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Electronics in the Early Days

September 9, 2018

Electronics in the early days were much different than they are today. Most young people today would not even recognize many of the gadgets that were used by their parents and grandparent...

Katie Mulcahey and New York’s Short-Lived Women’s Smoki...

August 29, 2018

Two girls lighting cigarettes, 23 April, 1931, have the right to do so thanks to Katie Mulcahey. Photograph by Leslie Cardew. (Photo by Daily Herald Archive...

Mae West: The Original Bad Girl

August 28, 2018

American actress and screenwriter Mae West (1893 - 1980), 1934. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images) Long before Madonna, Miley and Marilyn, there was Mae West, the original celebrity ...

The Real Story Behind the Invention of the Teddy Bear

August 14, 2018

Teddy bears are cute, cuddly stuffed toys that parents give to babies and teenage boys give to their girlfriends. You can win one at the carnival. Heck, you can ev...

Gutsy Female Marine Biologist Snorkeled with Sharks

August 13, 2018

Long before “Jaws” warned us not to go in the water, a gutsy, smart female marine biologist named Eugenie Clark made it her life’s work to study man-eating sharks. T...

Portland's Dark Past: Shanghai Tunnels of Portland

August 9, 2018

Beneath the streets of Portland, Oregon, there is a series of hidden tunnels. These 150-plus year old tunnels connected the basements and cellars of several of the ci...

The Monster of the Andes: No One Knows Were this Serial...

August 7, 2018

Pedro Lopez, also known as The Monster of the Andes, is a prolific serial killer and rapist who may have murdered as many as 300 little girls in several South...

Deadly Fog Kills Thousands of Londoners

August 3, 2018

The Great Smog of London, 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) Londoners are no strangers to fog. But in 1952, the perfect storm of weather, industrial airborne pollutants, and...

The Great Molasses Flood: Sabotage or Industrial Accide...

August 2, 2018

An unfathomable tragedy filled the streets of Boston with a tsunami of molasses…yes, molasses!...on a balmy January day in 1919. The 2.3 million tons of the s...

The Other Side Of Helen Keller Not In History Books

July 31, 2018

The Helen Keller story has been whitewashed in the history books so much so that people today view her as an inspirational story of a disabled girl who overcame the ...

Horrific Circus Train Crash In 1918 Killed Popular Circ...

July 30, 2018

One of the worst train wrecks in the United States occurred with a circus train carrying 400 circus performers was rear-ended by another train and burst into ...

Henry Ford And The Invention Of Kingsford Charcoal

July 26, 2018

Everyone associates Henry Ford with the automobile and the invention of the assembly line, but you also have the American businessman to thank for your backyard cooko...

The Nautical Mystery of the SS Waratah

May 15, 2018

It may come as a surprise to some that the Bermuda Triangle is not the only area where ships can disappear without a trace. There are many reasons why ships sink and usually part...

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.

This Lightbulb Was Switched On In 1901 — And It’s Still...

January 10, 2018

In a little fire station in Livermore, California you'll find light bulb that has been burning since it was first set alight — in 1901. The Centennial Bulb, a...

Vintage Photos of Bodybuilders from the Early 1900s

January 3, 2018

The rise in popularity professional strongmen was somehow a response to the Industrial Revolution. With the emergence of office work and factories, lifestyle became sede...

This Is Not A Victorian Lady, It's F. Scott Fitzgerald ...

December 7, 2017

These photos were taken in 1916 to help promote The Evil Eye at Princeton's Triangle Club. Fitzgerald was in his third year at Princeton when the musical-comedy t...

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...

Street Scenes of Vancouver, 1907

November 20, 2017

Street shots included here are Granville Street, with a glimpse of the old CPR station, West Hastings Street, Carrall Street, West Cordova Street, Canbie Street, Robson Street, and Davie S...

The Unseen Portraits of Somme Soldiers, 1916

November 20, 2017

During WW1, the village of Vignacourt in France was always behind the front lines – as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all national...

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...

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...

Vintage Photos Reveal the 19th Century’s Fascination wi...

October 29, 2017

In the 19th Century, posing with and taking photographs of dead loved ones was commonplace, allowing people to have a keepsake of their departed family members....

Old School Comedy: The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match...

October 11, 2017

This film is a winner, it being one of the most laughable of mysterious picture ever made. H/T Nemo Ng

41 Beautiful Portraits of Edwardian Women From Between ...

October 10, 2017

Color photography was attempted as early as the 1840s, but it became popular only after the Lumière brothers introduced and patented the Autochrome Lumière techni...

The Cedar River Logging Trestle, 203ft High and 843ft L...

October 4, 2017

Completed shortly before this black and white photograph was taken by Darius Kinsey, the Cedar River trestle, built by Pacific States Lumber Company, was exceptio...

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...

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...

These Old Photos Capture Daily Life of a Family in Gull...

September 21, 2017

This series of photos from Maryellen McFadden captures the daily life of the Brenna family from between the 1900s and 1910s.

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...

The Abandoned Island Was Once Used As a Leper Colony

August 1, 2017

The small island of Spinaloga, officially known as Kalydon, is located in a gulf in north-eastern Crete, next to the town of Plaka, near the Spinaloga peninsula – which...

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...

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...

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 ...

In 1905, An 11-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Invented One o...

June 15, 2017

In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson of San Francisco, California,  accidentally invented the Popsicle. It was a chilly evening when Frank decided to make himself ...

The Last Wild Indian: In 1911 Ishi Emerged From the Wil...

June 13, 2017

In August 29, 1911, a weak, starving native American man emerged from the Butte County wilderness into Oroville. He became an instant sensation. UC anthropologist...

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 Tragic Life of Ota Benga, The Slave Forced to be a ...

May 5, 2017

On March 20, 1916, 32-year-old Ota Benga shot himself in the heart while being held against his will in the United States. Benga’s short, tragic life was outline...

Inside Look: The General Stores Of Yesteryear

May 2, 2017

General stores were an integral part of local society back in the old days and people treated them as such. Pioneers and farmers depended on general stores and trading posts  ...

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...

The Thief Who Wore an Army Officer Uniform and Had Sold...

April 19, 2017

Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt lived a troubled life growing up in Tilsit, Prussia. In 1863, at the age of 14, he had been sentenced to two weeks in prison for theft whi...

Ernest Shackleton and The Endurance: One of The Greates...

April 17, 2017

In the early days of the Age of Exploration, men and women alike sailed across the harsh, unpredictable seas to discover new worlds and map out the undiscovered l...

A 30-foot Tree Trunk Has Been Floating Vertically in Or...

April 12, 2017

The Old Man of the Lake is a 30-foot tall tree stump, most likely a hemlock, that has been floating vertically in Oregon’s Crater Lake since at least 1896. The st...

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...

Victorian and Edwardian Workers Captured on Film, 1900 ...

April 5, 2017

These films, taken between 1900 and 1901, display some of the grittier nature of work in those days. The footages have survived very well, essentially the only fi...

19 Rare Lantern Slides Show the Postmen from 1914 - 191...

March 13, 2017

Here is a gallery of lantern slides from depicting postal operations for different nationalities at the time of World War One. Nearly all of these pictures were ...

The Peculiar History of the Cliff House in San Francisc...

March 7, 2017

The Cliff House was originally built by Senator John Buckley and C. C. Butler in 1863. In the beginning, getting there was very costly as it was located on the ro...

Auto Polo: The Death-Defying Sport of the Early 1900s

March 7, 2017

A Ford dealer from Topeka, Kansas named Ralph “Pappy” Hankinson, was finding out a way to sell more cars and he came up with a berserk idea to play polo while driving ...

The Real People Behind 'Little House On The Prairie'

March 4, 2017

Little House on the Prairie is a drama series that has a special place within the hearts of Americans and several others around the world. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s plot b...

This is What Dorm Rooms Looked Like in the 1800s and Ea...

March 1, 2017

Can you imagine how dorm rooms look a 100 years ago? Here are pictures to give you a rare look inside... Four young ladies enjoy some time together at a Lindenwo...

The Only Known Footage of Mark Twain, 1909

February 27, 2017

This is the only known footage of the famous author Mark Twain. Thomas Edison filmed this in 1909, showing Twain walking around his home in Redding, Connecticut, and then playing...

A Look Inside Victorian Homes in the 1800s

February 27, 2017

Take a glimpse of what everyday life is like in these houses between the late 1800s and early 1900s. A view of an 1890's Victorian dining room. If only these walls could talk! ...

That Time Marie Curie Was Rejected Membership to the Fr...

February 2, 2017

It’s probably hard to believe that a two-time Nobel Prize winner for her work in both physics and chemistry, a person who discovered and created the word “radioac...

Edwardian Era: Lovely Vintage Photos of Children on the...

January 27, 2017

The scenery before buildings and entertainment centers; these are old pictures of the beach, children playing together, digging sand, just swimming... ...

Italy Over 100 Years Ago (Without The Influx of Tourist...

January 23, 2017

An amateur photographer took these old pictures during one of their family trips to England and Europe from 1907 to 1922. These depicted day to day living from th...

Outhouses and Night Soil Men: New York City Before the ...

January 20, 2017

More than a century ago, New Yorkers only had a few choices when it came to their lavatory needs— either to visit an outhouse or make use of a chamber pot. When ...

These Photos From The 1900s Capture How Native American...

January 13, 2017

In the 20th century, Native American Indian was fading away quickly. With this regard, Edward Sheriff Curtis dedicated years of his life to securing and recording...

19 Incredible Colorized Photos of Victorian Women From ...

January 12, 2017

The women in Victorian era generally wear unique gowns, so colorization is the best way for us to visualize a part of their tints. Below is a stunning collection ...

Beautiful Portraits of Native American Teen Girls, 1800...

January 7, 2017

Native American women virtually had different roles from men, but just like their male counterparts, they usually had the same rights. The women owned the home th...

Photos of Children Before Child Labor Laws Were Passed,...

January 6, 2017

Back in 1908, Lewis Hine traveled to the town of Eastport, ME. A sociologist and photographer hired by the US National Committee of Child Labour to investigate ab...

Vintage Photos of Dapper Men from the Victorian Era

January 5, 2017

An era that lasted from June 1837 to January 1901, the Victorian age had a fashion that is composed of various trends which emerged and grew in province. The following p...

Vintage Snapshots of Boxers From the Early 20th Century

December 29, 2016

Boxing has been included in the Olympic Games program since 1904. For centuries people used their fists to resolve disputes before someone thought of organizing such...

What Christmas Trees Looked Like 100 Years Ago

December 23, 2016

The Christmas Tree didn't become a popular tradition in the U.S. until the mid 1850's. At that time, many of the trees were lit with actual candles. After quite a few fires...

Before Photoshop: 20 Creepy Headless Portraits From the...

December 23, 2016

A number of Victorian photographers combined images from more than one negative to create illusions or novelty portraits. "Headless Photographs" featured men and ...

Mark Carr, the First NYC Christmas Tree Seller, And a B...

December 22, 2016

In the mid-19th century, hardly any modern Christmas traditions existed. One that did was the Christmas tree, a pre-Christian ritual incorporated into holiday fes...

The Abandoned Copper Mining Town in Kennicott, Alaska

December 14, 2016

The old mining town of Kennicott in the US state of Alaska, located on the south slopes of Wrangell mountain close to the Kennicott Glacier, about five miles up from t...

The Average American Woman in 1908

December 11, 2016

Charles Merriles wrote a three-part article for Physical Culture Magazine entitled "The Average Woman" which ran from the July – September 1908 issues. He offers a scathing indictment ag...

Charming Camping Trip of Young Victorian Professionals ...

December 11, 2016

More than 100 years ago, a group of young friends went on a camping trip and captured some pretty great memories, and time has stood still for these smiley Victor...

The Most Photographed Victorian House in the United Sta...

December 5, 2016

Originally the home of William Carson, one of Northern California’s first major lumber barons,the Carson Mansion is a large Victorian house located in Old Town, E...

50 Candid Photos of President Teddy Roosevelt From the ...

November 29, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt is mostly remembered as the twenty-sixth President of the United States, but this dynamic, multi-talented, charismatic man became a hero to mil...

People Window Shopping In New York During the Christmas...

November 29, 2016

Each year department stores unveil their holiday window displays to admiring crowds. Festive windows have been a tradition in New York City since the 1870s; R.H. ...

This 1908 Explosion is Estimated to be 1000 Times More ...

November 15, 2016

On 30 June 1908, an huge explosion ripped through the air above a remote taiga forest in Siberia, near the Podkamennaya Tunguska river. The fireball is believed ...

WWI Flight Training From 1918 (Original Footage)

November 11, 2016

The United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917 and began preparing a force to fight from the sky. Hundreds of cadets enrolled in flight schools in the United St...

Mudguard Car Contest In Paris, 1912

November 8, 2016

In 1912, the Police Prefecture of Paris organized a mudguard car contest, attracting many inventors. The effectiveness of their mudguard inventions is measured by rolling their cars on ...

How George H.W. Bush Handled Losing the 1992 Election T...

November 4, 2016

Clinton had just defeated Bush in his 1992 re-election bid, yet Bush expressed his wish for the next president to succeed, and offered him advice about dealing wi...

How to Date Old Photos

October 31, 2016

Identifying an old photo isn't as hard as you would think it would be. There are a few easy ways to identify old photos given how fast the photographic processes changed during the late 1800s and e...

Color Photos Showing Life In Japan In The 1860s - 1900s

October 29, 2016

Prisoner, 1860 Woman in front of the mirror, photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried, 1860 Two tattooed men, photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried Pilgrim g...

Crinoline: The Victorian Fashion Garment That Killed Ar...

October 27, 2016

Unlike the farthingales and panniers, the crinoline was worn by Victorian women of every social class. In his etiquette manual published in 1875, George Routledg...