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15 Fascinating Things That Our Ancestors Did

By Nitin Bhatnagar, 26 June 2018


6Boys wearing dresses


In today’s times, men are free to dress up the way they want to; however, from the 16th century to nearly 1920s, it was a custom for boys of age 4-8 to wear dresses. The reason of this trend was probably high cost of clothes plus dresses made it easy for them ‘to grow into’. Even royal families were not left untouched with this trend and it was pretty much practiced by them as well!

Boys wearing dresses

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7Using heroin to cure cough


At the present time, the usage of hard drugs such as heroin is not regarded as good for health; nevertheless, from 1800s to 1920s, it was believed to be harmless and used as an alternative to morphine. In fact, pharmacies across the globe used to sell it as a remedy for cough and even kids were recommended to consume it.

Using heroin to cure cough

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8Post-mortem photos or clicking photos with deceased loved ones


During the 19th century, people used to click photos with the lifeless body of their loved ones for preserving their memories. They used to dress the person in a manner as to look alive in the photo. For the same purpose, eyes were also drawn on eyelids and they were made to sit or stand in natural poses.

Post-mortem photos or clicking photos with deceased loved ones

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9Radioactive beauty products


Our knowledge enhances with time as more discoveries are made and people of the today’s world know better what is good for them and what is not. However, in the early 20th century, people considered radiation good for skin and used beauty products that consisted of radium and thorium. Not only this, food, drinks, radioactive souvenirs, etc. were also in trend and preferred by people.

Radioactive beauty products

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10Headless portraits


Ever since the photography was invented, many weird trends came forward and post-mortem photography was among the most popular and weirdest ones. Nevertheless, another bizarre trend called ‘Headless Portraits’ was introduced by Oscar Rejlander, a well-known photographer, who used to combine negatives and made photos of living individuals in which their decapitated heads were anywhere except on their neck. People went crazy for this fad and even kids were not left untouched with it.

Headless portraits

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