50 Interesting Photos From The Past That Might Change Your Perspective On Things, As Shared On “Vintage Daily” (New Pics)
There's a finite number of photos from the days gone by, so with so many social media projects dedicated to them, you'd think we would have seen it all by now. Or at least the vast majority. Especially when it comes to celebrities.
As we showed in one of our publications, the Instagram account Vintage Daily keeps unearthing rarely seen pictures from the last century with no problem. In fact, they provide such a steady stream of content that now, only 5 months after our piece, there's enough material for an update.
So that's exactly what we did. Continue scrolling to check out what the self-proclaimed Lover of The Past who runs the account has been posting on it recently.
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An Indian Woman, A Japanese Woman, And A Syrian Woman, All Training To Be Doctors At Women’s Medical College Of Philadelphia
A French Soldier Feeding His Kitten, Indochina 1956
"I think photography can be an essential and powerful tool for understanding history, but I think it is also necessary to view all photographs with a critical eye," professor, writer, and amateur homesteader Joshua Wilkey told Bored Panda, commenting on one of our earlier publications.
"While we might be accustomed to skepticism of photos in the age of Photoshop, photo editing isn't the only thing that should give us pause."
A Group Of Five Trans Women In Paris, 1959 - Miriam, Nana, Jacky, Gine And Sabrina. Photo By Christer Strömholm
3 Year Old Kisses A Puppy, 1950
puppys have always been loved - look at his smoochie little face so adorable <3
Diana Ross Finishing A Rib, 1980s
Dr. Darren R. Reid, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dundee and is now a lecturer at Coventry University, agrees.
He explained to us that images are an incredibly important part of how we understand the past. "They give us a distinct look into how people and societies viewed themselves and each other," Reid said.
A Veterinarian, Inspecting An Early Prototype Of The Internet In The 1950's
Fan Takes Selfie With Elvis Presley. 1960s
1950s Teenagers Going On A Date
View Of The Pyramids During A Solar Eclipse, August 30, 1905. Photo: Gabriel Lekegian
Kinda creepy and awe inspiring at the same time
"In the medieval period, for example, Jesus and the saints were often depicted as physically larger than ordinary people — not because they were believed to be taller, but because they occupied a higher status in the minds of the artists who produced these images, and the audiences who consumed them. In later centuries, Europeans (and their descendants) looked to the classical world for inspiration, spending huge amounts of time (and money) on images that were both increasingly realistic and idealized," Reid said.
A California Teacher Teaching The Physics Of Surfing, 1970
Norman Parkinson Photograph Of Two People Running Up A Street In New York City In 1960
A Secret Love: To Buzz, L'il Always Remember The Times We Spent Together. All My Love, Your Tommy 26 March 1949
David Bowie, Paris, June 1977. Photo By Christian Simonpiétri
Now that's a dude who didn't seem to age until he died
"Native Americans and American colonizers were frequently depicted in classical poses — all deliberate choices that show us how many people perceived the invasion of the Americas and the genocides that occurred there," Reid continued.
"They also include important details (such as items of clothing, hairstyles, etc.) that help us to picture the past. For modern people, this means we can more accurately imagine, and perhaps, empathize with the very different folks who came before us."
Audrey Hepburn, Paris, 1956
Summer Solstice Celebration, Stockholm, Sweden, 1970
The right half of my brain: Oh how lovely what a nice snapshot of culture - The left half of my brain: MIDSOMMAR
Winona Ryder The Night She Met Johnny Depp
Newlyweds Ride A Train Headed To Tokyo, Japan, 1964. Photo By Bill Ray
Japanese so rarely show PDA, even during their weddings, so this is a much more rare photo than most would imagine.
Talking about photographs, in particular, Joshua Wilkey provided a few very helpful questions we can ask ourselves when analyzing them:
Is the photo lacking context? Or what is happening outside of the frame? "There's always the chance that the viewer is seeing an intentionally skewed perspective," Wilkey highlighted. "A picture might be worth a thousand words, but sometimes it takes a thousand words to explain the context of a single photo. Some pictures are downright strange without context."
Albert Einstein Before His Famous Photo With His Tongue Out
Seems like he's fed up with the photographers.
Audrey With Her Hair Down
A Gay Couple And A Lesbian Couple Outside The Bank, Idaho, United States, 1941. Photo By Russell Lee
Prince Charles And Princess Diana On Vacation In Bahamas, 1982
Is the photo representative? In other words, can the photo indicate something bigger than itself? "For example, the internet has, for years, made fun of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for marveling at seemingly cool but likely fake things like modern and well-stocked grocery stores. These photos are meant to be representative images portraying for Kim's people and for foreigners that North Korea is a modern and well-nourished society. The reality is a bit different."
A Young Boy That Had Just Stolen His Father's Car And Crashed It, Takes One Last Puff On His Cigarette Before Facing The Consequences. 1974
"Being Deeply Loved By Someone Gives You Strength, While Loving Someone Deeply Gives You Courage"
San Francisco's Lombard Street In 1975
Doesn't the yellow Pacer look like it's going the wrong way on this one way road?
A Girl With A Massive Bush
As the historian said, these concepts can apply to virtually any photograph, but they become crucial when we're viewing a particular one as evidence. "They are important for historical photographs because of the power and usefulness of photography in political propaganda. North Korea is a great example of a regime that uses photography for propaganda, and the Soviet Union and the US were great examples too, particularly during the Cold War and the Space Race."
James Dean Signing Autographs In His Car, 1950's
Burlesque Dancer Miss Zorita Walking Her Snake, 1940s
Thames Swan Shares A Treat, 1958
Jumping The Puddle, Berlin, 1930. Photo By Friedrich Seidenstücker
Young Couples At A Formal Dance Dreamily Sway On The Crowded Floor Of Dim, Chandelier-Lit Ballroom, 1940s. Photo By Nina Leen
Love that. I just wish there were more formal events like that nowadays. Not just for the upper crust but for everyone.
An Exhausted Young Couple During An All-Night Jazz Session At The Royal Albert Hall In London, 1957. Photo By Erich Auerbach
Marilyn Monroe, Startled By A Firecracker, Opens The Time-Life Building In New York, 1957
New York City Ballet, 1940. Photo By Larry Colwell
Bonnie And Clyde's Last Kiss A Few Hours Before They Were Killed, May 23, 1934
Evolution Of The Donut Hole
"Females At The First Chippendales Club, Los Angeles, 1979"
Sharon Tate Wearing A Pink Top And Headband, 1968
Love In Time Of War, 1944
On The Observation Deck Of The Empire State Building, New York, Mid-1940's
Couple On Beach, Coney Island, 1947. Photo By Ruth Orkin
A Young Man Helping His Date Into Her Skating Kit, Tokyo, 1959. Photograph By John Dominis
"Concept of Love" blares loudly over the speakers as she skates past him for the 42nd time.
Surrounded By Others, A Couple Enjoys Some Privacy As They Embrace In A Hole In The Sand On A Beach In Santa Monica, California, July 4, 1950 (Photo By Ralph Crane)
A Man Stops To Watch A Woman Tie Her Sandals In Portofino Marina, August 1977. Photo By Slim Aarons
A Couple Drinking Water From Fountain. Michigan, 1940s
"Sausages And Women. If You Want To Enjoy The Experience, Never Watch The Preparation Of Either." Oscar Wilde
John & Yoko Waiting For The Maid To Make The Bed So They Can Continue Protesting The System
A Couple Making A Point About Smog And The Environment, 1970. Photo By H. Armstrong
A Filipino Baby And Her Family Inside A Human Zoo In New York, USA. 1906
Note: this post originally had 94 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.
This makes me feel lonely
Yeah, I just want somebody to love me like that
A dog comes to mind.
i love how many of these are about love. it’s so beautiful
Bonnie and clyde was my favourite
All those people kissing and making out makes me sad.
Don't worry, you'll get used to it
It sort of made my nipples hard. Am I a bad person?
Wow, it doesn't take much for you! LOL.
@I like your name ummm wtf?
No not at all
This makes me feel lonely
Yeah, I just want somebody to love me like that