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The 30 Most Unique And Bizarre Vintage Photos In History

History is filled with unusual tales, and sometimes we're lucky enough to see them preserved forever in pictures. Here are the 30 most unique and bizarre photos in history.

Throughout the history of humanity there have been situations and events that have often been forgotten. But photographs can give us a window into the past like no other, and serve as witnesses to that which took place long ago and that might even look ridiculous to our modern eyes.

So, in order to illustrate just how far this principle can go, here are 35 of the most bizarre vintage photos in history.

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A winning ankle?

1930

A police officer serves as judge in an ankle pageant

Leg makeup

1942

Women painting their legs to make it look as if they were wearing a pantyhose.

The right lane

1967

The day when Sweden officially changed the rules of the road, altering which side cars should use.

Big memory

1956

A maintenance team loads 5 megabytes of memory into a Pan American airplane. 

Safety first

1912

A man tests a football helmet prototype.

To the elephant-mobile!

1967

Just Batman on an elephant. Enough said.

Bad sport?

1800s

A weapon designed to hunt water birds. It was banned for being too effective.

Here's a couple of kegs for you

1944

A British Spitfire delivering beer kegs to ally troops fighting in Normandy.

Your cup of tea?

1975

Alfred Hitchcock serving tea to MGM Studios' iconic lion.

Sliding machine

1936

A machine supposedly designed to "slide" the fat right off your legs. 

Fight club

1938

Women randomly boxing on a rooftop.

Wooden clothes

1929

Four women model wooden swimsuits, designed to show off your figure.

It's all about convenience

A casual photo of a portable sauna. You know, 'cause we all need one of those.

Some lemonade?

1931

A kid sells lemonade with a portable dispenser on the streets of Berlin.

Reverse immigration

1920

The U.S. Border Patrol trying to stop a fugitive from reaching safe haven in Mexico.

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Hat frenzy

1939

Aerial shot of New York showing pretty much everyone wore a hat in the '30s.

Shame, shame, shame

Japanese women cover their faces in shame at a court in Tokyo.

Quite a ride

1910

A single-wheeled vehicle, called Dynasphere, that could speed up to 25 miles per hour.

Harmless treat

1950

Russian soldiers feed polar bears from the safety of their armored tanks.

Neat trick

1939

A german soldier firing his weapon while standing on a horse. Right out of the circus, this one.

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A dress in progress

1860

A patient woman waits for her crinoline's rings to be completed in a clothing shop in London.

That'll get you far

1910

Not much to say here, other than "awesome!" For your pleasure, a couple of pedal-based skates.

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A house of cards

1922

Children playing with bundles of obsolete Deutsche Marks.

Is that VR?

1967

This is actually a prototype of a (very practical) portable TV.

Looks like fun

1924

Parisians using chairs to cross flooded neighborhoods.

Halloween, anyone?

1946

A woman wearing a cape designed to block UV rays.

Mickey Mouse rip-offs, right?

1914-1918

"Sound locators" used during WWI to detect and pinpoint enemy aircraft.

Baby nightmare

1927

A nurse applies UV light to a pair of babies.

Frontline dogs

1914

Belgian troops pose next to their dog-driven war cannons as they head towards the Eastern Front.

Those are some lovely eyes

1930

Contestants line up for a "Miss Lovely Eyes" pageant in Florida.

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