50 Of The Most Interesting Historical Photos From The “History In Pictures” Facebook Page
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!
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
Albert Einstein Teaching At Lincoln, The United State’s First Historical Black University, 1946
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
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.
Betty White Dressed In Vintage 1940s Clothing To Celebrate The 75th Tournament Of Roses, 1963
A Baby Lamb Snuggles Up To A Sleeping Boy, March 16, 1940
"Girls In The Windows" Taken By Ormond Gigli In 1960 In NYC. The Building Was Knocked Down The Next Day
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.
Dr. Religa Monitors His Patient’s Vitals After 23-Hour-Long (Successful) Heart Transplant. His Assistant Is Sleeping In The Corner, 1987
Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, The First Woman To Earn A Doctorate In Computer Science In The United States, 1965
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.
Portrait Of A Filipina/Chinese Woman From The Philippines, 1875 Photo By Francisco Van Camp
1,500-Year-Old Ceramic Maya Figurine With Removable Helmet, From El Perú-Waka, Petén, Guatemala
Queen Isabel II, Veiled, 1855 C By Camillo Torreggiani. Masterful Use Of Light And Shadows To Make It Look Like Real Lace
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.
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”
Monty Python Crew, 1976
The Interior Of The Orient Express. This Long-Distance Passenger Train Service Was Created In 1883
“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.
4000-Year-Old Writing Board By An Egyptian Student With Teacher's Spelling Corrections In Red
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.
Hattie Tom, A Young Chiricahua Apache, 1899
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."
Portrait Of Ah-Weh-Eyu (Pretty Flower), Of The Seneca Nation, 1908. Photo By J.l. Blessing
People In Times Square, New York City Celebrate The Surrender Of Germany, May 7th, 1945
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.
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
Freddie Mercury And David Bowie Backstage At Live Aid 1985
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."