Rare Historical Photos Reveal More Than Immediately Meets The Eye

 A Smiling Postman Poses With A Christmas Parcel in Chicago, 1929

You must have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but there is a lot to say in a collection of pictures. These photos give an insight into what life was like in the eras of the 18th century and the 1970s. You'll see what life was like for a child in America during the Baby Boom, and how the Native Americans lived long before the modern metropolis even existed. These rare histories aren't only informative, they're a fun look at from a long time, and probably a time you wish you could go back. Get ready to be amazed and read!

Christmas time in the city is one of the greatest times of the year. People are smiling, it's snowing, and boys and girls alike are opening presents. You've heard that the United States Post Office delivers whether it's rain or snow, and in that case the claim is doubled because this happy-go-lucky postman is working on Christmas Day. In the 1920s the postal service didn't have nearly as many people working for them as they do now, and they certainly have the shipping technology to get packages across the country. The packages may not have arrived as quickly, but it's nice to know that these kind of people were making sure the gifts came to the right tree.

This 1,000-year-old Buddha contained the remains of a mummified monk

Have you ever looked at a giant statue and wondered if there's something inside, Kinder Egg Style? While not every statue in the world is filled with the mummified remains of a monk, cleric, or even just a regular ol' person, this 12th-century Buddha statue is an exception to the rule. When the statue was brought to the Dent's Museum in Amersfoort's Mender Medical Center in the Netherlands, a CT scan revealed the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. Researchers found that prior to mummification, the parts of a Buddhist monk were replaced by sips of paper covered in Chinese writing.

Color photograph of a worker standing on the unfinished Golden Gate Bridge, 1935.

The Golden Gate Bridge is easy to take for granted. Thousands of people cross it every day and the biggest problem they face is traffic. Let's thank the construction workers who put their lives on the line to create this giant red feat of industrial design. Construction began in earnest on January 5, 1933, and the next four years saw a build in which a $130,000 safety net was used to rescue 19 separate men who fell from the bridge over the course of four years , which were engaged in its construction. The men who survived the fall became known as the "Halfway to Hell Club".

Only cool kids ride schwinn

The best bike in the 60s was the Schwinn Sting-Ray, the bike everyone wanted. Known as the "bike with the sports car look," the Sting-Ray was the official bike of the summer, prompting kids across America to take to the streets and tear up town with their friends, causing trouble And had a great time. Sting-Rays don't look like your standard mountain bike, with their short frame, high-rise handlebars and long, bucket-shaped saddle feeling like a vehicle like no other. Introduced in 1963, more than 45,000 bikes were sold and during the next few years Schwinn dominated the market with his stunning Sting-Ray.

The Brooklyn Supreme was the largest horse in the world and weighed 3,200 pounds

There are horses and then there are horses, big ones that climb over men and want to catch them alive – Brooklyn Supreme was one of those horses. According to an article written on Brooklyn Supreme, the horse weighed 3,200 pounds and stood 19.2 hands, and he stood around 10 feet. The horse was so big that it needed a 30-inch iron rod to make a shoe. The bigger the Brooklyn Supreme was, the more gentle it was. An old newspaper clipping about the horse states that he was fond of "stealing ice cream cones and gifts from little boys and girls".

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