Even though the old saying claims that history is doomed to repeat itself, it’s hard to believe that when you look through historical photos. They’re all unique and seem to represent completely different times in our worlds cultural and social history.
Below are 30 of these unique and interesting photos, many of which may inspire you to learn more about the decade and people they represent. History may not repeat itself, but these photos will definitely make you look twice.
#1. A caravan of camels strolling by the Giza pyramid in 1860.
#2. Bedouin women, who were the desert nomads of Jerusalem.
#3. Max & Miriam Yasgur, owners of the farm where Woodstock was held. This photo was taken the day after the festival in 1969.
#4. A vending machine that sold pre-lit cigarettes in 1931.
#5. The first telephone pay station in Los Angeles, which was installed in 1899. The 50¢ per minute call to San Francisco would cost nearly $14 per minute in today’s dollars.
#6. A boy buying a Pepsi from a machine in Auburn NY in the early fifties.
#7. A man trying to sell his car after losing all of his money in the stock market crash.
#8. 7-foot Bolaji Badejo, a Nigerian design student and one-time actor. He was the actor inside the terrifying costume of the hit movie Alien.
#9. A horse-drawn veterinary ambulance.
#10. A view of the World Trade Center from Duane Street in Manhattan.
#11. A motorist getting directions from a state trooper in New Mexico in 1939.
#12. Macy’s department store secret shoppers posing for a photograph. Naturally, they have their backs turned so they don’t reveal their identities.
#13. Three young buddies take a ride in their new car in 1924.
#14. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first bodybuilding competition in 1963.
#15. Kids jump from a second story window onto mattresses in 1979.
#16. Buccleuch Avon, considered to be the ancestor what we know as labradors.
#17. The interior of the White House during renovations in 1950.
#18. A man begging for his wife’s forgiveness in a 1948 Chicago divorce proceeding.
#19. Niagara falls without water in 1969.
#20. What job hunting looked like in the 1930’s.
#21. A teenager getting buck wild at an Elvis Presley concert at the Philadelphia Arena in 1957.
#22. The intense opening ceremony of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
#23. Hillary Clinton playing a GameBoy in 1993.
#24. The opening day of the Empire State Building in 1931.
#25. Teenage Marcus Serjeant shoots blanks at the queen in London in 1981.
#26. Woman being arrested for wearing one piece bathing suits, back at a time when it was seen as scandal.
#27. A beggar running alongside King George V’s coach.
#28. A native American switchboard operator at the Helen of Many Glacier Hotel in 1925.
#29. Nancy Reagan sitting on the lap of Mr. T dressed as Santa.
#30. A 1907 tattooist’s wife.