When you watch images on the Internet and they seem to be extremely awesome, they were surely processed. The number of the image editing software is constantly growing, because we like to trim something, or make it larger for better effect.
But these pictures were created when people did not even dream of digital photography, or various programs.
Playing with perspective and proportions was always funny.
The paranormal were possible due to the trick with the length of exposure.
Even 100 years ago people wanted to have unique photos.