Ten Fairly Interesting or Somewhat Amusing Pictures from History

Red Swastika Society memberLink hopping through Wikipedia the other day, I came across the above photo. History’s a funny old thing, isn’t it? This inspired me to go through the vast Getty Images archive (a lot of which recently became free for use in social media) and find you ten more interesting, amusing or outright weird photographs from history. Incidentally, the chap above is a member of the Red Swastika society, inspired by the Red Cross and founded in 1922, using an ancient Eastern symbol as its logo. The society was suppressed by Mao on the mainland but still exists in Taiwan and around the world.

Edwardian Cybergoth

This 1905 illustration shows a lady wearing a motoring veil with built in goggles, a practical fashion statement designed to protect the wearer from dust and dirt. Hopefully it came in a range of colours, including “squished insect gizzards”.

Nice to See You!

Sir Bruce Forsyth, the man with the longest entertainment career ever, recently announced his retirement from Strictly Come Dancing. The above picture was taken around 1950, when he had already been in the industry for many years.

Charles Dickens Strikes a Pose

This photograph was taken in 1850, showing Charles Dickens adopting what would later be known as the “Christine Keeler” pose. Phwoaaar!

Betazoid Wedding

This happy naturist couple tied the knot in Chicago, in July 1934.

Baby Dolly

Dolly Parton started her career at the age of nine, singing on the radio, and this picture dates from around that time. Dolly’s appearance may have drastically changed since this picture was taken, but her cheeky grin remains a fixture, even after all that work. She’s performing at Glastonbury this year, proving her amazingly broad appeal.

Quick, Hide the Mint Sauce!

I suppose if you’ve got a pet sheep, you might as well invite him to elevenses? Taken in Bristol, England (of course!) in 1949.

Spirit Photography

This photo from around 1920 was possibly taken by William Hope, who founded a Spiritualist society in the wake of the First World War. Hope and other such “spirit photographers” used double exposure techniques to create the pictures. Although he was himself exposed (boom boom!) in 1922, he continued to be popular.

This Won’t Hurt a Bit

This Haunted House face, built for the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition at White City, London, is shown here being demolished in 1937 to make way for a housing estate. I love big funfair faces, like this one at Luna Park, Sydney.

Heads of State

In 1935, the grandson of Madame Tussaud herself poses with Haile Selassie and Mussolini.

And finally…

Here’s a picture of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury having his equally legendary moutache trimmed.