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Old Mysterious Photos that will Haunt Your Dreams : Part 2

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The following photos were culled from the dark archives of the past. Once again, we have no explanation for them. They could be works of art. Maybe they’re the photographic relics of a deranged family or cult. Or perhaps they’re messages from possessed entities. We honestly can’t comprehend how these images came to be. Clearly, they’re real, but what could have compelled the photographers to take them as opposed to, say, running away? More importantly, what compelled the subjects of these images to behave in the manner in which we see them? Is it possible our history contains untold stories of occultish possession?

Behold our second installment of old, mysterious photos and try to imagine the states of mind of the people in them. Who knows, maybe you’re related.

























For PART ONE of this post, CLICK HERE!

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  • Uma Maheswar Nakka

    They are not at all mysterious, in additin some are but funny

  • bgkillerk

    The one photo of statues of children dancing around a crocodile is in Stalingrad, WWII during the seige.

    • The Ghost Diaries


  • jm

    The rabbit suit one is terrifying as well as the one with the baby surrounded by black robed people. That child is surely scarred for life by that situation. Also, what is with all of the women completely covered up for the photo, why be in it if you are under a sheet? Thank you for posting these and scaring me half to death.

    • The Ghost Diaries

      You’re welcome 🙂

    • Karene Smith

      They are the backs of nuns dressed just like the one facing the boy.

    • Ant Mark Walton

      The nun picture is actually a comical advertisement shot.

  • Kelli Robinson

    As for the women under hidden under sheets with the children, that was their way of making sure that the baby had something sturdy to sit on while getting photographed so they would fall off. Years ago, Olin Mills used to have the mother get under a piece of carpet (just her upper body) to form a chair like setting so the baby wouldn’t fall over or off the table while getting their picture taken. As for the bird beak masks, for some time, including around the time of the Black Plague, the long
    “beaks” of the bird masks would be stuffed with spices and incense,
    which was thought to fulfil two purposes –
    it would cover the stench of death and disease, and some wearers
    thought that by wearing it they were warding off the diseases.

    • taylor

      also in some of the photos of the children with the person under the blanket hidden where taken that was because they use to take pictures of their dead loved ones to honor their memories they would make the dead look like they where alive but you can usually tell how was not alive any more if you look closely

  • Don Van horne

    All of the ones in Part 1 and Part 2 with people covered with a blanket with a child in them are Death Photos taken many years ago. They often used them to pose with the adult(Covered) holding the dead child as a “lasting memory” and were VERY expensive in their time.

    • Deana Royer Horgan

      http://twentytwowords.com/victorian-parents-hiding-pictures-keep-babies-still-long-enough-portrait-20-pics/ There are death photos out there but that is not why these parents are hiding

    • Cesar C. S. Windmill

      those children don’t look dead.
      How was that achieved by the photographer?

      • i

        Half of them were dead, they would use mechanical structures to hold them in place. Back then because talking pictures were so expensive, if the child or adult died, they took a picture of them while dead. Just Google this.

    • Jeani Marie

      Hidden mother photos were taken so that babies and toddlers would hold still for the pictures…. those are not post-mortem pictures.

  • Sparkle Plenty

    I think the one with the children in a circle relates to the childhood song Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posie, ashes, ashes, we all fall down. Which is actually referencing being nuked and the nuclear winter that would follow.

    • Hiame

      That childhood song has nothing to do with nuclear war. It dates back to the black plague.

      • hummm

        prove it that it was not prior and came about through the memories from similar after math like conditions would be perfectly identical except from the prior the memory bleed through with the ashes ashes we all fall down. Hear in the earth class we can not remember or get history correct at the time of it happening so how on this world understood mentally. It never has been till writing became needed to remember things and try to hold on to what we use to be able to be able to access naturally. I believing writing was a devolution not an evolution. We have became less then rather then evolving we lost are whole selves. We forgot and used writing and other things in many ways to hold on to what we were loosing and we knew it. We at this point we have no ability to even understand what we were trying to leave to ourselves.

    • Maggie Deuchars

      The children’s nursery rhyme … Ring-a-ring-a-roses, a pocket full of posies, atishoo atishoo, we all fall down is about the black death plague in the uk in the 1500’s the ring of roses was the first sign of the plague (rosy red spot’s in a ring in all your creases, bend of the arm, arm pit, back of the knees etc.) the pocket full of posies were the herbs people kept in their pockets ( a small bag they hung around their neck) to try and ward off catching it and the “atishoo” was the final stage before they “fell down dead” this was 4 hundred years before “Nukes” so had absolutely nothing to do with that … interestingly the only people not affected by the plague were stable hands, scientists have now found out that certain oils in a horses skin were protecting them and the people who worked with them from this awful disease …

      • Sparkle Plenty

        Great information, thanks for clarifying. I knew it had a really bad meaning and as a kid we sang it without having a clue to it’s origins.

        • Maggie Deuchars

          You are welcome, I wondered if it would seem a bit pompous putting that info up but thought ‘why the heck not’ glad you liked it … 🙂

      • hummm

        I believed the same so called factual proof that rhyme as for the time and period of its creation. Now as I have learned more about the depths of human history as well as The phrase that expresses a amazing truth. This is the statement that everything old is new again. There is to much history being brought to out reality now at such a high speed and the personal vibrations of the earth and everything on it. This rhyme came many years before new weapon’s yet It is a very clear expression of exactly what happens during an atomic blast. Possibly it is a leftover from the old that describes the new perfectly. Trama of the soul through children that remember from their reincarnation. From there past lives. We are remembering. We are awakening. Do u remember prior to being sent to aka class room earth what you were here for? No matter how hard you tried to hold on to the why. You just can not remember what you are here for. I remember the moment yet still can not grasp the why.

        • The Ghost Diaries

          whoa….right on

        • Karene Smith

          As someone who has stood on their 150year old grave, I can relate.

      • Actually, it’s been confirmed that ‘Ring around the Rosie’ is not, in fact, about the Black Plague. The earliest versions of the song did not contain any of the details often cited as “evidence” of it being about the Black Plague, and didn’t appear until after the Plague had long since stopped being a major world problem.

        Sadly, nobody knows what its actually about. Might just be nonsense verse. There’s a lot of that.

      • Donnita Waters

        atishoo refers to a sneeze and refers to an influenza out break…..Rings around the roses, pocket full of posies, ashes ashes….. as their bodies were burned when they dies. therefor the ashes

  • Karene Smith

    The one with the boy standing by the nun with what appears to be veiled figures are actually the backs of more nuns. The ones with gas masks are WW1 and WW2 photos and were common. Some are just Halloween and Easter photos. The ones of the women in tall black pointy hats are from an age where young well-off women/girls went to finishing schools. They had all kinds of recitals, seasonal plays, etc that they dressed up for in elaborate costumes. The old ladies in tall black hats are just wearing their regional native dress. The guy with the horns on stairs is just a guy in a European hunting lodge standing in the wrong place. Some are performers, or sideshow/circus acts. Keep in mind that the early days of photography was when you had to stay still for a very very long time. That’s why they had posture clamps to keep you still. The kids with the blanketed adults could be post-mortem but might have just been a fussy kid. Flashes were mini explosions then.

    • alistaircrane

      Stop trying to take the fun out of it!!!!

  • ChuckingDice

    The one with the druids surrounding the car is from Coven, the short being made in the documentary American Movie.

  • Jon

    The one of black-clothed figures around a 70s car is a screenshot from the short film “Coven” from 1997.

  • Ant Mark Walton

    As I stated in part one, not to be a total killjoy, a lot of the photos are stills from the silent movie era. I only say this here as I would have loved for you to scan my grandma’s books and share the photos, as you would adore the photos! My gran used to collect books of old silent film stills. They were compilations of photographs from horror films and scared the hell out of me as a child haha! Sadly, we threw them out many years ago not realising that they would probably be worth hundreds now and would even provide great entertainment for sites such as yours.

  • Cesar C. S. Windmill

    The one with the lady in black at the cemetery is not even an old photo.
    Is part of a photoshoot for a cd cover or something http://odland.fr/photos/

  • Vladis Michael

    The pictures with people wearing gas masks were taken in Chernobyl during the nuclear explosion. In one of them the man is holding a sign that says “заражено” in russian that means infected.

    • Gasmaskcollector

      5 years late but this Picture dates WAYY before chernobyl.

  • BrokenEye

    The fourth from the bottom is a rejected prototype hazard suit from near the beginning of WWII. This was while hazard equipment was still a very new thing and what they were “supposed to look like” hadn’t really been codified yet.

  • The one with the baby in the peculiar cylindrical gas mask-like contraption is exactly that: a photo of a prototypical wartime contraption to protect infants during gas attacks. If I’m not mistaken its taken from Popular Science. I don’t believe the device ever went into production.

    • Gasmaskcollector

      Comes from Britain not the United States btw.

  • The women with the bags on their heads are participating in a swimsuit beauty contest that is supposed to be judged entirely on their bodies and not their faces, so they have their faces hidden by (admittedly fairly shoddy) masks