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Scary Historical Photos

Historical photos that scare us or are so funny that they're scary!

Scientists say that they can't quantify what scares us - they only know that fear is individual. We can also say that it varies from decade to decade. These are photos from the past that gave our ancestors chills. But what are the top ten things people were scared of in 2017?

  • Corrupt Government Officials
  • Poor Heathcare
  • Pollution of Oceans, Rivers and Lakes
  • Pollution of Drinking Water
  • Not having enough money for the future
  • High medical bills
  • A third world war
  • Global Warming / Climate Change
  • North Korea using weapons of mass destruction
  • Air Pollution

These modern fears would not occur to our ancestors - they define the state of our minds currently and what is happening now in the world. But there are also human phobias that are carried through time such as heights; snakes; spiders; direct eye contact; public speaking; sudden movements, sounds, or suprises (think firecrackers and thunder and lightening); small spaces (claustrophobia); the sight of blood; being in the dark; flying; dying; and mice and rats. Then there are clowns, scary movies, amusement park rides, ghosts, ghost towns . . . the list goes on and on. These are spooky photos from the past - some will be scary to you, some will not. But all of them evoke a fear factor in some people.

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Taken in Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, CA in .
A photo of a snake charmer in carnival which came to Santa Clara, California,... more
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A photo of a poster for Thurston the Great, magician - the wonder show of the... more
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A shape moved suddenly past me into the flame
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Taken at Smallwood Studio, Chicago, IL USA in .
Photo taken by G.S. Smallwood: A double exposure "spirit" photograph of a... more
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This looks like a picture of the walking dead - zombies - at the height of... more
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Taken at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France on .
The remains of Cardinal Francois Marie Benjamin Richard, Archbishop of Paris,... more
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Taken at Metropolitan Life Tower 33rd Floor, New York, NY USA in .
This photographer was taking pictures of the construction of the Met Building... more
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The picture shows Alverta Violet Sprague in a casket. It says "Our Darling"... more
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Taken at Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park, CA USA in .
Left to right:  Maureen, Corliss, "Boris Karloff" and Marc Traut at the... more
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Before the 1950's, almost all Halloween costumes were homemade. This is... more
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A bicycle outing for two - when one of the two is a skeleton! An obvious... more
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It looks like this Daddy is ready for Halloween but the little girl? Not so... more
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Taken in United States of America.
A family dressed up for Halloween - before the Adams family. Actually, the... more
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Taken at MGM Studio, CA United States of America .
Gale Sondergaard was initially cast to play the role of the Wicked Witch of... more
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Taken at Tutankhamun's tomb, Valley of the Kings, Egypt in .
Howard Carter, born May 9th 1874, died March 2nd, 1939 was an English... more
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A photo of a purported haunted house (taken when it was the Warrington home)... more
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A drawing of a woman embracing ghostly man to the surprise of onlookers - an... more
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"One of his wet, shiny arms was round Mamie's waist." Published in Collier's... more
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This drawing harks back to the origins of Halloween - Samhain - and shows... more
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A drawing published in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow of the headless horseman.
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