Old photos usually come with some degree of nostalgia because of their age. You may have at one or another rummaged through your parents shoe boxes to discover black-and-white photos that are a little damaged or torn that have an especially old feel to them. However, when it comes to those chilling and unnerving photos of our past, those warm feelings are very fleeting. Below, we’ve is our collection of scary old photos that will have you squirming in your seats.
This is the mummified head of the first nun ever recorded to be possessed.
Acid in Pool, 1964
While the picture itself is not scary, the man’s actions are. The hotel owner is captured pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it in 1964.
Union Army Soldier, 1865
A union soldier who survived the Andersonville Prison Camp.
Russian Spy, 1942
This Russian spy smiling before being executed in Rukajärvi, East Karelia. The photo was taken in November 1942
Mary Reeser’s Leg, 1951
The leg of Mary Hardy Reeser, 92, was found among ashes. She allegedly died from the phenomenon known as spontaneous human combustion.
Horatio Robley and His Mokomokai
Horatio Gordon Robley with his collection of tattooed Maori heads called Mokomokai.
Giant Grasshopper, 1937
This hoax photo was pretty impressive, and it managed to fool many people in 1937.
German City of Herxheim
These human remains were found in the ancient German city of Herxheim. The city dates back to 7,000 years ago, and the human remains found showed signs of flesh-stripping, which was a preparation for cannibalism.
Hiroshima Explosion Survivor, 1951
This photo is of a man who survived the Hiroshima disaster in 1945, where the United States Army dropped a bomb on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The tragedy marked the end of the United States’ war against the Asian nation.
This is Loana, a person who is believed to have died by drinking her own blood.
Winter War, 1939–1940
A frozen Soviet soldier was made to stand up to scare off Soviet troops.
A Bomber’s Creepy Smile
This man planted 33 bombs, and 22 of those were detonated. A total of 15 people were injured by the blasts.
Regina Kay Walters, 1990
This is the last picture of Regina Kay Walters, 14, taken by the serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades. He cut her hair and made her wear a black dress and heels before killing her in his torture chamber.
August Delagrange’s Preserved Heart
The mummified heart of August Delagrange. It was pierced with a stake because he was accused of being a vampire that murdered 40 people.