Anyone who had ever held at least one of the War and Peace books will know that Leo Tolstoy is most often depicted as an elderly man with a long Santa Claus beard and the bushiest of eyebrows. However, many people don’t know that Leo Tolstoy wrote his Nobel Prize winning masterpiece at the age of 39, and he likely looked more like the young good-looking man on the picture (although the picture above was taken in his 20’s) than the elderly man that we associate him with.
12. Nikola Tesla (1890)
Known as the pioneer of wireless communication, Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-born physicist and inventor. His contributions to electrical engineering were underappreciated in his lifetime, but his name became increasingly popular since the 1990’s, as many of his futuristic inventions were featured in science fiction. Dated mustache aside, many would say that the ill-fortuned inventor was quite attractive.
13. Mark Twain (1867)
Speaking of dated mustaches, here is a 1867 photo of Mark Twain, whose name needs no introduction. No matter if you’re a fan of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or his other works, you will often remember Twain as a white-haired man with a very bushy mustache. Though it seems he stuck with the same hairstyle for at least a few decades, I’d say that 32-year-old Samuel Clemens was a very strong and handsome man.
14. Virginia Woolf (1902)
I cannot help but admire how pristine, elegant and gorgeous Virginia Woolf was like. Apart from her role in inspiring feminism way before it was cool (Virginia lived and wrote during the end of the Victorian era), Virginia Woolf is a recognized modernist writer, who pioneer the use of the stream of consciousness technique as a narrative device. You likely know her from her novel Mrs Dalloway (1925) that gained world-acclaim.
15. Winston Churchill (1895)
The last, but definitely not the least on our list of famous people is a picture of 21-year-old Winston Churchill in a military dress uniform. It is difficult to deny that young Winston was quite stately and good-looking, although we usually imagine him at a much older age when he was the ultimate British Prime Minister.