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August 21, 2016

18 Funny Photographic Moments From The Past

Here's a selection of some of funny vintage photos we’ve ever seen...

1. Ladies! Looking for a way to conceal your emotions when playing cards?

Can we suggest this natty linen invention from 1932, designed to hide your glee (or fear) while indulging in a round of Gin Rummy. Spiffing!

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2. A bicycle made for choo (choo)

Dick Pashley showcases his latest invention, the 'quadcycle' - a four-wheeled cycle that could be used to transport passengers on rail lines that were shelved under the Beeching 'axe'.

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3. Easy rider

And while we're on the subject of transport inventions, here's an offering from 1932. The Dynasphere was a giant electrically-driven wheel, capable of speeds of 30mph. Invented by Mr J. A. Purves of Taunton and his son, the vehicle apparently had the unfortunate effect of 'gerbilling' its driver - the tendency when accelerating or braking for the housing holding the seated driver to spin within the wheel!

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4. More Downton Abbey than downtown Tokyo

Ladies stop for a roadside picnic on the outskirts of Tokyo in 1932.

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5. Reach for the stars

Metro Goldwyn Mayer physical director Dr J M Anderson puts actresses Gwen Lee, Ruth Kelly, Blanche Le Clair, Raquel Torres and Fay Webb through a daily exercise routine. While we're on the subject of exercising actress...

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6. Knees up Mother Brown

Here's a young Joan Crawford practising her high kicks.

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7. Hot dogs

Greyhounds wearing goggles receiving sun-lamp treatment.

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8. Oh I Say!

British tennis players Mrs Fearnley-Whittingstall, Fred Perry and Betty Nuthall leaving Paddington Station, London, on their way to the West Indies.

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9. Bowling a baby bouncer

June 1936: A cricketer going out to bat while pushing a baby in a pram at the start of the match between Licensed Victuallers and Tradespeople at a cricket ground in Dartford.

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10. Doggy training

May 1966: Mishka, a boxer and a guard dog on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway line in Kent, braves the cold in a sweater and cap whilst carrying out his duty.

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11. Bobbing bobbies

June 1937: Three Port of London Authority policemen enjoy testing life jackets on a hot summer's day in the West India Dock.

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12. Bangers and smash

November 1935: Some of the kitchen ladies of Hayling Island playing their kitchen utensils as percussion.

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13. Go faster pinstripes

October 1934: Two young Etonians test their driving skills in a one horse-power Rytecraft Scoota-car, designed by Mr J W Shillan and fully licensed and taxed for the road.

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14. A horse walks into a bar...

October 1937: Mr Jack Fowler, a coal merchant in Bedford regularly brings his horse Sam into the public bar of the Balloon Inn for a beer and a game of dominoes with the lads.

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15. Hirsutes you, Sir!

December 1946: Dressed as Victorian gentlemen complete with top hats and beards, fifteen students from Caius College, Cambridge and fifteen from Oxford play 'Foot-the-Ball' on Parker's Piece, Cambridge.

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16. Life's a beach

May 1936: Photographer George W. Hales asleep in a deckchair, and unaware of the incoming tide at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales.

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17. Out for a duck

September 1933: An agriculture student sits in a wheelbarrow with five white Indian runner ducks on Mrs Harrison Bell's poultry farm, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire.

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18. Another fine miso

Circa 1937: A Chinese comic double act impersonating American comic duo, Laurel and Hardy.

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(H/T The Telegraph)


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