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.
Painters Perch On Cables Of The Brooklyn Bridge, 1914Is this interesting?
H. H. Bennett's Son Ashley Proves His Father's Shutter Technology Works, 1886Is this interesting?
An Astronaut Floats Without Tethers, 1984Is this interesting?
Soldiers Prepare A 'Gift' For The Fuhrer, 1945Is this interesting?