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1920s

The Fake Paris You Never Knew About

October 13, 2017

Towards the end of World War I French military planners hired private firms to help build a fake with a faux Arc di Triomphe and Goud du Nord among its many “landmarks.” Viewed from pla...

100-Year-Old Wooden Escalators Still in Operation in th...

October 12, 2017

Built between 1920 and 1930 by Otis Elevator Company, which pioneered the machinery, these wooden escalators can still be found in good working condition at Macy'...

The Lost Victorian Houses of Downtown LA

September 27, 2017

Downtown LA have a history buried under gleaming high-rise office blocks and strip malls… Despite its once fashionable apartment buildings attracting high-income residents, Bunker ...

Ada Blackjack's Adventure is One of the Most Extreme Wi...

September 1, 2017

In the early 20th century, one Canadian explorer by the name of Vilhjalmur Stefansson wanted to claim a sizeable piece of land in the Arctic Ocean, about 100 mile...

Everyday Life of Inuit People Captured in 25 Vintage Ph...

August 24, 2017

The Inuit people live in the far northern parts Alaska, Siberia, Canada, and Greenland. Everything about their lives is influenced by the cold climate in which th...

The Real Story Behind Pep 'The Cat-Murdering Dog' Who W...

August 17, 2017

The photo below has been shared over and over in the internet captioned: "The Dog Who Was Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Murdering the Governor's Cat" The ...

98-Yr-Old Man Becomes Multi-Millionaire Thanks To Stock...

July 1, 2017

In 1923, 4-year-old Russ Gremel moved into a new home with his family in the Jefferson Park area of Chicago. The street lamps had to be lit at night and people ro...

How to Do the Marcel Waves, Step-by-Step Tutorial, 1920...

June 28, 2017

The Marcel waves reached their height of popularity during the '20s, about 15 years after the first electric curling iron was invented. At the time, waving was th...

Britain's "Unkillable" Soldier, Adrian Carton de Wiart

May 29, 2017

Lt. General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart served as a British officer in the Boer War, the First World War, and the Second World War. He survived two plane crashes, was ...

The War Children Who Were Born YELLOW: Children of Expl...

May 17, 2017

The First World War left a taint on everyone - but for some it happened more literally than others. Gladys Sangster is one of Britain's last surviving 'Canary Bab...

The Man Who Sold Liquor to Congressmen and Senators Dur...

April 12, 2017

Back in 1920, America went “Dry” in an attempt to lower the crime and death rates, although we all know how it ended; people drank like there's no tomorrow and or...

The Ice-Skating Cocktail Waiters of at the Grand Hotel ...

March 22, 2017

In the 1920s and 30s at the Grand Hotel les Bains in St. Moritz, Switzerland, they had the right idea: serve drinks on its ice terrace by skating waiters. It took...

The Solvay Conference: Gathering of Some of the Most In...

March 22, 2017

The Solvay Conference was founded in 1912 by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay. It was considered a turning point in the physics world. Held in Brussels, the co...

The Orphan Train Movement, 1854 - 1929

March 10, 2017

The Orphan Train Movement was a satisfactory welfare program that moved many orphaned and homeless children from the populous Eastern cities to foster homes widely located in rural a...

The Story of The Luckiest Unlucky Man To Ever Live

March 10, 2017

Known as the world’s luckiest unlucky man, Frane Selak, a Croatian music teacher was able to cheat death --- seven times! And, incredibly, in 2003, Selak won $1,000,000 d...

You'll Find These Huge Arrows on the Ground All Over Am...

February 27, 2017

An amazing method to be on the right track...

1920s Police Mugshots - These Men Don't Look Like They'...

February 22, 2017

These compilation is one among a series of around 2500 "special pictures" captured by New South Wales Police Department photographers from the year 1910 to 1930. ...

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...

Before Radar, These Giant Concrete “Sound Mirrors” Were...

January 18, 2017

Before the invention of radars, acoustic mirrors were used in Great Britain as early warning devices. The mirrors were built to detect incoming enemies by the...

California's 1000-year-old Pioneer Cabin Tree Has Falle...

January 10, 2017

Serving as human amusement, the Pioneer Cabin tree was one among many “tunnel trees” that had been carved out. The precise age and height of this tree were not re...

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...

Cost of Living Throughout the Years, 1924 - 1999

January 6, 2017

Cost of living is the amount of money necessary to maintain a certain standard of living, basic expenditures included such as housing, food, taxes and health care. Take a l...

Ten Assorted Vintage Artificial Eyes from 1870 - 1920

January 4, 2017

In the 19th century, advances in complicated eye operations were discovered as more and more doctors specialize in eye disease. When anaesthesia was introduced in 1846...

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...

This Ingenious Car From 1923 Turns Into a Boat

December 22, 2016

In 1921, John A. Cowan of Kansas City, Mo., has patented a car roof that slips off and can be carried right into the water, turning into a lightweight flat-bottomed boat. T...

Vintage Snapshots of Female Skiers from Between 1920s a...

December 22, 2016

Skiing, one of indispensable sports of winter. But until the mid-19th century it was primarily used for transport, and since then has become a recreation and spor...

Black and White Photos Show Winter in Boston From Betwe...

December 19, 2016

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...

Downtown Christmas Decorations in the 1920s - 1960s

December 16, 2016

Let's stroll back into the past through this collection of vintage photos showing beautiful street scenes of different cities during Christmas time! Photo of downtown ...

A Look Inside Hoovervilles During the Great Depression

December 11, 2016

After the stock market crashed in 1929, many Americans lost their jobs and many families in America's largest cities were unable to pay their mortgages or rent paymen...

Margaret Gorman, The First Miss America, in the 1920s

December 6, 2016

In 1921, Margaret Gorman was a rising junior at Western High School (now the Duke Ellington School of Arts) when her photo was entered into a Washington Herald city po...

Did You Know the Eiffel Tower Was Once a Giant Advertis...

November 30, 2016

Did you know that for nine years, the Citroën car company ‘rented‘ the Eiffel Tower and had it’s brand name emblazoned on it with 125,000 glowing lights? The sign...

Driving around New York City in 1928

November 27, 2016

A wonderful glimpse of life in the big city; location shots give you a real feeling for how everyday folks lived. The scenes filmed in New York City are from the 1928 silent film "Spee...

The 1920s House Obama Will Live in After He Moves Out o...

November 10, 2016

President Barack Obama will remain in the Oval Office after election day, but will officially become a “lame duck” president. He will have 73 days to tick remaini...

"Probable Causes of Insanity" Among The Inmates of the ...

November 10, 2016

The new asylum building was equipped to handle 100 patients. Seven men, chosen by the Senate, were to serve as a Board of Managers. They were tasked to hire the s...

A Time When Boys Wore Pink and Girls Wore Blue - And Bo...

November 7, 2016

Just before the 1920s, pink and blue started to become associated with gender - pink was considered suitable for boys while blue was suitable for girls. This was ...

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...

Physical Examination for the Navy, 1920s

October 23, 2016

Credit: Bits and Bobs

After Nearly 1,900 Years at the Bottom of Lake Nemi, Em...

October 16, 2016

As one of his capricious whims, Emperor Caligula ordered several large barges to be built to use on Lake Nemi. The two vessels, which were designated in modern ti...

Mildred Unger: The 10 Year-Old Girl Who Danced on the W...

October 14, 2016

Before the onset of the Great Depression, the Roaring Twenties were a time of economic prosperity, new technology and, perhaps most famously, dancing. In 1927, 1...

50 Photos Show Everyday Life of Native American People ...

October 6, 2016

American ethnologist and photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis shot these incredible vintage photos of the everyday life of Native American people during the 1900s t...

The GPS of the 1920s: The Plus Fours Routefinder

September 29, 2016

It doesn't speak to you or give live traffic updates, but the Plus Fours Routefinder is the world's first satellite navigation - invented in the 1920s. It was designed to b...

Beautiful Vintage RVs and Motorhomes (5 Photos)

September 23, 2016

Camper Truck, 1918. A custom-built camper truck perfect for picnics and camping. There is a pull-out area for cooking, a screened-in living area with rain blinds, and ample ...

Peter Freuchen: The Arctic Explorer Who Was Burried in ...

September 20, 2016

Lorenc Peter Elfred Freuchen was a 6’7” tall Danish explorer and old-school 1900s explorer who rode a dogsled 1,000 kilometers across the Greenland ice cap in the...

The Secret Room Behind Mount Rushmore

September 19, 2016

Mt. Rushmore may be one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet, but it has been harbouring a little-known secret for decades. According to The Sun, this iconic stone sculptu...

Why Do Pilots Often Say “Roger” on the Radio?

September 5, 2016

Even if you haven’t heard it in real life, you’ve probably heard a pilot on TV say “Roger.” You’ve even heard pilots say “Roger Wilco.” Have you ever wondered who Roger Wi...

21 Vintage Police Mugshots of 1920s Gangsters

August 10, 2016

Back in the day, my grandpa used to say, gangsters had class, not just swag. After looking at these 1920s police mugshots, I now believe him. See if you agree, too. 1. 2. ...

1920s: Women and their Cars

July 28, 2016

During the 1920s, many Americans had extra money to spend, and so they spent it on consumer goods such as ready-to-wear clothes and home appliances like electric refrigerators and radios. But ...

100-Year-Old Theater Converted into a Grand Bookshop

July 19, 2016

Inside the building of a 100-year-old theater is the most stunning bookshop you’ll ever see. Photo: Wikiwand Grand Splendid Theater, now converted into a bookshop call...

Vintage Photos of the Early Hair Dryers from Between th...

July 2, 2016

A woman sits under a chrome-plated hair dryer, 1928. c. 1928 A stylist uses a freestanding dryer to blow dry a client's hair with controlled precision at the Ha...

The Original “Victoria’s Secret” Beauties of the 1920s

June 13, 2016

When I see black and white portraits of women from the 1920s or early 19th century I always find them unflattering. Maybe it's the melodramatic make-up, or thei...

Rare Color Photos of 1928 England

June 2, 2016

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, photographer Clifton R. Adams was commissioned by National Geographic to record the everyday life of the people of England. Adams was able to capture th...

These Old Photos Of Daredevils Doing Stunts On Top Of F...

May 20, 2016

It wasn't long after the Wright brothers made their historic first flight that daredevils began doing death-defying stunts on, over, and below flying airplanes. ...

Old Photos of Unclaimed Lost and Found Items Left On Ra...

May 19, 2016

Countless number of things have been left on stations and trains by passengers. Normally, these items are collected by railway attendants and surrendered to the l...

30 Rare Photos Taken 85 Years Ago During the American G...

April 20, 2016

On October 29, 1929, known as the infamous Black Tuesday, the stock market collapsed, marking the start of the Great Depression -- a period of hardship, fear, and...

What It Was Like To Go Looking For a Job During The Gre...

March 11, 2016

During The Great Depression, banks failed, businesses closed, city streets were desolates, families lost their homes, and unemployment in the rose to nearly 25%. ...

Way Back Then: Life in the 1920s

March 10, 2016

A short glimpse of the way of life in the '20s. Credits: Aaron1912

A Single Bread Costs 4.6 Million During Germany's Hyper...

February 25, 2016

The 1921 - 1924 hyperinflation happened mainly because of three things: the ongoing internal political instability in the country, the occupation of the Ruhr dist...

Tour Around Berlin in the Summer of 1929

January 21, 2016

This footage entitled "Menschen am Sonntag" (People on Sunday), filmed in Berlin in the summer of 1929 by Billy Wilder, shows Sunday life in German capital was like more than 85 ye...

11 Rare Old Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Photos

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, so how about we take a stroll down memory lane and check out these old Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade photos. Enjoy!   Macy's...