Things have progressed quite quickly in the last few decades. Humans have made all kinds of strides and we’ve made sure that life is far more comfortable today than it was a few centuries ago. But the path to get to where we are now was not always easy. It was a constant battle for survival while trying to improve our living conditions – wars, famine, diseases, but also the triumph of human ingenuity and compassion. These have been captured over time in pictures. Let’s have a look.

The first selfie ever

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Today’s life can hardly be imagined without people snapping selfies all the time. You might think it is a rather recent invention, but the first selfie was taken a long time ago – we’re talking about the 1800s, believe it or not. This photo dates back to 1837 when Robert Cornelius probably took the first selfie ever. And, no, it was not taken by a smartphone nor posted on any social media websites.

The bulletproof vest testing

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The Protective Garment Corporation of New York must have had a lot of faith in not only their product, the bulletproof vest, but also in the abilities of this man shooting the gun. A live demonstration of their state-of-the-art lightweight police vest was held in 1923, where they shot at the salesman wearing one. We don’t know if they made a pair of bulletproof pants as well, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the assistant needed a new pair after each demonstration.

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