me Daddy,” By Claude P. Dettloff In New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

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RemangSenja 1 year ago

heartbreaking actually

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#17 The Real Winnie The Pooh And Christopher Robin, 1927

The Real Winnie The Pooh And Christopher Robin, 1927

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NonaBorona 1 year ago

Biutiful story ..

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#18 Two Girls Swing On A Lampost, Manchester, 1965

Two Girls Swing On A Lampost, Manchester, 1965

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JoyCring 1 year ago

I just love this photo! It reminds me of me and my sister as kids, making up things to do when would get bored.

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#19 Little Girl With Her Doll Sitting In The Ruins Of Her Bombed Home, London, 1940

Little Girl With Her Doll Sitting In The Ruins Of Her Bombed Home, London, 1940

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ErinUna 1 year ago

A loved toy can bring such comfort to kids. It's so beautiful.

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#20 Umbrella Leap, 1963

Umbrella Leap, 1963

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LynKimpton 1 year ago

We tried to use sheets as parachutes!

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#21 Girl Playing In The Water, Toulon, 1949

Girl Playing In The Water, Toulon, 1949

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Debs 11 months ago

Probably her first Summer holiday after the war....

#22 Russian Children Playing On Abandoned German Artillery After The Battle Of Stalingrad

Russian Children Playing On Abandoned German Artillery After The Battle Of Stalingrad

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BrettAlexanderMontano 9 months ago

This is wonderful

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