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Bernice Palmer: The 17-Year-Old Girl Who Snapped Historic Photos Of The Titanic Disaster

As the tragedy of the RMS Titanic unfolded, there were only a few photographers who captured what was happening. One of them was 17-year-old Bernice Palmer who was traveling aboard RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the...


Photos of Children Before Child Labor Laws Were Passed, 1908 – 1924

In 1908, sociologist and photographer Lewis Hine traveled to the town of Eastport, ME after he was hired by the US National Committee of Child Labour, to explore the difficult conditions in which children toiled before the...


The SS Eastland Disaster That Killed 844

The Eastland was one of five boats carrying Western Electric workers and their families and friends across Lake Michigan to a park in Michigan City, Indiana. The SS Eastland, which was carrying 2,500 people, turned onto its...


Faces of War: Men With Broken Faces and The Tin Nose Shop

Wounded tommies facetiously called it “The Tin Nose Shop.” Located within the 3rd London General Hospital, its proper name was the “Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department”; either way, it represented...


100-Year-Old Photos of Destitute East End Children

This photo collection was taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England.


Vintage Photos of Émilie Marie Bouchau and Her 16-Inch Waist

Algerian-born Émilie Marie Bouchau (Polaire), was famous for her tiny, corsetted waist, which was reported to have a circumference no greater than 16 inches. Decked out in black eye makeup, a nose ring, and corsets that...


Vintage Snapshots of Boxers From the Early 20th Century

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 fights as entertainment. The competition is divided into...


The Fall of the Titanic

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after hitting an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The pride of the White Star Line...


Black and White Photos Show Winter in Boston From Between the 1910s and 1930s

Bostonians know how winter can be both magical and miserable. Here’s a selection of 33 photographs taken by Leslie Jones, staff photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler, documenting daily life in Boston from between...


The Abandoned Copper Mining Town in Kennicott, Alaska

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 the small town of McCarthy is totally deserted. In the...

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