We all like to see glimpses into forgotten periods of history, and to imagine for ourselves what it may have been like during certain golden eras of time. Thanks to the magic of photography, we still have images and snapshots of some of the most ionic moments of the past—and through history lessons and memories, there is always so much for us to learn.
But once in a while you see a photo from the past that can truly shock and surprise you—as it just doesn’t make sense in today’s world. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing photos from the past that you would never see today.
Christmas Toy Set, 1953
These days, when Christmas rolls around, children always seem to want the most up to date iPhone or computer game. Long gone are the days when they longed for old fashioned and wholesome toys!
And this pic of old-fashioned dolls and toy sets really makes us all feel so nostalgic for these long forgotten and simpler times. This array of potential Christmas presents looks like something out of a movie, but really, it’s just from a general store in 1953.
Those were the days!
Wojtek, c. 1944
This bear isn’t any ordinary bear, his name is Wojtek which means “Joyful Warrior” and he took part in combat during World War II, becoming a war hero.
Polish II Corps stumbled upon the orphaned bear cub in Iran and to provide for his rations and transportation, he was enlisted as a soldier with the rank of private and then he was promoted to corporal. During that time, he lifted heavy crates of ammunition on his back and after the war, he made the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland his home.
Jerrie Cobb, 1960
People often think of astronauts as being overwhelmingly men, but did you know that women have been part of the global space travel effort for many decades, even though they’ve had to fight through various glass ceilings to make their way through.
Here we can see Jerrie Cobb in her astronaut training, learning how to control the spin of a tumbling spacecraft as it moves through space. Cobb made history when she was the first woman to pass all three phases of the Mercury Astronaut Program. Out of this world!
Jean Cocteau, 1961
French playwright Jean Cocteau was a creative master of many trades, excelling as a poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist, and critic throughout the course of his long and varied career.
Here he can be seen at a cocktail party he threw in Paris in 1961, posing inside a giant bird cage. The party was in honor of his new play Théâtre Forain, just one of the many masterpieces this creative genius gave to the world of French theater. Oo la la!
Floating House, 1920
We know what you are thinking. Is this a scene from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz? But no! This is a real-life image of something that actually happened. In a particularly huge flood in 1920, this house slid down the embankment and right into the water.
We are not sure how this was possible, but perhaps houses built in those days didn’t have as strong foundations to keep them rooted to the spot in case of extreme weather conditions.
However it happened, it makes for a truly astonishing photo.
The Mission Art Company, 1921
This looks like an image of some super tiny miniature people! But actually, this is just a real-life photo of regular sized people, standing next to their camera in 1921. Yes, that’s right—this picture shows the photographers from the Mission Art Company and their device—a camera built into a large truck.
This camera is so enormous that it looks like a joke or some sort of trick! But this is actually what it looked like in those days—certainly not something you could carry around in your pocket for selfies.
Surfing USA, 1930
Did you know that before surfing became the sort of cool-dude sport it is thought of today, it used to be something of a dorky or questionable pursuit? That’s why it’s even more amazing to see this photo of six young women holding their surfboards before heading out to catch some waves in Southern California around 1930.
These days, you might well see keen surfers assembled on the beach, but they certainly wouldn’t be rocking this amazing vintage style.
Gus Lessis, 1926
Goodness me! Now, each to his own, but some hobbies really are extremely strange. Here we can see Greek strongman Gus Lessis bending over backwards with an 800-pound rock on top of his chest. Next to him is a man readying himself to smash said rock with a hammer. Now this is a very impressive feat of strength, but we just have to ask ourselves—why would anyone do this?
We’d rather stay home with a cup of tea—and we don’t see this picture being recreated anytime soon.
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Salma Hayek takes a dip in blue bikini while yachting in Mexico with family
Salma Hayek enjoyed a splash in the sea while vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico, with billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault and some of their children.
The 56-year-old actress showcased her curves in a striking blue-and-white printed bikini with gold accents and accessorized the look with a duo of necklaces, going makeup-free and letting her hair down for the fun-filled family outing.
Hayek has sent pulses racing all summer with her sexy snaps, whether she’s celebrating National Bikini Day, squeezing in a workout or boating around the world.
As for how she stays looking ageless, the star has said she forgoes Botox injections in favor of meditation and frequency machines to maintain her youthful appearance.
Hayek was seen enjoying her day out on a yacht, enjoying a dip and spending time with Pinault, whom she married in 2009.
The fashion mogul matched his wife in blue swim trunks, and Hayek later layered on a crochet-trimmed cover-up in the same shade.
The couple share daughter Valentina Pinault, 16, and the French businessman has three children from previous relationships: daughter Mathilde and son François, both from his marriage to Dorothée Lepère, and son Augustin, whom he shares with with model Linda Evangelista.
Evangelista recently joined her fellow OG supermodels Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell on the cover of Vogue’s September issue and shared a behind-the-scenes peek at her sweet relationship with Hayek.
“I was sick at Thanksgiving. And Salma got on the plane with her daughter, came here, and made Thanksgiving dinner,” Evangelista said. “She made a feast — a beautiful, beautiful meal. I had told her that I wasn’t going to have Thanksgiving; I wasn’t feeling well. And she said, ‘Oh yes you are: I am coming.’ And poof, she was here.”
From the kitchen to Los Cabos, it seems Hayek can do it all.
Salma Hayek, 57, reveals the secret to her fit bikini body — and it’s not exercise
Salma Hayek is spilling the secrets behind her fit physique.
The actress, 57, credited practicing meditation over intense exercise as the key to staying youthful in a new interview.
“I really believe it is. People say it’s exercising. I think it’s meditation,” she told “Entertainment Tonight.“
“You have to find your way. For me, exercising is hard,” she admitted. “It’s really, really difficult to have the discipline to do it. But meditation is a walk in the park, because it’s my own form of it.”
Hayek added that she practices the routine “every day” and takes the time to “sit in a moment with yourself.”
The “Frida” star previously gushed about the mindfulness technique on a July episode of Kelly Ripa’s SiriusXM podcast, “Let’s Talk Off Camera.”
“When I don’t [meditate] for some time, guess what? Not only [does] the face starts to drop and everything starts to drop, [but also] my herniated disc, the problem in my neck, the problem in my hip, my ankles [comes back]. I start breaking down,” she said at the time.
Hayek explained that she has even gotten to the point of her meditation routine where she feels energy “dancing” through her body.
“Sometimes when I’m doing it, people tell me when I come out of the room, ‘Oh my God, you look 20 years old,’” she raved.
The Mexican-American beauty also divulged that she’s never gotten Botox and instead relies on “frequency machines” in addition to her meditation practices.
“The people that do the machines say that the results I get, they don’t get with other people,” she spilled.
Hayek has not been shy in showing off the results of her health and wellness routines and even recently shared a sultry snap in a red bikini for her 57th birthday.
‘Hot girl’ Billie Eilish reveals chest tattoo in rare bikini photo
Billie Eilish’s fans are happier than ever after seeing this sexy snap.
The “Bad Guy” songstress popped up in an Instagram post shared by pal Annabel Zimmer (daughter of famed composer Hans Zimmer) Saturday, soaking up the sun in a boldly printed Miaou bikini top and Versace shades.
The rare swimsuit pic also marks the first time Eilish, 21, has shown off her chest tattoo of her surname, which she once swore fans wouldn’t “ever see.”
In 2021, Rolling Stone reported Eilish had her last name inked “in an ornate, gothic font” the day after the 2020 Grammys, where she scooped up five awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.
“I have one here that says ‘Eilish.’ Yes, I love myself,” Eilish explained of the design during her annual Vanity Fair “Same Interview” video later that same year.
She has several other tattoos, including a few “guardian angel fairies” on her left wrist and hand — from “a little fairy book called ‘Fairyopolis,’” as Eilish told Vanity Fair — and a large dragon winding up her right thigh and hip, which she referred to as a “big boy” in the same video interview.
Although the “Ocean Eyes” hitmaker’s personal style has continued to evolve from baggy clothes to more feminine looks in recent years, she appeared shy about the revealing picture, as she reacted to the post with a see-no-evil monkey emoji.
However, her admirers didn’t hold back while dropping a series of thirsty remarks.
“You’re beautiful, I love you,” one person replied to Eilish’s comment, while another wrote, “my heart stopped cause of you.”
Other comments included, “life as a REAL REAL REALLLYYYY hot girl,” “Missgurl we’re not breathing” and “you look very sexy 🥵.”
Eilish’s bikini bombshell comes weeks after she fired back at the “f—king bozos” who have called her a “sellout” for embracing her femininity.
“I spent the first 5 years of my career getting absolutely OBLITERATED by you fools for being boy-ish and dressing how I did & constantly being told I’d be hotter if I acted like a woman,” she shared via her Instagram Stories in May.
“And now when I feel comfortable enough to wear anything remotely feminine or fitting, I CHANGED and am a sellout.. and ‘what happened to her’ oMg iT’s nOt thE sAmE biLlie she’s just like the rest blah blah.”
She then told followers, “FUN FACT! Did you know that women are multifaceted!!!!!??? Shocking right?? Believe it or not, women can be interested in multiple things.”
The Oscar-winning musician has spoken candidly about her struggles to love and accept her body in the past.
“Going through my teenage years of hating myself and all that stupid s—t, a lot of it came from my anger toward my body, and how mad I was at how much pain it’s caused me, and how much I’ve lost because of things that happened to it,” Eilish told Vogue in January, referencing a hip injury that kept her from pursuing a dance career.
“I felt like my body was gaslighting me for years,” she added. “I had to go through a process of being like, my body is actually me. And it’s not out to get me.”