30 Historical Photos That Prove the World Went Crazy a Long Time Ago
Every now and then we hear that the world is going crazy, which usually implies the strange behavior of modern people. But this statement is not totally true because humanity has been doing strange things for a long time. And different historical photos, like those depicting a carriage pulled by a hippo or a bicycle for the whole family with a built-in sewing machine, can easily prove it.
Bright Side prepared for you another compilation of historical photos that have one thing in common — they are all united by strangeness, insanity, and sometimes an excellent sense of humor.
30. Drinking tea with an elephant, 1939
29. This is how a house on wheels looked in 1926.
28. A couple at a fair in Mexico, 1940
27. Horn cupping therapy — a form of folk medicine in Finland, 1935
26. A burlesque diva named Zorita is walking her pet-snake, 1930
25. Women wearing extremely large pants, USA, 1933
24. An elephant holds a circus performer in its mouth, USA, 1937
23. Hoover Dam construction, USA, 1931-1936
22. A circus hippopotamus, harnessed to a wagon, 1924
21. An elderly woman gymnast, USA, 1977
20. Moto-rickshaw with a female driver, 1920s
19. A man riding a pig, England, 1903
18. Early morning train ride, Japan, 1964
17. A kid in an oxygen apparatus, USA, 1930
16. Night fishing in Hawaii, 1948
15. A man reading a book sitting in a huge tree hollow, Australia, 1900
14. 2 stuntmen pretend to be playing tennis on a plane’s wings in 1923.
13. Circus show, 1933
12. A man at the beach fined for not wearing appropriate swimwear, Netherlands,1931
11. A best legs competition in England, 1936
10. Fakir on a bed of nails, India, 1907
9. Races on motorcycle chariots, Australia, 1936
8. These devices called Sound Finders helped to hear potential incoming enemy planes and detect outbreaks of enemy artillery, 1914
7. This is how baby carriages were transported on the front of a bus in New Zealand in 1955.
6. Picnic on the highway during the oil crisis, The Netherlands, 1973
5. People demonstrate the tattoos given to them during an amateur tattoo artist contest in France in 1950.
4. Diving, 1940
3. ’The Family Bicycle,’ with a sewing machine was invented by Charles Steinlauf in 1939.
2. John Meintz, a German-American farmer, was tarred and feathered for refusing to support war bond drives. This is an example of the public torture that happened due to the Anti-German sentiment during World War I.
1. Creating a death mask with the help of a recently deceased person’s head.
Which of these photos impressed you most of all? Please tell us about it in the comments!
Preview photo credit National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Commons/ AutoGyro