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Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying

Updated February 22, 2021 404.9k votes 37.3k 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 Creepy Costume, Unknown Year

    Photo: /u/PapayaSF / Reddit
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    A Clown Standing On Stilts, Unknown Year

    Photo: /u/WendyRunningMouth / Reddit
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    A Girl In A Mask With Her Doll, Unknown Year

    Photo: A Redditor / Reddit
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    A US Navy L-8 Blimp That Continued To Fly After Its Crew Allegedly Disappeared, 1942

    Photo: /u/Carp69 / Reddit
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