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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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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

she's wearing nylons because only a slatternly woman would have bare feet inside boots..

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oooh Love the white stitching on the coat. Everything old becomes stylish again at some point.

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Floppy hat - check! White eyeshadow - check! Shirred blouse - check! Long string of beads - check! Priscilla was confident she looked her best for the 70's retro party!" Seriously, though, she has a gorgeous smile!

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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