If you think that today's stock photos look staged or funny, wait till you see what they looked like in the 1970s! The photos by stock photo pioneer H. Armstrong Roberts give us a unique glimpse into the past. He founded one of the first major stock photography agencies in 1920, and it continues today under the name RobertStock.

If you enjoy this list of photos, be sure to check out this article about how an artist photobombs stock photos.

More info: robertstock.com (h/t: mashable)

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John Miller
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4 years ago

Definitely briefs.

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Awkward dog
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4 years ago

Paint me like one of your French girlsXD;)

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Agnes Auxiliatrix
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4 years ago

I actually sort of like this outfit. But with different boots and no bandanna

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Hisseefit
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4 years ago

Looks like he's heading to a pharm party

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Crystal Pruitt
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4 years ago

Mo Rocca!!!

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Scamper Kitty
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4 years ago

Groovy

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Celia McDaniel
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4 years ago

"Now students, if you will look at the white nothingness on the board you will see that I am teaching you nothing."

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Awkward dog
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4 years ago

Fabulous!

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Awkward dog
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4 years ago

Who wears short shorts? *he wears short shorts*XD

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Daria B
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4 years ago

I like this one. I find it very beautiful and artsy.

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Carma19
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4 years ago

When you realize your fingers are stuck in the bowling ball

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Celia McDaniel
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4 years ago

"Do you mind if I just borrow some of your change?" *proceeds to take whole wallet*

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Dee Denise
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4 years ago

Excuse me, ma'am. I'm required by law to notify you that I've moved into your neighborhood.

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Mad Mar
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4 years ago

Hi. Wanna meet my cats?

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Harry Poernomo
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4 years ago

It's the guy from ' no country for old men ' :D

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Dee Denise
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4 years ago

The one on the right looks like Gacy! O.o

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M.J. J.
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4 years ago

ahh, yes, white eyeshadow, some fashions weren't meant to return..

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Martin
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4 years ago

I wonder if they could be found and recreate the pic 40 years later.

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Danail Ivanov
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4 years ago

Selfie-ready

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Celia McDaniel
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4 years ago

Real gf and Ex... Uh-oh

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

Why so serious?

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Mimi Greenberg
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4 years ago

Santa posing for his school photo.

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Christine Doan
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4 years ago

ready for the first day of work

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Mick Fowler
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4 years ago

Hello!

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Celia McDaniel
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4 years ago

Looks kinda like George Clooney... Oh No.

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Martin
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4 years ago

Grandma don't need her cane anymore. Bitch.

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Unsalted Almond
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4 years ago

invisible toothbrush

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Kaz Walker
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4 years ago

Is he/she checking their pulse cos wearing that hat has pushed the blood pressure through the roof?

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Martin
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4 years ago

Lolita II: The Grift

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prpleonion
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4 years ago

Wow. Eyebrows have changed so much.

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Cesi Baca
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4 years ago

How did he get his fro to cover his ears like that.....impressive.

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

The kid in the middle, creeps me out

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Martin
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4 years ago

"I did not have sexual relations with her"

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