Terrifying Pictures From History That’ll Make You Glad You’re Alive Today.

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in History On 19th February 2017

All you need to do is look at a photograph from the past to understand how much has changed. It's not just the fashion and technology that has evolved. Beliefs and the way people perceived things as normal are not the same as today. Presently, folks may argue that life was much simpler and innocent in comparison. The past and the present both have their pros and cons but after seeing these images, you may be inclined to feel lucky to be alive today.

#1 Walter Ernest O'Neil Yeo was an English sailor who was wounded during the Battle of Jutland on May 31, 1916, in WWI.

He lost his upper and lower eyelids. He was treated by doctor Sir Harold Gillies, considered the father of plastic surgery. Gillies transplanted a skin mask to his patient's face.

#2 In 1925, a major fire broke at Madame Tussauds’ wax museum in London, England.

Almost all the wax figures were burnt, melted, or damaged. This photo of the figures with missing heads, charred skin, and alarming clothing look all the more creepy.

#3 This photograph was taken by Horace Cort with racism at its height in the United States.

On June 18, 1964, black and white activists jumped into a designated "white only" pool at Monson Motor Lodge, in protest to the arrest of Martin Luther King, Jr. On seeing this, Jimmy Brock, the manager of the lodge, poured muriatic acid into the pool.

#4 Two men walked 8,000 miles from Caracas, Venezuela to Washington D.C. in 1937.

The men wanted to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree but didn't have the funds to pay for the trip. They departed from Caracas on January 11, 1935, and covered a distance of 25 miles a day for two years. The young men reached their destination on June 16, 1937, to register themselves for the jamboree.

#5 During the Great Depression from 1929 to 1939, nothing was wasted by families.

When manufacturers learned women were using the sacks to make dresses for themselves, they began producing the bags in colorful prints.

#6 From the 1830's for about 100 years, the circus was a favorite form of entertainment for families across North America.

Circuses often recruited people with physical deformities and put them on stage for display. Similarly, the Barnum and Bailey freak show had quite a weird lineup with all types of people where spectators would pay to see.

#7 Back then parents also believed it was important for kids to breath clean, fresh air.

These cages were installed so babies and toddlers could get their daily dose of fresh air and sunshine. This despite the fact, these metal cages didn't appear to be 100 per cent secure.

#8 Ham is the first chimpanzee sent into outer space on January 31, 1961.

This was part of America's space program. 40 chimpanzees were trained and Ham was the strongest to take flight. He was named after the Holloman Aerospace Medical center in New Mexico, the lab that trained him.

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