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The Most Isolated Lighthouse in the World

December 17, 2017

Precariously perched on a rock pillar in the Westman Islands in Iceland, the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse is arguably the most isolated lighthouse in the world. The structure, sitting...

The 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

December 14, 2017

Unveiled at the General Motors pavilion at the 1939-40 World’s Fair in New York, the Pontiac ‘Ghost Car’ was buit on the chassis of a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. In collaboration with R...

Lovely Photos of Ladies in Dresses From the 1930s

December 12, 2017

The fashion of the thirties is usually overshadowed by the great depression, but the 1930s were full of glamour and style, especially dresses. Check out the photos... ...

Why Thousands Mourned a Bank Robber

November 15, 2017

He may have been one of America’s best-loved outlaw: tens of thousands of people paid their respects at Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd’s funeral after he was shot down by the FBI on Oct. 22...

Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 19...

November 11, 2017

In the 1930s, many people living in isolated communities had very little access to jobs, let alone a good education for their children. In Kentucky, they had isol...

How Do You Rate as a Husband or Wife of the 1930s?

November 8, 2017

This Marital Rating Scale was developed in 1939 by George W. Crane, Ph.D and M.D. of Northwestern University. The scale was divided into two columns, one for the positive...

The Building of a City: Old Seattle in Photos

October 29, 2017

Established in 1851, Seattle started out as a lumber town, but it quickly became popular in coal production and fishing, and as a shipping hub for the West Coast. Soon, the ci...

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'...

Charles C. Ebbets and His Famous 'Lunchtime Atop a Skys...

October 2, 2017

Below is one of the most iconic images of all time, “Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper.” It was taken by Charles C. Ebbets in 1932 – although he wasn’t officially recog...

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 ...

Here's What First Class Air Travel Looked Like in the 1...

August 25, 2017

In the 1930s, America's airline industry expanded at a rapid rate, from carrying only 6,000 passengers in 1930 to more than 450,000 by 1934, to 1.2 million by 193...

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...

41 Photos Document Everyday Life of Native Americans in...

August 22, 2017

Between 1928 and 1934, the French-American anthropologist, artist, and writer Paul Coze (1903-1974) made four trips across western Canada collecting ethnographic ...

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 ...

Newly Uncovered Photo Appears To Show Amelia Earhart Al...

July 6, 2017

A photo found in the National Archives may show Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, alive in the Marshall Islands after their suspected crash landing. ...

Old Michigan Wedding –Gorgeous Photos of Brides in the ...

June 3, 2017

These portrait photos from profkaren were bought at a Detroit estate sale. It's a collection of images of gorgeous brides in the 1930s from the Hoffman and Smar...

The Girl Who Named Pluto (NASA Transcript)

May 29, 2017

Hi, this is Edward Goldstein with NASA Public Affairs. I'm talking to Venetia Phair, the lady who 76 years ago had the distinction of suggesting the name for Pluto, the newly di...

These Black and White Photos Capture the Everyday Strug...

May 28, 2017

The treatment of mental illness has come a long way since the 1930s. Now, in most countries, mental illness treatments are immeasurably more humane, comprehensive...

This Family Was Isolated for Over 40 Years, Completely ...

May 18, 2017

The Siberian taiga is the largest of Earth’s nearly uninhabited wilderness and it is one of the most isolated places in the world. It is also one of the most diff...

The Last Tasmanian Tiger Died of Exposure at Hobart Zoo...

May 6, 2017

Below are photos of one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials in modern times, the Thylacine, more commonly referred to as the Tasmania Tiger because of its...

The Story Behind The Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph

April 28, 2017

In 1936, Florence Owens, a very tired 32-year-old mother of seven, sat down with some of her children in a temporary shelter near the migrants’ camp in Nipomo, C...

This Is How People Used To Test Bulletproof Glass

April 20, 2017

We've always been amazed at the trust displayed by couples who shoot apples off each other's heads or throw knives at each other for performances. This 1930s couple testin...

Cold Beer and Lots of Free Crab: Friday Night At a Loui...

April 17, 2017

During the Great Depression, the photographic unit of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) commissioned photographers to travel around and record how people liv...

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 Dance Marathon of the 1930s Were So Extreme People ...

April 3, 2017

During the Great Depression, dance marathons became a competitive form of entertainment across the United States. The Craze Was Born Alma Cummings started it all ...

This Locked Crypt Holds Civilization's Artifacts and Wo...

April 2, 2017

Locked and sealed airtightly in Georgia's Oglethorpe University is a time capsule crypt containing some of the 1940s iconic treasures. It won’t be opened until 81...

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...

Abandoned Ship Has Been Roaming the Arctic Waters for 3...

March 20, 2017

The SS Baychimo, a 1,322-ton, 230-foot long cargo ship launched in 1914 was was built at the Lindholmens shipyard in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was originally called ...

The Construction of the Hoover Dam (25 Photos)

March 8, 2017

Comparable to a 60-story building with a base is as thick as two football fields are long, the Hoover Dam was regarded as the highest dam in the world when it was completely ...

The Tragic Hindenburg Disaster Caught on Tape, 1937

March 5, 2017

This first-hand footage from the British Pathe archive reveals the famous Hiddenburgh crash, where 13 out of 36 passengers died and 22 out of 61 crew members perished as...

A Unique Cemetery With Poems and Jokes Written on Tombs...

March 5, 2017

A well-known cemetery in the village of Săpânța, Maramureş county, Romania, called Merry Cemetery, is a cemetery that is famous across the world for its unique wa...

5-Year-Old Girl Gave Birth and Became the World's Young...

February 16, 2017

Back in 1939, Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She was only five-years-old. Born in Ticrapo, Castrovirreyna Province, Peru, to silversmith Tiburelo ...

These Women Should Be Famous...

February 7, 2017

Scientists Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering created one of the world's first whooping cough vaccines in 1930s Grand Rapids. On their own time, with a lab and tiny budget, Kendrick and Elde...

The Interesting Story of Deadshot Mary

February 5, 2017

Mary Shanley was born in Ireland in 1896, and after immigrating to America with her family, made the bold choice to join the NYPD. Along with a handful of other woman cops, she went ...

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...

24 Vintage Photos Of Alaska As You’ve Never Seen It Bef...

January 12, 2017

Frequently we see picturesque photos of Alaska, but seldom do we see photographs that exhibit what it was like when the region was thriving. Behold some incredi...

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...

The 10,000-Bedroom Hotel That Was Never Used

December 19, 2016

Hotel Prora is a massive building complex built between 1936 and 1939 by the Nazis as part of their "Strength through Joy" programme. The complex stretches over three miles alo...

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...

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...

FDR Wanted a Simple Funeral and Burial

December 7, 2016

In December, 1937, Franklin Roosevelt wrote out instructions for his funeral and burial in a four-page document. It was kept folded in an envelope in Roosevelt’s personal safe in his...

Vintage Class Pictures of Pupils During the Victorian E...

December 6, 2016

Here's a small collection of vintage photos of school children in England before the 1900s. School in Swaton, Lincolnshire, ca. 1887 School in Swaton, Lincolnshi...

Sleek And Wavy: The 1930s Hairstyle for Women

December 5, 2016

One of the the key trends of of 1930s hairstyles were waves. Depending on the preferences of each person, they could be rolls, curls, finger, marcel, or water waves... Take a ...

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...

Where Is Amelia Earhart? The Life of Great Woman and He...

November 16, 2016

"After midnight, the moon set, and I was alone with the stars. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to conv...

20 Vintage Photos of People Camping and Caravanning Bet...

November 8, 2016

It was before the 20th century when camping holidays really started. The first real holiday camp was in the Isle of Man, called the “Cunningham Camp”. The only st...

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...

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...

A Kick in the Head: How Helmet Was Tested in 1932

September 23, 2016

This very funny clip shows a man testing his American Football helmet invention - he thinks it will prevent fatalaties and injuries. He gets some men to kick him in the he...

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...

This Color Footage Captured Scenes of New York City in ...

September 17, 2016

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Victor Lustig: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower... Twi...

September 14, 2016

Known as "the man who sold the Eiffel Tower", Victor Lustig was one of history's most talented con man. Born in 1890 in Arnau, Austria-Hungary, not much is known ...

Laundry Day, 1930s - 1940s

September 11, 2016

Back before washing machines, "Wash Day" was an all-day affair. Here are some laundry day photos from the 1930s and 1940s...

The Outdoor "Bench School" of Ontario, Oregon, 1939

September 10, 2016

During the end of the Great Depression in 1939, many rural schools held classes outside due to the oppressive heat. They were more fortunate than most: the county had a ...

One Windy Day at 23rd Street, NYC, 1903

September 6, 2016

This remarkable footage was taken at the foot of New York City's famous skyscraper, The Flatiron. It's a very windy day, and the pedestrians passing by are having considerable diffi...

A Beautiful Look into Architecture and Urban Design in ...

September 5, 2016

Berenice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of The Big Apple's architecture and urban design of the 1930s. She is ...

Kindertransport: The Saving of 10,000 Jewish Children F...

August 25, 2016

When you think about World War I and World War II, the stories that usually come up are ones about people making both incredible and harrowing journeys — soldiers...

Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Wom...

August 22, 2016

At the end of autumn 1938, Himmler decided to establish a concentration camp for women in Ravensbrück. This location was chosen by Himmler because it was out-of-t...

1930s Video Shows Dog with Incredible Jumping (and land...

July 20, 2016

Mickey, the incredible German shepherd was once known as the world’s greatest jumping dog. This talented dog has amazing jumping (and landing) skills! With the ab...

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...

Amelia Earhart Disappears: Original Newsreel Footage, 1...

June 30, 2016

This clip from 1937 highlights the days immediately after Amelia Earhart’s plane went missing. The aviator (or aviatrix) who set so many records in her time went ...

What Dinner Was Like During and Shortly After The Great...

June 28, 2016

Times were hard, jobs were few, yet people remained positive and creative. If there's one thing we learned from The Great Depression of the 1930s, it's just how r...

Window Cleaners Working on The Empire State Building, 1...

June 20, 2016

The commercial window-washing industry in New York started with the rise of the skyscraper industry, at the end of the nineteenth century, after one Polish immigr...

Simo Hayha: The World's Deadliest Sniper

May 25, 2016

Simo "Simuna" Häyhä, nicknamed "White Death" by the Red Army, was a Finnish marksman. Using a Finnish M/28-30 rifle in the Winter War, he is reported as having killed 505 men, the ...

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...

Vintage Photographs of Beautiful Muscular Women in the ...

April 27, 2016

This collection gives us a whole new glimpse of women from the early 20th century.   Circus girl   1905   Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton, known as The “F...

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...

The Story Behind the Lone Man Who Refused to Do the Naz...

April 11, 2016

The photo below was taken in 1936 during the launch of a German army vessel, a ceremony that was attended by Adolf Hitler himself. What made this photo iconic was...

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%. ...

A Look at The Massive Flying Fortresses of Russia

February 9, 2016

During the 1930s, the Russian army was into creating massive planes. And since jet propulsion were not yet readily available at the time, the huge flying fortresses were b...

Amazing Vintage 3D Photos Showing Us a More Real Glimps...

October 28, 2015

In a world before radio and TV, people entertain themselves with stereographs - images taken using the Lenticular Steroscope invented in 1851 by Sir David Brewste...

Candid Photographs Of 1930s Burlesque Dancers

September 2, 2015

PhotographerMargaret Bourke-White was known for her incredible works. She was the first female American war photojournalist, first female photographer for Life magazine, first...

A Vintage 'Dashcam' Footage Showing Classic Vehicles on...

March 3, 2015

This "dashcam" style footage film shows a trip along Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, California in the 1930s. The camera captures many classic vehicles from the 192...