Retronaut is a compendious website that scavenges photos from the 19th century through to recent decades, demonstrating just how strange the past really is. Their motto – The past is a foreign country. This is your passport. – is inspired by the first line of L. P. Hartley’s 1953 novel, The Go-Between: The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
Retronaut is divided into categories for ease of searching. Naturally, I went first to the WTF section of historical photos. Here’s a selection of six to whet your appetites. I urge you to visit the site.
Wrong on so many levels (3 photos)
Catch ‘em young, give ‘em a gun.
Words fail me…
What just happened – a murder or a marriage?
Bizarre (2 photos)
A soldier’s best friend.
Correct attire is essential on formal occasions.
Weirdly erotic (1 photo)
Sex and Death.