Ever since the invention of the camera in the early 1800s, photographers have documented everything, from wars and protest marches to scientific discoveries, and even space landings, allowing everyone to, in a way, "attend" these special events.

The Facebook page 'Old Photographs' has collected a wide selection of such interesting historical moments—big and small. So let's take a look at some of its top posts, after all, chances are, each of us will find something that will help us to see the past in a new light.

#1

It’s That Easy. Mutual Respect.

It’s that easy. Mutual respect.

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Jess
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3 months ago

No one is born a racist!!! its taught behaviour

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#2

75 Years Ago Today Was The Liberation Of Auschwitz. To Forget Would Be To Say These Faces, The Faces Of Millions Of Others Didn't Matter. Never Forget. Teach The Children To Remember.

On 27 January 1945 was the liberation of Auschwitz. To forget would be to say these faces, the faces of millions of others didn't matter. Never forget. Teach the children to remember.

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Kayla J
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3 months ago

Some of the survivors reunited in 2005. You can click on their names to get more of their stories and Gabi Neumann's who did extensive research including giving a background on the picture which included "Q: Tell me about the famous photograph in which you appear. A: The picture was taken a few days after liberation. I don’t remember exactly how many. It is a completely staged photograph. The Russians walked around the blocks calling on us to be photographed. My sister didn’t want to be photographed, so she isn’t in the picture. I was curious, and allowed my picture to be taken. You can see that they dressed us in prisoner uniforms that were a few sizes too big for us. Underneath the prisoner uniforms we wore the rags that we had. But because of this picture, I found my family. The Russians took my details and that’s how my mother found my sister and me later on." https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/through-the-lens/auschwitz-child-survivors.asp

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#3

Just One Of The Guys. (Wwii)

Just one of the guys. (WWII)

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cat?
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3 months ago

🥰

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#4

Laughter Has Sounded The Same Throughout Generations And Languages. (Unidentified Woman And Child, Jemez Pueblo New Mexico, By Jesse Nusbaum)

Laughter has sounded the same throughout generations and languages.
(Unidentified woman and child, Jemez Pueblo New Mexico, by Jesse Nusbaum)

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LisaMarie
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3 months ago

Beautiful photo!

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#5

Betty White In Her Los Angeles Home With Her Dog, 1952.

Betty White in her Los Angeles home with her dog, 1952.

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blobby_grrl
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3 months ago (edited)

stunning place, i have to say

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#6

Every Group Has A Lead Singer.

Every group has a lead singer.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

Nice to see The Beatles before they were famous.

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#7

He Aims To Please. (1954)

He aims to please. (1954)

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Kevin Garren
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3 months ago

black cat: That one was for me, Gerald!

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#8

Some Of Our Favorite Old Photographs Are Merely Everyday People In Everyday Life.

Some of our favorite old photographs are merely everyday people in everyday life.

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blobby_grrl
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3 months ago

smol kitty

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#9

A Family Portrait. Gainesville, Florida - 1900. Source: State Library And Archives Of Florida

A family portrait. Gainesville, Florida - 1900.

Source: State Library and Archives of Florida

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Rhon Young
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3 months ago

A beautiful family!

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#10

This Picture Circa 1900s Shows Knife Grinders Also Called Ventres Jaunes (‘Yellow Stomachs’ Referring To The Yellow Dust Released By The Grinding Wheel). By Laying Face Down, These Yellow Stomachs Would Save Their Backs From Being Hunched Over All Day. Workers Were Encourage To Bring Their Dogs To Not Only Keep Them Company But To Act As Heaters To Keep Them Warm By Having The Dogs Lie On Their Legs. (Photo Is From The Web-Site Of, French Knife Maker, Claude Dozorme - ” The Wolf ”).

This picture circa 1900s shows knife grinders also called ventres jaunes (‘yellow stomachs’ referring to the yellow dust released by the grinding wheel). By laying face down, these yellow stomachs would save their backs from being hunched over all day. Workers were encourage to bring their dogs to not only keep them company but to act as heaters to keep them warm by having the dogs lie on their legs.
(Photo is from the web-site of, French knife maker, Claude Dozorme - ” The Wolf ”).

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Funhog
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3 months ago

Ergonomic work stations in the early 1900s.

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#11

A Very Moving Caption: "This Is A Mass Burial At Sea, On The Uss Intrepid In 1944 Following A Kamikaze Attack. I've Never Seen This Photo, And I Figure Most Of You Probably Haven't Either. I Posted So People Can See, And Remember The Incredible Sacrifices Made On Our Behalf."

A very moving caption:

"This is a mass burial at sea, on the USS Intrepid in 1944 following a kamikaze attack. I've never seen this photo, and I figure most of you probably haven't either. I posted so people can see, and remember the incredible sacrifices made on our behalf."

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LisaMarie
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3 months ago

"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal”. John Steinbeck

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#12

This Simple Moment Is Brought To You By 1930.

This simple moment is brought to you by 1930.

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Romenriel
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3 months ago

So small and she's already knitting? Honestly, that's badass.

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#13

"How Wonderful It Is That Nobody Need Wait A Single Moment Before Starting To Improve The World." -Anne Frank

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank

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Chan Sue Lynn
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3 months ago

Slow progress is better than no progress.

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#14

There Is Modern Beauty In This Photograph Of Lota Cheek Taken 99 Years Ago.

There is modern beauty in this photograph of Lota Cheek taken 99 years ago.

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Laroo
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3 months ago (edited)

That was actually her real name.

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#15

Animals Bring A Type Of Joy Not Found In Other Ways.

Animals bring a type of joy not found in other ways.

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Agent 8433599
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3 months ago

How adorable!

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#16

And Then There Was The Spanish Flu Pandemic Of 1918.

And then there was the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.

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Jess
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3 months ago

Even back then some people just didnt know how to make a mask cover their god damn nose!!! lol

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#17

When Do We Gain The Inhibitions Not Present In Our Youth?

When do we gain the inhibitions not present in our youth?

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Jess
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg the amount of times we all nearly died during our childhoods, it'll never be the same again, leaving home on your own/with friends in the early morning, someone's dog would be part of the gang, not coming home until dinner time and literally no contact with anyone's parents all day lol. Fantastic photo

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#18

Timeless Photography Looks As Beautiful Now As It Did When It Was Taken.

Timeless photography looks as beautiful now as it did when it was taken.

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troufaki13
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3 months ago

Beauty with no filters :)

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#19

Formal Portraits Rarely Featured Smiles, But They Can Be Found In Photographs Of Daily Life During This Period. (1912, South Carolina.)

Formal portraits rarely featured smiles, but they can be found in photographs of daily life during this period. (1912, South Carolina.)

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Artsy Bookworm
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3 months ago

Happy family ❤️

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#20

A Routine Repair.

A routine repair.

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Purple3262
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3 months ago

Haha! Great photo.

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#21

A Boy Makes A Friend At The London Zoo, 1958.

A boy makes a friend at the London Zoo, 1958.

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Béatrice Gallet
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3 months ago

The idea of danger has changed a bit since 1958 happily !

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#22

Dressed To Impress. (1908)

Dressed to impress. (1908)

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Alexander Neil
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3 months ago

Formidable

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#23

Who Loved Jumping Off? (Even Though Mom Told You Not To.)

Who loved jumping off? (Even though mom told you not to.)

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Monic Krugell
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3 months ago

still do to the amazement of my kids

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#24

Is It Possible The Architects Had This In Mind When They Designed Grand Central Station? (1934)

Is it possible the architects had this in mind when they designed Grand Central Station? (1934)

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Emma Goldstein
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3 months ago

Yes, 100%.

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#25

Boys Will Be Boys. (Undated)

Boys will be boys. (Undated)

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Kevin Garren
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3 months ago

...when parental threats are followed through...

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#26

She Was Born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke, But You Would Know Her As The Good Witch Of The North In "The Wizard Of Oz".

She was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke, but you would know her as the Good Witch of the North in "The Wizard of Oz".

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Monic Krugell
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3 months ago

What a classic beauty

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#27

Happy (And Very Lucky) To Be Alive - 1917.

Happy (and very lucky) to be alive - 1917.

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John L
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3 months ago

Helmets were the single most important innovation, in WWI, to reduce casualties.

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#28

104 Years Ago This Fountain In Detroit, Michigan Was Left Running Allowing It To Build Layer Upon Layer In To This 30 Foot Icy Spectacle.

104 years ago this fountain in Detroit, Michigan was left running allowing it to build layer upon layer in to this 30 foot icy spectacle.

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Jess
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3 months ago

That is actually super cool - no pun intended lol

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#29

This 1931 Photograph Captures The Spirit Of The Season As Santa Delivers Presents To The Children Of An Adoption Home In London.

This 1931 photograph captures the spirit of the season as Santa delivers presents to the children of an adoption home in London.

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Laroo
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3 months ago

The boy on the far right in the window does not look impressed.

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#30

A Girl, A Dog, A Mule. From The 1921 Silent Film "Through The Back Door" Staring Mary Pickford.

A girl, a dog, a mule. From the 1921 silent film "Through the Back Door" staring Mary Pickford.

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Jess
Community Member
3 months ago

All 3 have been lightly drugged to make sure they stay in place lmao

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#31

1937: When Even Ice Skating Was Done In A Suit.

1937: when even ice skating was done in a suit.

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Purple3262
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3 months ago

Style

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#32

March 1938: 70-Year-Old Mrs Elizabeth Arnold, Believed To Be England's Only Woman Blacksmith, Shoes A Horse Outside The 400-Year-Old Forge In Walmer, Kent. (Photo By Fox Photos).

March 1938: 70-year-old Mrs Elizabeth Arnold, believed to be England's only woman blacksmith, shoes a horse outside the 400-year-old forge in Walmer, Kent. (Photo by Fox Photos).

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

Go girl!

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#33

They Wear Shoes And Clothes With Holes And Dirt Upon Their Faces, Yet They Are Absolutely Perfect. (1936)

They wear shoes and clothes with holes and dirt upon their faces, yet they are absolutely perfect. (1936)

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David Leick
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3 months ago

The one on the right looks like Boris Johnson.

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#34

Fred Messer's Life Spanned Three Centuries. He Was Born In 1792, 16 Years After The United States Became A Counrty And Lived To See Automobiles Roll Along Roads, Dying In 1907. (North Carolina.)

Fred Messer's life spanned three centuries. He was born in 1792, 16 years after the United States became a counrty and lived to see automobiles roll along roads, dying in 1907. (North Carolina.)

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Laroo
Community Member
3 months ago

Impressive though there is some question as to when exactly he was born

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#35

Two Innocent Souls From Days Long Ago.

Two innocent souls from days long ago.

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Don't you wish you knew
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3 months ago

Doggie is straight chillin... Little girl is not so sure lol

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#36

A Woman On A Mission With Her Baguette And Six Bottles Of Wine. (Paris 1945 - By Branson Decou)

A woman on a mission with her baguette and six bottles of wine.

(Paris 1945 - by Branson Decou)

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Caro Caro
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3 months ago

The mission is nearly completed ... she's off to the cheese shop :)

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#37

Daddy's Office, John Jr's Playground.

Daddy's office, John Jr's playground.

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GlassHalfWay
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3 months ago

Is that a secret door under the desk?!

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#38

How Homework Was Done Before Google.

How homework was done before google.

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 months ago

I remember the days, although for me it was 90's s and early 00's :D

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#39

An Old Photograph With A Funny Twist In Today’s Context.

An old photograph with a funny twist in today’s context.

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Purple3262
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3 months ago

Yep - Time to get the skates/board out!

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#40

It Took More Than 15 Years To Take The Statue Of Liberty From Concept To Reality. Construction Is Pictured Here In 1884, Less Than Two Years Before She Was Completed.

It took more than 15 years to take the Statue of Liberty from concept to reality. Construction is pictured here in 1884, less than two years before she was completed.

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Serial pacifist
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3 months ago

And it took only one presidential mandate to throw liberty into the gutter and revamp racism, bigotry, vandalism, and xenophobia.

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#41

1890s Walmart. So Many Great Details Inside This General Store. It Was A Time When You Knew Your Grocer And They Knew You. We Have More, But We In Some Ways Have Less.

1890s Walmart. So many great details inside this general store. It was a time when you knew your grocer and they knew you. We have more, but we in some ways have less.

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David Brown
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3 months ago (edited)

When I was still in elementary school we moved from a decent size city to a very very rural town. It was like we had wound the clock back 30 years. It was a major culture shock.It had one chain fast food place and all the other ones were mom and pop joints.It had at that time the only bar I'd ever seen. It had one pharmacy which was mom and pop. And the gas station was the same way. The coolest thing about the whole town was the general store. It was like you'd see in movies. They made keys the old fashion way. If you wanted paint it had to be whatever color was in the can because they didn't mix custom colors. They had all types of gardening tools, seeds, fertilizer made from local chicken farm poop, and bee keeping supplies. It was one of the last stores that sold old style shotguns and rifles for hunting. And lastly, it had one of those old time rolling ladders that rode on a track mounted to the ceiling to get to the stuff on the shelves that went from floor to ceiling. Good times.

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#42

Be Thankful For What You Have. Be Thankful For One Another.

Be thankful for what you have.
Be thankful for one another.

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BonnyDK
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3 months ago

This caption is beyond inappropriate. The photo is of street orphans who have no one living that can take care of them. There was a movement at the time in art including painting and photography to make the public aware of their plight. They probably had not eaten in days. No telling what happened to their parents. It was meant to teach empathy.

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#43

Its Not About Where You Are, Its Who You're With. (1945)

Its not about where you are, its who you're with. (1945)

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Catherine Binder
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3 months ago

It's a bit about where you are.

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#44

Rush Hour In Chicago Didn’t Look Any Better 104 Years Ago.

Rush hour in Chicago didn’t look any better 104 years ago.

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Chan Sue Lynn
Community Member
3 months ago

If my brother ever complain about traffic, I'll show him this.

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#45

The Cornelia Vanderbilt Wedding Portrait. (1924)

The Cornelia Vanderbilt wedding portrait. (1924)

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Joely King
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3 months ago

Wow that dress is stunning

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#46

Isn't It Interesting That We Meet Some Of The Best Friends We Ever Have Within The First Years Of Our Lives. (Photo By Edouard Boubat. Paris, 1952.)

Isn't it interesting that we meet some of the best friends we ever have within the first years of our lives.
(Photo by Edouard Boubat. Paris, 1952.)

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Emmett O'Brian
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3 months ago

I had an entirely different youth than suggested. Lot of bullying. No one I would consider a friend until middle school when I found the nerds.

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#47

The Less You Have, The More You Appreciate What You Do Have. (Western North Carolina 1914-1917, From The William A. Barnhill Collection.)

The less you have, the more you appreciate what you do have.

(Western North Carolina 1914-1917, from the William A. Barnhill Collection.)

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LEGOPernille
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3 months ago

My grandchild still hug chicken in todays world. They are the best pets....

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#48

The Right Day To Hang Laundry In New York. (1900)

The right day to hang laundry in New York. (1900)

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Laroo
Community Member
3 months ago

Probably wouldn't be allowed nowadays and also what with all the pollution I'm not sure it would stay white for very long.

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#49

There’s Nothing Quite Like Getting Hand Delivered Mail. (1900)

There’s nothing quite like getting hand delivered mail. (1900)

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Jubum
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3 months ago

I'm still wondering how I can get off this thing without falling over.

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#50

Today, Be Thankful. (Arizona Migrant Family, 1940.)

Today, be thankful.
(Arizona migrant family, 1940.)

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Little Wonder
Community Member
3 months ago

These captions are giving me the shits. Yes we should be thankful, but we shouldn't be using real people in pain and poverty to make ourselves feel better about our own lives.

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