As you can imagine, nothing is really immune to the wear and tear of time. From your favorite childhood blanket to a wedding dress, objects can hold memories of the past and can shape stories that we pass down through multiple generations.
Somehow we are taught that old and worn out things should be thrown away, especially when they prove to be useless. But certain objects only get more beautiful over time, so they might actually be worth keeping. Here are some interesting pictures that are old but gold, and represent more than what meets the eye.
Doors and entrances
Who doesn’t love a trip to Ikea! There is nothing more fun than strolling through the corridors and going on pretend adventures throughout the room setups. However, what we remember most is how tired we got after a long day well spent.
This ‘door’ is proof of the result of spending too many hours in Ikea. Can you imagine the amount of hands that confidently reached for the door handle only to look left and right from embarrassment when they realized it’s only a picture. From the amount of scratches, we can tell that it’s one too many.
Remember that stuffed teddy your dad gave you on your first day of school? It’s hard to let go of the memory-filled stuffed animals we all love. Some of us sleep with our childhood teddies every single night. Even as we grow older and develop into adults, we just can’t seem to throw the teddies away.
The two seemingly opposite teddy bears in the image say more than meets the eye. Owned by two identical yet very different twins, the teddies looked the exact same once, but as you can clearly tell, they were loved very differently.
Every girl knows that a fake tan can never compare to the real experience. However, too much sun can turn dangerous. This unique glass globe in the picture turns the dangerous sun rays into something memorable. Over time, this glass globe focused the sun rays onto one specific spot and burned a mark in the grass.
The tracks the sun rotation left on the grass must be the subject of a lot of conversation openers and heartfelt stories. Which is probably why they never covered the bulb or tried to regrow the grass.
Transparent and wet
The picture below is so beautiful and fantastical that it almost looks fake, like it is a Photoshopped version of a natural-looking leaf. As surprising and scientifically challenging as it is, the leaf is in fact real. As many old and worn out things do, the ordinary colorful leaf was made whimsical and unique over time.
After being left in the pool for years and years, the chemicals and water simply sucked all the color from the leaf, turning it transparent. What an exciting thing to find in an otherwise ordinary setting.
Nature vs. metal
Somehow, hikers always have the best adventurous stories to tell, from surviving a dangerous bear encounter to finding ancient fossils. Hiking in the wondrous nature always leads you to unexpected experiences. In this case, a lone hiker on a long journey saw something even more unique than nature itself.
In a quite unusual setting, a man-made element mixed with a natural element to create a lovely scene. Can you imagine the amount of hiker boots and animal paws that had to trudge over the wires to engrave the interesting pattern onto the rock?
Cats are known to be affectionate creatures that thrive in a good and loving home. But what we don’t know is that cats love to make their current living situation their own personal haven.
In this case, the kitty of the house created an indent of his paws all over the poor carpet, indicating the path in which he likes to walk every day. From what we can tell, it doesn’t look like the owners mind at all, since they left the carpet as is. Must be a good story to tell visitors.
School door handles are probably the most used feature of a school. Every single day, almost every person walking into the facility has to use the handles to open the doors.
This picture clearly shows the wear and tear of the commonly used doors and the amount of hands that had to have put pressure on the metal handles to bring out this beautiful metallic gradient. Since the majority of humans are right-handed, you can see that over time the natural drive to use the right handle caused more damage than the left.
As we all know, barbers are an essential part of society that cannot be replaced. Who would cut our hair if they didn’t exist? However, with continuously developing technology and the competitive environment we live in, everyone is trying to be the best, the newest and the most unique.
We don’t see any old-school barbers around anymore. But when we do, it’s always as special as in this picture. This talented barber is known for his haircuts, and the proof of his popularity is the worn out ring around his chair.
Imagine coming home from a long day at work and being greeted by the purest excitement and love in the world. Puppies are truly God’s purest creatures, and all they do is serve their owners. To them, their owner is their one and only best friend.
The most exhilarating moment in a puppy’s life is the reunion with his owner. This shoe mat withstood the years and years of this cute puppy jumping and tapping its paws in excitement when he hears his owner’s car pull in the driveway.
The money holder
Wallets are usually the perfect gift to give men. So it’s safe to say that almost every man owns a gifted wallet that was held onto for way too long. A gift is always harder to let go of than something ordinary that is self bought.
This man loved his wallet so much he kept it for years and years. The wallet is so used that it looks like it’s crumbling. However, thanks to the license kept in the plastic pocket, the wallet is eternally protected by the mini ghost of its loyal owner.
Memorable car rides
Getting a new dog is like gaining a buddy for life. All the road trips and morning walks develop into a beautiful lifetime friendship that’s very hard to let go of. Which is why it is important to capture these pure happy moments so we can keep them forever.
We all hope to achieve the happiness this cute doggy seems to be experiencing in his perfect position in the backseat hanging out the window just how he likes it.
We all have that one family member that loves to cook and wishes to be a well-known chef one day. But for the time being, all they want to do is cook for their family and practice their art. No one’s complaining, except for these worn-down knives.
Most of us tend to replace our kitchen utensils almost constantly. These knives, however, were obviously deemed irreplaceable by this unique chef. They’ve been used so much that they’re almost at half of their original size.
A lost toy can send a child on a whirlwind of crying. No one can withstand a public child tantrum. Parents are usually smart enough to get two pairs of each toy, just in case. In this picture however, a mom outsmarts all other moms and buys not only one but 5 versions of the same toy to save herself the embarrassment.
As you can see, that child never lost that first toy and grew up to find her stuffed buddies still intact and filled with memories. A whole spectrum of wear and tear.
With technology constantly progressing, we are accustomed to viewing everything in its most modern form. This also includes the computer animated sounds we experience when entering a store, alerting shop owners to the customers. It is almost impossible to find stores with bell entrance indicators anymore, which makes this picture even more unique.
A store owner disregarded continuous technological improvements and decided to stick with the traditions and elements that made this store a town favorite. This seems to work, judging from the obvious dent in the wall that indicates the store’s popularity.
Cats are wondrous creatures that have a complete disregard for furniture and interiors. The first thing a cat looks for when moving into a brand new home is objects to destroy. This is why it is known that the first thing you invest in when buying a cat is a scratching post.
This kitty decided to take it upon itself to find the perfect scratching spot in the house. Unfortunately for the basement decor, that turned out to be the basement pole. Surprisingly, it still stands tall despite all the scratching.
Who doesn’t love pizza? The delicious Italian cheesy mess is a worldwide favorite. What’s even more special than the pizza itself is the pizza joint that houses it. From late night first dates to family dinners, pizza joints house numerous beautiful memories.
The worn out floor of this pizza joint just proves how popular it is. Can you imagine the amount of people walking in and out of the place? It must have been enough people to bring out the beautiful old floor pattern.
As crazy as it seems to the younger kids these days, makeovers weren’t a popular thing back in the day. Change wasn’t really popular back then, and everyone liked to keep everything as is. Whether it’s a personal makeover or an interior makeover, this granny is no different.
After sixty years of living in one place and the constant reluctance of any form of change, she was finally convinced of a makeover. What must have really pushed her into making this decision was seeing the evident red spot her bed left in the carpet.
You might think this sign belongs at a biker bar or maybe outside of a Hard Rock Cafe. It looks like a sign relaying information about a new metal concert in town. However, if you look at the sign carefully, you’ll see that the message it says is pretty simple: “No parking in front of these gates.”
As surprising as it is, this sign was never meant to look that aggressive. However, years and years of wear and tear caused the paint to strip away and transform the sign into something completely different.
Some families pass down cars and homes to their children while others like to give beautiful, memorable heirlooms. It is a great way to try and preserve some of the family’s memorable history.
This ballpoint pen looks like it was held by numerous hands and passed down multiple generations. Just look at the rusty metallic exterior. Imagine all the memories and stories associated with this simple pen. It could be a cool conversation starter, as it looks like there is an interesting story behind it.
In the current busy environment we live in, it is impossible to find a bathtub that’s not overflowing with hair and body products. There is just no time to clean up, and these days everyone is too lazy to throw away old things. That includes old products.
I guess we’re all waiting for the day when that tiny leftover shampoo ends up saving our lives. The bottle in the picture is no difference. It’s been so overused that the words on the instructions are literally falling off.
Every one of us has walked up or down the stairs at least once in our lives. Some of us use stairs every single day, whether it’s to take that shortcut to work or the closer route to school.
These aged stairs must be on the way to a very popular place, as it is obvious that there is daily heavy foot traffic occurring on it. If you compare the two stairs, you can see the crumbling material on the overused steps.
Fragile but lethal
Sometimes we underestimate the strength of the people around us. Later on in life, the unexpected happens, and they end up completely surprising us. In this case, we were greatly surprised by the strength of paper.
No one can ever imagine that a mere weak paper could do this much damage to a copier. This old copier model design was probably discontinued after this image came out. It is interesting to see that the copier actually lasted long enough to leave that mark.
In some cars, it’s really hard to tell when it’s time to change the tires. No matter how experienced in automobiles one can be, it’s just not something you grow up learning. It’s a very hectic process that is unavoidable and kind of sneaks up on you.
This guy, however, seems to have found a life hack. As the tires go through the wear and tear of the road, the percentages tell you exactly when you need to change out those tires. Very convenient to those of us who know nothing about wheels.
These days it seems like everyone has a laptop. The keyboard is obviously the most used part of the laptop. We constantly use it, whether it’s to type that last minute school paper or to simply work. Over time, keyboards get worn out and break down like any other object.
Looks like this keyboard was a bit too aggressively used by its owner; he literally created a hole in one of the keys. Must have been typing one too many angry emails.
Urinal or frat house?
Every woman wishes they had a urinal in their home. As inconvenient as it is in a home bathroom, at least it would keep the men from leaving the toilet seat up. However, imagine having to do your business right next to someone that could basically see anything and everything. In the older public bathrooms, there wasn’t any kind of separation between the urinals.
This led to the famous bro code: leaving one unused urinal in between two used ones to create some privacy. The footprints embedded in the floor clearly tell which urinal was the chosen one.
A gradient of color
Shopping baskets are an inconvenience, especially when you start out with a short list and keep adding last minute items. By the end of the grocery run, you are left with your arms burning. It seems like a lot of people prefer shopping trolleys even if their shopping list is short.
The proof of that is the sun bleached baskets at the bottom that seem to have never been used. Only a limited amount must have been grabbed by people looking to grocery shop. That led to this beautiful gradient effect.
A golden touch
There are so many beautiful traditions that have been passed down through generations. Some centuries old traditions are still performed to this day. Whether it’s tossing a coin in the ancient Roman fountain or traditional yearly festivals, some traditions just never die. The elegant bronze statue of the dancer Margot Fonteyn is one such example of lifelong traditions.
At the Royal Ballet School in London, it is said that if a student touches the left hand off the ballerina, it would give them instant good luck. Those students must’ve had some tough exams.
One thing everyone can agree upon is that grandmas are the best chefs. They always know the exact dish to prepare that will put everyone in a good mood. The food is somehow always prepared with so much love and emotion that you can literally taste it. Grandma’s cookbook is something to be cherished.
Some traditional granny cookbooks are filled with notes and doodles, while others like the one in the picture have been so overused and flipped through the tabs are barely holding it together. Makes you wonder which lucky grandchildren got the book.
No matter what our faith is, bad luck and superstitions are a common belief in any culture. If someone told you that walking through a door left foot first is bad luck, you would hesitate to do it, even if you don’t really believe in these unusual concepts.
This picture is proof that the majority of people, if not all, decided it wasn’t worth the risk of walking under a slanted pole, as you can tell from the swerve mark left in the grass.
Any dog lover would say that dogs are the most loved pet in the world. Statistics say that the world is made up mostly of dog lovers. Whether you’re a dog or cat lover, you can’t deny what a good boy this golden puppy is.
This dog just looks so content and happy with his owner, you can’t help but want to pet him. The proof is in the amount of love this doggy received over the years. So many people petted him that the bronze material he’s made of turned gold.
Back in the day, putting up posters was a huge thing. It was the only way you could find the newest job postings or information about events and such. To this day, some people still pin up posters of missing pets and people just to garner more attention.
However, nowadays the Internet takes care of all of the advertising for us. The pole in this little town seems to have been around for centuries. All the pins and staples left on the pole turned it into somewhat of an art piece.
Black or beige?
New York City is home to the oldest, most beautiful apartment buildings in the world. From Greenwich to Soho, New York is a city unlike any other and has so many unique features that we don’t see around much anymore. One of which is the aged buildings that house many of New York’s finest people.
However, there is the constant issue of the cleanliness of this popular city. This building, for example, is so old and dirty that it looks black, when in fact underneath all that grime the building has a beautiful beige brick exterior.
Living next to the ocean is everyone’s life long dream. There’s nothing more beautiful and refreshing than waking up with the sound of the waves washing through your ears. Every good thing has its pros and cons, though. Living next to the blue waters also comes with the harsh sea breeze containing sea minerals like salt and sand.
Overtime that could do some damage to the exterior of a beach house, not to mention our hair! The door knob on the right shows what salt damage can do to strong metal.
Have you ever been in a situation where you put some jeans in the washing machine before realizing that you left some money in your pockets? Every person has gone through that unfortunate situation at least once in their lifetime.
Humans are naturally forgetful, so this isn’t that unusual. What is unusual is what happens to the money after it stays in pockets for long periods of time. This coin has been in an old pocket for over sixty years. The rubbing of the pocket material on the coin caused the engraving to just fade away.
It’s impossible to tell what goes on in the ocean. Not even the smartest scientists can figure out the mystery of this great blue being. Several people have underestimated the power of the ocean and have suffered great consequences because of their skepticism. In this case, it seems like the wall is the guilty party here.
You might think brick is strong enough to withstand anything. However, it looks like the ocean waves have bested the brick over time and surprised us yet again.
Somehow cats have found a way to win over quite a number of hearts, despite their many faults. Cat lovers will really excuse any cat behavior and defend their love for cats till the end. Usually, owners would leave their cats to do what they want. Especially since the price of messing with a cat is just not worth it.
In this unique case, the owner seems to have let his cat gnaw and scratch on that poor bench leg for years. It’s surprising that the wooden bench is still standing strong.
A bike tree
The forest is a wondrous place filled with unique plants and creatures. It seems like you can find a lot of unexpected things when walking around in such a mysterious place. One thing you would never expect to see in a forest is a bike stuck in a tree.
No one really knows how something like this could happen. It could have possibly been abandoned by someone and then completely taken over by nature. Either way, this has become a popular monument for people to take a look at and tell stories about.
This picture is a perfect representation of the scars a war can leave behind on nature, from all forms of pollution to the literal scorching of the earth. The trenches and shell craters that are still present to this day tell haunted stories of battles that have gone by.
The amount of blood shed and bodies buried in France in this WWI trench must be countless. What a horrific past. It also seems like Mother Nature is probably trying to send us a wise message by preserving its scars instead of healing over them.
Graffiti is a well known form of art that has been around for ages. It is commonly used to express different types of emotions and thoughts. There’s angry graffiti, happy graffiti, and artistic graffiti. One thing we can say is that most graffiti tends to be more on the controversial side.
It is usually sprayed on monumental walls to garner attention and relay an important message. With all that being said, no one would think that years and years of expressive voices can be simply peeled off to create some beautiful art pieces.
Ever felt someone’s eyes on your back watching you as you stood alone waiting to board the subway? We always chock it up to paranoia. But there is a strange common belief that subways are haunted. Some people believe that ghosts linger around transportation places waiting to be transported to the afterlife.
Looking at this picture, you would think it’s somehow photoshopped to relay a certain message. But the fact is, this image is real. Years and years of people sitting on these subway chairs led to their silhouettes being embedded in the wall.
Prints and patterns usually don’t last very long, especially when they’re printed on cloth or fabric. This picture of a Star Wars print on a pillow is proof of that. After being slept on for years and constantly washed with chemicals and soap, the print is seemingly nonexistent.
It seems like this pillow case is quite old. It’s interesting to see how the pillow case is still around to this day. Must have been a true loyal Star Wars fan.
Real or fake?
At first glance, this picture seems pretty normal. Just a guy showing off his shoes. However, upon closer inspection, you can see that the two legs are actually different. One leg is natural and is wearing a pretty worn out shoe, while the other is a prosthetic leg wearing a seemingly brand new shoe.
It’s interesting to see the difference a prosthetic leg makes to a shoe. Apparently sweat and our natural bodies do more damage to our clothing than we realize.
Pacman? Is that you?
Video games are all the rage nowadays. It’s always a competition of who has the newest Playstation and the coolest PC. Back in the day, the competition wasn’t really about who has the newest technology. It was more about who was the champion in Pacman.
It seems like the owner of this screen might be the champion. As you can clearly tell, this owner loved Pacman so much that he played it over and over again till it literally burned the image into the screen.
A surprising tradition
This might be the cutest tradition you have ever encountered. A lot of people choose to pass down heirlooms and monumental items to their children. In this case, this mom loved her stuffed toy so much during her childhood that she decided to gift a brand new one to her daughter.
You can tell how much she loved this cute pink toy from how worn out it is. It’s interesting to see that she kept that toy with her to this day. What fun stories this toy could tell.
Centuries old dirt
Ancient churches are a sight to see, with their aged appearances that could tell a million stories. There is something very spiritual about visiting old churches. Maybe it’s the thought that generations and generations of people have prayed in them.
As you can imagine, having the churches around for so long has accumulated a lot of dust on the exterior and probably the interior as well. People who lived in this town genuinely thought that the church was black. After cleaning the exterior, it turned out to be beige in color.
Just the spot
We all have that one spot on our bed that we really love to sleep in. It’s just the comfiest spot, and we tend to stick to it since it’s so familiar. In this case, this doggy decided his spot was right next to the bedroom wall. And if you know anything about dogs, you’ll understand that it’s pretty impossible to change a dogs sleeping spot once it’s been chosen.
This pupper slept in the same position year after year, which led to the wall paint chipping away. Looks like it’s time for a new paint job.
Stuffed toys are the companions of every child through their tough times. Whether it’s mommy and daddy’s scoldings, our friend leaving us for someone else, or losing our favorite box of crayons, our teddies and kitties pull us through them.
This stuffed kitty was gifted to its owner by her aunt, and she cherished it a lot. However, it was worn out over time, and lost its fluff. Years later, the owner came to know that her aunt had the same kitty, and she had managed to keep it in pristine condition throughout the years.
Something about barbers just clicks right, that you’d be able to tell that they trim hair as a profession even if they’d be sitting beside you for a doctor’s appointment. And barber shops? They remind you of every classic 80s movie you’ve watched to this day, even if it’s 2020 already. In this particular store, the barbers are working so hard, buzzing round and about to give their customers the perfect trim.
Their shoes have been rubbing the flooring for so many years now, that they’ve created circular fades to mark their direction of work.
Time truly waits for none, and leaves its imprints on everything it passes by. This beautiful church, for instance. One would think that it’s a classic gothic church colored in lovely black and gray tones. But everyone was completely stunned when one day, some cleaners came in to give the church a good maintenance schedule and revealed that the church isn’t gray.
Instead, it hosts a beautiful white exterior underneath all the soot and dust that was deposited on it. We must point out, though, the church’s dirty exterior gave it an absolutely ethereal look.
The pipe of a mineral spa wasn’t cleaned for six months at length, and we’re actually quite glad that it didn’t. That’s because when it was finally removed for cleaning, the cleaners were pleasantly surprised to see that the buildup of the past months had actually formed beautiful crystals inside the pipe, resembling a geode. We hope that they were able to pull all of it out in one piece, and if they unfortunately weren’t?
Hopefully they saved a few pieces of it for the kids around, because we know they’d definitely cherish them.
Some friendships manage to stand the test of time, and that’s definitely the case between this tree and the wall underneath it. The wall, which was once taller, had a tree behind. It then grew enough to surpass the wall’s height, even managing to grow over a few stones on the wall. Unfortunately one day, the wall broke down for some reason, but to its tree friend, it was just as tall as it was before.
And it still continues to hold onto the stones that it grew over. Get yourself a friend like that!
Time made these bags of sand very strong. They were stacked up like this over 40 years ago, probably for a construction site. The construction apparently never came to happen, and these bags were left abandoned. And now, they’ve solidified into a brick wall. We just hope the government doesn’t take inspiration from these, though.
They’re already not building the wall strong enough, and the next thing we know, they’ll stack up a lot of sand bags and say, “Now all you gotta do is wait for another half of a century.”
This wine collection has been maintained by gradually ageing wine over a period of thirty whole years! Every year, he would add a new bottle to his collection, hence creating this little spectacle — in which each wine bottle has been aged for a year more than the one preceding it — to create a lovely gradient. All we need now is someone to take a chug out of each bottle and let us know if the taste also had a gradient effect.
But oh well, they probably wouldn’t be awake after thirty sips of aged wine.
A person found this absolutely worn out — but beautiful! — silver dollar in their grandfather’s pocket, that he carried along every day, till the very day he passed away. He probably rubbed onto it all day in his pocket, looking for an opportunity to use it, but forgot to take it out when the time came. This is why most of the carvings on the coin have been eroded off it.
Although the grandfather wouldn’t be too happy to see that he never ended up using it, we’re thrilled to see this historical piece of currency.
Have you ever just left your car in the middle of the woods and just abandoned them there because you felt too lazy to go back and get them? Well yes, even we can’t relate to that statement. But these two Japanese gentlemen definitely can. Their cars have been left this way in the woods for years now, and we don’t think that they’re getting claimed anytime so.
With time, they have become the home to several insects and critters. We’d just like someone to open the door and take a peek inside, just once.
Whose ID is that?!
Most of us have replaced our IDs long before they’ve truly seen their end, but this gentleman made his ID last. Stored in the cardholder for as long as time can remember, the color on it was scraped off to the point where its owner’s face looked like the most terrifying thing you could imagine seeing at 1 a.m. in the bathroom. It doesn’t look like the bearer has plans of getting a new card issued anytime soon.
Who’d want to pay the small replacement fees when your card is still in one piece?
Sometimes, the most painful things end up giving us the most memorable, and oftentimes rather beautiful marks. Ones that we’ll always keep in our memories over the years.This person’s mother-in-law was battling cancer, and she had six chemotherapy sessions already when one day, her nails caught her eyes. They had six precise rings on them, much like the rings you’d expect to find in a tree which denote how old it is.
We’re very glad that this lovely lady is pulling through this disease strong! They’re the battle scars of a true warrior indeed.
A mother’s embrace
There can be nothing that’s warmer than our mother’s loving embrace, for it is not only warm to the touch, it is also warm to our hearts. This mother’s tomb had a tree growing behind her, and as time went by, the tree grew to a point where it seemed as if it was hugging the tombstone gently. It’s truly Mother Nature’s hug to a mother, indeed.
We should all plant a tree in the memory of our loved ones alongside their tombstones too, for even their spirits might be strongly craving a hug.
A natural tunnel
Nature definitely has wondrous ways of working, shaping and fashioning things to its liking with every whim of the wind and water. In this serene location for instance, the wind and water have, over the years, eroded the pathway. The trees have taken their lead to grow in a circular direction, so as to create a natural, tunnel-like grove which resembles the abode of fairies.
Lord of the Rings fans would be thrilled to take a walk in this little spectacle of nature located in La Meauffe, Manche, in the beautiful country of France.
Feet here, please
The flooring of this café has seen quite the number of pairs of feet. Every patron sat like a proper individual, their feet hitting the same spot of the flooring, for years at an end. The café appreciated the decency and etiquette of their customers a lot, but the flooring? Let’s just say, it bent a little.
Now, the flooring around each barstool has two dents, representing the part of it which has withstood the gentle kicking and ticking of the people’s feet. It looks stunning enough to pass off as a design element now.