Black and white, uncomfortable, and without Netflix – the past offered a cocktail of creepy and bewildering moments, all carefully preserved on film.
Check out the following rare historical photos and try to picture how life must have been back then!
Last Known Photo of the Titanic, 1912
If you observe, the last known photo of the Titanic bears a clue to why the ship sank.
Don’t look for that pesky iceberg sneaking behind the ship while waiting for the perfect moment to ambush.
Instead, the photographer, an Irish priest failed to say a Hail Mary as he watched the liner vanish in the distance. Three days later, his clumsiness would cost the lives of more than 1,500 passengers, including beloved actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
As we all know, the Titanic was thought to be unsinkable. More than a century later, it still sits at the bottom of the ocean, a testimony that the sea is a cruel mistress for whom bigger is not always better.
Check out the next rare historical photo and its incredible backstory!
The Kiss of Life, 1967
No, what you are seeing is not two utility workers choosing an awkward way to come out as gay.
It might sound hard to believe but the tender kiss pictured here occurred in a life and death situation. J.D. Thompson was giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to co-worker Randall G. Champion who he went unconscious following contact with a low voltage line.
Not only did Champion survived, but the lucky amateur shutterbug won a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. Sure, you are free to judge the man’s questionable ethics. He should have dropped the camera on the spot to dial 911.
Just to make it clear for anyone who skimmed through the text. Although you can identify more than 50 shades of grey, this is not a gay rendition of Romeo and Juliet.
The next vintage photo takes us back to our childhood years.
New Shoes, 1946
In war-torn Europe, getting your hands on a pair of new shoes was the equivalent of today’s winning the lottery.
The heartwarming vintage photo shows a six-year-old orphan Austrian boy named Werfel hugging what appears to be his first glimpse of normality after six brutal years. The surprise gift came as a donation from the Junior Red Cross of America.
Published in LIFE Magazine in December 1946, the pic became the definition of pure joy, showing that hope can be restored through something as simple as a Christmas gift. It also signaled that the days when the hungry people of Europe resorted to consuming their shoes for survival ended.
It doesn’t even matter that the shoes were two sizes too big or that he ruined them by playing football the very next day. Back then, you were grateful to have sturdy leather dig heel blisters – an unmistakable sign of quality.
Be careful while clicking next! The next vintage pic might give you a bit of scare…