Fascinating Slideshow of Gang Members Throughout History

As the reader who send this video in to us said, “Buzzfeed isn’t the normal source of photo interest stories.” Case in point, the top photo-related article on BuzzFeed’s home page as of this writing is, “19 Celebrity Prom Photos That Are Actually Super Adorable.”

The video above, however, is a wonderful breath-of-fresh-air exception to the BuzzFeed rule.

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Released two days ago on the BuzzFeedYellow YouTube channel — a place where you’ll find “tasty short, fun, inspiring, funny, interesting videos from the Buzzfeed crew” — this video takes us back in time to show the evolution of the gangster in photos.

Starting with a photo from 1885, the slideshow features infamous men like the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy alongside photos of modern-day gangs like the Hell’s Angels. As they say in the intro, these images are supposed to, “remind us that gangsters are real people, not just characters in film, TV and movies.”

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  • Jason Yuen

    As much as I hate to glorify criminals, they had class back in the day and actually dressed well. Nowadays, well… they just don’t dress at all.

  • Madeline Tougood

    Did you just say murderers had class back in the day?…really.
    Jason, its not that they had class, they were limited in what they could wear, there were no sneakers or flip flops then, just dress shirts fedora and slacks, I have photos of construction workers working in slacks hard shoes and suspenders back then, they didnt have a choice, the gang members now do have a choice.

  • Madeline Tougood

    I always find it interesting that when ever they show gangs, they never show photos of the KKK this countries oldest and most well established gang with the most members in gang history.
    what do they think the KKK is a social group.

  • Jason Yuen

    ok, classy may not be not the right word, but to me they are visually more “aesthetically appealing”

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  • Jason Yuen

    I think I hit a nerve.