They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for some photographs, they are made all the more interesting (or in this case chilling) when you know the back stories behind them. Just a quick serious WARNING! These pictures are in fact REAL, featuring REAL people and events. Continue at your own discretion from here on.
Here are 9 of the most unnerving old photos, guaranteed to keep you up at night.
1. Franz Reichelt AKA “The Flying Tailor”, who jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a parachute of his own design.
Franz Reichelt was French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer, now sometimes referred to as the Flying Tailor, who is remembered for jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design.
Reichelt had become fixated on developing a suit for aviators that would convert into a parachute and allow them to survive a fall should they be forced to leave their aircraft. Initial experiments conducted with dummies dropped from the fifth floor of his apartment building had been successful, but he was unable to replicate those early successes with any of his subsequent designs.