When we get a chance to look at vintage photos, it always seems that things were completely different back in the day and it’s just so hard to imagine what life was like back then.


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25 years ago Bill Nelson, a vintage photography enthusiast, found a packet of negatives at an estate sale in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been trying to find as much information about these photos as possible. “The negatives themselves are about 10 cm x 12.5 cm and are cut from roll film. The film stock is quite brittle and is, I believe, nitrocellulose, so I store them in a freezer. Because they are fragile and inevitably degrading, I took the time to scan them all at a high resolution. Still, it’s quite remarkable they survived at all, given their indifferent treatment for the first 90 years of their existence,” Bill told Bored Panda.

According to him, photos like these can give a palpable connection to the period and an opportunity to know it differently than you would from modern histories.

Scroll down to see these photos yourself, and don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comments.

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#1 Four Boys From Volendam, Netherlands

Four Boys From Volendam, Netherlands

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Деница Петрова 1 week ago

Such a cute picture!

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#2 Tourists At The Frauenkirche, Nürnberg, Germany

Tourists At The Frauenkirche, Nürnberg, Germany

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Lola 6 days ago

Class and elegance.

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#3 Mother And Daughter On Mountain Top, Austria

Mother And Daughter On Mountain Top, Austria

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Brigitta Swart 6 days ago

The hills are alive, with the sound of music...

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#4 Two Gentlemen, London

Two Gentlemen, London

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Adrienne Varvil 6 days ago

'Warm beer IS the wave of the future,Nigel"

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#5 Cockington Forge, Devon, England

Cockington Forge, Devon, England

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Pollypocket81 1 week ago

Chocolate box village, idyllic.

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#6 Market, Bayreuth, Germany

Market, Bayreuth, Germany

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Daniella Campbell 6 days ago

You don't run away from the person with the food

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#7 Net Mender, Étretat, Normandy, France

Net Mender, Étretat, Normandy, France

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Sierra Batten 1 week ago

This guy looks a lot like Robin Williams.

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#8 Mature Woman On Bench

Mature Woman On Bench

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Mimi 6 days ago

Keeping in mind they didn't have modern detergent let alone washing machines and dryers. Life must have been so much more hard work!!

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#9 Oldest Man In Clovelly, England

Oldest Man In Clovelly, England

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Adrienne Varvil 6 days ago

'Aye..and I'm older than this wall'

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#10 Men And Girl On The Docks, Marken, Netherlands

Men And Girl On The Docks, Marken, Netherlands

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Adrienne Varvil 6 days ago

Nels and Lars forced Mary to fill the fyord with tiny buckets before breakfast.

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#11 Marken Girls, Marken, Netherlands

Marken Girls, Marken, Netherlands

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Pollypocket81 1 week ago

Love the clogs.

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#12 Girls In Cottage, Marken, Netherlands

Girls In Cottage, Marken, Netherlands

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BusLady 4 days ago

Too bad you can't see the colors in this photo. Must have been beautiful.

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#13 Omnibuses, London, England

Omnibuses, London, England

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Bluebird11 1 week ago

Funny how they were festooned with ads even back then!

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#14 Fishing Boats, Volendam, Netherlands

Fishing Boats, Volendam, Netherlands

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Adrienne Varvil 6 days ago

1835 used catamaran lot

#15 On The Charles Bridge, Prague, Czechoslovakia

On The Charles Bridge, Prague, Czechoslovakia

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Melinda Rose 1 day ago

Great picture! But there was no Czechoslovakia in 1904. It was Bohemia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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#16 Asparagus Sellers, Vienna, Austria

Asparagus Sellers, Vienna, Austria

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jamie1707 4 days ago

I love asparagus

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#17 Steep Street, Clovelly, Devon, England

Steep Street, Clovelly, Devon, England

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RaroaRaroa 3 days ago

Take a look on google streetview - the place still looks the same.

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#18 Women In Market, Bayreuth, Germany

Women In Market, Bayreuth, Germany

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TC 6 days ago

beautiful baskets...

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#19 Steigersgrachtwater, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Steigersgrachtwater, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Stille20 1 week ago

The funny thing about this one is if you hadn't told me, I would not have realized how old the photo was.

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#20 Laundry On The Beach, Étretat, France

Laundry On The Beach, Étretat, France

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Pollypocket81 1 week ago

Such hardship to have clean clothing etc. These days people complain about turning a nob in, and having to empty the machine when the job is finished for you. Oh how we "evolve" lol

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#21 Haying With Oxen, Austria

Haying With Oxen, Austria

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BusLady 4 days ago

How did she manage to get up there? Lol

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#22 Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

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Adrienne Varvil 6 days ago

Stuart never happy with one thing,built two of everything

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#23 Horses, Carts, And Bobbies, England

Horses, Carts, And Bobbies, England

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BusLady 4 days ago

Sharp uniforms.

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#24 Farm Buildings, Normandy, France

Farm Buildings, Normandy, France

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julien 4 days ago

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#25 Old Fisherman, Netherlands

Old Fisherman, Netherlands

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Paul O 4 days ago

Stop, fishing time!

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#26 Organ Grinder And Daughter, London

Organ Grinder And Daughter, London

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Sierra Batten 1 week ago

Is that a monkey seated on top of that organ?

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#27 Cheese Market In Alkmaar, Netherlands

Cheese Market In Alkmaar, Netherlands

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Geert van der Ploeg 5 days ago

This ceremonial market process is still carried out every friday during summer

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#28 Replica Windmill, Sans Souci Park, Potsdam, Germany

Replica Windmill, Sans Souci Park, Potsdam, Germany

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Katie Bear 6 days ago

Also, still there

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#29 New Inn, Clovelly, Devon, England

New Inn, Clovelly, Devon, England

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Katie Bear 6 days ago

It's still there.

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#30 Zwinger Palace, Dresden, Germany

Zwinger Palace, Dresden, Germany

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BusLady 4 days ago

So majestic.

#31 School Children, Netherlands

School Children, Netherlands

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Mimi 6 days ago

I love how nobody told them to say cheese.

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#32 Woman With Heavy Basket, Location Uncertain

Woman With Heavy Basket, Location Uncertain

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BusLady 4 days ago

Oh, that looks so heavy. Poor lady.

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#33 Punting At Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, England

Punting At Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, England

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BusLady 4 days ago

That look so peaceful.

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#34 The Boat Crush, Eights Week, 1904 Oxford, England

The Boat Crush, Eights Week, 1904 Oxford, England

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#35 Caveé Saint-Firmin, Montreuil-Sur-Mer, France

Caveé Saint-Firmin, Montreuil-Sur-Mer, France

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Katie Bear 6 days ago

Add some exposed power wiring and cars, and it's still there.

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#36 Bavaria, Germany

Bavaria, Germany

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Sei Ichirou 6 days ago

Here you can see some type of traditional bavarian garb, still worn by some women for special occasions today - especially in southern Bavaria. FYI: The so called "Dirndl" that you get to see a lot e.g. on the famous Oktoberfest in Munich is not considered real garb. This type of dress was made for the upper class in the 19th century as leisurewear during summer months. A few decades later the Nazis changed the look a bit and voilà... a myth was born. ^^;

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#37 Roadside Shrines, Austria

Roadside Shrines, Austria

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BusLady 4 days ago

I imagine it was comforting to loved ones who visited them.

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#38 Ornate Doorway- Eglise St. Maclou, Rouen, France

Ornate Doorway- Eglise St. Maclou, Rouen, France

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BusLady 4 days ago

That is a lot of work. Very nice.

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#39 Group Of Women On The Shore, France

Group Of Women On The Shore, France

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Monika Soffronow 5 days ago

The women seem to be in a hurry to get the fish to market, fresh as can be after the boats came in.

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#40 Chateau De Coucy In 1904, France

Chateau De Coucy In 1904, France

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julien 4 days ago

Château de Coucy has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862, and is managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux. currently being restored.

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