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Historical Photos Of People Being Cool As Hell

Updated August 30, 2019 34.4k votes 4.1k voters 161.2k views20 items

List RulesVote up the most striking photographs.

All too often, people in the modern age assume those who lived in the past led dreary, humdrum lives. When all we see of the historical past is dour, black-and-white photos of unsmiling faces in buttoned-up collars, we forget that people have been taking chances, trying new things, having fun, and changing the course of history since the dawn of time. 

Although famous people are often the subject of historical photos, here are some vintage pictures of ordinary people doing really cool and extraordinary things. Vote up the photos that make you reconsider whether or not life in the olden days was really as colorless as you've always imagined.