30 Pics Taken 50-100 Years Ago Showing Just How Much Things Changed Over Time

Published 3 years ago

Even though we might not always notice it, time flies by incredibly fast, and it’s only when we look back at our old pictures that we notice just how much things changed. Thankfully, there’s a whole online community that’s entirely dedicated to these old pictures, and it’s absolutely fascinating.

The online community is called The Way We Were and its 529k members regularly share vintage pictures showing what normal everyday life was like back in the day, giving us a unique glimpse at just how much some things changed throughout history. See some of the most interesting pictures taken 50, 100, or even more years ago in the gallery below!

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

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

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

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

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

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#7 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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#8 Protesting The High School Dress Code That Banned Slacks For Girls, Brooklyn C.1940

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

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#10 Sisters In Skirts, 1950s

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#11 Two Pals (1920)

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#12 My Mom On Her Wedding Day November 1951

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#13 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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#14 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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#15 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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#16 “Our Michael”, 1938

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

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

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#19 My Parents’ Wedding Photo, Okinawa, 1964

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

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#21 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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#22 My Great Grandmother In The Early 1900’s. Thought She Looked Too Awesome Not To Share

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#23 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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#24 My Grandpa (Left) And His Best Friend Willie Hall During The Korean War. Those Smiles Say It All

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

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

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

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#28 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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#29 Me And My Best Friend Rocky Watching TV, 1959

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#30 Caught On The Firescape, 1946

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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