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Vintage Photos of Women Showing Their Tattoos from the ...

January 11, 2018

Check out some badass ladies of the Western world who used to walk around with tattoos on their bodies, long before it was cool.

The Story Behind the Photo of the Train That Broke Thro...

January 3, 2018

Guillaume-Marie Pellerin had spent much of his life working the railroads. With 19 years of engineering experience behind him, the Express was in safe hands. As h...

The Best Way to Get Rich During the California Gold Rus...

January 3, 2018

James Wilson Marshall was the one who discovered gold flakes in the American River in the Sacramento, California, Valley in 1848. His discovery set off more than ...

The Secret Pet Cemetery of Hyde Park

December 7, 2017

Hyde Park's Pet Cemetery was started in 1881 by the gatekeeper at Victoria Lodge, a Mr Winbridge, who started burying dogs in the lodge's garden. The first dog to be buried was call...

The Human Billboards of Yesteryear

December 7, 2017

A peculiar advertising photographic pictorial was devised during the 1870s, in which women in particular were hired by retailers to pose holding signs heralding businesses, their dresses...

The Curious Case of the Woman with Four Legs

November 27, 2017

Myrtle Corbin, was known as the Four-Legged Woman, however, technically, only one pair actually belonged to her. The other pair belonged to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lin...

Gustave Eiffel’s Preferred Place of Rest When He Wasn’t...

November 24, 2017

Villa Claire in Vevey, Switzerland, was Gustave Eiffel’s preferred place of rest when he wasn’t building giant iron towers or attempting to engineer the Panam...

Vintage Photos of the Child Laborers of New York City

November 23, 2017

In 1908, Lewis Hine became an investigator and photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC).The organization is dedicated to "promoting the rights, aware...

The Curious Story of the Blue-Skinned Family of Eastern...

November 23, 2017

For nearly 200 years, the Fugate family of Kentucky remained largely sealed off from society as they passed their blue skin from one generation to the next. The B...

A Photo of Billy the Kid Bought for $10 at a Flea Marke...

November 21, 2017

Six years ago, North Carolinian lawyer Frank Abrams unknowingly bought a rare photograph that experts believe shows Billy the Kid hanging out with the man who wou...

Colored Portraits of Native Americans, 19th Century

November 15, 2017

A French artist Frederic Duriez has color-enhanced some Native American portraits. Some of these photos are up to 120 years old and the color enhancement has certainly a...

The Femme Fatale Ring Gun from the 1800s

November 10, 2017

In the early 1800s personal protection guns were all the rage, jut like the 2mm guns marked as Femme Fatal. Large enough to be worn on most any finger, the revolver had to be manua...

A Demolition Permit Has Been Issued for This Abandoned ...

November 8, 2017

The home, fondly called Bon Haven by the locals, has been a landmark in Spartanburg since its construction in 1884. No one has lived here since 1995, when the la...

C.J. Walker: From The Cotton Fields To America’s First ...

November 8, 2017

Hers was a classic and inspiring rags to riches story. One dotted with too many struggles and hardships, and failings and disappointments. But it's also a story...

Everyday Life of People from Around the World Over 100 ...

October 30, 2017

These amazing real photo postcards provide us a peek of how the world was like 100 years ago. Aeron Express, open Sea View, Aberaeron, Wales, 1911 Boating on th...

Man Bought This Tintype in an Antique Shop for Only $2,...

October 9, 2017

Seven years ago, antiques collector Randy Guijarro laid his eyes upon a dusty old tintype photograph at a junk shop in Fresno, California. He bought the picture f...

Abdul, the Young Servant Who Charmed Queen Victoria’s H...

October 3, 2017

During the celebration Queen Victoria's fiftieth anniversary on the throne, 50 kings and queens were invited. Two of the monarchs present were two Indian prince...

The World’s First Car Accidents Ever

October 3, 2017

The first steamed engine accident happened in 1869 when Irish scientist Mary Ward fell off the seat of the experimental steam car she was driving as she rounded a curve on the road. ...

A Look at the Streets of Paris From the 1860s

October 3, 2017

Beginning in the mid-1850s, at the orders of Napoleon III, Paris experienced a grand transformation - old, narrow streets made way for wider boulevards and thousands of gas la...

The Curious Story of the Collyer Brothers, History's Wo...

September 29, 2017

The phenomenon of hoarding has been around since ancient times. In the past, it could be dangerous, with some hoarders tragically found crushed to death by their ...

100-Year-Old Colour Portraits Of New York Immigrants Re...

September 28, 2017

Between 1892 and 1954, about 12 million immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, often dressed in their finest clothes. The portraits below, taken between 1906 and 19...

The 19th Century Elevator of Death

September 27, 2017

A woman rides the “elevator of death” in Prague, also called Pater Noster which means “our father” since the elevators resemble a rosary…it’s a loop of open cabins and dates back to the ...

Gorgeous Black and White Photos Show the Rustic Rural L...

September 27, 2017

These photos below of rural life in Victorian England were taken by William Morris Grundy. After his death in 1859, the photo series was by the London Stereoscopi...

How a Small New York Town Moved to Escape Total Destruc...

September 27, 2017

New York City needed to expand its water system, it needed a new dam - the Croton Dam - and with it, a new reservoir. Unfortunately for the town of Katonah, it st...

Watch How Women Got Dressed in the 1800s... Exhausting!

September 23, 2017

A full outfit for any well-to-do woman of the 19th century consisted mainly of four parts: the linen shift, the corset, petticoat(s), and a fine silk gown. On top of...

Claude Monet's House and Gardens: The Inspiration for M...

September 20, 2017

Claude Monet, a leading figure of the Impressionist movement, is also one of the best landscape painters the world has ever seen. Water lilies, colorful ponds, cl...

Seppuku: The Ancient Japanese Samurai Suicide Ritual

September 11, 2017

The ancient Japanese samurai seppuku tradition is considered as one of the grisliest and most painful ways to end one's life. The highly ritualized practice essentially...

This Guy's Hilarious 'Looking for a Wife' Ad from 1865 ...

August 20, 2017

Back in the 19th century, online dating wasn't a thing yet - no Tinder, no Match, no Craiglist - so people had to find other means to search for a mate. Apparentl...

Virginia Oldoini, The Star of Early Photography

August 18, 2017

Virginia Elisabetta Luisa Antonietta Teresa Maria Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, was a very significant figure in the early history of photography. She is remembered amo...

The Story of the $10 Million Saddle Ridge Gold Coins Fo...

August 5, 2017

The largest hoard of gold coins ever found in the U.S. is comprised of 1,411 gold coins, worth an estimated $10 million in today's market, was found in February 2...

Portrait Photos of the Oldest Native American to Have E...

August 3, 2017

White Wolf a.k.a. Chief John Smith lived between 1785-1922 and is considered the oldest Native American to have ever lived. When asked the secret to good health, ...

Friends & Brothers Captured Together During the America...

August 2, 2017

This collection of 19th-century photos were taken during the American Civil War. They are photos of unknown soldiers who had chosen to be captured together with a...

The First Smile Ever Photographed: 'Willy' Smiling, 185...

July 31, 2017

According to experts at the National Library of Wales, the photograph below is the first ever recorded photo of person smiling. The photograph is simply labeled “...

The Earliest Known Photos of 12 Major U.S Cities

July 29, 2017

Check out these early photos from 12 big cities from more than 100 years ago! It's remarkable how much things have changed. 1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A view of 8th and ...

The 'Accidental' Discoveries of 8 of the World's Most R...

July 11, 2017

Chlorambucil - Antileukemia Drug Chlorambucil is an anti-leukemia drug first approved by the FDA in 1957. It's origin go all the way back to the use of mustard ga...

Eight Richest Animals in History

July 10, 2017

The first documented instance where a person left their wealth to an animal happened in Russia during the 1800s. Maria Leontieva, a merchant from Uglish, stipulated that 100,000 rubles (a ...

Most Eccentric Last Will and Testament Requests By Famo...

July 7, 2017

From crazy cremation requests to creepy memorial guidelines, here are some weird and eccentric wills left by famous people in history. Napoleon Bonaparte: We all ...

Photos of Dog Carts and Milk Women from the Late 19th a...

July 4, 2017

You are on the outskirts of the town, you met country women on their way home to a farm several miles out. When they left home early morning those big, shiny copp...

The Hole-in-the-Wall: The Perfect Hideout For the Old W...

July 2, 2017

The Old West, or the Wild West, is one of the most romanticized periods in American history. The period occurred when settlers and pioneers attempted to populate ...

A Love Story: J.R.R. Tolkien Proposed to His Wife By Ma...

July 2, 2017

By all accounts, famous writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and his wife, Edith, had a close and happy marriage. They were married for 55 years, with Edith following...

French Postman Spent 30 Years Building a Palace Made of...

June 30, 2017

The story of the Ideal Palace began in 1879. One day, while walking his mail route, French mail carrier Ferdinand Cheval was distracted by a strange-shaped stone ...

For 75 Years a Mysterious Man Visited Edgar Allan Poe’s...

June 27, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe, died under mysterious circumstances on October 7th of 1849 when he was only 40 years old. He was a very prolific author; he left behind a legac...

J.M. Barrie's Selfless Act and the Tragic Story of the ...

June 21, 2017

The story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, has become a quintessential part of popular culture; it is an enduring element of every childhood. Scottish ...

This U.S. President Regularly Bought Slaves With His Ow...

June 14, 2017

James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States, serving from 1857 to 1861. His presidency was considered by many historians a failure since his effort...

The Nine Mile Canyon: The World’s Longest and Oldest 'A...

June 14, 2017

The Nine Mile Canyon in the Utah desert, Western United States, is known as “the world’s longest art gallery” because it is filled with thousands of petroglyphs...

Castrati Singers: Boys Were Castrated To Keep Their Voi...

June 13, 2017

In the 17th and 18th century the church banned women singers from performing in church music or on stage. This led to the castration of boys as a way to keep the...

Princess Angeline: When the Settlers Arrived, She Refus...

June 12, 2017

In 1895, American photographer Edward S Curtis took his first portrait of a Native American subject - a wrinkled elderly woman with a red handkerchief; he paid he...

When Self-Electrocution Was Used To Cure What Ails You

June 6, 2017

The hydro-electric belt first appeared at the World’s Fair in London in 1851. It was comprised of several batteries and electrodes and was used to “cure” everything ...

40 Eerie Portraits of Children Taken by Lewis Carroll i...

June 3, 2017

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Besides wr...

Brushy Bill Roberts: The Man Who Claimed to be Billy th...

June 1, 2017

History tells us that outlaw Billy the Kid (aka Henry McCarty, aka William Bonney) was gunned down —when he was just 21 years old— by Sheriff Pat Garrett on July ...

Letter From the Front: Perez Drinkwater

May 30, 2017

Perez Drinkwater was from Portland, Maine (then part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts). He served as a lieutenant on Lucy – a privateer schooner – during the War of 1812. Toward...

Man Punched a Hole Through $10-Million Monet Painting D...

May 28, 2017

In 2012, 49-year-old Andrew Shannon visited the National Gallery Ireland and shocked the other visitors by punching a Claude Monet masterpiece.  The piece of art ...

Four Penny Coffin Was One of The First Homeless Shelter...

May 22, 2017

Homeless shelters are nowadays widespread social features, and many organizations worldwide try to make life easier for the poor and the needy. Homelessness has b...

The Maori Preserved Heads That Were Used in Sacred Cere...

May 20, 2017

Mokomokai, the Maori preserved heads, are one of the most valuable artifacts of the indigenous people of New Zealand that survive to this day. The preserved heads...

Civil War Veterans Come Together One Last Time at Getty...

May 6, 2017

In 1938, Civil War veterans gathered together for the Battle of Gettysburg's 75th anniversary. The gathering included approximately 25 Gettysburg battle veterans ...

Babies Were Used to Be Placed in Cages, Suspended 10 or...

May 6, 2017

In 1884, Luther Emmett Holt wrote of the importance of “airing” out babies in his book titled "The Care and Feeding of Children". This claim spun what is perhaps ...

The Interesting Life of Erik Weisz, Famously Known as t...

May 5, 2017

Erik Weisz, famoulsy known as The Great Harry Houdini is one the most famous illusionists and stunt performers that ever lived. He is celebrated for his sensation...

Fearing a Smallpox Epidemic, Civil War Soldiers Tried t...

May 3, 2017

Although they fought on opposite sides, the Union and Confederate forces shared a common enemy: smallpox. At the battle of Chancellorsville, fought May of 1862, n...

Then and Now: New York in 1873 vs 2014

May 2, 2017

The video below shows before and after photos of New York City taken between 1872 and 1887 compared to 2013 - 2014 photos shot in the same location. Credit: Jordan Liles | For more...

The Tragic Story Behind The Invention Of Coca-Cola

April 28, 2017

Wendy Clark, Coca-Cola marketing executive, once wrote of the man who invented the famous beverage: Today's Coca-Cola brand message is indeed to “make the world happier,”...

18th - 19th Century Jokes Most People Today Might Not '...

April 24, 2017

Some jokes are timeless and can make people laugh no matter the century. But most jokes are highly reliant on the context of the times. For example, our jokes tod...

Old West Saloons: Where Cowboys Cowboys Go to Negotiate...

April 21, 2017

In the American Old West, a saloon was equivalent to a café or hotel. The first one was established in 1822 at Brown's Hole, Wyoming, between Colorado and Utah, t...

Wife Selling: The 19th Century Alternative To Divorce

April 21, 2017

Back in the early-to-mid 1800s Europe, women and children were considered property. Men who were no longer happy with their wives or fell on hard times could easily br...

During the Panic of 1893, JP Morgan Used $60 Million in...

April 20, 2017

In the early months of 1895, things were getting desperate for US President Grover Cleveland. The country's economy was collapsing because of falling prices and r...

The Story of the African-American Community that Died s...

April 12, 2017

Catherine A. Thompson was a schoolteacher in a small New York City’s Seneca Village in the 1850s. Every morning she'd stroll past the modest homes of her hard-wor...

The 19th-century Pandemic that Killed 12 million People

April 12, 2017

Between 1855 and 1959 – over 500 years after the Black Death of the medieval times – a new plague pandemic ravaged the globe, leaving on its wake some 12 million dea...

The 8 Worst Jobs Kids Used to Do

April 11, 2017

Most of us today have a story about a horrible job we held as a kid, but as bad as we thought it might have been odd are it wasn't nearly as awful or lethal as what children were expected ...

In the Early 1800s, Composer Daniel Steibelt Challenged...

April 8, 2017

When composer Daniel Steibelt challenged Ludwig Van Beethoven - one of the greatest composers and pianists who has ever lived - to a piano duel, he actually belie...

Vintage Photos Of Milkmen Throughout History

April 6, 2017

Milkman. This is a job that people have held way back into the early 1800s. Do you remember the days when the milkman would still make the rounds in your neighborhood? The foll...

The Tragic Life Story of Juana Maria, The Woman Who Liv...

April 6, 2017

If you've read Scott O'Dell's classic Island of the Blue Dolphins you were probably captivated by the main character -  a young woman who lives completely alone o...

Europe's 'Hitler' Killed Over 10 Million Africans But Y...

April 4, 2017

Most people have no idea who the left-most man in the photo below is, but you should. You should know about him just as you do Mussolini, Mao, Stalin or Hitler, a...

The Story of One of The Richest Families In America and...

April 3, 2017

The Vanderbilts were one the most outstanding family of the Gilded Age, yet time has gradually eroded their legacy and fortune. The Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt...

Portraits of American Indians Before and After Entering...

April 2, 2017

The Cumberland County Historical Society in Carlisle, Pennsylvania has boxes upon boxes of photos and archives from the Carlisle Indian School - including the con...

Panniers: The Attention-Grabbing 18th Century Fashion U...

April 2, 2017

18th Century fashion is elaborate, classy and sophisticated, but oh boy was it uncomfortable. We've already written about Crinoline - the 19th century fashion und...

The Faces Of America in 18 Stunning Ellis Island Portra...

April 1, 2017

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through a small island in the New York Harbor, Ellis Island. The island is located in...

How Ulysses S Grant Saved His Family In 1885

March 31, 2017

The photo below is that of President Ulysses S. Grant sitting on a porch, covered in a blanket, writing his on a journal. This photo was taken days before his death - he was no...

Photos of Wounded Civil War Soldiers Used to Determine ...

March 30, 2017

Photography played a significant role in the development of medicine. As a special area of photography, medical photography was used to document various injuries ...

The Hansen Writing Ball: First Commercially-produced Ty...

March 30, 2017

Since its invention in 1865 by Rev. Rasmus Malling-Hansen of Copenhagen, the modern typewriter has been upgraded quite a lot. The Hansen Writing Ball, or "skrivek...

Photos of Old Kitchens from 1860 to 1970

March 19, 2017

The notion of a 'kitchen' as we know it today came about due to a book by the Beecher sisters, Catherine and her sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe. In 1869, the two sisters published a...