25 Ancient Historical Photographs

For times immemorial, people have tried to reproduce their surroundings into pictures of their own. They have used techniques of paintings, carving and sculpturing and for years images have been projected onto surfaces. Photography is the result of combining several technical discoveries. Long before the first photographs were made, Chinese and Greek philosophers described a pinole camera. But it was until Ibn – al – Haytham (965 – 1040) a Muslim scientist made significant contributions to the principles of optics and invented the camera obscura which is a prototype of today’s modern camera. While this early prototype may have had modest usage in its time, it was an important step in the evolution of the invention.

Bat Boy, where are you when we need you most?

Weekly World News is no longer on the newsstands, and it’s not just because it failed to qualify as “news”. Sadly, the weekly rag ceased publication years ago, and was perhaps best known for its breathless headlines of impending mayhem (“900 Doomsday Asteroids Hurtling Towards Earth!“), the frequent appearance of the truly freaky-looking Bat Boy (or his cuter cousin Poodle Boy), and pretty much weekly photos of either Heaven, Hell, or angels.

You can revisit it all at Google Books’ Weekly World News archives going back to 1985, lovingly scanned for your perusal.