Retro Photos That Will Change Your Idea About The Past

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What we’re going to do is go back and present you with a time before cell phones or computers. We’re going to take you back to the old days and show you that they weren’t as innocent and carefree as some might think. These times were pretty wild.

Familiar Face

Before she became an icon, took over Hollywood and stole the hearts of men everywhere, Marilyn Monroe was named Norma Jeane Doughtrey. She was just a normal American girl of 1940’s. Norma spent her days learning some basic skills at a factory located in Van Nuys, California.

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Pictured below is a very young Barack Obama. Sporting that afro and dark shade, it’s hard to believe that the former president of the United States was once just like us. This is before he became a politician and had to learn the tricks of the trade, the certain way to speak, the hand gestures and facial expressions. Here we have a completely natural Barack Obama.

Ahead Of Her Time

Weightlifting wasn’t exactly a huge thing back in the 1950’s. You did have bodybuilders who would lift, but regular guys weren’t doing it and especially not women. This is where Marilyn Monroe was ahead of her time. She knew how healthy life was for her body. It is also said that the star used to do squats, bench presses and other types of lifts.

Frienemies

Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, there were no other stars who had a career competition quite like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can go on for hours listing the action movies of that era and who made the biggest booms. They always liked each other on a personal level and the photo below definitely shows that. When it came to life behind the cameras, the two were bitter rivals trying to out blow the box office.

Lucille Being Lucille

While her Hollywood career didn’t start in comedy, Lucille Ball soon found out that it was what she did best. The reason for this is that the actress never took herself too seriously. While many actresses would refuse to get dirty and take part in some slapstick comedy, Lucille was all for it.

Now That’s A Hit

Those are a lot of legends in one room. While The Beatles can be claimed to be the best thing to ever happen in rock music,  Muhammad Ali is definitely claimed to the best boxer. Placing these giants in pop culture together definitely leaves for a historical picture. What’s even more amazing is that all of these individuals made money off of making hits.

The Great Houdini

Harry Houdini is known the world over as one of the great magicians and escape artist of all time. He started off small by freeing himself out of handcuffs, but pretty soon he was freeing himself while being submerged in water, hanging upside down and all kinds of other traps. His greatest escape had to be when he buried himself alive and escaped. Pictured below is the genius himself.

 

Just For Kicks

Pictured below is Marilyn Monroe kicking a soccer ball at a 1957 soccer game between the United States and Israel. Wearing such a tight dress probably left for quite the challenge when kicking the ball. Back in the 1950’sm Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just a beloved actress, model, and symbol, she was representative of the women of the United States of America. She made appearances at a variety of events.

Up Close And Personal

Anyone who had ever watched a movie can guess what these guys are doing. They are filming the lion which appears during the opening credits of movies under the MGM studio. Can you imagine how these guys felt having work whilst so close to that lion. They had to be a little nervous. We’re hoping they got paid handsomely for their work.

Ladies’ Man

Anyone who was around the 1980’s and early 1990’s will fondly remember Andre The Giant for his work in the WWF. He had epic battles with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. He was also in the beloved movie The Princess Bride. Andre was always huge in size, but when he was young he looked so much more normal. Look at how far those arms go as he stretches them above the towelled beauties.

Man’s Best Friend

No matter the decade, dogs have always been there for the people that they’ve considered their friends. Look at this cute dog hold up his owner by the jacket. He makes the child feel assured that he will not fall into the pond while trying to get his golf ball. This dog is a prime example of how good dogs have been to us throughout the years.

What’s He Whispering?

One of Marilyn Monroe’s greatest movies is 1959’s Some Like It Hot. It was made during the later days of her career when she was becoming increasingly difficult to work with. This picture might be a direct result of this period. We have the movie’s director Billy Wilder whispering something in the Marilyn’s ear. Look at his eye, look in her eyes. Is she hearing a threat or perhaps he is coming onto her. We will never know.

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941 is a day that will live on in infamy. It was on this day that Pearl Harbor suffered a surprise attack by the Japanese. Photographers on the scene shot many photos of the event including the one below. What you are seeing here is the USS Shaw exploding. You can almost feel the vibrations of the explosion when looking at this photograph.

Tea After The London Blitz

People the world over admire this British woman’s reaction to one of many of Germany’s bombing on London during WW2. This woman isn’t hysterical, she just sits on the rubble of her home and drinks some tea. What a London Blitz reaction! One has to wonder where she got the tea and how she prepared it in such a place.

Bessie Love Sits

Besides for the black and white colors, this 100-year-old picture can very well be on a modern day girl. You are looking at silent film icon Bessie Love. She was a dozens upon dozens of movies throughout the 1910’s and 1920’s. She was even nominated for one of the best best actress awards. Once sound became big, her career slowed significantly and she never rose to the same heights.

One of Johnny’s Favorites

Pictured below is Carol Wayne. She doesn’t have a huge list of films that she appeared in but was a recurring guest on the The Tonight Show. She was a beloved Hollywood personality and a huge star. Amongst many of Johnny Carson’s guest, she was his favorite. This photo was taken during her last appearance on the show. A year later she’d pass away under mysterious circumstances in Mexico.

Sharon Tate Alive

Sharon Tate was the wife of Roman Polaski and one of Hollywood’s rising stars back in the late 1960’s. Sadly she would never get far on her journey to stardom. In August of 1969 she passed away at the hands of Charles Manson. It was the controversial crime that brought the famous madman to light. This photo was taken the year before she died and capture the true beauty of this actress.

 

Walking The Tightrope

Here is another picture of a fearless woman. This time we’re taking you to Cologne, Germany in 1946. You can really see the destruction the city took in during WW2. The wounds of war were still fresh here. Perhaps distracting folks from the ravaged city around them, she has decided to walk a tightrope between two buildings. This is truly something beautiful.

Only Destruction Remains

This is another historical photo from December 7, 1941. This time we aren’t showing you the attack, but the hopeless aftermath.  You can see behind the wreckage, one American ship that is ready for war. The day prior nobody could have ever imagined such an attack happening on American soil. This was the move that officially put America into the war.

Wardrobe Differences

Going back in time to a much more conservative time, we are seeing in this picture Brigitta Lindman, a Swedish flight attendant checks out a gown that a showgirl is wearing. Today the showgirl closer represents what girls wear today than the flight attendant. We can’t help but wonder what she is thinking as she looks at this smiling girl’s dress.

Secret Assembly

Back in 1988, things were really heated between the United States and the Soviet Union. That said, one could not easily know what the government was working on. Access into this Kazakhstan was forbidden, but one brave photographer took a chance and decided to quietly snap so pictures of what was being worked on.

Working Boys

Working is never easy, but we can’t complain when we look back to what young boys had to go through back in 1911. Boys as young as 7 were sent to work in the coal mines just so their families could eat some food. The labor was both strenuous and incredibly dangerous. Nobody would really want to know what these kids had to witness on daily basis.

A Real Queenie

Those are indeed two nice looking ladies skiing, but now look up and you’ll see the real attraction. Yup, that is Queenie elephant rocking skis of her own and speeding down the river. This amazing elephant is known to have loved to water-ski. She would never resist a chance to hit the waves. Resisting doesn’t exactly mean that she loved it, but despite that, it is an amazing historical picture.

No Traveling In Cuba

What we have here is Cuba’s own Fidel Castro. Here is him stepping away from the title of leader for a bit for a game of basketball. This is him during a trip to Poland. It is good to know that Cuba’s leader knew how to have a good time and play some basketball. We rarely see world leaders in this kind of manner.

Tsar’s Last Photo

What your looking at here, isn’t some guy in Utah with four wives and a couples kids. What we are seeing is the final Tsar of Russia Nicholas II with his wife Alexandra and their four daughters and son. The world in Russia was in turmoil when this picture was taken. Rasputin was having supreme influence over the Nicholas’ wife and his whole empire was slipping away to Lenin and his communism. This is one of their last family photographs.

Ride Of Your Life

Let take a look back to a time were safety regulations meant very little and performing dangerous stunts would only bring excitement to a crowd. This picture is special. This guy is testing out a roller coaster in progress. As fun and dangerous as this looks, this man didn’t volunteer or have to do this for his job. He is a death row inmate and was forced to tackle this high risk stunt against his will.

The First Bikini

Upon first glance many people will wonder what was happening in this picture. Is this old referee looking guy putting the moves on this young woman.That isn’t the case at all. This is Louis Reard and he is helping this girl model his newest creation, the world’s first bikini. Little did this man know, his creation would end up taking the entire world by storm.

Space Chimp Survives

Meet the chimp that set history into motion. While Russia sent a dog to space and was unsuccessful in bringing him back alive. The people of the United States sent Ham the Chimp to space and against all odds brought him back with him still perfectly healthy.  Here is a picture of this space monkey holding a paper with his image. As you can see, he is quite pleased with himself for staying alive.

Audrey And Her Fawn

Being an actor doesn’t of you just going from studio to studio and acting out a part. These actors have to do things to prepare for this role. For her role in Green Mansion, Audrey was asked to spend time with a fawn named Pippin before filming started. The two got along greatly and ultimately Audrey would end up adopting Pippin and keeping him on a long term basis.

A Giant Stingray

Before we started polluting the seas and fishing everything out, our oceans were definitely more wild. Look at how massive this sting ray is. The picture below was taken in 1935. Normally, we’d question if it was legitimate or not, but since that it was from that long ago we can stand assured that it couldn’t be photoshopped or faked.

River Of Booze

This waterfall isn’t an ordinary waterfall and doesn’t come with that same beauty you’d get from nature. That said, it is probably the best waterfall there ever was. This was taken during the prohibition era, one of the darkest times in a American history. The story goes that people were illegally smuggling booze in this third floor of this building. When police got work of it, they got rid of the beer by letting it pour out the windows.

Side-Eye Stare

This is perhaps the most famous Sophia Loren photo you can find. It’s popular for its side-eye stare that is commonly used by females today. This picture is definitely ahead of its time. Poor Jayne Mansfield doesn’t even see it coming. Other photos from that night have surfaced and the two look like they’re actually having a really good time together.


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