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The Unusual Life Story of Dr. James Barry

Dr. James Barry had led a colourful life. A renowned military surgeon, he rose to become inspector general of hospitals – one of the highest army medical posts – and served throughout the British empire. Notoriously irascible,...


25 Fascinating Photos of Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, best known for his development of alternating current electrical systems. He also made extraordinary contributions to the fields of electromagnetism and wireless radio...


Neuroscience Experiments from the 19th Century: Capturing the Human Facial Expression, 1862

Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne wanted to determine how the muscles in the human face produce facial expressions which he believed to be directly linked to the soul of man. Influenced by the fashionable beliefs...

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The Story of the Walker Sisters in the Smoky Mountains

The seven Walker Sisters – Margaret, Polly, Martha, Nancy, Louisa, Sarah Caroline, and Hettie – spent their entire lives in a cabin in Little Greenbrier Cove that was built by their grandfather in the 1840s. The...

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27 Vintage Portraits of Victorian Nuns in the 1890s

These glass plate negatives,taken from Woodchester, Stroud, Gloucestershire, show everyday life of Victorian nuns in the 1890s.

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The Johnstown Flood, A Calamity of Biblical Proportions, 1889

On the morning of May 31, 1889, after a night of heavy rain the artificial reservoir of Lake Conemaugh appeared to be on the verge of overwhelming the notoriously leaky South Fork Dam impounding it. Elias Unger, the president...

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Walt Whitman Volunteered as a Nurse During the American Civil War and Treated Wounded Union Soldiers

Walt Whitman was one of the crucial figures of 19th century American literature. His famous collection of poems titled Leaves of Grass was at first considered distasteful and obscene, but today, the collection is now praised...


How Dr. Naismith Came Up With the Game of Basketball

Dr. James Naismith is known world-wide as the inventor of basketball. He was born in 1861 in Ramsay township, near Almonte, Ontario, Canada. The concept of basketball was born from Naismith’s school days in the area...


The Most Beautiful Currency Ever Created by The U.S.

In 1896, the United States released the Educational Series of silver certificates, a series of currency depicting three allegorical motifs that would become some of the most highly revered banknotes ever produced by the US...

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The World’s First Motorcycle

Some consider the first motorcycle to also be the first car – as it was created 2 years before Karl Benz unveiled his invention in 1886 and both were 3-wheelers propelled by a petrol powered, internal combustion engine....

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