40 Important Historical Photos That Might Change Your Perspective On Things, As Shared By This Facebook Page (New Pics)
Every glimpse of the past that we see is a chance for our imaginations to take off on a wild time-warp journey. The beautiful vintage photos of the past gathered by this amazing Facebook page also promise to take you on a journey across time and space.
Indeed, the photos featured by this account come from all around the world. Each photo tells a story of when, where, and who. We are invited to daydream (or, you know, research) about the lives of people in the photos, whether they’re hard-working peasants in a rice paddy, roguish children playing in a street, or businesspeople showing off their new-fangled horseless carriages.
We can be glad that modern technology is helping us preserve and spread these photos. Many old paper or silver plate photos are in danger of irreversible deterioration, and countless more are already lost. These few remaining glimpses of the past are to be treasured and shared, so scroll onwards, brave time traveler. Let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments and share these old vintage photos far and wide!
Three Women Who Completed Their Education And Graduated As Physicians In Philadelphia, 1885
Dapper Young Man All Dressed Up To Have His Photo Made, 1905
Portrait Of A Very Handsome Young Man, 1904
The history of photography begins with very tangible chemical processes, far from the powerful digital sensors and endless reproduction we enjoy today. The first photo that has survived to this day was taken in 1826 or 1827 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. In his heliograph, the view from a window in his home was reproduced in low fidelity using a process involving bitumen (a component of asphalt) and lavender oil.
These Progressive High School Girls Learn The Finer Points Of Auto Mechanics In 1927
A Young Woman Posing For A Studio Portrait, Kentucky, 1890-1910
Madame Decourcelle The First Female Taxi Driver In Paris, France, 1909
The first photo approximating modern life-like quality standards was invented by Louis Daguerre. He named the daguerreotype process after himself, so we must be grateful that better and less egotistically named processes were discovered later. Although daguerreotypes required longer exposure times of up to several minutes, this was a vast improvement over the 8-ish hours used for Niépce’s heliograph.
Apache Woman And Child. Fort Apache, Arizona, 1898
Cultural attitudes towards photography also changed as the technology improved. With the long exposure times of early processes, photographs could be thought of much like still-life or portrait paintings. Families or dignitaries would dress up to sit for a portrait, or artists would select beautiful landscapes or scenes to photograph. As film exposure times shortened and film became easier to acquire and process, photographers were able to start experimenting more boldly and to start capturing dynamic shots.
4 Generations, 1 Picture, 1905
Young Couple In Love, 1920s
The photographs in this collection come from a wide range of different historical photographic processes, but of course, the most fascinating aspect of each is the subject matter. In most, the people depicted are no longer with us, and if their memories don’t live on with their progeny, these may be the only signs of their existence that we have left. We invite you to spend some time with these photos and try to imagine what the moments they captured might have looked, sounded, felt, and even smelled like so many years ago.
In The 1940s, Men Dressed In Shorts And Cowboy Boots Served Up To Women At A Drive Through In Texas
Woman And Horse By Félix Thiollier, 1899
Butterfly Boy, New York City, 1949
Mother And Daughter Watch A Tall Ship Navigate The Thames In London, 1880
Barefoot Kids At A Mobile Book Cart In The Appalachian Mountains
Pulling Out A Splinter In 1910
Two Friends Strolling In A Cool Stream On A Warm Day, 1910
A Stylish Woman Walking Her Dog At The Bois De Boulogne In Paris, 1910
Portrait Of A Young Boy, Claude Clark, Sitting On A Rocking Horse, 1902
A Mom Asks Not To Kiss Her Baby To Avoid Catching A Bug, 1939
A Drunken Man In Top Hat And Tails Clings To A Lamp-Post, London, 1934
The Noonans, A Family Of 15 Living In 1920s. Lawrence, Massachusetts
Note: this post originally had 140 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.