The Missouri History Museum’s Panoramas of the City exhibit includes more than 50 panoramic photos taken in St. Louis throughout the 1900s, featuring everything from scenic views to everyday events.
Thanks to their large widths, these panoramic photos were able to cram lots of details into one space — oftentimes things the photographers didn’t mean to capture. Sometimes they offer a glimpse of everyday life, like a sign in a store window that talks about a sale happening that day. And sometimes, they are just downright funny.
Here are a few amusing details from images within the Panoramas of the City exhibit. Be sure to visit the Missouri History Museum to see what else you might be able to find on your own. The exhibit is free and open through March 24.
If you thought Stephen King invented creepy clowns, the costume designer of this 1916 production of As You Like It would like to have a word with you.
Digging for Gold
In August 1921, Rev. Ferdinand Moeller celebrated his 50th anniversary in the Jesuit order of priests at the Shrine of St. Joseph. The photographer didn’t mean to capture the boy on the left picking his nose — and this kid surely never expected a picture of himself with his finger in his nostril would one day hang in a museum!
Is There Something in my Teeth?
Many of the children who attended this flag-raising ceremony in 1917 are waving tiny flags, but one boy in the second row just wanted to make sure he didn’t have anything in his teeth before he smiled for the camera. Unfortunately, his timing was a little off.
The World’s Most Glorious Mustache
In 1923 the members of a national fraternal benefit organization called the Modern Woodmen of America met in St. Louis. Several attendees sported some interesting facial hair, but none of them rivaled the look of one gentleman’s epic white mustache.