23 Pictures That Will Make You Look At This Year Differently

January 6th 2014

 This year is different.

 It is.

It’s a handful a years                          in front of where you used to be.

 And a handful behind

                                                                        Where you’re going.

And it’s something you don’t entirely think about – As you kiss from one year to the next – Because in all reality



10 seconds

And a “Happy New Year!” later

Your life is the same.

 It’s exactly the same.

 But it wasn’t always this way.

 And probably never will be again.

 And that’s absolutely the best part.

I started thinking about this the other day after following this Twitter Account “History In Pictures” It’s absolutely incredible and absolutely enlightening. And the thing that intrigued me the most about this hidden gem was the infinite portraits of people and things.

All types of them.

Some that we know.

And some that we don’t.

But all that remind us that things aren’t like they used to be. And it kind of makes you feel strange because you wondered when that ever happened. But then it also makes you feel kind of grand because you realize how damn far we’ve come. And how this year is just another necessary building block for some things – and a trophy of greatness for others.

And here’s what I mean:

23 Pictures That Will Make You Look At This Year Differently

1.This picture of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates discussing the PC’s future in Jobs’ Palo Alto home in 1991

Neither did they know...

If they only knew how productive their brainstorming would be…



2. New Years Eve in New York City in 1973

Some things never change.

The city might change. But the madness never will



3. Bill Cosby when he played fullback in college for the Temple Owls

young bill cosby

Talk about a versatile individual #ravensdad

4. This Photo Of A Young Bill Clinton

Stay sexy and musical. It might make you president one day.

Stay sexy and musical, my friends. It might make you president one day.



5. The Photo Evidence Of The Marilyn and JFK Scandal

If they only knew how hard shit would hit the fan. And that it would make history.

If they only knew how hard shit would hit the fan. And how it would make history.



6. The Beatles walking back the other way after crossing Abbey Road

Had no idea they'd just photographed one of the most famous album covers of all time.

They had no idea they just photographed the most famous album cover of all time.

7. Sneaking a kiss through the Berlin Wall

berlin kiss

Old school long distance

8. Barrack Obama 1977 

barrack 1977

Presidential pre-game 

9. J.D. Salinger working on ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ during WWII.

catcher in the rye

You can write masterpieces from just about anywhere. All you have to do is actually do it.

10. 20 years ago, the Netscape Navigator 1.0 web browser was released.


Attemptive witty AIM Away message here I come!

11. 1994 vs. 2014 technology


Gangs all here.

12. 1974 New York Pride: Parents Come Out in Support


Some things are surprisingly more vintage than we think <3

13. One of the first known selfies ever taken


I’d like it.

14.The Teletubbie Sun girl; then and now


Less tan. But not bad.

15. The models for “American Gothic”


You never know what your face could do.

16. Elijah Wood & Leonardo DiCaprio at the Academy Awards in 1994


Frodo and Gatsby. Together at last.

17. Einstein and his therapist


Just a friendly reminder that a listening ear never goes out of style. No matter who you are.

18. The greatest mustache in the world in 1977, 157 cm long


Bring it on Movember 2014.

19.This is the 1983 Apple prototype, the first iPhone

first iphone

So are there emojis or…

20. Pulp Fiction Set Photo

pulp fiction set

All dressed for the same party I assume.

21. Yearbook pictures of rock and metal icons.

rock metal yearbook photos

22. Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore at the set of E.T.

drew and steve

23. A message from MLK to anyone who says 2014 won’t be your damn year

mlk flip off

And there you have it. 23 photos that will make you think about this year. And then make you think about it again. Just a little bit differently. We’ve come a long way. And we’ve got a long way to go. But we’re gonna do the damn thing together. And it’s going to be great.

This year you’ll take hundreds and thousands of photos you’ll look back on 5, 10, 15 years from now. And find yourself saying “remember when”, “remember who”, “remember that” with a smile on your face and worthwhile nostalgia. New inventions will be made. Epic events will happen. Things will change. And the great will remain the same. And the best part about all of it is that:

It’s all a damn surprise.