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Mary Anning: She Sells Seashells by the Seashore

October 11, 2018

The tongue-twister that none of us can say…did you know that it is more than just an impossible to pronounce sentence? The tongue-twister actually refers to a real pers...

The First College Football Game Looked Nothing Like Tod...

October 5, 2018

Not the 1869 Rutgers’ football team, this is a group portrait of the Rutgers College 1891 football team, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1891. (Photo by FJ Higgins/U...

America's Largest Home: Biltmore Estate By The Numbers

October 4, 2018

The Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America, built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, is one of area's major tourist draws as viewed o...

A Charming History: Charm Bracelets Through the Years

September 17, 2018

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shows off her charm bracelet while visiting Portugal on March 29, 2011. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) One particular style of b...

Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death: The Year Without S...

September 14, 2018

(Photo by BSIP/UIG via Getty Images) Think our weather is wacky sometimes? It is nothing compared to 1816, also known as the Year Without a Summer in the Unite...

What We Should Know About the Shoot-Out at the O.K. Cor...

September 13, 2018

When you ask someone to think about the Old West and some of the key events that occurred during the days of cowboys, outlaws, and small-town sheriffs, one ev...

Medicine of the Past Was Almost As Bad As the Illness!

August 31, 2018

City dwellers walking past advertising signs for 'Orzone Olive Oil Emulsion, a delicious tonic beverage unequaled for chest and nerve troubles, sleeplessness and in...

‘Little Sure Shot’, Annie Oakley

August 30, 2018

When it comes to Old West heroines, one name often pops to mind – Annie Oakley. The eagle-eyed sharpshooting woman was so accomplished with her gun that she was invited to join Buf...

The Life and Death of Joseph Meister

August 23, 2018

Most people don’t recognize the name Joseph Meister, but it is partially thanks to him that we have the rabies vaccination today. As a child, Meister was the first person to be ino...

The Strange Life of Edgar Allan Poe

August 22, 2018

Portrait of American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) against a green background and under an embossed presentation of his last name, probably taken from a cigar box, 1900. (Photo...

Special Order No. 191: A Huge Chance-Discovery and a Wa...

August 21, 2018

One of history’s most serendipitous moments occurred on September 13, 1862, as the Civil War raged. Two Union soldiers stumbled upon a piece of paper detailin...

“Little Women” Author’s Sensational Early Works

August 1, 2018

Circa 1860: American author Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Louisa May Alcott, the author of the beloved book, “Little Women...

Pawnee Indians and the Night the Stars Fell to Earth

July 24, 2018

Engraving depicting the Leonids meteor shower, which was associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle, as seen over Niagara Falls in 1833. Dated 19th century. (Photo by: U...

Did Giant Birds Roam the American Plains?

July 19, 2018

A Thunderbird, mythical creator of Plain storms, swoops out of the sky, hurling lightning flashes at darting swallows on this graphic Pawnee ceremonial drum, USA. Plains Indian,...

How Barbed Wire Changed the American West

July 17, 2018

Barbed wire on May 23, 2018 (Photo by Wassilios Aswestopoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Nothing did more to change the way cattle ranching was done on America’s western fronti...

Mysterious spiral staircase of Loretto Chapel in New Me...

July 12, 2018

Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The design may have been inspired by the Paris Sainte Chapel. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Back in...

The Orphan Trains Delivered Homeless Children to Rural ...

July 10, 2018

New York City in the mid-1800s had a real problem. There were too many homeless and orphaned children living in the streets. By some estimates, up to 30,000 k...

Don’t Blame the Cow: Did the Great Chicago Fire Have an...

July 6, 2018

Painting (by Julia Lemos) of people trying to escape burning buildings during the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago, Illinois, 1912. (Photo by Chicago History Muse...

Accidental Gunshot Wound Leads to Medical Advances

July 4, 2018

When a 1820s fur trapper was accidentally shot in the stomach, his gunshot wound provided doctors with a window into the mysterious inner-workings of the human body…...

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,”...