Saturday, August 18, 2012

Odd, Strange and the Everyday

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FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS, I HAVE SEARCHED FOR ODD AND UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS. The collection you see here is really nice. No matter how we might think that times today are strange, trust me, people have always been odd. Mean spirited, boring, physically challenged, racist, strange, bizarre, everyday, strange, “normal”... whatever life gives us—for 150 years, the camera has been there to document who we are. Enjoy these photos that remind us that even great grandma had to deal with the bizarre. Go back as far as you want—life has always been strange.

Photos via Joe Jet.

7 comments:

billyjane said...

great post,some of these i've seen before [no1,5 and 12 are actually from stevechasmar on flickr,he has a great halloween collection]
http://www.flickr.com/photos/opiummuseum/

Maureen said...

You're killing me, that Ku Klux Klan beauty show, OMG! And the guy in the fancy hat!

ricstl said...

Just as a point of historical fact....the photo postcard of the young men on the steps is of a group of young American Indians possibly going through the "reculturization" process. Ca. 1910 or so. I would venture they are in their athletic attire. The swastika on their jerseys is going in a clockwise direction whereas the swastika Nazi Germany used goes in the counterclockwise direction.

Tattered and Lost said...

I'd say it's been 10 years well spent.

Christopher Paquette said...

The Swastika has been used by some American Indian tribes long before it became the symbol of the Nazi movement.

Christine H. said...

You're right; this is an amazing collection. Makes me feel really boring and ordinary for a change.

Allan said...

Hilarious and disturbing and creepy and superb.

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