Historical understanding of man’s evolution is heavily derived from historical images that represent conditions or circumstances that most would want remembered. Most of these images are highly misleading because of lack of enough research, wrong context, and image manipulation.
The retronaut, an error-riddled history site, put up a picture of a horse named ‘Brookie’ claiming to have found the largest horse ever recorded. Brookie, the famous Belgian Draft, who lived for twenty years from 1928, weighed approximately 3200 pounds. The largest horse to have ever lived was named Mammoth, or, as previously known, Sampson. He was born in 1848, weighing approximately 3360 pounds.
In 1948, Albert Einstein and the then president of the United World Federalists, Cord Meyer, Jr., appeared in picture-deep discussions about Russia’s stand on the one-world government. This depiction has been taken out of context countless times. People have used it as an example that even great minds suffer from mental health issues, and should never shy away from getting therapy. The assumption that Albert Einstein is in a therapy session is probably from his weakling look and body posture compared to that of Cord Meyer, Jr.
Between the years 1905 to 1915, postcards gained a lot of popularity. To create the epic postcard, photographer Alfred Stanley Johnson from Waupun, Wisconsin, took a photo of young children holding planks of wood in the shape of sliced watermelon. A larger remaining part of the oval-shaped wood from which the slice was taken was then placed in front of the children before the picture was taken. Alfred then manipulated the pieces of wood to appear as though they were real melons by pasting a real watermelon image onto the original picture with the plank of wood-what we would call modern day Photoshop. When Alfred sent out the postcards, people got the impression that he had stumbled upon a humongous watermelon.
Finally, Teddy Roosevelt, the one man considered an epitome of manliness, never rode on a moose as the famous picture shows. This print of Teddy riding on a moose dates back about 109 years during a heavy campaign period held in 1912. Rather than a real moose, Teddy Roosevelt rode on a party mascot, as did every other one of his competitors. At the time, Teddy and his opponents were vying for a membership position in the Bull Moose Party. Bold as he was in real life, this image was nothing but image manipulation done epically. It has continuously tickled the hearts of those who praise his prowess without knowledge of the altering in the photograph.
Pictures dating back many centuries, documented in many history books as well as archives, tell a thousand tales of places visited and experiences shared. They hold the world’s history constantly bringing back fond emotions and emotional triggers. For that reason, to interpret these images requires a bright mind, curious enough with no tint of ignorance. When you find a historical image new to you, it is paramount to do some research into them. Otherwise, you will hold on to the wrong information carrying it forward for generations to come.