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Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying

Updated February 22, 2021 402.9k votes 35.8k voters 1.5m views22 items

List RulesVote up the photos that are subtly terrifying.

Heavy shadows, monotone colors, and faded edges can make historical photos terrifying. Though not the most inherently scary photos, pictures from the past can have a haunting and unsettling eeriness to them. Many historical photos aren't meant to scare viewers, but due to their sometimes macabre or unusual nature, they can't help but send shivers down a person's spine.

The homemade costumes, dreary dolls, and unblinking eyes turn what could have once been the most mundane or fun photographs into low-key nightmares.

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    Blanche Monnier, Secretly Locked In A Small Room For 25 Years, 1901

    Photo: /u/Carp69 / Reddit
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    Portrait Of German Architect Carl Weber And His Wife, Emily Of Stratford In 1850, Just Hours After She Died

    Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
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    Stowaway Keith Sapsford Falling From A Plane, 1970

    Photo: /u/Carp69 / Reddit
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    A Girl And Her Doll, Unknown Year

    Photo: /u/PapayaSF / Reddit
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