Long ago in 1934, someone came up with a device that detected beauty defects.
It's actually a lot of fun to look back and see how certain things used to be back in those days. Photos from the past have done more than capture a moment in time. A lot of these photos have interesting stories behind them. Others are tributes to an era that is long gone. But until scientists figure out a way to build a time machine, these amazing images from the past will make you feel so much closer to all those yesteryears.In this image, a man named Max Factor showed off his device which had the alleged ability to detect defects in women’s beauty that most people wouldn't normally see with their own two eyes.
It turns out that virtual reality glasses were invented way back in 1963.
Publisher and entrepreneur Hugo Gernsback created television eyeglasses which contained a small screen for each eye and displayed 3D and stereoscopic images the same way VR headsets do in modern times.
Back in the day, bird hunters would use the punt gun to aim and fire.
But the gun was very heavy and the recoil would have been too much for one person to handle all by their lonesome. So, this gun, which can take up to 100 birds in one shot was often mounted on flat bottomed boats known as punts.
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the expression, “when pigs fly.”
As far as we know, pigs can’t sprout wings and fly. But from a historical perspective, the first pig to fly was on November 4, 1909, in British soil. Of course, he had help from Claude Moore-Brabazon, a British aviator.
Don’t assume that gaming competitions are something modern.
In 1980, Atari held its National Space Invaders Championship. It was the first electronic sports event in history. That’s where an elite group of teenagers with attitudes had to zap those little invaders to cyber oblivion.
The Brighton Dandies were a group of British gentlemen and swimming enthusiasts.
They got together in 1861 and are considered the oldest club of its kind in the United Kingdom. To prove how gentlemanly they were, the Brighton Dandies also wore top hats, which must have been difficult to use in the water.
This vintage photo shows the early construction of Mount Rushmore.
Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum started carving the heads of four major US presidents out of the granite surface of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills in South Dakota. But the project wasn’t finished until 1941.
The Maico Mobil was considered the only scooter anyone wanted to ride.
The touring motorbike was made between 1950 and 1960 by the German manufacturing company. In those days, it was marketed as a car on two wheels with body panels that protected riders from the elements.
In 1985, a Chicago artist predicted what Michael Jackson would look like in the future.
By manipulating a photo, the King of Pop looked more like a businessman with a mustache. Obviously, Michael didn’t look anything remotely similar to this in the year 2000. But the artist gets points for efforts.
Martin Luther King Jr., knew that being a civil rights leader wouldn’t be easy.
In this image, King was snapped removing a burning cross from his yard in Atlanta, Georgia in 1960. The little boy at his side was none other than his son who learned that the world can be an ugly place.
This was the French Army’s wine stock before a major battle in World War I.
The photo was taken in 1915 right before the Battle of Gallipoli. The French tried but failed to control the sea route from Europe to Russia, but at least they had plenty of wine to help them deal with the loss.
This is a screen cap of a movie from long ago that was perfect for Halloween.
The movie is 1959’s “House on Haunted Hill” directed by William Castle. It starred Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart and it gave audiences quite a fright decades before other horror cult favorites were conceived of.
Although Elvis Presley became a music legend, he also served in the army.
He was drafted and had to serve in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. So aside from being a badass in country music, he also fulfilled his patriotic duty and came home in one piece to bless us with his musical talent.
In 1920, Paris experienced a major catastrophe when the Seine River flooded.
Winter rains from the tributaries led to what was known as the flood of the century. In fact, it was the worst flood the city had experience in 250 years when the Seine waters climbed 20 feet above normal level.
Catwalk cars are no longer in use but they were a cool way to travel in 1954.
These cars were used in the Lincoln and Holland tunnel that ran from Jersey City, New Jersey to New York City. Cops used these two-wheeled vehicles that ran in a channel section track to monitor tunnel traffic.
Is this kids’ room wonderful or what? You can thank Andre Arbus for designing it.
The French architect came up with a space-saving French kids' room in 1937. At a glance, it doesn’t look too impressive, but the ladder at the center of the room takes kids up to a trampoline/gymnastics loft.
This photo comes from the 2010 HBO documentary “Sins of My Father.”
The photo was originally taken in the late 70s, possibly early 80s and features Pablo Escobar alongside his son Juan Pablo Escobar in front of the White House. The image shows Escobar’s more human side.
Annette Kellerman was a feminist long before it became cool.
In 1907, the professional Australian swimmer decided that women had the right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit. To prove that, she wore one and got arrested for indecency. But she inspired others to follow her lead.
Is it even worth taking a stroll with a child when you have to wear this?
This photo was taken of a woman wearing a gas mask in England in 1938. She was also pushing a baby carriage called a pram that was armored and provided air filters to keep the infant safe inside.