22 Fantastic Vintage Photos of People Taking Naps

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Sometimes, you just need a nap—no matter where you are.

1860: That can't be comfortable.

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1857: Napping while fishing has always been a relaxing pastime.

1888: Is that a beard, or the fur on his animal skin sleeping bag?

1890: This gives mattresses as hard as concrete a whole new meaning.

1894: Clearly, that book just wasn't very interesting.

1894: Well, at least the dog is posing.

1896: Short people got no reason to ask for extra-long beds, but Randy Newman will never write a song about that.

1900: This little girl knew that if you can't nap on a dog, you'd better take the next best thing—your family's wolfskin rug.

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1901: This horse is ready to go. His owner, a soldier in the Boer War...not so much.

1901: How can they sleep when there are kittens on the couch?

1904: Being a card shark is hard work.

1907: This chaperone is not very good at her job.


1908: Italian drivers sleeping in their carts in Rome.


1924: Baseball was the Justin Bieber of the 1920s—at least for these Giants and Senators fans, who got in line the night before Game 1 of the World Series to get tickets.


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1930s: Long before mariachi bands and hip-hop dancers took over, the Sixth Avenue subway was a great place to close your eyes.


1937: If there's a better place to take a nap than on the assembly line of auto seats in a Flint, Michigan-based body plant, I don't know what it is.


1938: Sleeping with the fishes at the fish market in Baltimore, Maryland.


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1940s: During the London Blitz, every available surface was used for sleeping—even the escalators.


1940: Tomorrow, this steamfitter—who just drove a great distance for work—will go look for a place after he's put in a full day. So get that flashbulb out of his face, photographer!


1943: Gloucester, Massachusetts fishermen pass out on the deck.


1943: This soldier hopped in the luggage rack on a Greyhound Bus to catch some Zs.


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1950: This Parisian man is filled with enough ennui that he must close his eyes and nap.

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