The wonderful thing about the internet is that rarities, like these long-forgotten photographs, can be captured, copied and preserved forever. Anybody can now see these choice moments from history, even though the people in them have long since passed away, and even after the original and the negative perish, as all physical objects do. Enjoy these rare 16 photographs saved from sad oblivion, and ponder your ancestors' rich lives.
This old zoo keeper loved his tiger cubs (1937).
These jolly ladies make themselves decent for the beach (1929).
One Mr. Charlie Chaplin, with his spectacular wife, Una (1944).
This is what Dubai was like back in 1965.
This lady was excited to be behind the wheel (1900s).
These two Florida ladies knew how to celebrate Halloween (1954).
One Albert Einstein, enjoying his time with the Hopi (1931).
One Arnold Schwarzenegger, encouraging Munich residents to join the gym (1967).
One Fyodor Makhnov, standing proud at 9 ft 3 in (1900s).
This old gent enjoyed an ice cream cone at the Eiffel Tower (1950).
This man was selling muffins to Londoners (1910).
This fetching lady turned heads at she prepared to launch a LADA motor (1970s).
These two stylish gents pondered life after leaving Cambridge University (1926).
These thrilled kids help give a bath to a meercat (1950).
This bold adventurer enjoyed getting her first tattoo (1928).
Remember when John Travolta saw his chance to sweep a princess off her feet? (1985)