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The Creepiest Photos From History

Updated April 8, 2021 487.7k votes 60.1k voters 2.0m views15 items

List RulesVote 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

    Photo: u/curlysass / Reddit
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    A Family Photo, Late 1800s

    Photo: u/GearbusterX / Reddit
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    People With The Mummies Of Venzone, Italy, 1950s

    Photo: u/cosmicmoods / Reddit
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    A Doll With Two Faces, 1920

    Photo: u/rsan_jay / Reddit
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