15 Photographs from the past that will make a chill run down your spine
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and they cannot be more right. History is filled with images and drawing and pictures taken of moments that speak of a time when things were very different than today.
Technology of that time was thought to be the pinnacle of science at the time. There are also some things that probably will give you Goosebumps because of the atrocities and violence the world has seen in the past 200 years or so.
Here are 15 such photographs that give an amusing, nostalgic and haunting reminder of our past.
1 The Jumping elephant
In Germany in 1950s, a circus director Franz Althoff had taken a ride on the German Monorail named Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, with a 4-year-old elephant named Tuffi, as a marketing gig. The animal panicked midway during the commute and broke a window and jumped some 12 meters down in the Wupper River underneath the monorail.
The elephant survived and was then sold to another circus after gaining celebrity status and died peacefully in 1989.
2 Origins of sideburns
The photo is of the inventor or originator of the popular male hair fashion of side burns. The gentleman is Ambrose Everett Burnside, governor of Rhode Island in 1880s and soldier in the American civil war. His distinct hairstyle and facial hair led to the term ‘sideburns’, being coined, taken from his last name.
3 Titanic – the last known photo
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner ship that sank on April 15th, 1912. It was brought into public limelight thanks to the James Cameron movie Titanic made in 1997. Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg on its maiden journey from Liverpool, UK to the United States, taking more than 1500 lives with it. The ship was touted as unsinkable and was the largest ship afloat of its time.
4 Piles of bodies, Dresden
The photo shows the pile of bodies collected on roads and streets of German city Dresden, after the Allied Air Force bombed the city during the Second World War. The planes from the Royal Air Force and US air force dropped more than 3,900 tons of explosives on the city between the dates of 13-15th February 1945. This caused deaths of over 40,000 civilians in the city.