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Before Radar, These Giant Concrete “Sound Mirrors” Were Used To Detect Incoming Enemy Aircraft

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 sound of their engines. Source 4.5-metre-high (14 ft 9 in) WW1...

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

We often see picturesque photos of Alaska, but we rarely see old photos that show what it was like when the region was being settled. So, here are some incredible images from the late 1800s onwards showing Alaskan settlers...

 
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Vintage Snapshots of Female Skiers from Between 1920s and 1930s

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 sport. Here are some vintage photos of women skiing for either...

 
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The 10,000-Bedroom Hotel That Was Never Used

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 along the white sandy beach on Germany’s...

 
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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...

 
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A Look Inside Hoovervilles During the Great Depression

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 payments. To avoid living on the streets, people built...

 
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FDR Wanted a Simple Funeral and Burial

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 bedroom at the White House, and was...

 
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Vintage Class Pictures of Pupils During the Victorian Era

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, Lincolnshire, ca. 1897 Children at a school in England, ca. 1860s...

 
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Sleek And Wavy: The 1930s Hairstyle for Women

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 look at vintage photos below to see how they...

 
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Did You Know the Eiffel Tower Was Once a Giant Advertising Billboard?

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 was erected in 1925 and remained there until Citroën...

 
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