10+ Vintage Photos That Show You An Unseen Side Of History

Diply 6 Jul 2018

See, now this is the kind of history that would have helped me stay awake during class. Well, maybe I just had some boring teachers because in retrospect, history can be pretty fascinating.

And it's not all about wars, although wars are definitely big things worth studying. There's just some interesting stuff out there that teachers don't have time to cover. But it's worth knowing all the same, even just to see how people used to live.

1. You know it's a different time when you see women sunbathing with paper bags on their heads.

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Apparently, they were skipping class and didn't want anyone to recognize them and rat them out to their teacher.

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2. Back in the '70s, Andre the Giant almost played football in the NFL.

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Washington considered signing the 7-foot-4-inch Andre, and even held a press conference that included quarterback Joe Theismann, but nothing ever came of it.

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3. In 1938, 13-year-old Mildred Buder could combine her piano lessons with her acrobatic dancing lessons, which is one heck of a talent.

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Not to mention, it was quite the time-saver for her.

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4. Did anybody else think that Bill Gates was just about the last person who would have a mugshot on record?

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Although there's no definitive record of why he was arrested, it's believed to be for a traffic violation.

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5. After the major market meltdown a decade ago, it's worth remembering the effects of the epic stock market crash in 1929.

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This guy trying desperately to sell his ride for $100 cash is just the tip of the iceberg.

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6. On the left: movie star and fashion icon Elizabeth Taylor. On the right: fashion designer Pierre Cardin.

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At a masquerade ball in 1967, Liz is wearing a headdress of silver spikes and flowers, and Pierre is wearing what looks like a giant salt shaker on his head.

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7. We think of royalty as always being chauffeured around, but here's Princess Diana sitting up front.

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In fact, she's being given speed driving lessons with escape techniques — which is pretty tragic, when you think about it.

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8. In 1931, 10,000 men took the exam to become New York police sergeants.

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Even today, the NYPD only has 36,000 officers, so that has to be a huge percentage trying to move on up the chain.

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9. These women, all in powder blue jumpsuits, just emerged from a bunker at the bottom of the ocean.

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They crewed NASA's Tektite II study for two weeks in 1970, which was the largest study of social behavior in an isolated habitat at the time.

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10. In September 1970, a group of Palestinians hijacked five planes, three of which ended up on a strip of desert in Jordan.

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Most of the passengers were released, and shortly after removing the remaining hostages, the hijackers blew up the planes.

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11. Back in 1883, before making her way stateside, the Statue of Liberty went on display in Paris.

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Well, her head went on display, at least. She arrived in New York two years later.

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12. Asking an audience to watch a movie from underneath a cloth seems like an odd experiment, but it happened.

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Audience members wound up tearing holes in the cloth so they could actually watch the movie.

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