Monday, May 23, 2016

Looking back


The pics below were emailed to me by Charles D, the email being headed 'What a great collection of photos!' I have reprinted both the photographs and the captions which accompanied them. It's interesting to see how different devices, outlooks and trends are today. Thanks, Charles.

The rural kids in the 50’s rode bikes to school. You took whatever path was best for you. 

Camping out in 1918. 

This was the 30’s, and this sharecropper’s son was working behind the plow, barefoot and all. You can bet there was a mule on the front of that.

This couple pose in an early version of American Gothic, with a groundhog killed on their Manchester farm. It's dinner! Note: Photo taken circa 1914.

At least this one won’t be quite as dangerous as the old single wheeled models. Look in the trailer over the back wheel. They have their baby in there! 

This was the approved way to change the street lamps in 1910. 

A single Paddy Wagon. Never knew they had such a vehicle! 

Here is an early motor home, built in 1926. I’m surprised the light chassis would handle it. 

We’ve all been aware of the traditional tent wagon. This is a tent vehicle built in 1910. 

These are vintage treadmills in the 1920’s. 

This is a 1920’s refrigerator. Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes. 

A hair dryer in a 1920 Salon. What a contraption!

Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911

A postcard from the 1800’s advertising a knife throwing act with the travelling circus

A Strongwoman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest. 1920 

London, in the 1920’s, this was a telephone engineer. 

Two young girls in a West German street chat with their grandparents in the window of their home in the Eastern sector, separated only by a barbed wire barricade. It was a common occurrence for families, who had once only lived on the opposite side of the street from one another, to become separated by the ever growing Berlin Wall. 

A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early 1900’s. Those poor women. This was one fad that really hurt a lot of women for life. 

Lillian Russell. A plus size beauty in the late 1800s. She was around 200 lb at the peak of her career.   She was considered "The American Beauty." Weight Watchers would want to enrol her today!

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