Weird History

The Creepiest Photos From History 

Bailey Brown
Updated October 22, 2019 410.9k votes 44.5k voters 1.1M views 21 items

List Rules Vote up the photos from history that freak you out the most.

Film photography is inherently difficult to control in regard to exposure and quality, and the photographer can't determine if an image is too creepy until after the development process. But when photography first emerged, those creepy photos from history likely didn't seem so nefarious.

Now contemporary artists work hard to create truly terrifying pieces that decorate the homes of modern horror fans. Their work, however, pales in comparison to old snapshots of the Venzone Mummies or black-and-white clown pictures. These twisted images serve a dual purpose, though. They frighten, but they also expose the intricacies of life before digital photography.

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A Man And His Doll Laid To Rest, Unknown Year
A Man And His Doll Laid ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Photos From History
Photo: /u/curlysass/Reddit
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One Of Ed Gein's Human Flesh Masks, 1957
One Of Ed Gein's Human F... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Photos From History
Photo: /u/cosmicmoods/Reddit
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A Family Photo, Late 1800s
A Family Photo, Late 180... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Photos From History
Photo: /u/GearbusterX/Reddit
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People With The Mummies Of Venzone, Italy, 1950s
People With The Mummies ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Photos From History
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