Weird History

Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying  

Brenden Donnelly
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List Rules Vote 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 eerieness 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
Blanche Monnier, Secretl... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying
Photo: /u/Carp69/Reddit
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Stowaway Keith Sapsford Falling From A Plane, 1970
Stowaway Keith Saps... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying
Photo: /u/Carp69/Reddit
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A Girl And Her Doll, Unknown Year
A Girl And Her Doll, Unk... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying
Photo: /u/PapayaSF/Reddit
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A Girl On A Horse Beside Santa Claus, Unknown Year
A Girl On A Horse Beside... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Historical Photos That Are Low-Key Terrifying
Photo: /u/curlysass/Reddit
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