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

The easiest way for us to get a glimpse into the good old days is to open up our family’s photo album. But what if we go through the images and instead of calming down our curiosity, they only fuel it? Easy. We open up the subreddit r/TheWayWeWere next.

It’s a place where folks share pictures from 50, 100, and even more years ago to show what everyday life looked like in the past. Featuring old photos, scanned documents, articles, and personal anecdotes, this subreddit has become one of the biggest vintage archives online.

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#1 Protesting The High School Dress Code That Banned Slacks For Girls, Brooklyn C.1940

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#2 My Ridiculously Attractive Grandparents Sitting For A Portrait In The Early 1940s

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The last 100 years have produced profound changes in human history.

Wars, technological developments, progress in civil rights, and breakthroughs in science and medicine, the old world has been swept away. Whether it’s for better or worse.

Centuries-old empires crumbled as new ideologies – like communism and fascism – took over in many parts of the world. Wars in the early part of the 20th century put an end to the colonial world and gave birth to new nations. However, these wars also cost millions of lives and trillions of dollars.

#3 Cats Blackie & Brownie Catching Squirts Of Milk During Milking At Arch Badertscher’s Dairy Farm In Fresno, California, 1954

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#4 Gay Men Pose For A Photo While Being Detained At A Police Station For Being Homosexuals In Mexico, 1935

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Throughout the past century, technological innovations have transformed our lives in ways we never dreamed of. Progressive ideas emerged and changed the world as women, African Americans, and the LGBTQ community demanded, and often won, equal rights; from the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States to the legalization of same-sex marriage in many countries. But recent civil rights conflicts tell us the fight for equality is not over.

#5 1945: The Day Daddy Came Home. Gunner Hector Murdoch Had Been Gone Over Four Years, Most Of It As A Prisoner Of War In Singapore. His Wife Rosina And Son John Hadn’t Known If He Was Dead Or Alive. He Got Home On His Birthday

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#6 Two Pals (1920)

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The pandemic that began ravaging the world in 2020 reminds us that even though we can buy a ticket to go to space, we’re still vulnerable to viruses that can shut down economies and disrupt society.

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People are hoping science can save Earth from the devastating changes to the climate that continue to imperil the ecosystems of our planet. In the coming years, natural disasters may have an increasingly impactful role in the course of history. Who knows where we will end up in another 100.

#7 My Great-Great-Grandmother Sometime In The 1890s

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#8 Mary Wallace: First Female Bus Driver For Chicago Transit Authority (1974)

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#9 Dad Showing Off His Skill To The Surprise Of His Little Daughter In Melbourne, Australia, Ca. 1940s

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#10 My Great-Grandfather That Was Too Poor To Afford A Suit In Sicily, So He Had To Pose In Front Of A Cardboard Cut-Out, 1930s~

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#11 A Sailor “Meets” His Baby For The First Time After Fourteen Months At Sea, 1940s

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#12 My Parents’ Wedding Photo, Okinawa, 1964

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#13 My Mom On Her Wedding Day November 1951

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#14 A Native American Girl Of The Kiowa Tribe, Oklahoma, 1894

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#15 My Great Grandmother In The Early 1900’s. Thought She Looked Too Awesome Not To Share

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#16 My Grandmother And Mom Circa 1974. My Grandmother Took My Mother To National Parks Over The Course Of A Few Months, Just The Two Of Them

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#17 Sisters In Skirts, 1950s

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#18 This 1955 Photo Is One Of Walter Chandoha’s Most Famous Shots. “My Daughter Paula And The Kitten Both ‘Smiled’ For The Camera At The Same Time. …but The Cat’s Not Smiling, He’s Meowing”

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#19 This Is Hazel, My Grandmother-In-Law. 1916

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#20 Grandma And Papa In 1937. She Passed Away Today At 100 Years Old

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#21 “Our Michael”, 1938

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#22 My Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Great-Great-Grandfather, And Great-Great-Great Grandmother, Ca 1918

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#23 Last Picture Of My Great Uncle Kennith, Before He Drowned In The Buffalo River, 1940’s. He Gave His Life Saving My Grandpa

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#24 My Mother Made Us Matching Dresses For A Fancy Party Back In 1954

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#25 Me And My Best Friend Rocky Watching TV, 1959

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#26 London’s First Black Police Officer, PC Norwell Roberts, On Point Duty Near Charing Cross Station, 1968

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#27 This Is My Grandma Dorothy. She Was A Dress Designer In The 50s Which Always Made This Photo More Funny To Me. She Passed Away Today At Age 89. A Life Well Lived

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#28 Vintage Photo From A Family Album, Freeport, Il

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#29 Saw This Photo Posted Here.. Noticed I Have The Photo The Grandmother Took That Day. (Bought At An Antique Shop Years Ago In Phx)

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#30 Young Oyster Shuckers, Port Royal, South Carolina, 1909

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#31 A Parisian Woman With Her Cat In Her Cannabis Garden, 1910

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#32 1976 vs. 2018; 42 Years And We’re Still Going Strong

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#33 The Wedding Rings Of My Ggm, Gggm, Ggggm, And Gggggm Oldest Dating Back To 1832!

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#34 Ladies At A Lesbian Club In Chelsea, 1953

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#35 A Mostly Happy Family Outing At Chicken Bone Beach, The Segregated Section Of Atlantic City’s Beach Area, New Jersey, 1950s (Photographed By John W. Mosley)

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#36 My Grandpa (Left) And His Best Friend Willie Hall During The Korean War. Those Smiles Say It All

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#37 Caught On The Firescape, 1946

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#38 Women Trainees Of The Lapd Practice Firing Their Newly Issued Revolvers, 1948

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#39 The 70s Transition: My Parents In 1968 And Again In 1970

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#40 Reddit Seems To Love My Taita (Grandma), So Here Is Another One Of Her From 1950’s Beirut

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#41 Offerings To The Unknown Dead, Kyoto, Japan, 1963

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#42 Listening To The Radio On The Beach, Circa 1940s

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#43 My Grandpa’s Schoolhouse In Texas Ca. 1930’s. He Was Always Embarrassed Of This Picture Because He Was Too Poor To Afford Shoes

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#44 Dublin, 1962

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#45 After Spending More Than Five Years In A North Vietnamese Camp, Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm Is Reunited With His Family At Travis Afb, March 13, 1973

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#46 Police Officer Unaware Of The Imminent Danger, Chicago, 1959

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#47 Class Divide In Britain, 1930’s

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#48 The Rolled-Stockings Trend Of The 1920’s Brought On A Fad Of Hand-Painted Knees

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#49 Me Ready For Friday Night Lights, 1969

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#50 My American Grandmother Visiting Athens In The 1960s

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