People Are Sharing Pics Of Life 50-100 Years Ago And They Might Put Things In A New Perspective
The easiest way for us to get a glimpse into the good old days is to open up our family's photo album. But what if we go through the images and instead of calming down our curiosity, they only fuel it? Easy. We open up the subreddit r/TheWayWeWere next.
It's a place where folks share pictures from 50, 100, and even more years ago to show what everyday life looked like in the past. Featuring old photos, scanned documents, articles, and personal anecdotes, this subreddit has become one of the biggest vintage archives online.
Continue scrolling and check out why 528K people subscribe to r/TheWayWeWere.
This post may include affiliate links.
Mary Wallace: First Female Bus Driver For Chicago Transit Authority (1974)
I imagine she got some pretty shitty treatment for her audacity.
My Ridiculously Attractive Grandparents Sitting For A Portrait In The Early 1940s
The last 100 years have produced profound changes in human history.
Wars, technological developments, progress in civil rights, and breakthroughs in science and medicine, the old world has been swept away. Whether it's for better or worse.
Centuries-old empires crumbled as new ideologies – like communism and fascism – took over in many parts of the world. Wars in the early part of the 20th century put an end to the colonial world and gave birth to new nations. However, these wars also cost millions of lives and trillions of dollars.
My Mom On Her Wedding Day November 1951
Cats Blackie & Brownie Catching Squirts Of Milk During Milking At Arch Badertscher's Dairy Farm In Fresno, California, 1954
Throughout the past century, technological innovations have transformed our lives in ways we never dreamed of. Progressive ideas emerged and changed the world as women, African Americans, and the LGBTQ community demanded, and often won, equal rights; from the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States to the legalization of same-sex marriage in many countries. But recent civil rights conflicts tell us the fight for equality is not over.
A Native American Girl Of The Kiowa Tribe, Oklahoma, 1894
My Great-Great-Grandmother Sometime In The 1890s
The pandemic that began ravaging the world in 2020 reminds us that even though we can buy a ticket to go to space, we're still vulnerable to viruses that can shut down economies and disrupt society.
People are hoping science can save Earth from the devastating changes to the climate that continue to imperil the ecosystems of our planet. In the coming years, natural disasters may have an increasingly impactful role in the course of history. Who knows where we will end up in another 100.
Protesting The High School Dress Code That Banned Slacks For Girls, Brooklyn C.1940
Two Pals (1920)
Gay Men Pose For A Photo While Being Detained At A Police Station For Being Homosexuals In Mexico, 1935
You can feel the fabulousness radiating from this photo
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
Dad Showing Off His Skill To The Surprise Of His Little Daughter In Melbourne, Australia, Ca. 1940s
London's First Black Police Officer, PC Norwell Roberts, On Point Duty Near Charing Cross Station, 1968
He's definitely on point duty. That's a fantastic point he's got there.
This 1955 Photo Is One Of Walter Chandoha’s Most Famous Shots. “My Daughter Paula And The Kitten Both ‘Smiled’ For The Camera At The Same Time. …but The Cat’s Not Smiling, He’s Meowing”
Sisters In Skirts, 1950s
My Great Grandmother In The Early 1900’s. Thought She Looked Too Awesome Not To Share
My Parents’ Wedding Photo, Okinawa, 1964
My Grandpa (Left) And His Best Friend Willie Hall During The Korean War. Those Smiles Say It All
My Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Great-Great-Grandfather, And Great-Great-Great Grandmother, Ca 1918
My Great-Grandfather That Was Too Poor To Afford A Suit In Sicily, So He Had To Pose In Front Of A Cardboard Cut-Out, 1930s~
This Is Hazel, My Grandmother-In-Law. 1916
My Grandmother And Mom Circa 1974. My Grandmother Took My Mother To National Parks Over The Course Of A Few Months, Just The Two Of Them
“Our Michael”, 1938
A Sailor "Meets" His Baby For The First Time After Fourteen Months At Sea, 1940s
Okay, some parenting lessons may be needed. Day One: How to Hold the Baby.
Grandma And Papa In 1937. She Passed Away Today At 100 Years Old
Last Picture Of My Great Uncle Kennith, Before He Drowned In The Buffalo River, 1940’s. He Gave His Life Saving My Grandpa
My Mother Made Us Matching Dresses For A Fancy Party Back In 1954
Saw This Photo Posted Here.. Noticed I Have The Photo The Grandmother Took That Day. (Bought At An Antique Shop Years Ago In Phx)
A Parisian Woman With Her Cat In Her Cannabis Garden, 1910
I have a cat. All I need now is the garden (and some law changes please).
This Is My Grandma Dorothy. She Was A Dress Designer In The 50s Which Always Made This Photo More Funny To Me. She Passed Away Today At Age 89. A Life Well Lived
Vintage Photo From A Family Album, Freeport, Il
Besides the obvious that he is a black man and she a white woman in the 1900s, when this required a lot of guts, I love the fact he's wearing puttees as part of civilian dress. This was pretty common before WW1. After the war... not so much.
Me And My Best Friend Rocky Watching TV, 1959
Ladies At A Lesbian Club In Chelsea, 1953
A Mostly Happy Family Outing At Chicken Bone Beach, The Segregated Section Of Atlantic City's Beach Area, New Jersey, 1950s (Photographed By John W. Mosley)
1976 vs. 2018; 42 Years And We're Still Going Strong
Young Oyster Shuckers, Port Royal, South Carolina, 1909
Crikey - the “thousand yard stare” at that young age. Life must have been tough for these girls.
Reddit Seems To Love My Taita (Grandma), So Here Is Another One Of Her From 1950’s Beirut
The Wedding Rings Of My Ggm, Gggm, Ggggm, And Gggggm Oldest Dating Back To 1832!
.. and 4 Rings of Power were given to the Baker's and Hurff's
Police Officer Unaware Of The Imminent Danger, Chicago, 1959
After Spending More Than Five Years In A North Vietnamese Camp, Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm Is Reunited With His Family At Travis Afb, March 13, 1973
This photo, called "Burst of Joy" won a Pulitzer prize. It has an unhappy ending though. According to Wikipedia "Despite outward appearances, the reunion was an unhappy one for Stirm. Three days before he arrived in the United States, the same day he was released from captivity, Stirm received a Dear John letter from his wife Loretta informing him that their marriage was over. Stirm later learned that Loretta had been with other men throughout his captivity, receiving marriage proposals from three of them. In 1974, the Stirms divorced and Loretta remarried, but Lieutenant Colonel Stirm was still ordered by the courts to provide her with 43% of his military retirement pay once he retired from the Air Force. Stirm was later promoted to full Colonel and retired from the Air Force in 1977."
My Grandpa’s Schoolhouse In Texas Ca. 1930’s. He Was Always Embarrassed Of This Picture Because He Was Too Poor To Afford Shoes
My dad remembered going to school in Ireland in the early 1940s alongside kids with no shoes. Extreme poverty is more recent than you think.
Women Trainees Of The Lapd Practice Firing Their Newly Issued Revolvers, 1948
Your man on the right is a bit of a lad by the looks of it.
Caught On The Firescape, 1946
Offerings To The Unknown Dead, Kyoto, Japan, 1963
This is a beautiful picture. Looks like a scene from a movie.
The 70s Transition: My Parents In 1968 And Again In 1970
My American Grandmother Visiting Athens In The 1960s
Such style in a lot of these pictures! Too bad nobody really dares to wear anymore
Listening To The Radio On The Beach, Circa 1940s
The Rolled-Stockings Trend Of The 1920's Brought On A Fad Of Hand-Painted Knees
Class Divide In Britain, 1930's
So pretentious, top hats on kids, and who looks happier?
Me Ready For Friday Night Lights, 1969
Note: this post originally had 117 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.
Did only beautiful people get their picture taken back then, or have we become uglier by the decade? Damn!
I suspect that they only kept the photographs where they looked good and tossed the ones that didn't flatter them.
I seriously doubt that. Photos were a very rare occurrence. I’m sure they kept them all. Just that only the attractive ppl had their photos shared here. Trust me, there were a LOT of ugly ppl photographed over the centuries. 😉
Maybe. At certain points, in history, photographs we're very rare & expensive. Depends on the when, I think.
"Were", not "we're". My dang phone ALWAYS auto-"corrects" that. Rarely is it actual CORRECTION, though. 🙄
Of course wouldn't you?
Black and white pictures always make people look better. Specially if the quality isnt the best. Nowadays lenses are so good that they capture all imperfections
1. Cameras have become better, so more flaws are captured, 2. Film was expensive, so you typically took pics on occasions where people were looking their best, 3. People (especially men) did take more pride in their appearance, ladies didn't leave the house without their hair done properly and makeup on, men dressed significantly better, t-shirts were only worn as undershirts or for doing dirty work, not as regular attire, and clothes were higher quality on general because they weren't AS mass produced as today and the cheap synthetic fabrics didn't exist
Also materials were expensive, so clothes for grown ups were made to last, and were taken care of