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20 Thought-Provoking Photographs From History


Photographs are always fascinating because they are evidence of time and progress. However, when you look at a photo that was taken 10 years ago, it is much different than looking at a photo that was taken 50, 60, or 70 years ago.

Historical photographs present to us how different the world in the picture is from the one in which we live today. They may showcase objects, clothing, or ceremonies that are obsolete or are no longer relevant in contemporary society.

The photographs below will make you think and possibly spark your interest in the events that took place at the time of the photos. They may also make you appreciate how far we have come.

1. February 9, 1942, SS Normandie tips over: The ocean liner was seized by US authorities during World War II and converted into a troopship. This process caused the ship to catch fire and capsize.

2. 16-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger at his first bodybuilding competition: A mere 4 years after this photo was taken, Schwarzenegger went on to win his first Mr. Olympia title.

3. 1924, Russian fishermen present their catch at the Volga River: The Volga river is the longest river in Europe. It is considered to be the national river of Russia. Judging by the size of these fish, it was also a source of large sturgeon and perhaps even caviar.

4. 1922, A group of surfers: Their surfboards are literally planks of wood. They are a long way away from the surfboards we use today.

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