Cool Old Photos – Vol 1

Cool Old Photos – Vol 1

Cool Old Photos – Vol 1 – 15 Historic Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. These cool old photos go a long way towards telling the stories of historical figures and events from the past.  Taken long ago simply to document the present, they now help us understand the past.  Take a look at these 15 cool old photos and enjoy some history!


Woman sitting under a chrome-plated hair dryer – ca 1928 Woman sitting under a chrome-plated hair dryer – ca 1928. (Public domain)


Sunbeams in Grand Central Terminal - ca 1935 Sunbeams shining down through Grand Central Terminal windows, New York City – ca 1935. (NYC Municipal Archives)


Cool Old Photos -Roommates - Ralph Horton Jr - Lem Billings - John F Kennedy - ca 1935 Roommates: Ralph Horton, Jr., Lem Billings, and John F Kennedy were roommates at Princeton in 1935. This photo was used on a Christmas card from the trio.


Cool Old Photos - Betty Blythe in the Queen of Sheba - 1921 Betty Blythe in the 1921 silent film – The Queen of Sheba. The film is a drama produced by Fox Studios about the ill-fated romance between Solomon, the King of Israel and the Queen of Sheba – played by Blythe. The movie is well known by silent film fans for its use of risqué costumes, which was rare in Hollywood during this period. Only a small amount of the movie survives today.


Motorcycle chariot race at the 1936 Police Carnival in Sydney Motorcycle chariot race at the 1936 Police Carnival in Sydney, Australia. This cool old photo shows two policeman racing in front of approximately 50,000 people packed into the stands at the Sydney Show Ground on March 1, 1936.


The Original Bibendum mascot, commonly referred to in English as the Michelin Man - 1907 The Original Bibendum mascot, commonly referred to in English as the Michelin Man – 1907.


Cool Old Photos - Lumberjacks in Portland, Oregon - 1915 Cool Old Photos – Lumberjacks posing in Portland, Oregon, USA – 1915.


Albert Einstein holding an Albert Einstein marionette puppet - ca 1931 Albert Einstein holding an Albert Einstein marionette puppet – ca 1931. This photo is believed to have been taken after Einstein saw a show put on by the Yale Puppeteers. The troupe of artists consisted of Forman Brown, Harry Burnett, and Roddy Brandon during the 1920s and spent almost the next 70 years touring the United States where they put on satirical performances that featured puppets in starring roles. In 1965, while talking to the Los Angeles Times, Harry Burnett reflected on his career and recalled how the puppet troupe “presented a special show for Dr. Albert Einstein when he visited the street while teaching at Caltech.” He went on to say that “Einstein saw the puppet perform at the Teatro Torito [a predecessor to the Turnabout Theater] and was quite amused. He reached into his jacket’s breast pocket, pulled out a letter and crumpled it up. Speaking in German, he said, ‘The puppet wasn’t fat enough!’ He laughed and stuffed the crumpled letter up under the smock to give the puppet a fatter belly. This is a wonderful photograph that Harry treasured. Harry Burnett also kept the letter in a frame and loved to retell the story and at the end give his pixish laugh.”


Chicago, Illinois - Oak Street Beach Party 1925 1925 – Chicago, Illinois – Oak Street Beach Party.


Famous Photo of a Chinese Man Eating Rice - 1901 Famous Photo of a Chinese Man Eating Rice – 1901.


Texaco Diamond T Doodlebug - 1935 Texaco’s futuristic streamlined Doodlebug Tank Truck – 1935. The driver is seen here filling the underground gas container of a Texaco service station in Illinois. (theoldmotor.com)


Inside a Passenger Train - 1800s Inside an 1800s passenger train. (McCord Museum)


Cool Old Photos - Inventor H. Day wearing radio headphones in 1922 18-year-old inventor, H. Day wearing headphones attached to a wireless radio under his top hat – May 1922 in United Kingdom.


School classroom in Red House, West Virginia 1935 School classroom in Red House, West Virginia – ca 1935.


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