Shadows of the Past: Exploring Rare Historical Photos and Their Stories

March 28, 2024

A rare photo of a beautiful Moroccan Jewish woman in traditional clothing

You've heard that a photo is worth a thousand words, but photos like the collection here have stories with so much more to say. These pictures give an insight into what life was like in eras as disparate as the 18th century and the 1970s. You'll see what life was like for a kid in America during the baby boom, and how the Native people of America lived long before the modern metropolis existed. These rare historical aren't just informative, they're a fun look at a time long gone, and maybe a time that you wish you could go back to. Prepare to be astonished and read on!You've heard that a photo is worth a thousand words, but photos like the collection here have stories with so much more to say. These pictures give an insight into what life was like in eras as disparate as the 18th century and the 1970s. You'll see what life was like for a kid in America during the baby boom, and how the Native people of America lived long before the modern metropolis existed. These rare historical aren't just informative, they're a fun look at a time long gone, and maybe a time that you wish you could go back to. Prepare to be astonished and read on!

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Such beautiful, ornate clothing has rarely been captured in photographs from the turn of the century, likely because an outfit like this was really only seen in Morocco. In the 19th and 20th centuries the Moroccan Jewish community was the largest Jewish community in North Africa and it’s believed that approximately 120,000 to 130,000 Jews lived in the area at the time. At the time modesty was the order of the day which meant that women covered their hair and their hair, and extremely conservative women covered their faces as well. As modest as this look was, it's definitely very cool.  

Author William S. Burroughs with his Jack-O’-Lantern that he carved with a hatchet, 1996.

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How would you feel if you looked out your window and saw William S. Burroughs and his hatchet digging into this pumpkin before Halloween? If you were familiar with Burroughs’ work, you wouldn’t be shocked. He was a wild man with an avantgarde sense of humor and a penchant for using weapons. In the last year of his life Burroughs was especially into his weapons, he often went target shooting on a farm with fellow gun enthusiasts or practicing throwing a knife into a board propped up against the little garage before having his daily vodka and coke at 3:30 in the afternoon.