Old Pics Archive is a popular Twitter account with the following bio:
The most interesting historical photographs. Follow, discuss, share!
They also have a web-site: oldpicsarchive.com
Problem: Old Pics Archive doesn’t always post historically accurate pictures. In fact, some of the pictures are fakes or misplaced.
See the original picture by Philippe Halsman (Magnum Photos), “Spanish painter Salvador Dali with his wife Gala, 1948”. Fake part: Dali didn’t draw a penis on the forehead of his wife.
Hitler with panda
JFK assassination 1963
The picture is real, but it’s from John F. Kennedy Assassination Reenactment in Houston, Texas (photo via United Press International), for a 1977 TV-movie called “The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald”. See Hoax of fame for more details.
The photo is not fake. It’s staged. People did pranks before photoshop, too. This is a postcard from Portal, North Dakota (1937) – to tease tourists with fake photos of legendary giant grasshoppers (via Corbis Images).
Potential issues with this kind of activity
- Unauthorized use of pictures (copyright, license)
- Falsification of history