History used to be one of our favorite subjects back in school. We absolutely adored learning about ancient cultures, long-gone civilizations, recent developments, and how things changed (though people mostly stayed the same). So whenever there’s a chance to share this passion for the past with you, we pounce!

The ‘Things From The Past’ Facebook page (aka the ‘History in Pictures’ project) is a wonderful archive of some truly stunning photos of everything historical. From posts about vintage fashion and political history to stunning features of archeological marvels, the page has a bit of everything for the historically-minded internet user. Not every photo is about happy events, but then again, history is nuanced and reflects the best and worst of humanity.

Today, we’re featuring some of their best pics. We’d love to hear your thoughts about history as a subject and what period you loved learning the most about. Hopefully, this list will reignite your passion for learning about how things were, not just how they are now. Turn the time machine on, dear Pandas. Onwards!

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Terry Fox, A 21 Year Old Canadian Who Lost A Leg To Cancer, Began A Cross-Canada Run To Raise Money For Cancer Research. He Ran The Equivalent Of A Full Marathon A Day. He Made It 143 Days And 5,373 Km Before The Spread Of His Cancer Forced Him To Quit. He Died June 1981

Terry Fox, A 21 Year Old Canadian Who Lost A Leg To Cancer, Began A Cross-Canada Run To Raise Money For Cancer Research. He Ran The Equivalent Of A Full Marathon A Day. He Made It 143 Days And 5,373 Km Before The Spread Of His Cancer Forced Him To Quit. He Died June 1981

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mulk
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2 months ago

Wow: powerfull and sad at the same time

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Albert Einstein Teaching At Lincoln, The United State’s First Historical Black University, 1946

Albert Einstein Teaching At Lincoln, The United State’s First Historical Black University, 1946

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Jrog
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2 months ago

In 1946 he gave the commencement speech at Lincoln University, a historically black college, where he taught the theory of relativity to physics students. During that visit, Einstein said, “The separation of the races is not a disease of the colored people, but a disease of the white people."

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Camberley Kate, A.k.a. Kate Ward, And Her Stray Dogs In England In 1962. She Never Turned A Stray Dog Away, Taking Care Of More Than 600 Dogs In Her Lifetime

Camberley Kate, A.k.a. Kate Ward, And Her Stray Dogs In England In 1962. She Never Turned A Stray Dog Away, Taking Care Of More Than 600 Dogs In Her Lifetime

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Maggie
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2 months ago

They all look so sad, I hope they all found good homes.

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The ‘Things From The Past’ project has over half-a-million followers, and it’s easy to see why. The content they post is pretty broad in scope. There really is a bit of everything for everyone: from fashion lovers and architecture fans to artists and those who have a more traditional understanding of what the word ‘history’ is all about.

The fun thing about accounts like this one is how much they spark our interest. You can’t help but want to Google a bit, surf Wikipedia, and learn more about the past. You start with a simple photo, a tiny tidbit of trivia, and you end up spending hours researching something you might not even have known existed that morning.

#4

Betty White Dressed In Vintage 1940s Clothing To Celebrate The 75th Tournament Of Roses, 1963

Betty White Dressed In Vintage 1940s Clothing To Celebrate The 75th Tournament Of Roses, 1963

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Pittsburgh rare
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2 months ago

Stunning, as she always was

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#5

A Baby Lamb Snuggles Up To A Sleeping Boy, March 16, 1940

A Baby Lamb Snuggles Up To A Sleeping Boy, March 16, 1940

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We_Are_Watching_You
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2 months ago

AWWWWWWWWWW that smile!!!!

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#6

"Girls In The Windows" Taken By Ormond Gigli In 1960 In NYC. The Building Was Knocked Down The Next Day

"Girls In The Windows" Taken By Ormond Gigli In 1960 In NYC. The Building Was Knocked Down The Next Day

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Jrog
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2 months ago

The story of the photo is crazy. https://www.holdenluntz.com/magazine/new-arrivals/ormond-gigli-girls-in-the-windows/

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Did you notice? We’re fans of learning new and interesting stuff. We always like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. But when it comes to information that’s shared online, we like to be slightly skeptical: it’s important to do your own research, whatever fact or photos you might come across. Even a simple Google search can work if your inner alarm bells go off.

#7

Dr. Religa Monitors His Patient’s Vitals After 23-Hour-Long (Successful) Heart Transplant. His Assistant Is Sleeping In The Corner, 1987

Dr. Religa Monitors His Patient’s Vitals After 23-Hour-Long (Successful) Heart Transplant. His Assistant Is Sleeping In The Corner, 1987

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Lili Octopus
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2 months ago

What an achievement!

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#8

The Beatles On What Kind Of Girl Do They Prefer, 1960s

The Beatles On What Kind Of Girl Do They Prefer, 1960s

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mulk
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2 months ago

British humour!

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#9

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, The First Woman To Earn A Doctorate In Computer Science In The United States, 1965

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, The First Woman To Earn A Doctorate In Computer Science In The United States, 1965

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Judes
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2 months ago

I was curious about this because I suspected there weren't many computer science departments before 1965, let alone doctorates in computer science. So, I looked it up! The first two people to receive a doctorate in computer science in the USA (coincidentally, both on 7th June 1965) were Sister Mary Kenneth Keller (PhD, University of Wisconsin) and Irving C. Tang (DSc, Washington University in St. Louis). Source: https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/159591-who-earned-first-computer-science-phd/fulltext

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That way, you can cross-reference facts and even check the reliability of the source before you go resharing something on social media. We know how awesome it is to tell your friends about some totally cool historical thing. However, we also know that in this (arguably) post-truth world, it’s better to be careful than naive. Just because something’s repeated constantly doesn’t make it the truth. And conspiracy theories can spread like wildfire thanks to the double-edged sword that is the internet.

#10

Portrait Of A Filipina/Chinese Woman From The Philippines, 1875 Photo By Francisco Van Camp

Portrait Of A Filipina/Chinese Woman From The Philippines, 1875 Photo By Francisco Van Camp

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Donnie Mc00
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2 months ago

Timeless Beauty

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#11

1,500-Year-Old Ceramic Maya Figurine With Removable Helmet, From El Perú-Waka, Petén, Guatemala

1,500-Year-Old Ceramic Maya Figurine With Removable Helmet, From El Perú-Waka, Petén, Guatemala

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Young Minami Kotaro
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2 months ago

Might be the first action figure..

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#12

Queen Isabel II, Veiled, 1855 C By Camillo Torreggiani. Masterful Use Of Light And Shadows To Make It Look Like Real Lace

Queen Isabel II, Veiled, 1855 C By Camillo Torreggiani. Masterful Use Of Light And Shadows To Make It Look Like Real Lace

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Maggie
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2 months ago

Outstanding.

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Professor Joseph Pierre, an expert in psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, previously explained to Bored Panda that certain historical events get a lot more attention than others. That means that some people come up with way more conspiracies about them.

“It is true that certain historical events do tend to attract conspiracy theories and there is evidence that times of societal upheaval or crisis when people are feeling unsafe and desperate for clarity offer a kind of fertile soil for conspiracy theory beliefs,” the professor told Bored Panda.

#13

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”

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”

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Scout Finch
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2 months ago

Feeeeeeedddd meeeeeee

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#14

Monty Python Crew, 1976

Monty Python Crew, 1976

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Pirates of Zen Pants
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2 months ago

"Right. Which one of you bastards stole our necks?"

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#15

The Interior Of The Orient Express. This Long-Distance Passenger Train Service Was Created In 1883

The Interior Of The Orient Express. This Long-Distance Passenger Train Service Was Created In 1883

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Maggie
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2 months ago

So fancy, very luxurious.

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“Over the past 60 years, the assassination of JFK, the death of Princess Diana, and 9/11 are the most obvious examples of national traumas surrounded by conspiracy theory beliefs. We should acknowledge that many conspiracy theories, like the idea that the Earth is flat, aren’t really based on any kind of obvious traumatic event,” Professor Pierre said.

#16

Miss America, 1924

Miss America, 1924

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

Not a boob job or a spray tan to be seen. Natural beauty.

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#17

4000-Year-Old Writing Board By An Egyptian Student With Teacher's Spelling Corrections In Red

4000-Year-Old Writing Board By An Egyptian Student With Teacher's Spelling Corrections In Red

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Awkward lady
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2 months ago

Nothing changes!

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#18

London Punks And A Surprised Grandmother, 1982

London Punks And A Surprised Grandmother, 1982

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Jennik
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2 months ago

"Nigel! You're supposed to be doing your homework!"

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The expert said that those who believe in conspiracies tend to have a simplistic view of the world. They see everything as a struggle between good and evil. There are no nuances, only black-and-white tones.

“People who believe in conspiracy theories are also often attracted to the Manichean narratives that conspiracy theories offer, involving battles of good and evil pitting against each other in an almost apocalyptic fashion. So, it should come as no surprise that conspiracy theories might sprout up from World War II—a real-life apocalyptic battle between good and evil,” he said.

#19

Buzz Aldrin, First Self-Portrait In Space. 1966

Buzz Aldrin, First Self-Portrait In Space. 1966

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Injun Joe
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2 months ago

That selfy is out of this world!

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#20

Hattie Tom, A Young Chiricahua Apache, 1899

Hattie Tom, A Young Chiricahua Apache, 1899

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Maggie
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful.

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#21

Blackfoot Chief Two Guns White Calf, Early 1900s

Blackfoot Chief Two Guns White Calf, Early 1900s

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

He looks so dignified.

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Meanwhile, physicist Steven Wooding told Bored Panda: "If a theory explaining an aspect of reality has monocausal tendencies (or even shamelessly presents itself as monocausal), it is highly likely to be wrong. We should develop a habit of thinking about this every time we hear a theory supposed to explain some 'hidden truth' to us. Then, if you think to yourself, 'Wow, that sounds pretty monocausal!'—it's a sign you should do your research."

#22

Portrait Of Ah-Weh-Eyu (Pretty Flower), Of The Seneca Nation, 1908. Photo By J.l. Blessing

Portrait Of Ah-Weh-Eyu (Pretty Flower), Of The Seneca Nation, 1908. Photo By J.l. Blessing

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Maggie
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2 months ago

How lovely she is. So serene.

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#23

People In Times Square, New York City Celebrate The Surrender Of Germany, May 7th, 1945

People In Times Square, New York City Celebrate The Surrender Of Germany, May 7th, 1945

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AwesomeLeoWife
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2 months ago

What an amazing picture of so many different people celebrating the same thing. True unity.

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#24

Sophia Loren, 1960

Sophia Loren, 1960

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Emerald Joanna
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2 months ago

What an absolutely stunning picture!

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According to the scientist, people love conspiracy theories because they want simplicity and clarity in a world that is anything but.

"The world is complicated: many processes are going on that we don't have time to follow, don't have the knowledge to explore, don't have an awareness of their existence. Conspiracy theories are usually simple: in their worldview, one cause determines everything (the world is ruled by lizard people, etc.)," he told Bored Panda.

#25

A 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Bead Dre

A 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Bead Dre

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Johane Roberts
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2 months ago

Don't show this to Kim K. She will insist on wearing it for the next Met Gala.

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#26

One Of The Most Beautiful Trains Ever Made, The ‘Mercury’ Streamliner, Designed In Art Deco-Style By Henry Dreyfuss For The New York Central Railroad. Here's One Captured In Chicago In 1936

One Of The Most Beautiful Trains Ever Made, The ‘Mercury’ Streamliner, Designed In Art Deco-Style By Henry Dreyfuss For The New York Central Railroad. Here's One Captured In Chicago In 1936

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Andrew Burke
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2 months ago

Why can't we create nice things like this anymore?

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#27

Freddie Mercury And David Bowie Backstage At Live Aid 1985

Freddie Mercury And David Bowie Backstage At Live Aid 1985

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Pandette
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2 months ago

Sorry but.... Am I the only one who zoomed in? 😶

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He said that conspiracy theorists provide a clear vision of the world that’s grounded on a narrative where good and evil clash. “They give the false impression of thoroughly understanding and explaining the world in a simple way. Studies prove that people who believe in one conspiracy theory are much more likely to believe in another. In this sense, I think that every conspiracy theory is wrong. They differ only in scale, but they are all part of the same mechanism."

#28

Wedding Rings Removed From Holocaust Victims Before They Were Executed, 1945

Wedding Rings Removed From Holocaust Victims Before They Were Executed, 1945

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Vinita Talaulikar
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2 months ago

How many died for all wrong reasons and no fault of theirs.

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#29

Microsoft Staff. December 7, 1978

Microsoft Staff. December 7, 1978

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General Anaesthesia
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2 months ago (edited)

Bill Gates almost looks like a caricature of himself. Edit: he's bottom left.

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#30

Electric Cars Charging, 1917

Electric Cars Charging, 1917

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Peej Maybe
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2 months ago

Imagine how advanced EVs would be now if we'd expanded on this technology rather than just going down the dead liquid dinosaur route

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#31

This Miniature Ecosystem Has Been Thriving In An Almost Completely Isolated State Since 1960. It Has Been Watered Just Once In That Time

This Miniature Ecosystem Has Been Thriving In An Almost Completely Isolated State Since 1960. It Has Been Watered Just Once In That Time

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Random Ventures of an Indie Traveler
Community Member
2 months ago

That's incredible! Nicely done, I try so hard and I sadly can't keep plants alive for very long.

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#32

A Beautiful Antique Hearse From Dresden, Germany

A Beautiful Antique Hearse From Dresden, Germany

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PiscesMama
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2 months ago

Stunning craftsmanship.

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#33

Bison Paintings In The Cave Of Altamira, Spain. They Were Painted Over 20,000 Years Between 35,000 And 15,000 Bc

Bison Paintings In The Cave Of Altamira, Spain. They Were Painted Over 20,000 Years Between 35,000 And 15,000 Bc

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Argle Bargle
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2 months ago

Did they fall off a cliff?

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#34

The Spectacular Secret Treasures That Have Been Growing Beneath Mexico For 500,000 Years: A Cave With Crystals Up To 11 Meters In Length And A Weight Up To 55 Tons

The Spectacular Secret Treasures That Have Been Growing Beneath Mexico For 500,000 Years: A Cave With Crystals Up To 11 Meters In Length And A Weight Up To 55 Tons

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That other Panda
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2 months ago (edited)

:O I did NOT know those existed!

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#35

A California Teacher Teaching The Physics Of Surfing, 1970

A California Teacher Teaching The Physics Of Surfing, 1970

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Aran Lindvail
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2 months ago

This teacher has some serious "Here's Johnny!" vibes.

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#36

Dolly Parton With Her Husband Carl Dean, 1960s

Dolly Parton With Her Husband Carl Dean, 1960s

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Marette
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2 months ago

Without the high heels & high hair she wouldn't even reach his soldier 😉 (No criticism... I'm only 5"1!)

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#37

Children In Minobashi Raincoats Going To A New Year's Event, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, 1956

Children In Minobashi Raincoats Going To A New Year's Event, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, 1956

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Shelli LotusFlower
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2 months ago

Smal gust of wind and they’ll fly away

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#38

Country Store On Dirt Road, North Carolina In 1939

Country Store On Dirt Road, North Carolina In 1939

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Mark Howell
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2 months ago

I can hear banjo's duelling in this picture

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#39

Sigourney Weaver Promotional Shot For Alien By Eva Sereny In Paris After The Movie Wrapped In 1978

Sigourney Weaver Promotional Shot For Alien By Eva Sereny In Paris After The Movie Wrapped In 1978

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Mark Howell
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2 months ago

Stunning beauty then and now

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#40

In The 1940s, Men Dressed In Shorts And Cowboy Boots Served Up To Women At A Drive Through In Dallas, Texas "Log Lodge Tavern"

In The 1940s, Men Dressed In Shorts And Cowboy Boots Served Up To Women At A Drive Through In Dallas, Texas "Log Lodge Tavern"

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Injun Joe
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2 months ago

Hooters for women. Booters?

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#41

Serving A Snack On Scandinavian Airlines Flight, 1969

Serving A Snack On Scandinavian Airlines Flight, 1969

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Debbie Barnes
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2 months ago

Food on flights has definitely changed!.. Ha, ha, ha...

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#42

Roman Mosaic Discovered In 2021 In Old Town Of Hvar, Croatia

Roman Mosaic Discovered In 2021 In Old Town Of Hvar, Croatia

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Injun Joe
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder if they were like.... Let's see what what's under this concrete. Beautiful discovery!

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#43

Women Delivering Ice, 1918

Women Delivering Ice, 1918

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Eric Law
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2 months ago

What a cool job.

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#44

7000-Year-Old Neolithic Figurines From Romania, Called "The Thinker" And "The Sitting Woman"

7000-Year-Old Neolithic Figurines From Romania, Called "The Thinker" And "The Sitting Woman"

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Jennik
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2 months ago

I'd like to think of them as the Listener and the Storyteller

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#45

Men Of The Seaforth Highlanders Rest In A Trench With A Dog During Ww1, 1915

Men Of The Seaforth Highlanders Rest In A Trench With A Dog During Ww1, 1915

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Moonlight
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2 months ago

The dog looks like he has not slept for a few days

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#46

Gertrude Ederle Becomes The First Woman To Swim The English Channel In 1926

Gertrude Ederle Becomes The First Woman To Swim The English Channel In 1926

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Elizabeth Elliot
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2 months ago

..That smeary stuff is lard, to keep her warm!

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#47

The Gardener At Stonehenge Mowing The Lawn, C. 1955

The Gardener At Stonehenge Mowing The Lawn, C. 1955

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Rick
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2 months ago

... wearing a damned suit, no less.

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The Wedding Portrait Of A Married Khalkha Mongolian Couple, 1920s

The Wedding Portrait Of A Married Khalkha Mongolian Couple, 1920s

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$cagsy
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2 months ago

I like how the photographer has cleverly captured the joy of marriage here. Look at their happy little faces. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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#49

Mom Uses A Trash Can To Contain Her Baby While She Crochets In The Park, 1969

Mom Uses A Trash Can To Contain Her Baby While She Crochets In The Park, 1969

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October
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2 months ago

My grandma (a mother of ten kids) simply tied any unruly grandchild to a table leg so she had her hands free to get things done. This was in the seventies.

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Iron Workers On The North Tower Of The World Trade Center In 1973

Iron Workers On The North Tower Of The World Trade Center In 1973

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Pittsburgh rare
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2 months ago

They don't seem to wear harnesses? I'm getting dizzy just looking at them

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