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Photos of Places from our Past

Updated: May 12, 2024
These images show special places from our common history and unique pasts.

Historic photos shared by the community of various locations and places around the world. Photos are grouped by country, and by state for the United States of America.
Share and discover the people and places from your past

Places

Gravesites
Gravesites
Photos of old headstones, graves, and obituaries from around the world.
Grave markers or headstones (commonly referred to as graves) and newspaper obituaries provide valuable information for the family historian and researcher. Photos of information found in cemeteries no...
13.9k+ photos
At the Beach
At the Beach
See how our ancestors and loved ones enjoyed a day at the beach and how it's changed over the years.
People have always been drawn to the beach. Good times with family and friends, fun food, and making memories on the sand as the sun shines down. Some things that have changed are the bathing suits...
7.83k+ photos
Cities
Cities
Snapshots of city living at its finest, and sometimes not so finest.
This collection showcases historical photos of various cities, towns and other places you might recognize or heard about. Get a glimpse into what everyday life in the city looked like - from archite...
7.12k+ photos
Family Homes
Family Homes
Our homes from the past - from our childhood family home, our starter homes, to the homes we retire in.
Our homes provide us with a sense of security, stability, and comfort, and it is where we can escape from the outside world and find peace and solitude. A home is a place where we can relax, unwind, a...
147k+ photos
Landscape
Landscape
Historical and old photos of landscapes offer a unique glimpse into the past and provide us with valuable insights into the ways in which our world has changed over time.
These photographs often capture iconic natural landmarks and breathtaking scenery that still exists today, providing us with an opportunity to see how these places looked many decades or even centurie...
61.1k+ photos
Architecture
Architecture
Architectural wonders that showcase our cultural history.
From famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 - 1959), to our great grandparents who built our ancestral family homes, architecture is part of our culture and a representation of how we see our...
149k+ photos
Monuments
Monuments
Structures that memorialize those who have passed, as well as our shared history
A monument is erected to commemorate a person or an important event. Monuments may remind us of an ancient civilization, a battle, the war dead, or even a way of life. Contained in the following page...
12.9k+ photos
Parks
Parks
These photos capture our favorite family and national parks taken over the years.
Public, private, and Federal parks have always been an important aspect of community. A place to take family, meet neighbors, and build relationships while enjoying the fresh air. Historic photos of ...
21.4k+ photos
Farms
Farms
Photos of family farms and ranches - and the people and animals who lived on them.
Family farms - whether they are ranches, plantations, or the traditional farm - are the backbone of life around the world. These are photos of those homes, people, fields, and animals that comprise a...
30.6k+ photos

U.S. States

Alabama
Alabama
Alabama also known as the “Heart of Dixie" joined the union as the 22nd state in 1819.
The region that became Alabama was occupied by aboriginals as early as some 10,000 years ago. Europeans reached the area in the 16th century. During the first half of the 19th century, cotton and sl...
613 photos
Alaska
Alaska
Discover this collection of family photos taken of Alaska over the years.
Alaska became the 49th US state on January 3, 1959. The capital is Juneau and the largest metro area is Anchorage. By far the largest state by area, it is the 48th ranked state in terms of population....
89 photos
Arizona
Arizona
Discover photos of Arizona over time shared by members of the community.
Arizona became the 48th state to be admitted to the US on February 14, 1912. Before admission, it was known as the Arizona Territory. The capital is Phoenix and the largest population center is the Ph...
246 photos
Arkansas
Arkansas
Arkansas - also known as The Natural State & The Land of Opportunity.
Arkansas became a state in 1836. Part of the land that was acquired with the Louisiana Purchase and became a separate territory in 1819, Arkansas has a rich history. It was the 9th state to leave the...
510 photos
California
California
Family photos of the Golden State - home to Silicon Valley & Hollywood.
The Golden State, one of the largest states in both population and geography among the 50 states, is divided geographically into Northern and Southern California. Some of the well-known areas of the s...
4.47k+ photos
Colorado
Colorado
Colorado - The Centennial State or Colorful Colorado.
Colorado joined the United States as the 38th state in 1876. It is America’s eighth largest state in terms of land mass. First peoples were the ancient Pueblo peoples and later the Plains Indians. ...
475 photos
Connecticut
Connecticut
Connecticut boasts many nicknames: Constitution State; Nutmeg State; Land of Steady Habits; and Provisions State
One of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut became part of the Union on January 9, 1788. In area, it is the third smallest U.S. state (5,544 square miles), but it is among the most densely populate...
305 photos
Delaware
Delaware
Delaware is known by many nicknames: The First State; The Diamond State; Blue Hen State; and Small Wonder
Delaware was the first of the original 13 states to ratify the federal Constitution. Organized into three counties—from north to south, New Castle, Kent and Sussex, all established by 1682, the pop...
66 photos
Florida
Florida
Florida - the Sunshine State - was the 27th state to join the union in 1845.
Known for its balmy climate and natural beauty, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who led the first European expedition to Florida in 1513, named the state in tribute to Spain’s Easter celebratio...
817 photos
Georgia
Georgia
See family photos of Georgia taken over the years shared by members of the community.
Georgia is the largest of the U.S. states east of the Mississippi River and the youngest of the 13 former English colonies (joined the US on January 2, 1788), is known as the Peach State or the Empire...
626 photos
Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaiian people through the lens: Photos capturing the diverse culture and traditions of the islands."
Journey into Hawaii's past with vintage photos showcasing its people and events, including poignant glimpses of Pearl Harbor. Experience the diverse culture, traditions, and heritage of the islands th...
127 photos
Idaho
Idaho
Idaho is rich in history and has a diverse cultural heritage.
Discover the people of Idaho and the state's history through these historical photos that capture moments in time, from the pioneer days to the present. Some of these photos are provided by the Librar...
156 photos
Illinois
Illinois
Vintage Illinois: Captivating photos of people and places from the state's history.
Explore Illinois' history through vintage photos of its people and places. Journey through time with candid snapshots, iconic landmarks, and scenic landscapes, capturing the state's diverse cultures a...
1.70k+ photos
Indiana
Indiana
Glimpse into the past: Vintage photos of the people of Indiana.
Discover Indiana's history through vintage photos shared by families. These captivating images offer a unique glimpse into the lives, culture, and traditions of the people of Indiana across generation...
1.27k+ photos
Iowa
Iowa
Discover nostalgic snapshots of Iowans from years gone by.
These old photos show timeless moments - a family picnic, children at play, a loving couple. Preserving smiles, laughter, and tender embraces from generations past, these images evoke memories, help u...
776 photos
Kansas
Kansas
Explore old Kansas family photos, capturing joy, love, and togetherness.
Step back in time with vintage photos of people and places in Kansas, offering a nostalgic glimpse into the state's history and culture, capturing the essence of a bygone era. From small-town gatheri...
664 photos
Kentucky
Kentucky
Journey through the beauty of Kentucky, past and present, captured in these family photos.
Explore the rich history and cherished memories of Kentucky families through these family photos spanning past to present. These snapshots offer a glimpse into the lives of Kentuckians, from cherished...
1.14k+ photos
Louisiana
Louisiana
Discover Louisiana's history and culture through family photos, spanning generations past and present.
These family photos provide glimpses into the lives of Louisianians from the past to the present, capturing cultural traditions, everyday moments, and resilience in the face of challenges. From Cajun...
355 photos
Maine
Maine
Explore Maine's history through vintage family photos, showing the lives and stories of families from the state.
These vintage family photos and documents from Maine offer glimpses into the lives, culture, and history of families from this northeastern state, capturing everyday moments, cherished memories, and t...
1.27k+ photos
Maryland
Maryland
Explore the lives and stories of families from Maryland through these vintage family photos.
These old photos of the people of Maryland offer a candid glimpse into the lives of families in this mid-Atlantic state, capturing everyday moments, community gatherings, and cherished memories. Throu...
289 photos
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Discover Massachusetts' history and diverse heritage through vintage and contemporary family photos and documents.
These family photos and documents from Massachusetts provide a captivating glimpse into the state's history and heritage, reflecting the lives, stories, and traditions of families in the Bay State. Th...
1.12k+ photos
Michigan
Michigan
Explore generations of family photos, old and new, amidst Michigan's scenic landscapes.
Discover a visual journey through the rich history of Michigan's families, captured through a collection of cherished photographs. With glimpses of diverse families from all walks of life, these image...
1.37k+ photos
Minnesota
Minnesota
Browse the history of Minnesota through vintage photographs.
627 photos
Mississippi
Mississippi
Browse the history of Mississippi through vintage photographs.
249 photos
Missouri
Missouri
Browse the history of Missouri through vintage photographs.
905 photos
Montana
Montana
Browse the history of Montana through vintage photographs.
190 photos
Nebraska
Nebraska
Browse the history of Nebraska through vintage photographs.
316 photos
Nevada
Nevada
Browse the history of Nevada through vintage photographs.
99 photos
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
Browse the history of New Hampshire through vintage photographs.
174 photos
New Jersey
New Jersey
Browse the history of New Jersey through vintage photographs.
625 photos
New Mexico
New Mexico
Browse the history of New Mexico through vintage photographs.
151 photos
New York
New York
Explore past photos showcasing the people and places of New York.
Known for the famous New York City which is home to Wall Street and is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, New York is also well known for Ellis Island where many of our ancestors immigrated in...
2.33k+ photos
North Carolina
North Carolina
Journey Through Time: Capturing North Carolina's Rich Heritage in Photographs.
In the 1700s, North Carolina evolved from a primarily agrarian society into a burgeoning colony. It was instrumental in the American Revolution, hosting events like the Battle of Guilford Courthouse i...
555 photos
North Dakota
North Dakota
Browse the history of North Dakota through vintage photographs.
96 photos
Ohio
Ohio
Browse the history of Ohio through vintage photographs.
1.87k+ photos
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Browse the history of Oklahoma through vintage photographs.
691 photos
Oregon
Oregon
Browse the history of Oregon through vintage photographs.
407 photos
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Browse the history of Pennsylvania through vintage photographs.
1.67k+ photos
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Browse the history of Rhode Island through vintage photographs.
166 photos
South Carolina
South Carolina
Browse the history of South Carolina through vintage photographs.
247 photos
Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee has played a significant role in shaping American history.
Get a glimpse of Tennessee's past with this collection of photos shared by the community - from its early settlers and pioneer days to its growth into a thriving state. These photos showcase not only ...
696 photos
Texas
Texas
A Glimpse into the Past: Old Photos of Texas
Discover the rich history and culture of Texas, as seen through the lens of family photos shared by the community. From black-and-white snapshots of early settlers to color photos of family vacations ...
2.13k+ photos
South Dakota
South Dakota
Browse the history of South Dakota through vintage photographs.
168 photos
Utah
Utah
Browse the history of Utah through vintage photographs.
292 photos
Vermont
Vermont
Browse the history of Vermont through vintage photographs.
132 photos
Virginia
Virginia
Browse the history of Virginia through vintage photographs.
853 photos
Washington
Washington
The State of Washington in the Pacific Northwest named for the first U.S. President George Washington.
One of the leading lumber producers, Washington is known for manufacturing aircraft, missiles, shipbuilding, and transportation.
781 photos
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.
Founded in 1790 as the capital of the newly formed United States, Washington, D.C. was designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant and was established to be a neutral ground between the North and South. Ove...
329 photos
West Virginia
West Virginia
Browse the history of West Virginia through vintage photographs.
512 photos
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Browse the history of Wisconsin through vintage photographs.
746 photos
Wyoming
Wyoming
Browse the history of Wyoming through vintage photographs.
56 photos

Countries

Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Browse the history of Afghanistan through vintage photographs.
11 photos
Albania
Albania
Browse the history of Albania through vintage photographs.
3 photos
Argentina
Argentina
Argentina is a South American country famous for tango, beef, and soccer.
Argentina is a diverse country with a population of around 45 million people. The majority of the population is of European descent, with significant communities of Italian, Spanish, and German ancest...
23 photos
Armenia
Armenia
Browse the history of Armenia through vintage photographs.
4 photos
Australia
Australia
Vintage photos of Australia capture its rich history and culture.
With a population of around 25 million, Australia has a diverse culture shaped by European influx since the late 18th century, a love for sports and the outdoors, rich indigenous heritage, and unique ...
888 photos
Austria
Austria
Browse the history of Austria through vintage photographs.
67 photos
Bahamas
Bahamas
Browse the history of Bahamas through vintage photographs.
3 photos
Belgium
Belgium
Old photos of Belgium offer a fascinating glimpse into the country's diverse cultural heritage.
Belgium is a small, multilingual country in Western Europe, home to around 11 million people. It has a long and complex history, having been invaded and occupied by various European powers over the ce...
159 photos
Brazil
Brazil
These old photos of Brazil's people offer a vibrant glimpse into the country's cultural heritage.
Brazil is a diverse and large South American country, with a rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant culture. Its population of over 200 million consists of a mix of ethnicities and culture...
25 photos
British Columbia
British Columbia
Browse the history of British Columbia through vintage photographs.
18 photos
Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Browse the history of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel through vintage photographs.
1 photo
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Browse the history of Bulgaria through vintage photographs.
6 photos
Burma
Burma
Browse the history of Burma through vintage photographs.
3 photos
Canada
Canada
These old photos of Canada offer a fascinating glimpse into the country's history and culture.
Canada has a rich history and a diverse population. Indigenous peoples inhabited the land for thousands of years before European explorers arrived in the 16th century. The country has a history of Fre...
871 photos
Chile
Chile
Browse the history of Chile through vintage photographs.
18 photos
China
China
Browse the history of China through vintage photographs.
24 photos
Croatia
Croatia
Browse the history of Croatia through vintage photographs.
42 photos
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Old photos of the Czech Republic capture the country's rich culture and people.
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country located in Central Europe. It has a rich and complex history that dates back over a millennium. During the Middle Ages, the region was part of the Holy Roman...
167 photos
Denmark
Denmark
Old and new photos from Denmark offer different views of Danish life.
Denmark is a small and prosperous country in Northern Europe with a rich cultural heritage. Throughout history, Denmark has been home to Viking warriors, medieval kings, and influential thinkers such ...
63 photos
Cuba
Cuba
Browse the history of Cuba through vintage photographs.
65 photos
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Browse the history of Dominican Republic through vintage photographs.
6 photos
Ecuador
Ecuador
Ecuador's people and places embody the country's heritage, captured in photos.
These old photos depict the people and places of Ecuador, a small South American country of 17 million people with a rich cultural heritage from its indigenous people and Spanish colonization. The s...
5 photos
Egypt
Egypt
Photos of people in Egypt, old and new, including visitors.
These photos provide a unique perspective on the rich history and beauty of Egypt, showcasing both its iconic landmarks and the warmth and hospitality of its diverse people, as well as capturing visit...
17 photos
El Salvador
El Salvador
Browse the history of El Salvador through vintage photographs.
7 photos
England
England
Historical photos taken in England
England has such a rich history that spread across various countries from the United Kingdom to across the globe. This collection of historical photos highlights the English people, and shows the loca...
549 photos
Finland
Finland
A collection of old photos from Finland.
Explore this collection of historical photos from Finland, showcasing the daily lives, events, and culture of its people throughout the 20th century, including the fashion choices that reflect their c...
9 photos
France
France
Browse through snapshots from the past, capturing the charming people and elegant fashion of France.
This collection of historical photos from France showcases not only the everyday moments of French life, but also the vibrant culture that has made France an artistic and intellectual hub for centurie...
1.12k+ photos
Germany
Germany
German people through time: A visual retrospective.
Discover the rich history of Germany and its people through a collection of family photographs spanning generations. From candid snapshots of everyday life to portraits of prominent figures, these ima...
575 photos
Ghana
Ghana
Browse the history of Ghana through vintage photographs.
2 photos
Greece
Greece
Browse the history of Greece through vintage photographs.
53 photos
Guatemala
Guatemala
Browse the history of Guatemala through vintage photographs.
2 photos
Haiti
Haiti
Browse the history of Haiti through vintage photographs.
8 photos
Hungary
Hungary
Browse the history of Hungary through vintage photographs.
223 photos
Iceland
Iceland
Browse the history of Iceland through vintage photographs.
4 photos
India
India
Captivating photos of India's diverse people and vibrant culture.
Explore India's rich heritage: Journey from vintage to modern photos capturing the diverse people and vibrant culture of the country, shared by people at AncientFaces. Immerse yourself in evocative im...
145 photos
Indonesia
Indonesia
Browse the history of Indonesia through vintage photographs.
33 photos
Iran
Iran
Browse the history of Iran through vintage photographs.
11 photos
Iraq
Iraq
Browse the history of Iraq through vintage photographs.
8 photos
Ireland
Ireland
Discover Ireland and the Irish people through these moments caught on film.
Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle, has a rich and complex history dating back thousands of years. The first human settlements in Ireland can be traced back to around 4000 BC, and the country has...
198 photos
Israel
Israel
Browse the history of Israel through vintage photographs.
36 photos
Italy
Italy
Browse Italy's people in photos from the past and present, offering a glimpse into its rich tapestry of life.
Family photos from Italy hold memories of generations past, capturing candid moments of togetherness, warmth, and shared love. They vividly portray a close-knit culture, from grandparents teaching gr...
432 photos
Jamaica
Jamaica
Browse the history of Jamaica through vintage photographs.
16 photos
Japan
Japan
Explore the beauty and diversity of Japan through photos capturing its people and events.
Photos of Japan depict its people, art, and events with clarity, showcasing the beauty of cherry blossoms, the grace of geisha, the precision of samurai, and the customs of Matsuri festivals. Glimpse...
129 photos
Korea
Korea
Browse the history of Korea through vintage photographs.
20 photos
Laos
Laos
Discover the enchanting beauty and diverse culture of Laos through these shared photos.
Immerse yourself in the captivating charm and cultural richness of Laos through family photos, showcasing misty mountains, bustling markets, and vibrant traditions. Witness the Laotian people's daily...
1 photo
Lebanon
Lebanon
Browse the history of Lebanon through vintage photographs.
3 photos
Lithuania
Lithuania
Explore Lithuania's heritage through vintage family photos.
Lithuania, a Baltic country with a rich cultural heritage, holds treasured memories of generations captured in old family photos. In these vintage photos, you will see Lithuanian families posing prou...
33 photos
London
London
Take a nostalgic journey through London's past with these historical photos.
Peek into the lives of Londoners of yesteryear with these vintage photos, offering a captivating glimpse into the people and characters that have shaped the bustling city of London, located in the Uni...
5 photos
Macedonia
Macedonia
Browse the history of Macedonia through vintage photographs.
4 photos
Malaysia
Malaysia
Browse the history of Malaysia through vintage photographs.
3 photos
Mexico
Mexico
These vintage photos from Mexico offer a glimpse into the lives and memories of people and places that are part of their rich history.
Mexico has a rich and complex history that stretches back thousands of years. The indigenous civilizations of the Mayans, Aztecs, and many others flourished before the arrival of the Spanish conquista...
122 photos
Micronesia
Micronesia
Browse the history of Micronesia through vintage photographs.
3 photos
Morocco
Morocco
Browse the history of Morocco through vintage photographs.
5 photos
Netherlands
Netherlands
Browse the history of Netherlands through vintage photographs.
831 photos
New Caledonia
New Caledonia
Browse the history of New Caledonia through vintage photographs.
2 photos
New Guinea
New Guinea
Browse the history of New Guinea through vintage photographs.
23 photos
New Zealand
New Zealand
Browse the history of New Zealand through vintage photographs.
77 photos
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Browse the history of Nicaragua through vintage photographs.
4 photos
Niger
Niger
Browse the history of Niger through vintage photographs.
6 photos
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Browse the history of Northern Ireland through vintage photographs.
43 photos
Norway
Norway
Browse the history of Norway through vintage photographs.
253 photos
Pakistan
Pakistan
Browse the history of Pakistan through vintage photographs.
35 photos
Palestine
Palestine
Browse the history of Palestine through vintage photographs.
21 photos
Peru
Peru
Browse the history of Peru through vintage photographs.
5 photos
Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain and consists of approximately 7,641 islands. Discover vintage photos of the Philippines islands and it's inhabitants.
139 photos
Poland
Poland
Browse the history of Poland through vintage photographs.
326 photos
Portugal
Portugal
Browse the history of Portugal through vintage photographs.
21 photos
Prussia
Prussia
Browse the history of Prussia through vintage photographs.
8 photos
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Browse the history of Puerto Rico through vintage photographs.
44 photos
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Browse the history of Republic of the Marshall Islands through vintage photographs.
1 photo
Romania
Romania
Browse the history of Romania through vintage photographs.
213 photos
Russian Federation
Russian Federation
Browse the history of Russian Federation through vintage photographs.
192 photos
Samoa
Samoa
Browse the history of Samoa through vintage photographs.
23 photos
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Browse the history of Saudi Arabia through vintage photographs.
2 photos
Scotland
Scotland
Browse the history of Scotland through vintage photographs.
100 photos
Singapore
Singapore
Browse the history of Singapore through vintage photographs.
5 photos
Slovakia
Slovakia
Browse the history of Slovakia through vintage photographs.
81 photos
Slovenia
Slovenia
Browse the history of Slovenia through vintage photographs.
10 photos
South Africa
South Africa
Browse the history of South Africa through vintage photographs.
104 photos
Spain
Spain
From Madrid to Barcelona to Valencia, this collection of photos showcases the Spanish people, culture, and country.
Discover Spain and it's people through these moments captured on film.
82 photos
Sudan
Sudan
Browse the history of Sudan through vintage photographs.
4 photos
Sweden
Sweden
Browse the history of Sweden through vintage photographs.
198 photos
Switzerland
Switzerland
Browse the history of Switzerland through vintage photographs.
25 photos
Thailand
Thailand
Browse the history of Thailand through vintage photographs.
8 photos
Turkey
Turkey
Browse the history of Turkey through vintage photographs.
22 photos
Ukraine
Ukraine
Browse the history of Ukraine through vintage photographs.
192 photos
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Explore the rich history of the United Kingdom through vintage photos taken over the last few hundred years.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a rich history that began with the settlement of modern humans approx. 30,000 years ago. Through exploration of the world many people from ...
1.23k+ photos
Uruguay
Uruguay
Browse the history of Uruguay through vintage photographs.
9 photos
Vanuatu
Vanuatu
Browse the history of Vanuatu through vintage photographs.
1 photo
Venezuela
Venezuela
Browse the history of Venezuela through vintage photographs.
2 photos
Vietnam
Vietnam
Browse the history of Vietnam through vintage photographs.
28 photos
Wales
Wales
Browse the history of Wales through vintage photographs.
53 photos
Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
Browse the history of Yugoslavia through vintage photographs.
29 photos
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