Every day, we move towards an unknown future of artificial intelligence, space travel and unthinkable technology. We look to what tomorrow brings, forgetting to think about what came before us. Until now, that is. Recently, a hidden stash of photographs from the past was unearthed in a basement flat in London and with them, came a whole new way of looking at our recent past. Once you take a look at these images, you will forget about the future and instead, wonder what it was that happened before you were even born.
Taken a few years before the start of WWII, this image of German soldiers target training speaks volumes of the tragedies to come. Seeing the soldiers train in this way is incredibly eerie and undeniably unsettling.
The 1950’s saw one of the most extreme property booms in history as many families made their way from the cities into the suburbs. This photograph documents some of the early chaos, showing the madness as dozens of families arrive on the same day.
Despite the coverage of the Second World War, it is impossible for most people to consider the reality of the time. This image of German soldiers executing a Communist is very haunting and shows a brief example of the era’s brutality.
Before man made it to the moon or into space, we sent an array of animals to make the trip. Most famously, a chimp named Ham was sent in a rocket and more than anything else, his trip paved the way for human space travel in the future.