These Rare Historic Photos Prove The ‘Good Old Days’ Were Absolutely Insane


Ah, the good old days. When the TVs were humongous, car seats were optional, you could get a burger and fries for less than a dollar, and keep a lion for a pet.

Wait, what?

Join us as we take a look at some incredible pictures that prove that maybe the good old days were just as crazy as things are today.

Entertainment Of The Future

In the 1960’s it seemed like everyone was obsessed with all things futuristic. The more modern it looked, the better. For some reason, though, this portable television concept never seemed to catch on.

Before YouTube

If you thought that YouTube was responsible for the birth of daredevil stunts, this picture from the 1920’s will make you think again. No Photoshop – that dude is really 20 stories up, balancing on the back legs of a chair.

That’s Not A Dog

Charles Hipp adopted Blondie as a docile 12-week old lion cub from a Dallas zoo in 1955. Blondie soon became a cherished family pet and a familiar sight in Graham, Texas where they lived. She lived without incident with the family until she died of old age in 1968.

World’s Worst Boss

How much do you think this guy screwed up to get this gig? “Well Frank, I was going to fire you, but I think I found a better position for you.”

Dueling Bullets

These two bullets were found after the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I. Can you imagine just how many bullets were flying for two to collide mid-air like this?

Needs This Like A Hole In The Head

This is Jacob Miller. He was a Union soldier shot in the face at the Battle of Chickamauga. Left for dead, he came to behind enemy lines and managed to sneak back to his unit with a hole in his head. Seventeen years after he was wounded, buckshot dropped out of the wound and thirty-one years after, two pieces of lead came out.

Hit The Deck

This picture shows a Canberra Bomber flying through a RAAF Amberley base hanger in 1955. I’m not sure how the guy who had to literally “hit the deck” ended up there, but I bet it’s not a mistake he repeated.

Snow Tragedy

Air Florida Flight 90 attempted to take off from Washington National Airport on January 13, 1982, in the middle of a snowstorm. Ice and snow buildup on the wings prevented it from getting any higher than 352 feet off the ground, causing it to crash into 14th Street Bridge before plunging into the icy Potomac River. Of the 79 people on board, only 5 survived.

Flight Seat

This is the 1950’s version of a car seat. It’s basically a way to ensure that your child is up high enough that she’ll have a great view out of the windshield in the event of a crash.

Operation Babylift

Thousands of children from South Vietnam were evacuated from the country to the United States and other countries at the end of the Vietnam War in what became known as Operation Babylift. How would you like to have been the one responsible for all those diapers?

Cage Match

You’re an urban mom in the 1930’s who knows that it’s important for your child to get some fresh air every day. What do you do when you just don’t have the time to take Junior to the park? Why just let him hang out in his own little baby cage of course!

Paul Bunyan

These two guys cut down this enormous tree with nothing but that dinky saw the dude on the ladder is holding up. Serious props guys.

Marathon Woman

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon 50 years ago. Women were not permitted to run the marathon at the time, and she had been issued her number after registering under the gender-neutral “K. V. Switzer.”

This picture shows a race official trying to remove her from the race. Switzer’s boyfriend, who was running with her, shoved him aside and sent him flying to the pavement, allowing her to finish the race.

Gimme A Break

Sometimes you just need a break at work. What are you gonna do if your office doesn’t happen to have a break room? Make do.

Bombs Away

This disturbingly beautiful sight is a picture of an underwater nuclear test being conducted in the Pacific just off the coast of California, during Operation Dominic in 1962.

Its A Wash Out

My first thought was that maybe someone had left the faucet running? Turns out this picture taken in Detroit in 1929 shows gallons upon gallons of illegal liquor being poured out during prohibition.

Some Assembly Required

It’s hard to imagine, but the Statue of Liberty was sent to us from France, by boat, so it arrived “some assembly required.” Look closely at the picture and you’ll see Lady Liberty’s arm hanging out in the background.

Blast From The Past

This McDonald’s menu from 1973 will be a blast from the past for some and a mind-boggling trip for others. Cheeseburgers for $0.33? And where are the McNuggets?

Its No GoPro

I think this might just qualify for the earliest known GoPro. In this picture from 1966, Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart wears a helmet camera to capture onboard footage of a race.

We All Start Somewhere

Samsung started out as a small trading company in Korea with 40 employees in 1938. It dealt in dried fish, locally grown groceries, and noodles.