People Are Sharing Pics Of Life 50-100 Years Ago And They Might Put Things In A New Perspective (New Pics)

How would you describe normal, everyday life? Well, for a modern person, it’s anything from brushing their teeth to… commuting to work. Oh wait, not anymore. Coronavirus has shaken up quite a few things, and made us work from home, stay in more, keep distances and whatnot. The change is dramatic and it’s only been like two years (almost three!, o-m-g) since it first started in late 2019.

So yep, time is flying like a hadron collider, changing things beyond recognition on the way. But today would look nothing like a day 20, 50, or even 100 years ago. And we mean it. Thanks to the miscellaneous corner of Reddit “The Way We Were,” which is home to a stunning collection of old photos, scanned documents, articles, and personal anecdotes, we can all secure our seat belts and travel to the past.

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The community was created back in 2012, and will celebrate its ten-year anniversary in less than a month. As of today, it had 549k time travelers, I mean devoted members who, just like us, share a fascination with things that have gone with time. Upvote your favorite pics and be sure to check out part 1 of the post right here.

#1 A Young Man Demonstrating Against Low Pay For Teachers, Ca. 1930. “I Left School To Earn $21 A Week. My Teacher’s Pay Is $17.78 A Week.” Photo: Paul Thompson

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#2 Kids Protesting The Dst. New York, 1939

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#3 “Cairo Mary,” Bouncer At Shanghai Reds (5th And Beacon In San Pedro, Ca) Escorts A Customer To The Door. 1953

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#4 This Is My Great Aunt In Front Of Their House In Boston, 1964. The House Was Bought On A Milkman’s Salary

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#5 My Grandfather And His Horse, Ruby. 1940’s

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#6 This Kid Is A Water Heater For Halloween, Circa 1979

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#7 My Grandma And Uncle In Iran, April 1971

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#8 The Fate And Feet Of Three Chinese Girls – A Bare Footed Slave, A Girl With Bound Feet, And A Christian With Unbound Feet – Ca. Early 1900s

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#9 Adelaide Springett, Who Was So Ashamed At The State Of Her Boots She Took Them Off, Stand For A Photograph In London, 1901. Photo By Horace Warner

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#10 Rescuing A Horse That Fell In The Canal. Amsterdam, 1929

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#11 Four Generations, Circa 1905, Location Unknown

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#12 Children In A Traditional Minobashi Raincoat Going To A New Year’s Event, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, 1956

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#13 Yearbook From 1929. The Way High Schoolers Were.

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#14 Isaac And Rosa, Emancipated Slave Children From New Orleans, 1863

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#15 Collection Of Homemade Photo Christmas Cards, Circa 1930-1960

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#16 My Dad Died This Week, And I Was Going Through Photos For The Memorial Slideshow. Here Are My Parents In A Very Early 70’s Kitchen, But Mostly I Really Like How They Are Looking At Each Other

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#17 High School Life In The 1970’s. All My Credit Goes To The Photographer: Joseph Szabo, Check Out His Other Work On Teenage Life. It’s Amazing!

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#18 Photos Of New Yorkers, By Vivian Maier. 1950s/60s

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#19 Me Circa 1968-1969. Those Sideburns Though

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#20 ‘Closed-Beds’ Were Popular In The 19th Century, Especially In Brittany, Here’s What They Looked Like (C. 1880s)

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#21 My Great-Grandfather’s Mugshots, After He Was Arrested For Bigamy. December 1926, Australia

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#22 Television Shopping In 1974

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#23 Teddy Girls In 1955 – Their Subculture Centred Around A Still-Bomb-Damaged London

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#24 My Sister And I With A Friend’s Pet Dik-Dik, 1968

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#25 A Worker Paints The Golden Gate Bridge, 1956

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#26 My Family On A Road Trip (Kodachrome, 1958)

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#27 A Couple Of Hippies On Haight St. In San Francisco, 1967

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#28 Three Young Ladies Posing With A Friend. Circa 1930

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#29 Butterfly Boy, New York City, 1949

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#30 Just Another Fun Day In The Neighborhood, Anytown, USA, 1970s

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#31 My Kitty … Harlem, NY, 1949

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#32 ‘i Love You So Much!’ Boy And Dog Circa Mid 1950s

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#33 Bill With Cat. 1968. Love The Late 60’s Style!

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#34 My Jute Weaver Great-Grandmother And Children (Including My Granny Standing At The Back). Dundee, Scotland 1915

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#35 Children On The Streets Of New York, Photographed By Helen Levitt, 1940s

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#36 Jaws Inspects The Halloween Loot, 1976

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#37 Two Women At A Bar, New York C. 1945. Photo By Weegee

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#38 Postcard Sent To My Grandma From A Navy Sailor Asking Her On A Date When He Returns. Postmarked April 17, 1945

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#39 A Young Lad Stands Behind His Winning Sandcastle In The Whitley Bay Sandcastle Competition On 19th August 1908

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#40 Children In Newcastle Upon Tyne’s West End Play On Piled-Up Mattresses. England, 1981.

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#41 A ‘Knocker-Up’ In London (1929). Before Alarm Clocks, People Were Paid To Wake Clients Up For Work By Knocking On Their Doors And Windows With A Stick

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#42 These Kids Were Fashion Leaders, Circa 1969

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#43 Welsh Coal Miners Having A Round After Their Shift. C.1912

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#44 Little Girl Roaring At A Stuffed Grizzly Bear At The Sportsman’s Show In The Chicago Coliseum. Chicago, Illinois, 1967

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#45 A Kodachrome Picture Of A Family Having A Picnic In France. 1969.

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#46 Two “Cigarette Girls” At A Tallahassee, Florida Nightclub In 1956

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#47 People Of New York City At Lunchtime, Photos Taken Circa 1977-1980 By Charles H. Traub

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#48 “World’s Largest Log Cabin”. Portland, Oregon, USA, 1938. Built In 1905, Burned Down In 1964

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#49 My Parents In The Mid 1940s. I’ve Always Loved This Picture

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#50 A Casual Portrait Of A Woman Smiling, 1880

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#51 Young Woman Dressed For An Evening Out, Detroit, 1968

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#52 In Paris, 1966. Photographer: Jack Garofalo

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#53 A Michigan Farmer Standing With His Crops, 1910

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#54 My Great Grandmother Being Held By Her Mother, My Great-Great Grandmother Circa 1919

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#55 A Clearly Staged, But Interesting Time Capsule Of A Circa 1964 General Foods Corporation Publicity Photo

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#56 Young Dutch Mother With Her Baby In A Wooden Pram. Netherlands, 1929

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#57 My Aunt Estie, Who Passed Away Today, High School Graduation, The Bronx 1945

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#58 New Yorkers Learn Of The D-Day Invasion On June 6, 1944

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#59 Glorious Kodachrome Shot Of A Lady All Dressed Up On Her Car. Guessing It To Be 1950s?

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#60 Sears (1956) (From Pfs-Fb)

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#61 1901 Beach Attire

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#62 My Grandfather And Friends In The Amache Internment Camp In Colorado, Circa 1942. He Was About 15 When This Photo Was Taken; He Passed Away Last Month At 94

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#63 When The Whole Town Poses For A Photograph…. (Pa, USA) (~1895)

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#64 Me Circa 1965 In A Suit And Bow Tie Made By My Mom. She Made All Our Clothes Back Then

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#65 First Day Of School On E 3rd St, NYC (September 1976)

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#66 An Aircraft Worker Dancing With His Date At The Lockheed ‘Swing Shift Dance’ In 1942

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#67 Child Soldiers Of The Us Civil War C. 1861-65

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#68 An Unknown Group Of Women, Possible Friends Or Fellow Students Pose For An Undated Photograph, With One Clearly Keen To Show Of Her Chunky Hairbrush. Possibly Late 1890s To 1900s

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#69 Portrait Of A Young Woman From Denmark. Photographed In 1895

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#70 Me Sitting In My Nearly Completed Soap Box Derby In 1951. I Raced For Three Years In This Car

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#71 Traffic On The Sunset Strip, Los Angeles – 1979

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#72 Hanging Out In The 1970s

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#73 A Photo Of Central Park In NYC During The Great Depression (1933)

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#74 Disneyland Hotel Room 1977

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#75 Bride And Groom In Traditional Attire. Delsbo, Sweden Ca 1890’s

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#76 1971 Bathroom (Sears Ad)

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#77 An Elderly Woman Reading A Book With A Cat On Her Lap, 1944

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#78 My Dad And Sisters, 1945 Washington Dc

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#79 A Man With His Cat, Early 1900s

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#80 Young Man Watching Whatever His Date/Girlfriend Is Doing. Circa 1959

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#81 My Mother Rose, June 16, 1959

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#82 The Goofy Family, Circa 1910

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#83 Man Pushing A Little Girl On A Swing. Original Colour Photograph. Sweden In 1939

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#84 A Young Woman Posing For A Studio Portrait, Kentucky, Circa 1890-1910

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#85 A Michelin Mascot Stands Next To An Advertising Vehicle In Santa Clara, 1926

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#86 Mother And Son. Lisdoonvarna, Ireland C. 1890

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#87 There Is A Story Here But Not Sure How It Involves Formal Dress And A Toaster. 1950s Kodachrome

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#88 “Sits Down Spotted”- Crow Nation, Fort Keogh, Montana, 1881. Photo By L.a. Huffman

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#89 I Went My Whole Life Not Seeing Photos Of My Mexican Family, Until Today. Hope You Enjoy These Photos Of My Family In Nayarit, Mexico, In The Early 1900s As Much As I Do!

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#90 The Housewife, 1974

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#91 A Clown “Barker” Hustling Customers For A Strip Club On Broadway In San Francisco’s North Beach (1950) Photo By Fred Lyon

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#92 1960s Jack In The Box

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#93 How We Rolled In 1980. Dad Driving My Birthday Party Across Town To See The King And His Court. Lucky Riders Sat On The Wheel Wells, But We Also Had Lawn Chairs In The Back

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#94 (1964) Engineer Karen Leadlay Working On The Analog Computers In The Space Division Of General Dynamics

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#95 Big Hairdos, 1960s

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#96 1930 – My Second Great Aunt Sara (Right) And Her Mother Manuela (Sitting) And Aunt Emilia. Caja Espíritu, Huancavelica, Perú. The Only Photo That Exists Of Mama Manuela.

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#97 My Grandfather, The Oldest, And His Siblings (1926)

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#98 Rural American Life In The First Half Of The 20th Century, By Mike Disfarmer, Whose Life Was A Mystery, And Whose Work Was Only Discovered Posthumously

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#99 Me (A Bum) And My Date At A Halloween Party In 1955

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#100 Couple Laughing At Something Lost To Time. Circa Mid 1950s

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#101 An Elderly Woman In Front Of Her Modest Dwelling And An Interior View Of The Same House. Torsås, Sweden In 1904

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#102 Creole Woman C. 1860

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#103 70’s Kitchen

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#104 The Relatives Came To Visit. Boston, 1966

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#105 My Dad In 1974 On His Yamaha. He Worked All Summer Cutting Steel To Save Up For It

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#106 Teenagers Dressed For A High School Dance In The 1920s

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#107 This Would Have Been ~1970… Me In My Favorite Outfit…

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#108 1.) My Great-Grandparents (Age 24 And 18) Circa 1949, In Front Of The General Store My Great-Grandfather Had Just Purchased

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#109 My Great Great Great Grandma In The 1910s

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#110 Saluting This Young 22-Year Old As He Is Dropped Off By His Family In South Texas For Naval Flight Training In 1957

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#111 Halloween, Rochester, NY, Circa 1912

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#112 Lovers At The Movies, New York, Ca. 1943

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#113 Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York, 1946 / Photo By Sam Shere

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#114 Teenage Sisters Gertrude And Ursula Falke. Germany, 1906

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#115 My Great Grandmother In Her 50s Probably Taken Around The 70s Or 80s

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#116 My Great Grandmother And Her Little Sister, Circa 1890

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#117 The Treasury Discount Store And Supermarket, Circa 1971, As Photographed For Parent J.c. Penney Company’s Annual Report. Photo Courtesy Of Pleasant Family Shopping On Facebook

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#118 A Family Living In Shanty At The City Dump In Herrin, Illinois, January 1939 – Photos By Arthur Rothstein

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#119 1910 – A Boy And His Erector Set

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#120 Unknown Hair Goddess At The Daytona Beach Bike Week Gathering. Circa 1977

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#121 The Ladies Of The 1960’s

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#122 My Sisters And Me Mid 70’s

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#123 My Grandparents In High School, Early 1950s

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#124 My Beautiful Great Aunt. I Believe In The Late 60s Early 70s.

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#125 Lots Of Love For My Mom’s Car Pic Last Month. Here She Is Welcoming In December/Winter In A Nice Red Dress. This Is 1958, The Day After Their Wedding.

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