60 Eerie Photos From Forgotten Moments In History

By Sarah Norman | December 3, 2023

A married couple begs for the husband to not be deported to Germany in 1936.

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!

test article image
Source: Reddit

In 1936 Otto Richter, a 21 year old German citizen, was faced with a terrible decision - become a fugitive from the law, or accept deportation to Germany where he was supposed to then go to Canada and request a legal entry to the United States. Richther escaped from Nazi Germany so this deportation was essentially a death sentence.

He petitioned to stay in America and did his best to get sympathy for his cause, but three years after this photo was taken Richter was deported to Germany. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t allowed to stay safe in the states during World War II.

Girl holding her chicken, 1900s.

test article image
Source: Reddit

In the early 1900s jobs and money were scarce, so if you were able to actually own an animal that produced food you were doing okay. Even though this young woman looks like she’s living a rags to rags story, you have to remember that not only does she own a chicken - which is huge by the way - but she’s in a position to have her photo taken and developed, something that was much harder to do in the early 20th century than it is now.

Many families that owned chickens were able to get by when some families were working as itinerant farmers weren’t so lucky. In many instances, these chickens were both friends and sources of food.