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35 Creepy Vintage Photos That Are Really Hard To Explain

The past was terrifying. These creepy vintage photos sent a shiver down my spine.

1. A girl who grew up in a concentration camp draws a picture of “home” while living in a “residence for disturbed children” (1948).

A girl who grew up in a concentration camp draws a picture of “home”

Source: Reddit

2. A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club (c. 1930s).

A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club

Source: Reddit

3. A Mickey Mouse gas mask, which was used to make the devices more appealing to children (1942).

A Mickey Mouse gas mask

Source: Cracked

4. A Navajo man dressed up as a Nayenezgani spirit.

A Navajo man dressed up as a Nayenezgani spirit

Source: Reddit

5. A nurse and a new born baby pose in their gas masks (1940).

A nurse and a new born baby pose in their gas masks

Source: Reddit

6. A shell shocked soldier gives a thousand yard stare (c. 1916 – 1918).

A shell shocked soldier gives a thousand yard stare 1

A shell shocked soldier gives a thousand yard stare 2

Source: Reddit

7. A terrifying vintage Halloween costume (1910).

A terrifying vintage Halloween costume

Source: Reddit

8. A woman undergoes anti-freckle treatment (c. 1930s).

A woman undergoes anti-freckle treatment

Source: Pinterest

9. American troops in Brewster body armor (1917).

American troops in Brewster body armor

Source: Reddit

10. 1920s version of “horsemanning”.

An early example of horsemanning

Source: Uberhumor

11. An early family photo gone creepily-wrong.

An early family photo gone creepily-wrong

Source: Pinterest

12. An early R’lyehian steam train after a boiler explosion.

An early Rlyehian steam train after a boiler explosion

Source: Reddit

13. An Iron Lung ward used for treating children with polio (c. 1930s).

An Iron Lung ward used for treating children with polio

Source: Reddit

14. Boys returning from their initiation into the Poro, a secret society in parts of Africa (1936).

Boys returning from their initiation into the Poro

Source: Sjoerd Hofstra

15. Children on Halloween (c. 1900s).

Children on Halloween

Source: Reddit

16. Contestants at a “Miss Lovely Eyes” pageant in Florida. They wore masks so that judges only scored them on their eyes (1930).

Contestants at a Miss Lovely Eyes pageant in Florida

Source: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

17. Ella Harper, who suffered from a disorder that weakens the ligaments in the knees, was known as Camel Girl (c. 1870–1921).

Ella Harper, who suffered from a disorder that weakens the ligaments in the knees

Source: Cracked

18. Max Schreck sitting in between takes of the silent movie Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922).

Max Schreck sitting in between takes of the silent movie Nosferatu A Symphony of Horror

Source: Wikia

19. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London (1930).

Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum in London

Source: Reddit

20. Mental patient Katharina Detzel, who built her own man out of the straw in her bed (1910).

Mental patient Katharina Detzel, who built her own man out of the straw in her bed

Source: Reddit

21. Myrtle Corbin, who was born in 1868 with an extra pelvis. Myrtle spent her early years in a circus sideshow.

Myrtle Corbin, who was born in 1868 with an extra pelvis

Source: Cracked

22. Neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne electrocuting a man’s face in order to study facial muscles, France (1862).

Neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne electrocuting a man's face in order to study facial muscles

Source: Imgur

23. Patrons at Hell’s Cafe in Paris, which shut down some time in the mid-20th century.

Patrons at Hell's Cafe in Paris, which shut down some time in the mid-20th century

Source: Reddit

24. Santa wasn’t always cheerful.

Santa wasn't always cheerful

Source: Reddit

25. In the late 1920s a scientist by the name of Sergei Brukhonenko actually managed to keep the severed head of a dog alive.

scientist by the name of Sergei Brukhonenko actually managed to keep the severed head of a dog alive

Source: Reddit

26. The contestants at a beauty pageant that didn’t want to judge them on their looks.

The contestants at a beauty pageant that didn't want to judge them on their looks

Source: Mark A Rayner

27. The isolater, a hood that shut out all sound. Oxygen was piped in through a tank and the eyes had slits so you could only see one line of text at a time (1925).

The isolater, a hood that shut out all sound

Source: Cracked

28. The poor man’s Halloween costume (c. 1940s).

The poor man's Halloween costume

Source: Tumblr

29. Two clowns and Santa visit a girl in hospital (c. 1950s).

Two clowns and Santa visit a girl in hospital

Source: Reddit

30. Two engineers fix a Disney animatronic.

Two engineers fix a Disney animatronic

Source: Deceptology

31. Two parents posed with their dead daughter in the middle. When photography was expensive, you would have a photo taken at your birth, your wedding and your death.

Two parents posed with their dead daughter in the middle

Source: Pinterest

32. Two patrons at the Rothschild “Illuminati” party (1972).

Two patrons at the Rothschild Illuminati party

Source: Reddit

33. Two women wearing bird headdresses have a chat.

Two women wearing bird headdresses have a chat

Source: Reddit

34. Ventriloquist Jules Vernon with his horrifying family of puppets (c. 1867 – 1937).

Ventriloquist Jules Vernon with his horrifying family of puppets

Source: Bad Control

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