60 Eerie Photos From Forgotten Moments In History

By Sarah Norman | September 1, 2023

The Harlem Hellfighters back from WWI, wearing their Cross of War medals. (1919) 

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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One story that begs to be told is that of the Harlem Hellfighters, a completely African-American infantry unit who spent more time fighting in World War I than any other American unit. Even though these brave men fought harder than anyone else in the war they were still faced with horrific racism and segregation once they returned home.

Most of the Harlem Hellfighters were from New York City, and they were the first black troops to join the National Guard following years of petitioning the government to let them serve. According to Hellfighter Arthur P. Davis, “To be somebody you had to belong to the 15th Infantry.” 

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

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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.