We have come a long way with our technologies, treatments, fashion, and even our mentality. It’s sometimes hard to look back and face the reality of how we justified unimaginable ways of thinking and trends. We’ve harmed our minds, bodies, and each other thinking that we were innovative and doing good. Luckily, we documented it all along the way.
Today we are left with the creepy evidence pictures of what once was, and it serves as a portal into the past tat hopefully will prevent us from ever repeating the same mistakes.
A Letter Of Desperation
The medical field has thankfully made strides, especially when it comes to the treatment of mental health. But, sadly, there was a time when women especially were dismissed with hysteria and left untreated, causing them to spiral even more.
This letter from Schizophrenic patient Emmy Hauck to her husband shows her fear and desperation. It consists of an only phrase that states “Herzensschatzi Komm” meaning Darling Please Come followed by “Komm Komm Komm” (Come, Come, Come ) repeated over and over again.
High Above And Down Below
As part of the human need to understand what we don’t know, in order to fear it less, we have become obsessed with flying high above the clouds to disover the entire galaxy and diving deep under water to discover what’s underneath. In the beginning, these ventures seemed impossible. Many tried and failed, often at the cost of their lives to defy the laws of gravity in the name of science.
This is the oldest surviving diving suit dating to the 18th Century. The fact that it now exists at the surface is a good sign of it being at the beginning of safer underwater adventures.
Beauty Comes At A Cost
No you’re not looking at a floating ghost. Long before the era of tanning salons where women purposely exposed themselves to sun rays to get as dark as possible, even at the risk of Cancer, they once thrived to look as pale as possible. In fact, women in the 1920s, such as the one pictured feared the effects that the sun would cause on their skin. They became convinced that wearing full-faced masks whenever outside, would protect them.
The woman in the picture lived in the Wild West wearing both a mixture of the fashion of the time and the mask designed to protect her skin from sun damage to finish the look.
Water Washes Everything Away
This is a picture of two women washing a Crucifix in 1938. At the time religion was as powerful and respected as the Law. People needed religion as it gave them hope during one of the worst eras in history.
1938 marked the year that Hitler marched into Austria; and Germany allied with Austria, causingBritain, France, and Italy to agree to fight back into what was becoming the Second World War. Nazis were destroying Jewish shops, homes, synagogues and sending over 20,000-30,000 of them to concentration camps.
Where Child Dreams Were Made
This is an old doll factory. Children at the time never dreamed that it would possible to have as many toys that the children of today take for granted and leave behind for their Ipads. Little girls had nothing but their doll so they were able to overlook its creepy exterior that would long outlive them.
Factories weren’t automated like they are now so these toys had to be handcrafted, making their distribution a lot slower and their prices a lot higher. A doll like this was a luxury.
It Wasn’t Always A Happy Meal
Can you believe that this was the original face of McDonald’s happy meal? To the average person today the Original Ronald Mcdonald who came out in 1963 is more of a figure that haunts nightmares and makes you run away from the now most popular fast-food chain restaurant.
Not only has the menu since changed, but its mascot has thankfully earned a much friendlier, fictional face. Fun fact, at the time, the “All-American” meal was a burger, fries, and a shake for 45 cents (plus tax).
Photo Of Two Women With Super Long Hair
While today beauty salons occupy every street corner allowing women to color and cut their hair twice a day if they really wanted to, hairstyles were a lot different back in the day. In fact, fashion, in general, looks nothing like it once did. However, the most significant change happened in the 1920s because of the social and political changes that made that decade stand out in history.
When the First World War required all the young men to leave their jobs, women had to take over and keep the world running. This not only affected their social standing but the way they carried and presented themselves too.
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