Historical Photos Cleverly Manipulated Without The Help Of Photoshop… 150 Years Ago!

Image manipulation traces its history back to the dawn of photography when Photoshop and other photo manipulation software were still too futuristic to even imagine.

It’s impressive how photographers, artists in their own rights, managed to deceive reality, amuse and entertain the masses, voice out political and social opinions through manipulated photographs which we can safely assume were laboriously done.

Here are 11 photographs manipulated to tickle our fancy. They’re more mind-blowing now that I know they weren’t Photoshopped.

 
Aberdeen Portraits No. 1
George Washington Wilson, 1857

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Man Juggling His Own Head
Unidentified French artist, Published by Allain de Torbéchet et Cie.,
ca. 1880

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

The Vision (Orpheus Scene)
F. Holland Day, 1907

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

A Powerful Collision
Unidentified German artist, 1914

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as Artist and Model
Maurice Guibert, ca. 1900

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders
Unidentified American artist, ca. 1930

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Dirigible Docked on Empire State Building, New York
Unidentified American artist, ca. 1930

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Room with Eye
Maurice Tabard, 1930

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Two-Headed Man
Unidentified American artist, ca. 1930

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Hearst Over the People
Barbara Morgan, 1939

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

Dream No. 1: Electrical Appliances for the Home
Grete Stern, 1948

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photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art │ via Brain Pickings

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