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What was normal everyday life like for people living 50, 100, or more years ago? Featuring old photos, scanned documents, articles, and personal anecdotes that offer a glimpse into the past.

About TheWayWeWere

What was normal everyday life like for people living 50, 100, or more years ago? Featuring old photos, scanned documents, articles, and personal anecdotes that offer a glimpse into the past. This subreddit is focused on content at least 40 years old.

Please treat the comment section with kindness. Trolling, copypasta and unrelated arguments are against the rules of decorum.

Filter by decade:

Pre-1920s 1920s 1930s 1940s

1950s 1960s 1970s All decades

Submission guidelines:

  1. Content should be 40 years or older. Please put the approximate location and year in your title.

  2. Especially appreciated are photos that show what people did and experienced, but posed photos are fine too.

  3. If the source of your content is not given by your link, or if you have more information that would be helpful for people who want to learn more, please include it in a comment.

  4. You do not need to put the dimensions of the image in the title of your post, e.g. [640 x 480].

  5. Please do not submit or upvote content about historically notable people (politicians, celebrities, etc.) and events. Please post it to another subreddit.

  6. Reposts are allowed as long as it has not been submitted within the last 3 months AND it does not already appear in the top 50 posts this year. This allows people new to the subreddit to get a chance to see quality previously-submitted content.

  7. Find images to post by viewing our Resources Page. Please suggest additional resources by messaging the mods.

Related subreddits

For video, see /r/TheWayWeWereOnVideo


OldPhotos multireddit - contains 25 old photos subreddits, including many of the following:


Photos of major historical events and historically notable people: /r/HistoryPorn


Colorized photos (historically notable and otherwise): /r/ColorizedHistory and /r/Colorization


Early photography, with a focus on early camera technology: /r/earlyphotography


The suave and debonair ladies and gents of yesteryear: /r/oldschoolcool, /r/retroparents and /r/OldSchoolCelebs. For the more sultry side: /r/vgb (may be nsfw)


Modern photos overlaying historical photos: /r/OldPhotosInRealLife


The stranger side of life: /r/OldSchoolRidiculous


Black History: /r/BlackHistoryPhotos


Extant buildings during construction: /r/HalfbuiltHistory. Buildings lost to history: /r/Lost_Architecture


Time-specific pictures: /r/VictorianEra, /r/1920s, /r/1950s, /r/1960s, /r/1970s


Vintage advertising: /r/vintageads


Newsreel videos: /r/NewsReels


Classic and modern pinup art and photos: /r/pinup


Our more-recent past: /r/vintage and /r/vintageads


Past concepts of the future: /r/HowWeThoughtWeWouldBe and /r/VintageSciFi/


Old time radio programs: /r/OTR


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Anyone ever have to order ice for delivery during the summer growing up??

1 Comment
2024/06/30
16:32 UTC

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Two serious ladies in a garden in Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden, ca 1900-1910

3 Comments
2024/06/30
15:50 UTC

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Church lady, Philadelphia, 1960s.

12 Comments
2024/06/30
14:49 UTC

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A Larrakia elder with a nose piercing along with scars across his stomach and arms and chest, Darwin, Australia, in the 1870s-1880s

0 Comments
2024/06/30
14:04 UTC

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Beauty contestants arrive at the Hampton House motel, Miami, 1967.

2 Comments
2024/06/30
09:55 UTC

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Young Woman, Germany 1909

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2024/06/30
08:58 UTC

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Tip Top Café owner Courtney Bernard Murray standing with daughters Jennie, Delores, & Miss Biddie, a family friend, Galveston, TX, 1940s.

2 Comments
2024/06/30
08:56 UTC

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Women of the Gloretta Girl’s Club, 1943

0 Comments
2024/06/30
08:55 UTC

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Street vendors selling household remedies, Port Gibson, Mississippi, 1940.

1 Comment
2024/06/30
08:53 UTC

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High class (Rich) mexican kids, dressed in their sunday best, pose for a photo. Around 1900s. I think there are 2 girls but due custom of the time, not sure.

0 Comments
2024/06/30
07:33 UTC

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Woman takes a rest over some barbells in the gym after a workout. she drinks some tea/coffe.you can see a trainer and other woman in the mirror. Circa 1940s-50s

17 Comments
2024/06/30
07:30 UTC

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June 30, 1930: Bits 'n Pieces.....This 'n That (r/MinnesotaArchive)

0 Comments
2024/06/30
04:34 UTC

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Norm “The Dutchman” Van Brocklin calling signals before taking the snap from Chuck "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik during a December 1960 game vs Pittsburgh Steelers at Forbes Field. Pittsburgh, PA.

7 Comments
2024/06/30
01:24 UTC

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Joe Walsh and his band The Measles performing at Kent State in 1966

11 Comments
2024/06/30
00:53 UTC

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My family at Clear Lake, IN (1950s)

Not sure of exact year. Guessing early 1950s. Scan of color slide film.

1 Comment
2024/06/30
00:01 UTC

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Little kids posing outside their Petroleum, Indiana home circa 1910

3 Comments
2024/06/29
21:12 UTC

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Class visit to the dentist, Denmark 1956

9 Comments
2024/06/29
19:24 UTC

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Family portrait on the lawn. Iowa, 1940s

2 Comments
2024/06/29
17:26 UTC

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If you called a plumber in the old days. This is probably what would show up. Photo is from Dallas in early 1900’s.

7 Comments
2024/06/29
17:12 UTC

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Prohibition Days. Elliot Ness would never find it there.

10 Comments
2024/06/29
16:22 UTC

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A photo Rob Precht took while strollig down Christopher Street, Manhattan, during Pride, 1982.

5 Comments
2024/06/29
15:48 UTC

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1960s pie time!

3 Comments
2024/06/29
14:49 UTC

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A picture of passengers, mostly military personnel, taken at Union Station in Washington DC - 1943.

2 Comments
2024/06/29
13:57 UTC

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