The oldest known selfie. (1839)
Robert Cornelius took this photo outside the store his family owned. It became famous for being the first self portrait or as its commonly now known, a “selfie.”
People posing next to the Statue of Liberty as it’s unpacked. (1886)
This funny portrait of a woman was taken while she was mid-sneeze. (1900)
A “knocker-up” waking up clients - the early 20th century version of alarm clocks.
Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).
This may very well be the most kings ever photographed at once. Represented are Norway, Bulgaria, Portugal, the German Empire, Greece, Belgium, Spain, Great Britain, and Denmark.
Before automatic pinsetters were invented, “pin boys” worked to manually line them up. (1914).
Sarcastic photo taken by anti-prohibitionists to mock their opponents in 1919.
A police officer on a Harley and an old fashioned mobile holding cell. (1921)
An early example of “horsemanning”, the 1920’s version of “planking”.
Two winners of a 1922 Beauty Pageant, when beauty standards were much different.
A beach official measures bathing suits to ensure they aren’t too short (1920s)
Suits were not allowed to end more than 6 inches above the knee.
A couple enjoys an old fashioned zipline on a weekend afternoon. (1923)
This bizarre helmet supposedly helped focus by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny slit. (1925)
A mildly terrifying 1920s full faced swimming mask designed to protect women from the sun.
Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).