Studying history helps us understand and grapple with complex questions and dilemmas of the present. By examining the past, we get a better understanding of what shaped (and continues to shape) global, national, and local relationships between societies and people.

But as interesting as these processes sound, some people still find them not vivid enough for their time. So, in an attempt to bring more light to this beautiful and intricate subject, we invite you to take a look at the Facebook page 'Historical Images.'

As the name suggests, it shares rarely-seen pictures from days gone by. Whether it's a group of Italian school children crossing a river in the '50s using pulleys, or an American mailman delivering Christmas letters and parcels in the '20s, this page has it all.

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#1

Stoney First Nation Member, Samson Beaver With His Wife Leah And Their Daughter Frances Louise, 1907

Stoney First Nation Member, Samson Beaver With His Wife Leah And Their Daughter Frances Louise, 1907

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#2

An American Serviceman Shares His Rations With Two Japanese Children In Okinawa, 1945

An American Serviceman Shares His Rations With Two Japanese Children In Okinawa, 1945

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In 2006, Professor Anna Pegler-Gordon, already talked about visual media being more accessible to students than the written record. Pegler-Gordon's students were saying that images give concrete shape to a world that sometimes seems intangible and they appreciated the immediacy of the image, which often conveys information quicker than a primary document in an unfamiliar language.

However, as valuable as images can be to our learning process, Pegler-Gordon also pointed out that we should be careful about the way we consume them; we should not only pay close attention to an image's production and circulation, but also to the responses of the image's audience, for example. In most cases, this information cannot be learned from the image itself, and supplementary material is needed.

#3

A Kid's Reaction To Meeting Andre The Giant (1970's)

A Kid's Reaction To Meeting Andre The Giant (1970's)

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Cee
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can almost hear the excitement of that little guy

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#4

A Roman Mosaic Depicting A Fish. 1st Century CE

A Roman Mosaic Depicting A Fish. 1st Century CE

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Ranger Kanootsen
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's incredibly detailed. Props to you, roman person!

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1945: The Day Daddy Came Home. Gunner Hector Murdoch Had Been Gone Over Four Years, Most Of It As A Prisoner Of War In Singapore. His Wife Rosina And Son John Hadn't Known If He Was Dead Or Alive. He Got Home On His Birthday

1945: The Day Daddy Came Home. Gunner Hector Murdoch Had Been Gone Over Four Years, Most Of It As A Prisoner Of War In Singapore. His Wife Rosina And Son John Hadn't Known If He Was Dead Or Alive. He Got Home On His Birthday

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For one of our earlier historical pieces, James Jefferies, who is a Ph.D. candidate and Assistant Lecturer at the University of Essex and University of Wolverhampton, said that he always finds images are good to use in seminars as visual stimulants alongside questions for various topics.

"[One of the images I recently used during a seminar about the First World War] showed what appeared to be a British soldier (a.k.a a 'Tommy') sitting in a trench surrounded by bodies with a look of forlorn disillusionment," Jefferies then told Bored Panda." I played students a clip of the opening titles in which this image is used and asked my students for their thoughts."

"They said how strong it was and that it emphasized the notions of the futility of the First World War. I then showed them that the image was actually an altered composite image that was taken from an original image of Irish troops in July 1916. In the original picture, the soldier is surrounded by smiling comrades and his facial expression now, in its true context, suggests one of curiosity over having his photograph taken rather than forlorn and disillusionment," Jefferies explained. "Now, not only does this raise questions about why the image was altered and how this fits into the public perception of the First World War in the 1960s but it also makes you question yourself when presented with images. You start to think about the context."

#6

Former Slave, Author And Activist Frederick Douglass With His Musician Grandson Joseph Douglass In 1894

Former Slave, Author And Activist Frederick Douglass With His Musician Grandson Joseph Douglass In 1894

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a fruity dream of delusion
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

amazing man, frederick douglas. i will always have respect for him.

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#7

Ukrainian Restaurant In The U.S. Celebrates The Death Of Joseph Stalin, 1953

Ukrainian Restaurant In The U.S. Celebrates The Death Of Joseph Stalin, 1953

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Monika
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now, soon, we gotta celebrate the death of Putin...

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#8

The Great North Dakota Blizzard, 1966

The Great North Dakota Blizzard, 1966

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Disgruntled Pelican
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My dad was a kid when this blizzard hit! The only way they could get out of their house was to crawl out of a second story bedroom window!

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Authorities have long understood the power of visuals as well. "I think in politics, whether that be governments, parties, and such, most use images to convey a message and also to influence an emotional response with people," Jefferies said.

"An example that comes to mind is a poster by the UK Conservative Party from the 1979 election campaign in the UK showing queues of people outside an employment office sign with words above saying 'Labour Isn't Working.' This poster and image struck a huge chord on the back of the period known as the 'winter of discontent' which had seen large numbers of strikes and rising unemployment. The image itself is fabricated but chimed into a feeling of disillusionment over the Labour government's handling of the crisis led by James Callaghan."

#9

Community Grocery Store Owner, Harlem, New York, 1940

Community Grocery Store Owner, Harlem, New York, 1940

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#10

Four Generations, Circa 1905

Four Generations, Circa 1905

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Dawnaeh
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like one person's age progression photos

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#11

Australian Soldiers After Their Release From Japanese Captivity In Singapore, 1945

Australian Soldiers After Their Release From Japanese Captivity In Singapore, 1945

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Monika
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's horrifying. What war can do to people...

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#12

Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On A Unfinished New York Skyscraper? Well Here's The Photographer Charles Ebbets. 9/20/1932

Remember That Photo Of The Construction Workers Having Lunch On A Unfinished New York Skyscraper? Well Here's The Photographer Charles Ebbets. 9/20/1932

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Rupp
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where's a picture of the photographer that photographed him....?

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Jefferies thinks the poster also played a part in Margaret Thatcher coming to power in 1979 and pointed out it has since been adapted and parodied by satirists and other political parties.

"The poster seems to have embedded itself into the collective public memory and it's really fascinating to think about how one simple image can have long-lasting effects and also be used as a representation of that period of history," Jefferies explained.

In 2012, during the United States Presidential Election, the Republican Party even used a variation of the poster, with the slogan 'Obama isn't working' instead of 'Labour isn't working.'

#13

2,200-Year-Old Hellenistic Theatre In Laodicea, Southwestern Turkey, After Recent Excavation

2,200-Year-Old Hellenistic Theatre In Laodicea, Southwestern Turkey, After Recent Excavation

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gerald.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

imagine sitting in one of the rows and watching a performace, so cool

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#14

Mailman Poses With His Heavy Load Of Christmas Mail And Parcels. Chicago, USA. 1929. Colorized

Mailman Poses With His Heavy Load Of Christmas Mail And Parcels. Chicago, USA. 1929. Colorized

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Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That present on the back looks like an official Red Ryder carabine-action 200-shot range moled air rifle. Someone's gonna shoot their eye out!

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#15

Inuit Man Warms His Wife’s Feet. Greenland, 1890's

Inuit Man Warms His Wife’s Feet. Greenland, 1890's

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Stephen Musial
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have the same job except for some reason my wife's feet are colder a and she waits until I'm asleep.

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#16

William Harley And Arthur Davidson, 1914

William Harley And Arthur Davidson, 1914

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Sarah
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've got little ceramic figurines of them and their first workshop in my Christmas village.

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"With anything history-related, and I think this a good practice to have with most things, do check the source!" Jefferies said.

"All good and reputable accounts will refer to the catalog number of the archives, museum or such, about where something is taken from. We're in an age of photo editing software which is improving all the time but if a catalog number is provided, you can check the original content."

#17

Children Cross The River Using Pulleys On Their Way To School, 1959, Italy

Children Cross The River Using Pulleys On Their Way To School, 1959, Italy

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#18

A Mother With Her Children, 1,800 Years Ago. Alexandria, Roman Egypt

A Mother With Her Children, 1,800 Years Ago. Alexandria, Roman Egypt

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#19

Behind The Scenes Photos From The Making Of The First Godzilla Movie, 1954

Behind The Scenes Photos From The Making Of The First Godzilla Movie, 1954

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#20

A Motor Home In 1922

A Motor Home In 1922

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BeKindAnyway
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Live ins.... You're gonna get a lot of live ins.

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The historian said sources such as the Imperial War Museum, National Archives, Time, etc. are well-known and reputable places.

"It's always good to get an idea of what is trustworthy, so ask around. Soon, you'll pick up how to look at images and what to look for. I'd definitely say checking its citing saying where it's come from with a catalog number is a good start. Of course, photographs have been manipulated since photography was invented, but experts can usually spot these fakes and this will be accounted for in catalogs. It's all part of the fun of research!"

#21

May 1922: 78-Year-Old Robert T. Lincoln (Son Of Abraham Lincoln) Is Helped Up The Steps At The Dedication Of The Lincoln Memorial In Washington D.C

May 1922: 78-Year-Old Robert T. Lincoln (Son Of Abraham Lincoln) Is Helped Up The Steps At The Dedication Of The Lincoln Memorial In Washington D.C

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Mary Rogers
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That must have been an incredible moment for him.

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#22

A Boy And His Owl, 1933

A Boy And His Owl, 1933

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gerald.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

here i was thinking i was cool, my guy over here has an OWL on his head

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#23

Piano Designed For People Confined To Bedrest. UK, 1935

Piano Designed For People Confined To Bedrest. UK, 1935

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Ellie J
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If it falls on you, you will experience permanent bed rest

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#24

Mother Teaching Children Numbers And Alphabet In Home Of Sharecropper. Transylvania, Louisiana. Jan. 1939

Mother Teaching Children Numbers And Alphabet In Home Of Sharecropper. Transylvania, Louisiana. Jan. 1939

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Sarah
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because they weren't allowed in school, I imagine. :-(

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Jefferies added that sometimes people can be put off by history, thinking it's just memorizing dates and spending an eternity in cold archives. But that's not necessarily the case. "In reality, it's about using a multitude of sources, such as images, to understand that the past is not so far away and that these people felt the same things we did," he explained.

#25

Ceramic Water Pipes Found Near Epang Palace. China. From The 5th-3rd Century BC

Ceramic Water Pipes Found Near Epang Palace. China. From The 5th-3rd Century BC

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Luna Crow
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WHOA. They had plumbing that long ago? Mind blown!

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#26

Inside Of A Railroad Car Made By The Pullman Company, 1890s

Inside Of A Railroad Car Made By The Pullman Company, 1890s

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Sarah
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gilded Age chic for those with gilded pockets.

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#27

Woman Wiring An Early Ibm Computer Taken By Berenice Abbott In 1948

Woman Wiring An Early Ibm Computer Taken By Berenice Abbott In 1948

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#28

Children Playing On Playground Equipment In Dallas, Texas, 1900

Children Playing On Playground Equipment In Dallas, Texas, 1900

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#29

The Creation Of The Recycling Logo By G. Anderson. He Was 23 At The Time, 1970

The Creation Of The Recycling Logo By G. Anderson. He Was 23 At The Time, 1970

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#30

Ashtrays And Coin-Operated Televisions In The Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Terminal, 1969

Ashtrays And Coin-Operated Televisions In The Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Terminal, 1969

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#31

An Immigrant Family Arriving At Ellis Island In 1904

An Immigrant Family Arriving At Ellis Island In 1904

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#32

Samurai Helmet Made By Famous Japanese Metalsmith Myochin Nobuie, 1525

Samurai Helmet Made By Famous Japanese Metalsmith Myochin Nobuie, 1525

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#33

The Swedish Warship Vasa. It Sank In 1628 Less Than A Mile Into Its Maiden Voyage And Was Recovered From The Sea Floor After 333 Years Almost Completely Intact. Now Housed At The Vasa Museum In Stockholm

The Swedish Warship Vasa. It Sank In 1628 Less Than A Mile Into Its Maiden Voyage And Was Recovered From The Sea Floor After 333 Years Almost Completely Intact. Now Housed At The Vasa Museum In Stockholm

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gerald.
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i would love to go see it! looks awesome ngl

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#34

1946 vs. 2021 - Poznań, Poland

1946 vs. 2021 - Poznań, Poland

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bagels and beagles
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So sad but glad to see it’s been rebuilt to it’s former beauty

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#35

Serving A Snack On Scandinavian Airlines Flight, 1969

Serving A Snack On Scandinavian Airlines Flight, 1969

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#36

Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania. Built In The 14th Century And Restored In The 1950s-1960s

Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania. Built In The 14th Century And Restored In The 1950s-1960s

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#37

Residents Of West Berlin Show Their Children To Their Grandparents Living In East Berlin, 1961

Residents Of West Berlin Show Their Children To Their Grandparents Living In East Berlin, 1961

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#38

Making The Titanic's Anchor Chain At Hingley & Sons, 1909

Making The Titanic's Anchor Chain At Hingley & Sons, 1909

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#39

A Woman Walks Through Berlin During The Battle Of Berlin, May 1945

A Woman Walks Through Berlin During The Battle Of Berlin, May 1945

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#40

A Chippewa Indian Named John Smith Who Lived In The Woods Near Cass Lake, Minnesota Claimed To Be 137 Years Old Before He Died In 1922. Photo Taken In 1915

A Chippewa Indian Named John Smith Who Lived In The Woods Near Cass Lake, Minnesota Claimed To Be 137 Years Old Before He Died In 1922. Photo Taken In 1915

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#41

Two Women Working As Ice Deliverers Carry A Large Block Of Ice. September 1918

Two Women Working As Ice Deliverers Carry A Large Block Of Ice. September 1918

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Sarah
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While the men were away at war, one presumes.

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#42

A Fake Rooftop Suburb That Hid A Whole Wwii Airplane Factory Underneath, 1944

A Fake Rooftop Suburb That Hid A Whole Wwii Airplane Factory Underneath, 1944

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#44

Barcelona, Spain In 1906. Sagrada Familia Basilica In An Early Stages Of Construction

Barcelona, Spain In 1906. Sagrada Familia Basilica In An Early Stages Of Construction

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patricia patricia
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was the middle of nowhere! (In Spanish we say "where Jesus lost his sneakers") These pictures are really interesting. A little over one hundred years ago (almost yesterday in historical terms) and the difference is incredible. By the way, the Sagrada Familia is still unfinished!

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#45

A Couple Of Victorian Travellers, 1890s

A Couple Of Victorian Travellers, 1890s

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#46

Newcastle Castle, UK - 1895 To 2022

Newcastle Castle, UK - 1895 To 2022

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#47

New Parents Of Quadruplets, Late 1880s

New Parents Of Quadruplets, Late 1880s

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Jen Hart
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, what were the survival odds for the mom and all the babies back then?

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#48

A Statue Of Anubis In Tutankhamuns Tomb, Taken During Carter Expedition (Photo Taken In 1922)

A Statue Of Anubis In Tutankhamuns Tomb, Taken During Carter Expedition (Photo Taken In 1922)

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I’ve Seen Things
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nov 4, 2022 was the 100th anniversary of its rediscovery.

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#49

College Dorm Room In 1910 (University Of Illinois)

College Dorm Room In 1910 (University Of Illinois)

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Jen Hart
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whew! That's a really hot girlie pic, not only ankles, but knees too! 😍

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#50

Log Driving In Glens Falls, New York, 1907

Log Driving In Glens Falls, New York, 1907

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Cee
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great. Now I have “The Log Driver's Waltz” goin’ round and round in my head. Haha

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