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18 Old Photos That Tell Us How Weird Life Used To Be!

As time passes, we begin to realize that our past is providing more evidence of our growth and that is absolutely true when it comes to these old photos. In fact, we are looking into a world that is radically different than our own and yet, not so much! Even so, these photos over the past century will have you in awe of all that we have been through and how far we have come. Take a look:

1. In 1933, officials needed proof that London’s double dutch busses weren’t a tipping hazard.


Clearly, the world is convinced that this bus is not a tipping hazard.

2. Before 1913, two children were mailed by rail and postman and that’s why the parcel post was introduced in order to outlaw this.


I guess these children needed to be somewhere else.

3. A mocking photo in 1919 about alcohol and prohibition.


Look at those faces!

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How To Live Long – Part 7

#49. “As argument in the presence of third persons quickly degenerates into the ignoble ambition of victory, rather than conviction or instruction, and is unprofitable, so is reproof, except when the two are alone; else the admonition is received with impatience, indignation, or revenge”
#50. “To remind of a favor is not kind; to speak f it offensively, more than cancels the obligation.”
#51. “To leave the best for other is generous, to select the best for one’s self is the meanest of all traits”
#52. The “gentleman” is magnanimous, the “lady” is serene.”

#53. “The portion of the body which most requires protection against cold and wind, is that between the shoulder-blades behind, as it is at this point the lungs are attached to the body, an the blood is easily chilled”
#54. “To spend two or three moments, on rising and retiring, in rapid friction of the whole surface of the body with the hand, is a more rational treatment of the skin, and a more health promoting operation, for most persons, than a daily cold water bath”
#55. “The wisest men are those who aim to live in such a way as to grow old without aches or pains”
#56. “No rational mind can fail to see that it is a wisdom and a duty to guard against the causes, and watch vigilantly against the indications of such diseases as dyspepsia, which often so influences the mind as to subvert the whole character, making a wreck of happiness, heart, and life together”

How To Live Long – Part 6

#41. “Chilliness of body dampens the spirits, sours the temper, and renders the whole man unlovely.”
#42. “The ashes of the cremated Lady Dilke weighed just six pounds; so that, after all, our bodies are made up of a few pailfuls of water and a little dust.”
#43. “Life is warmth, growth, repair, and power to labor, and all these are derived from the food we eat and the fluids we drink, and these should be good.”
#44. “At every period of life, at all seasons of the year, and from the tropics to the poles, in every clime and country, the temperature of the human body in health is the same to a degree, that is, ninety-eight of Fahrenheit; hence we should eat in winter mainly of warming food, such as meats, fats, oils, sugar, and all the grains, farinas, and starches; in summer, the fruits and berries, and melons and vegetables of the field, the garden and the orchard, which cool and open, and ventilate the system.”

#45. “The metals are dissolved by the rains and feed the plants, they in turn feed the animals, and they in turn sustain man, in order to fit him for the duties of time and the rewards of an immortal existence.”
#46. “A generous nature never hurts the feelings intentionally.”

#47. “Little do the young and vigorous know how the old appreciate those delicate attentions which they so often need in the journey of life, and which it costs so little to bestow, how it cheers their hearts and lifts them up with a delighting thankfulness!”
#48. “A good laugh is anti-dyspeptic.”

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How To Live Long – Part 5

#33. ” A hearty meal, taken while excessively fatigued, has often destroyed life.”
#34. “Health and good nature are generally associated.”

#35. “On a freezing winter morning, to enter a warm breakfast room, with a blazing fire and a snow-white table covering, with cheery faces all around giving hearty welcome, is one of the many domestic felicities of a happy marriage.”
#36. “The “sands of life” are yielded by the food we eat and the water we drink; they constitute the foundation of the nails and hair and the scales of the skin, for we are all a scaly people, differing from the fish only that ours are smaller, and of variable quantities – morally.”

#37. “Water is by much the largest constituent of our frames, used to render the other more solid portions plastic; but all decay and die, having been but the casket of the soul, destined for immorality and eternal life.”
#38. “Cleanliness, in all the surroundings of a family mansion, pays richly in many ways, in good health, moral elevation, personal comfort, and dollars and cents besides.”

#39. “The comforts and conveniences of life save trouble, save labor, economize time, and add to our happiness greatly.”
#40. “A sour look, an impatient gesture, a cross word at the breakfast table is enough to make the best food indigestible and spoil a day.”

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How To Live Long – Part 4

#25. “The thinnest veil or silk handkerchief thrown over the face while riding or walking against a cold wind is remarkably comfortable protection.”
#26. “When alcohol was first introduced into the world in its concentrated form, about the year one thousand, it was called “Aqua Vitae,” the water of life, the great catholicon for human maladies, but it soon became the “Aqua Mortis,” the water of death, the source of mortal woes incalculable, hence the curious lines: – “Is ‘Aqua’ alcohol? Yes, aquafortis; ‘Aqua vitae’ once, Now ‘Aqua Mortis.'”

#27. “Many men with a Bible, a Concordance, a Hymn Book, and vigorous health, become more efficient ministers of the gospel than others who, with the advantage of splendid libraries, and the disadvantage of being sickly, have been but cumberers of the ground.”
#28. “To sleep well, a man must work hard.”

#29. “If thrown into the water and the strength is failing, turn on the back with only the nose and toes out of the water, hands downward and clasped. This should be practiced while learning to swim, as a means of resting from great fatigue in swimming.”
#30. “We shrink with horror at the thought that we, our wives or our children, may possibly die in a mad-house, and yet it can be made impossible by a reasonable attention to the laws of life and health and by an active, stirring life.”

#31. “Exercise to the extent of great fatigue, does more harm than good.”
#32. “Never sit or stand with the wind blowing on you for a single moment, for it speedily produces a chill, to be followed with a fever and then a bad cold.”

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How To Live Long – Part 3

#17. “Delicious sleep comes oftenest to the young and the day laborer.”
#18. “A cheerful disposition is the sunshine of the soul.”

#19. “The mental states have a more controlling influence over the bodily condition than most persons imagine.”
#20. “There is no better way, no safer way, no easier way, no surer way of saving children from debasing influences of the street, from corrupting associations, and from the acquisition of vicious and hurtful practices, than to make home attractive.”

#21. “The education of the young should properly commence with the grandmother, for it takes about two generations to eliminate the plebeian from the character and constitution”
#22. “Cold is the greatest enemy of old age.”

#23. “Ventilation is perfect in proportion as the air of an apartment is kept equal in purity to that of the external atmosphere. This is best done in private dwellings by having an open fire-place”
#24. “Nature is very much like a shiftless child, who, the more he is helped the more he looks for it. The more medicine a man takes the more he will have to take, whether it be anodyne, tonic, or alternative.”

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How To Live Long – Part 2

#9. “To live well is a glory, to die well is a bliss.”

#10. “A wise care of the health in youth is the best assurance of a long life, as an early attention to religion is the foundation of an immortal existence.”

#11. “That man live the longest who does the most good.”
#12. “He brings the most happiness to himself who does most to promote the happiness of others.”

#13. “In one’s last sickness, there is no solid enjoyment except in the consolations of the Christian religion.”
#14. “The most healthful form of exercise is that which involves exhilarating out-door activities.”

#15. “The youth becomes a man, the very day he begins to feel uneasy at the idea of being dependent on another.”
#16. “That old man! What disappointments he has encountered in his long journey, what bright hopes blasted, what sorrows felt, what agonies endured, how many loved ones he has covered up in the grave. And that old woman too! Husband dead, children all buried or far away, life’s flowers faded, the friends of her youth no more, and she waiting to go soon. Ought we ever miss an opportunity of showing attention to the aged, of proffering a kindness, or lighting up a smile, by a courteous act or a friendly deed?”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – All Entries – December 1961

Miss Norma’s Diary – All Entries – November 1961