Eerie Photos From The Past That Will Keep You Staring 

By Sarah Norman | May 8, 2023

The De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle had it's first flight test in 1954

Collected here are some enchanting photos of the past that will bring these moments back to life. You’ll find hilarious fashion fads, strange cultural trends, political protests, influential music, and various defining moments in history and pop culture. Come flip through these captivating photos that have left us in complete awe. 

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a personal helicopter that you could fly with just a little bit of training? Well, back in the day, the De Lackner HZ-1 seemed like it could make that dream come true. The U.S. Army was planning to use it for reconnaissance missions, but they also saw its potential as a quick and easy mode of transportation for soldiers on the ground.

However, things didn't quite work out as planned. While the HZ-1 showed promise at first, it soon became clear that untrained pilots simply couldn't handle it. Despite being designed to be flown with minimal instruction, it turned out that inexperienced infantrymen lacked the skills necessary to keep the machine airborne.

To make matters worse, the HZ-1 had a tendency to crash, which is obviously not an ideal trait for any aircraft, let alone one that's supposed to be easy to fly. Sadly, after a few crashes, the project was scrapped and the dream of a personal helicopter faded away... for a while, at least.

A handsome, young John Wayne early on in his acting career. (1930)

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Born Marion Robert Morrison, John Wayne, also known as the “Duke,” wasn’t just a man of many names, but also many talents. As an actor and a filmmaker he managed to spend three decades as one of the largest box office draws in the industry.

His first leading role came in 1930 with Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail, this part was just the first in a string of lead roles in B movies all throughout the 1930s– most of which were Westerns. In 1939 he landed the role of a lifetime in John Ford’s Stagecoach and from there he was a megastar. Literally, a megastar 142 pictures to be exact.