Before everyone had a camera in their pocket, taking a great photograph was truly an art form. And while many great iconic prints have endured, there are countless terrific pictures that are worth taking another look at. Some shots provide a snapshot of the era's culture; others are just weird — like this one, of a circus hippo pulling a cart in 1924.
An astronaut chimp mugs for the camera after a successful space mission.
Don't worry, those aren't real people. They're just hideously melted mannequins after a fire ripped through London's Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum.
1948 Yard Sale
Yup, that Chicago woman was really trying to sell her kids. Maybe that's why she was also trying to shield her face from the camera.
Hotel Owner Pours Acid in Whites-Only Pool
This photo of hotel owner Jimmy Brock is a reminder of a terrible period in our not-so-distant past. Taken during the Civil Rights movement, Brock poured muriatic acid in his swimming pool at his Monson Motor Lodge after several young African-Americans jumped in.
Maintaining Decency in the 1920s
That "inspector" is measuring women's swimsuits to make sure they weren't too short. If the women didn't pass, they faced a hefty fine.
Reading in Ruins
A woman takes a reading break amongst the rubble in 1940. The London bookstore had just been decimated by an air raid.
A WWII soldier shares a banana with a goat in his downtime during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.
Hey, fresh air is good for kids. That was, apparently, the idea behind this baby cage designed for toddlers cooped up in a city apartment.
The 1907 Version Of Miley Cyrus
Annette Kellerman created quite the controversy with this photo in the early '00s. It was her way of promoting women's right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit.
The Statue of Liberty Unpacks
Here's Lady Liberty's head, not long after being unpacked after her 1885 arrival.