Retronaut: The past is stranger than you think

Retronaut is a compendious website that scavenges photos from the 19th century through to recent decades, demonstrating just how strange the past really is. Their motto – The past is a foreign country. This is your passport. – is inspired by the first line of L. P. Hartley’s 1953 novel, The Go-Between: The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

Retronaut is divided into categories for ease of searching. Naturally, I went first to the WTF section of historical photos. Here’s a selection of six to whet your appetites. I urge you to visit the site.

Wrong on so many levels (3 photos)

Catch ’em young, give ’em a gun.

Words fail me…

What just happened – a murder or a marriage?

Bizarre (2 photos)

A soldier’s best friend.

Correct attire is essential on formal occasions.

Weirdly erotic (1 photo)

Sex and Death.

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