What young people looked like 100 years ago

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Throughout history, people have always seen the younger generation as somehow different from their elders. We at Bright Side took an interest in this subject, and we investigated just how much young people have changed over the last 100 years. Since it’s a bit too tricky to find out about people’s personal qualities, we compared something a bit more simple, but nonetheless fascinating — young people’s appearance around the world.
We invite you to take a look at what we found — the results are fascinating!


Images like this were often found on postcards.


On the left we see Gertrude and Ursula Falke.

Nepal and China


Left: A schoolgirl in Kensington, London.
Right: A group of children on their way to the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London, in order to do some fishing.

Scotland and Ireland

The photo on the right is one of the first color photographs ever taken in Ireland, shot around 1913. It shows a 14-year-old girl in traditional dress.

Romania and Albania

The photo on the right shows two Albanian girls aged around 13-14. The girl on the left would go on to be known as the world famous Mother Theresa.


Left: Maiko girls (who would become geishas) relax on a balcony.
Right: Students at a school in Fukuoka, which was the first place to introduce the ’sailor-style’ school uniform seen here.

Argentina and Mexico

The serious-looking girl on the right is a 13-year-old Frida Kahlo.


Left: Two girls, Maria-Christina and Beatrice.
Right: The 16-year-old Federico García Lorca, a Spanish poet.

Poland and Estonia

The Estonian girls are imitating poses from a film, in an attempt to look like adults.

Greece and Cyprus

Left: A young Greek partisan, Konstantinos Mourikis.
Right: A class from the Maria Christodoulou School.


Austria and Luxembourg

Left: Prince Ernst of Hohenberg, one of the four children of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Right: Princess Antonia of Luxembourg.


Australia and New Zealand


Left: A 16-year-old Walt Disney.
Right: A girl from the Kiowa tribe of Native Americans.


Brother and sister: Prince Leopold and Princess Louise of Belgium.

The Netherlands

Sweden and Finland

The girl on the left is Princess Ingrid of Sweden.



On the right — a young René Lacoste, future tennis player and founder of the Lacoste brand.

The Philippines



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