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23 Incredible Pictures Of The World Over 100 Years Ago

Take a journey around the world to see what life was like over 100 years ago!

Posted on March 27, 2018, at 5:57 p.m. ET

Santa Monica, California — 1901

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Summertime on the Santa Monica beach.

Cairo, Egypt — 1910

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The Kalaoun Mosque in Cairo documented on a hand-colored lantern slide.

Paris, France — 1902

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Construction of the subway station in the Rue de Rome on March 17, 1902.

Tokyo, Japan — 1880

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Barges carrying wares are guided along a canal.

Berlin, Germany — circa 1910

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A photographer at work over the roofs of Berlin.

Jakarta, Indonesia — 1885

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Residential buildings and farms in Jakarta.

Mumbai, India — circa 1890–1910

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Palm trees rise behind the balconied buildings on Girgaum Road.

Beijing, China — 1910

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People crowd a busy street in 1910.

London, England — circa 1893

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The Tower Bridge is seen under construction with river traffic in the foreground.

Baghdad, Iraq — circa 1909

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Residents of Baghdad crowd the streets.

St. Petersburg, Russia — 1905

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Czarist soldiers with bayonets mounted stand guard on a St. Petersburg street.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — 1910

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Children carry jugs of water on their heads during a race against each other. The winner is the one who arrives at the goal without spilled water.

New York City — circa 1900

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The Brooklyn Bridge is seen at the time of its completion.

Shanghai, China — circa 1900

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Left: Nanjing Road in Shanghai. Right: The Bund in Shanghai.

Istanbul, Turkey — between 1890 and 1900

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A hand-colored photograph of Constantinople (later named Istanbul).

Saigon, Vietnam — 1912

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The silver chariot of the Chettiars, a title used by various castes from South India, seen here in Saigon.

Tokyo, Japan — circa 1880

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The Yoshiwara District in Tokyo, documented in a hand-colored photograph.

Karachi, Pakistan — circa 1890

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Boys play in front of City Hall in Karachi.

Mexico City, Mexico — circa 1905

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A military parade on Mexican Independence Day takes place at the Plaza de la Constitución in Mexico City.

Johannesburg, South Africa — circa 1900

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Crowds of people gather at an unspecified rally in the city's streets.

Moscow, Russia — 1914

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Pedestrians make their way down Arbat Street within the Garden Ring of Moscow.

Tehran, Iran — circa 1910

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One of the last remaining gates of Tehran frame a bustling street scene.

This photo essay is part of a series of stories about travel.

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