60 Eerie Photos From Forgotten Moments In History

By Sarah Norman | September 8, 2023

A 70 year-old Elizabeth Arnold, believed to be England's only female blacksmith, shoes a horse outside of a 400 year-old forge in Kent. (1938)

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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Even though she was only a reported 5ft tall, Elizabeth Arnold was a darn good blacksmith who was thought to be the only female blacksmith in England in the early 20th century. She was still working when she was 70 years old and was said to have been able to swing a 10lb sledgehammer like no one’s business.

She lived outside of Kent, which is spot that’s known for its horses. It’s likely that she was up to her elbows in work, and as the only female blacksmith she must have been quite a novelty for the people in the surrounding area. 

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

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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.”