There are old photographs that have been so rarely seen that you can get lost in them for a very long time. Behind every cliché of the past are past lives of thousands of our unknown ancestors, and it is always interesting to contemplate and discover what they tell us about the world and ourselves.
1 – The capsizing of the transatlantic liner SS Normandie on February 9, 1942, on pier 88 in New York.
When it finally enters commercial service, Normandy is the largest liner in the world. His maiden voyage is surrounded by great prestige, and after 1936, the liner began a career under the sign of luxury. However, it was interrupted by the Second World War and the ship was disarmed and remains docked in the port of New York.
At the end of 1941, it was requisitioned by the United States and renamed USS Lafayette, to be transformed into a troop carrier. However, an accidental fire broke out during the work in 1942, and the tons of water used by firefighters make it capsize.
2 – A woman walks with her baby in a gas-resistant baby carriage.
FW Mills designed gas-resistant prams for mothers to walk their babies in. It looks horrible and astonishing at the same time, to what lengths people had to go in order to protect their families during World War II. The rule was that everyone had to wear their gas masks at all times, and these prams proved to be a much better alternative for protecting infants.
The pram came with a glass and an air filter at the top, and even a motor that made sure that fresh air was being pumped inside. We can just hope that we never have to use anything like prams ever again in our future.
But we’ve only just begun. Let’s see what’s next…