Children in old photos show us both how life changes and stays the same between their time and ours.

The differences in these historical photos 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 happy kids at play, often with friends, a favorite toy, or a pet.

Vote on the most interesting vintage photos below, tell us what you think, or if you have a striking photo of funny kids from a long time ago 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
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

She reminds me of my own daughter :)

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#3

Best Friends

Best Friends

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JeanUnderwood
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5 years 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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JoelEspinoza
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5 years ago

How cute.

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#5

Girl Kissing A Puppy, 1950

Girl Kissing A Puppy, 1950

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AshleyBlake
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

Aw how sweet!

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#8

Animals Being Used As Part Of Medical Therapy, 1956

Animals Being Used As Part Of Medical Therapy, 1956

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AshleyBlake
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

super cute

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#12

Young Musician, 1920s

Young Musician, 1920s

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JuliaChenier
Community Member
5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
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4 years ago

This is wonderful

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#23

Bicycles In Copenhagen, 1910s

Bicycles In Copenhagen, 1910s

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DeniseHomer
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4 years ago

We need to bring these back!

#24

Children Playing In Paris, 1950s

Children Playing In Paris, 1950s

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Hettie Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of when I was 3 and I walked in front of everyone in church with my dress tucked in my litarts! Lol

#25

Children Playing In Parisn 1938

Children Playing In Parisn 1938

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yojichan
Community Member
5 years ago

I also love their matching outfits.

#26

Children Playing In Paris, 1920s

Children Playing In Paris, 1920s

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ElviradeBord
Community Member
5 years ago

Fantastic collection

#27

Chalk Games, Prospect Place, Brooklyn, 1950

Chalk Games, Prospect Place, Brooklyn, 1950

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yojichan
Community Member
5 years ago

Best RPG everr!

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#28

Girls Jump Rope In Zennor Road, 1960s

Girls Jump Rope In Zennor Road, 1960s

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Debs
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh my!! This brings back some happy memories!!!

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#29

Little Boy With Lamb, Romania, Late 1960s

Little Boy With Lamb, Romania, Late 1960s

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#30

First Day Of School In New York, 1915

First Day Of School In New York, 1915

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BeverlyGlover
Community Member
5 years ago

I really like the outfit on the right. I like everything about it, even the socks and ankle boots, and the girl is carrying a cool bag. The girl on the left's outfit was typical of the time, but the girl on the right is really stylish.

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#31

Winnipeg Beach 1920s

Winnipeg Beach 1920s

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BrookeWeber
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5 years ago

Cardboard boxes are always the best toys

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#32

Christmas 1961

Christmas 1961

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marnidarr
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5 years ago

These were wonderful!

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#33

Children Of War - Cyprus / 18 April 1964

Children Of War - Cyprus / 18 April 1964

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J.c.Cortes
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5 years ago

what a f?%§kn abomination :(

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