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Oddly Disturbing Pictures From History (65 Pics)

This picture is often mislabeled as a mental institution in Russia in the 1950s. It is in fact German ballerinas stretching their calve muscles in 1977. There are special holes in the wall to step on.
People casually go about their business in the much destroyed city of Hue in Vietnam in 1968.
A clown poses with a family in the US in 1962.
Young girls excited to pose for a picture with Adolf Hitler in 1938.
A child is confined in a special section for children of an Insane Asylum in Spain in 1922.
The many faces of the people who watched the lynching of Abram Smith and Thomas Shipp in Indiana, US, in 1930. This picture zooms in, and you can see the lynched mens feet hanging. You can also see the unedited picture with a simple search.
A man and his dummy in England around 1900.
2 Japanese child soldiers captured on Okinawa in 1945. They claimed to be 18 and 20 years old.
Most of the students of a school wearing Mickey Mouse masks in the US in 1930.
Everyone keeps smiling and most ignore what happens after Miss New Zealand passed out during the photo shoot before the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants in Long Beach, CA, US in 1954.
A child receiving sunray therapy in London, England in 1928.
An officer walks by one of the entrances to a club in Paris, France in 1926.
A Soviet chemical warfare drill in Moscow, Russia in 1928.
A swimming mask in the US in 1925.
Photographer Cor Jarings picture which was created and designed to support the Provo Movement in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1960.
A picture of Santa Claus in the US in 1894.
Chinese women with their feet bound in 1912.
A picture from the Ballad of “Death and the Lady," Vaudeville in England in 1906.
Medical students playing cards with a cadaver in the US in 1890.
A promotional picture for the American horror film "Mesa of Lost Women" in 1953.
A boy rides a man dressed as a demon for the Krampus Parade in Austria in 1954.
Anti-freckle treatment in the US in 1933.
This is the Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-in that occurred in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963 to protest a white-only diner. Notice 2 of the 3 people being harassed are in fact white.
This staged picture, which is part of a set, shows a young girl sleeping with a version of the boogie man about to wake her up in the US in 1931.
A man dressed as the king of billiards with his 2 sons dressed as the cue ball and 8 ball in Russia in 1886.
2 Men dressed as Mickey Mouse in Paris, France in 1932.
A crowd gathers to watch the hanging of Murderous Mary in Erwin, Tennessee, US in 1916. A little hard to tell, but Mary is in the center of the photo, and is in fact a circus elephant. After years of abuse, she killed her trainer, and the population nearby to the circus at the time decided to have the poor creature hanged.
A promotional picture for the film "Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages", which was a 1922 Swedish-Danish silent film.
An Inuit Shaman working with a sick boy in Alaska in 1892.
This is the American Nazi Party rally that occurred at Madison Square Gardens in NYC, US in 1939. Notice how many average Americans are doing the Nazi solute. Apparently some 22,000 people showed up for this rally.
Students wear masks for Pink Floyds The Wall in 1982.
A mother from the tribe Mangbetu holds her son whom has an elongated skull due to head binding in the Congo in 1950.
2 People get married at Miyakejima Island, Japan in 2000. The island is full of toxic gas from high level of volcanic activity, and most of the 3,600 people had to evacuate earlier that year. These people however, stayed for that special day.
A young Fidel Castro (with the lollypop) poses with his friends in Santiago, Cuba in 1940.
A woman shepherds her herd at the abandoned Park of Palazzo Orsini in Bomarzo, Italy, in 1952.
2 Nazi soldiers pose with a man in a polar bear costume in Germany in 1940. The unofficial polar bear mascot was pictured with random people in Germany from around 1900-1960s.
A young girl stands near live Alligators on an Alligator farm in Florida, US in 1948.
An 8 year old boy named Mark lies on a bed of nails while playing monopoly in London, England in 1976.
Guards casually watch as they start the process of garroting a criminal to death at Bilibid Prison in Manila, Philippines in 1901.
Alice Elizabeth Doherty with her family in Minnesota, US in 1903. She is the only known person with hypertrichosis lanuginosa born in the United States. For her that mean she grew a massive amount of hair all over her face like it was the top of her head.
A patient is restrained in a mental institution in France in 1900.
Kids pretend to guillotine a criminal in some kind of game in France in 1959.
A woman wears the Dakko-chan toy on her arm as part of the odd Dakko-chan craze in Japan in 1960.
People pose for a picture at the tourist destination of "Wonder Spot" in Wisconsin, US in 1957. The place is built on a plane to give off the illusion of a tilt in pictures such as this.
A woman dressed up as a form of Batgirl in 1904, 57 years before the comic character of Batgirl existed (she premiered in 1961).
A mom uses a trash can to contain her baby while she crochets in the park somewhere in the US in 1969.
A womens hockey team called The Fernie Swastikas in British Columbia, Canada, in 1922.
Women pose for a picture to promote some kind of play where they are math witches and have numbered to death 2 victims somewhere in the US in 1908.
A hairdressing Competition in Warsaw, Poland in 1932.
A promotional picture from the Italian film "The Playgirls and the Vampire" in 1960.
Unwanted babies for sale somewhere in France in 1927.
Performers who play animals in a play pose for a picture in costume in London, England in 1894.
Patrons pose for a picture at a costume party in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia in 1923. Notice virtually no one is smiling.
Bert Williams dressed as his blackface character in the US in 1921.
People gather to get a close up look at a man who jumped to his death off a building in NYC, US in 1929. Note: This picture and others like it helped fuel the myth of numerous suicides immediately after the stock market collapse, but in fact most of those suicides had nothing to do with that.
Madame Gustika of the Duckbill tribe (nickname for her native African tribe) smokes a pipe while doing a freak show tour in the US in 1930.
Men dress up to make fun of Jews in Berlin, Germany in 1933.
A young teenage girl found guilty of having a relationship with a German officer is led to a public shaming in a town after already being marked in France in 1944.
A child or little person dresses as the Soviet Olympic mascot called Misha at a beach in Russia in 1980.
Divers from a German submarine crew prepare to go underwater for training in 1908.

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