We often look back at the past in disbelief of how people were able to live differently from the way we do today. Without iPhones, for example. Newcomers fail to realize that our present is fairly new, and that those "ancient" times that include clunky inventions and tailored outfits were not that long ago. Many years from now, our grandchildren and great grandchildren will look back at the way we live today and scratch their heads wondering how we could have survived without the iPhone 20s, or something even newer. So it goes.
Browse through this fascinating collection of historical photos from 1899 to 1989, starting with Nikola Tesla. What photos of today's world do you think future generations will be fascinated by?
#1. 1899: Nikola Tesla in a multiple exposure picture with his Magnifying transmitter.
#2. 1910: A view of Manhattan.
#3. 1914: A post office in Searsburg, Vermont. The population at the time was between 130-140 people.
#4. March 22, 1916: A peek at an impromptu performance put together by Russian soldiers during a lull in the First World War.
#5. 1917: French soldiers blinded from the war learn how to make baskets.
#6. 1919: English comic Charlie Chaplin meets with deafblind game changer Helen Keller on the set of 'Sunnyside.'
#7. 1920s: From left to right, high school girls Grace Wagner, Grace Hurd, Evelyn Harrison, and Corinna DiJiulian learn the ropes of automobile mechanics. Harrison went on to become the first woman to graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
#8. 1921: Nipper the Victor, a mascot, in a New York Band Instrument Company store window display.
#9. 1922: The discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb.
#10. 1922-1923: The U.S. Navy’s USS Shenandoah was constructed after the war through reverse-engineering of the impressive German Zeppelin L-49.
#11. 1931: Albert Einstein poses with wife, Elsa, and a Hopi Tribe at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
#12. 1932: In Paris, a man travels via amphibious cycle, meaning it can operate on both land and water.
#13. 1932: Well-known beautician Max Factor uses his beauty micrometer on actress Dorothy Wilson. The micrometer helped identify imperfections so that corrective make-up could be applied. The device did not become popular.
#14. 1935: A couple travels from Druskininkai, Lithuania to Shanghai, China for their honeymoon. This photo shows them somewhere in Burma.
#15. April 16, 1935: On its way to Hawaii, a Pan American Clipper flies over an unfinished Golden Gate Bridge.
#16. 1936: The Mercury train makes its way through Chicago.
#17. 1940s: A billboard in Oak Ridge, TN, where uranium was mined for the Manhattan Project to produce the first nuclear weapons.
#18. 1944: A Belgian resistance nurse provides care for a Canadian solider around Antwerp.
#19. 1946: Jazz legend Billie Holiday with her dog, Mister.
#20. 1950: The Statue of Liberty and Mt. Rushmore at the America Fair in Osaka, Japan.
#21. 1950: Open air nap time at a Russian kindergarten.
#22. 1956: A junkyard piled with Pacific Electric Railway cars on Terminal Island, California.
#23. 1956: Victors of "Miss Beautiful Spine" in Chicago.
#24. 1957: Open air schools, the Netherlands.
#25. December 28, 1958: The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium at this year's NFL Championship, the first one to be widely televised.
#26. 1964: Leonard Nimoy, or Spock, with his 1964 Buick Riviera.
#27. December 29, 1965: USS Burton Island (AGB-1), USS Atka (AGB-3), and USS Glacier (AGB-4) push an iceberg, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
#28. 1968: Police guards prevent nearby protesters from entering the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
#29. 1977: Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford dances on the Cabinet Room table in the White House on her final day as First Lady.
#30. 1989: A Vietnamese guest worker chats with a young lady in Erfurt, Germany.