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19 Unintentionally Creepy Historical Photos

May 7, 2020 41.2k votes 3.8k voters 99.1k views19 items

List RulesVote up the photos that are creepy despite not meaning to be.

It's not always quite clear what makes a photo creepy. Sometimes it's the atmosphere, other times it's the story behind it, and every once in a while it's the dark shadow standing in the corner that looks eerily like a person staring directly at the photo's subject, waiting for the perfect time to strike.

More often than not, people don't set out to make a creepy old photo, but somehow, overtime the many photos people take become unintentionally creepy. Was the photo intended to memorialize a fun day with family? Now it's creepy. Was it meant to create a record of wartime? Now it's creepy. A photo of all the mummies found during an excavation? Well - that was probably always creepy (and maybe to some a little weird) but it wasn't necessarily the purpose of the photo.

Maybe the only way to truly understand unintentional creepiness is by looking through a set of creepy old photos.