Vintage Photos Expose The Unexpected

By Sarah Norman | June 27, 2023

100-year-old Nicholas Veeder poses in the uniform he wore when he served as a teenage soldier in the American Revolutionary War, 1860

Vintage photos have a special power to captivate us, reminding us of a time when things were simpler and life moved at a different pace. This captivating gallery is a nostalgic journey through history, featuring rare and stunning photographs that transport us back to the most magical decades of the past. Each photo tells its own story, capturing moments in time that evoke feelings of nostalgia and longing for a simpler era.

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Supposedly this photo was taken in 1860, and it shows Nicholas Veeder, one of the last surviving veterans of the American Revolutionary War. The story goes that Veeder joined the colonial army when he was only a teenager and survived to tell the tale. It's amazing that he was a part of one of the biggest moments in history and lived through so many more riveting stories.

Taken at the onset of the Civil War, it's hard to imagine that someone who was alive for America's fight for independence was still around to witness yet another battle for freedom. We don't know how long Veeder stuck around, but if he was able to witness the end of the Civil War that would be amazing. The breadth of history may be long, it's amazing that Veeder was able to see so much of it.

Frank Zappa and his parents in 1970

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We often think of Frank Zappa as the king weirdo of the psychedelic rock scene, but as much as his music is characterized with a playful nature that verges on being ascorbic, he was much more a family man than people know. This photo shows him spending some family time with his parents, who were nothing like their son.

Zappa's father worked for the Department of Defense, so they moved around the country for years until they settled in California when Zappa was 15 years old. He had trouble forming friendships and never performed all that well in school but he was gifted with music and had a penchant for making chemicals explode. The same part of him that enjoyed creating science experiments had fun raising his own kids. His son, Ahmet, told the Guardian:

I think what my father appreciated was the science experiment of life. He had these kids, and they had their own experiences. He wanted us to discover the world for ourselves. My parents told us how they felt but never imposed their beliefs on us, although I appreciate I got a healthy sense of democracy from them. When it came to discipline my dad never spanked us. If he said to you, 'You're acting like a jerk,' that was the worst thing ever.