60 Eerie Photos From Forgotten Moments In History

By Sarah Norman | October 29, 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 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)

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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.