60 Eerie Photos From Forgotten Moments In History

By Sarah Norman | August 25, 2023

A pretty 'Gibson Girl' named Eva Mae "Doll" Copple from Nebraska, early 1900s.

There are stories from history that everyone thinks they know inside and out, but as these photos show there’s always more than one way to look at something or someone. Just because the Queen of England looks stodgy right now doesn’t mean that she wasn’t playful in the 1950s, and even though we think of the Great Depression as being a real drag, there were people who knew how to pass the time in interesting ways.

Whether you’re curious about forgotten wars, abandoned buildings, or animals from the late 19th century, we’ve got something here for you. Relax and get ready to learn about forgotten pieces of history, read on!

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Gibson Girls were a unique kind model. Rather than having their pictures taken, these young women were illustrated by artist Charles Dana Gibson from the late 19th century into the early 20th century. While real women modeled for him, Gibson believed that these girls were a combination of girls from all over America, almost like they’re a special brand of American girl.

These illustrations were seen as a depiction of contemporary society where women were dainty creatures who were also voluptuous, essentially they were meant to be everything to everyone. Aside from their ease of nature, the easiest way to spot a Gibson Girl was the pile of curls on top of her head.

A wartime selfie from the 1940s.

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It’s not just young people who are obsessed with taking selfies, people have been interested in snapping photos of themselves since the advent of the camera. Even Van Gogh painted portraits of himself. If you’ve seen a lot selfies from the ‘40s then you know that these wartime cuties have managed to snap a really nice photo with there camera.

Many similar selfies tend to be out of focus, or the frame is all wrong, but these two were able to take a great photo that sums up an era of photography that required quite a bit of skill to master, something that folks who stick to selfies on their phone don’t know anything about.