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Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying

Updated February 22, 2021 403.8k votes 37k 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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    A Girl On A Horse Beside Santa Claus, Unknown Year

    Photo: /u/curlysass / Reddit
    Is this unsettling?
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    American Airlines Flight 191 After An Engine Fell Off During Take Off, 1979

    Photo: /u/Carp69 / Reddit
    Is this unsettling?
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    The Shrunken Head Of A Missionary, 1935

    Photo: /u/eat_a_pizza / Reddit
    Is this unsettling?
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    Twins In Homemade Costumes, 1930s

    Photo: /u/eat_a_pizza / Reddit
    Is this unsettling?