15 images from the past that have the power to take us back in time better than any history book

Alison Forde

January 07, 2021

15 images from the past that have the power to take us back in time better than any history book
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Looking at old dusty photos has the power to take us back in time to a historical moment or period in the past which we are too young to remember, or before we were even born. Very often, old photographs take on a truly important historical significance and value, especially if they have the ability to show us how things were better than a school book. Here we have selected for you some truly incredible pictures of the past!

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The first selfie seems to have been taken in 1900: here it is!

The first selfie seems to have been taken in 1900: here it is!

Unknown/Wikimedia

London, 1951: the first screening of a film with 3D glasses at the local cinema!

London, 1951: the first screening of a film with 3D glasses at the local cinema!

The National Archives UK/Wikimedia

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Vladimir Zworykin gives a practical demonstration of the first television. We are in 1929!

Vladimir Zworykin gives a practical demonstration of the first television. We are in 1929!

Smithsonian Institution/Wikimedia

A dance school for kids in the 1950s: how they had fun!

A dance school for kids in the 1950s: how they had fun!

Imgur

Husband and wife smile at home in 1914 Oklahoma

Husband and wife smile at home in 1914 Oklahoma

bakedwafer/Reddit

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A snowman of enormous proportions. We are in the Soviet Union in the late 1960s.

A snowman of enormous proportions. We are in the Soviet Union in the late 1960s.

goagil121/Reddit

I found this old photograph of my father from the 80s - how cool he was!

I found this old photograph of my father from the 80s - how cool he was!

fulltimeanalyst/Reddit

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Family Christmas in the 50s!

Family Christmas in the 50s!

my_oxymoron/Reddit

My parents in a shot from the 80s: they were dressed up for Halloween!

My parents in a shot from the 80s: they were dressed up for Halloween!

foobaby1992/Reddit

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Here we are in 1939 and the one on the right is my grandmother in a photo she posed for with her best friend!

Here we are in 1939 and the one on the right is my grandmother in a photo she posed for with her best friend!

NeellocTir/Reddit

My grandmother, Miss Latin America 1958!

My grandmother, Miss Latin America 1958!

invaderzimm95/Reddit

My grandfather was truly a real dance legend!

My grandfather was truly a real dance legend!

thebirdinhand/Reddit

Christmas morning 1977: these boys look delighted that Santa came!

Christmas morning 1977: these boys look delighted that Santa came!

m_watkins/Reddit

Princess Diana in a photo taken by William at the age of 7: 1989

Princess Diana in a photo taken by William at the age of 7: 1989

jab116/Reddit

A portrait of a young Elizabeth II, shortly after she became Queen of the United Kingdom: 1952

A portrait of a young Elizabeth II, shortly after she became Queen of the United Kingdom: 1952

NewCarthagea/Reddit

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